Mesa Arts Center


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Mesa Arts Center is a 212,755-square-foot performing arts, visual arts, and arts education facility, the largest and most comprehensive arts center in the state of Arizona. Located in the heart of downtown Mesa at Center and Main Streets, Mesa Arts Center reflects the city's rich tradition of family, community and pride.

Mesa Arts Center is designed to showcase a world of arts and culture - everything from art exhibitions to world-class performances to state-of-the-art studios for art education. The design of Mesa Arts Center was inspired by the unique character of the Sonoran Desert - a rich desert, mountain and canyon environment. The campus includes a complex of four theaters, Mesa Contemporary Arts galleries and exhibition space, two Art Studios buildings with visual and performing arts studios and classrooms, informal performance areas, administrative support space, and a 700-foot Shadow Walk that creates an inviting, shaded outdoor oasis plaza.

Mesa Contemporary Arts is the dynamic visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, Mesa Contemporary Arts showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists.

The five galleries are

  • Wilson and Ruby Dobson Main Gallery - the largest exhibition space at 2,400 square feet and is used for curated solo, group, and juried group exhibitions of national and international artists
  • South Gallery - used for installations of curated solo, group, and juried group exhibitions in all media, from national and international artists.
  • Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room - an experimental 500-square-foot gallery available to artists for exhibitions of site-specific and/or new media installations, including film/video, sound, digital and/or Web-based works.
  • SRP Permanent Collection Gallery - dedicated to the exhibition of works from Mesa Contemporary Arts growing Permanent Collection, comprised of nearly 200 objects in all media, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography and decorative arts objects.
  • North Gallery - a 700-square-foot space dedicated to exhibiting works from Arizona artists. Emphasis is given to artists in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area, artists living in Arizona, or who have a significant presence within the state.

Minimum Time Needed

2 Hours


Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am - 5pm
Thurs 10am - 8pm
Sun Noon - 5pm

Admission Fee

Admission $3.50
Children age 7 and under free
Thursdays free


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