MCC 2022 Annual Student Art Show

May 5, 2022 Art Gallery All Ages Free Admission Art

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Exhibition runs: May 2 – June 9

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Please join us for the opening reception of Mesa Community College's 2022 Annual Student Art Show. This year we are returning to having the exhibition at MCC's Art Gallery where people can view the works in person, attend the awards ceremony and come celebrate all of the incredible talent that will be on display. Juried by a selection of professional artists, this exhibition provides viewers with a wide cross section of mediums, themes and issues that students are negotiating in their work. This exhibition is a great way to preview all of the inspired work being made in the MCC Art Department, to learn about opportunities for art students at MCC and to see some of the strongest emerging talent in Arizona today. 


Shiva Aliabadi’s conceptual and abstract 2D and 3D work has most recently been exhibited at Das Schaufenster Gallery (Seattle, WA), Durden and Ray (Los Angeles, CA), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, Alberta, Canada), Wassaic Project (New York), MiM Gallery (Los Angeles), SoLA Gallery (Los Angeles), Peripheral Vision Press (New York), Kunstraum-Dreieich Gallery (Dreieich, Germany), Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis, MO), Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH, in CA), Torrance Art Museum for Doppelgänger (2016) and Another Thing Coming (2014), the Yokohama Triennial in Japan, and at the Institute of Jamais Vu (London, England). She has shown with LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). Books on her work include: Shiva Aliabadi, Abshar: Cascade and Now, more than ever.  Her work is included in New American Paintings, issues #115 and #117, and Christopher Knight’s L.A Times article, “Object Lessons at Torrance Art Museum’s ‘Another Thing Coming’.

Shomit Barua is a Bengali-American intermedia artist specializing in ecoacoustics, interaction design and emergent narratives. His work is rooted in poetry and architecture, and reflects the shared tenets of contained space, economy of materials, and movement that is both physical and emotional. He uses sensors, microprocessors and sound to activate spaces and engage our perception. As a designer, Barua is a nine-year veteran of the NY floral industry, and as an educator, has held a full-time Faculty Instructorship in ASU’s Writing Programs. He is also the founder of Moiré Intermedia, a Phoenix-based company that specializes in media-rich environments, bespoke installations and custom interactive experiences. Barua holds a MFA in Poetry from Bennington College and is currently immersed in doctoral research at Arizona State University’s School of Arts, Media & Engineering.

Miguel Angel Godoy was born in a border town in California into a military family.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbus State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Arizona State University (ASU). He is a Faculty Associate in ASU’s School of Art and is currently collaborating on mural projects with organizations across the Phoenix metro area. Godoy’s current work is centered on text-based art that abstracts and overlays letterforms and counterforms as a way of offering a new lens into the meaning and the power that can be derived from words. As a scholar of Hip Hop culture and practitioner of breaking and graffiti for over the last two decades, his work is informed by the value of storytelling and the power of building community through art.  Godoy’s involvement in graffiti led him to his interest in text-based art and public art murals. As a community-based muralist, he focuses on community engaged projects and has worked on many large-scale murals in and around San Diego, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Godoy continues to use Hip Hop as a source of inspiration for his work by creating spaces wherein stories of the communities where the murals reside are shared, people feel represented, and to promote a critical awareness of the need to look at the spaces in between.


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Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the gallery.

Directions and parking

The MCC Art Gallery can be found behind the AC building near the MCC Theatre. Complimentary parking for events is conveniently provided in the southeast lots of campus.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm