Additional Things to Do on Campus

In addition to the Art Walk, MCC has several other activities at our campuses.

Experience the rich variety of artistic expressions at MCC's Southern and Dobson campus. Visit more than 30 permanent public art exhibits created by MCC students and faculty as well as celebrated artists.  

While you can enter the Art Walk at any point, we recommend beginning your tour at the Veteran's Blue Star Memorial and following a counterclockwise path around campus. The Memorial can be found near MCC's Rose Garden entrance at 1833 West Southern Avenue, Mesa. Visitor parking is conveniently located south of the Rose Garden.

We've laid out several options for your Art Walk. Each option contains the same information, just presented differently so that you can choose the format that works best for you.

 

Art Walk Map

Click on a blue marker in the map below for individual installation detail

Installation List

Untitled (Rose Garden Bridge)

Transition

Joe A. Tyler

2013
Rose Garden - West

The Rose Garden at MCC received a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticulture Trust resulting in up to $40,000 for a variety of garden projects including bridges so students can safely cross the retention area near the corner of Southern & Dobson, rose arbors, benches, a trellis, and other artistically designed enhancements.

Transition

Transition

Beatriz Blanco

1984
Rose Garden - West

Transition and Blanco's sculpture Presence on the Path examine the human figure in movement. Donated by the Tempe Art Center, 2000.

Presence on the Path

Presence on the Path

Beatriz Blanco

1984
Rose Garden - East

Blanco's piece explores the loneliness experienced by people when surrounded by others. Donated by the Tempe Art Center, 2000.

College Garden Station

Blue Star Memorial

Joe A. Tyler

2004
Rose Garden - East

This artwork provides seating and shade for those waiting for a bus or enjoying an afternoon in the Rose Garden. Trees for Travelers was presented by the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs.

Blue Star Memorial

Blue Star Memorial
2005
Rose Garden - East

A tribute to the armed forces that have defended the United States of America in the past, present, and future. Awarded by the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs.

Sacrament

Sacrament

Kevin Berry

1992
LA 3 - North

Sacrament was created as part of MCC's Art in Public Places program. The sculpture functions as both a rainwater collector and filtering device and also pays homage to the Salt River and the ancient people that once lived on its banks.

Sacrament, completed in 1992 by Kevin Berry, pays tribute to the Salt River and the ancient people that once lived on its banks. The structure is made of bronze and filled with stones.

The Welders

The Welders

Richard H. Dyer, Jr.

2010
BP 43A - West

Welded - Steel sculpture

The sculpture was created by MCC welding student and Mesa Independent Managing Editor Richard Dyer, who donated it to the college.

Soleri Bells

Soleri Bells

Paolo Soleri

1968
LB 11 - Lobby

The Soleri Bells were created by Paolo Soleri. This original bell sculpture is anchored on a one-of-a-kind cast aluminum spine and is a rich part of MCC's history as a gift from the class of 1968. The cast bronze bells were refurbished and reinstalled in January 2010. The absence of the artist's inscription indicates that the piece was made before Soleri began signing his art.

Linkage

Linkage

Barbara Gryutis

1999
LB 11 - Lobby

A series of interlocking ribbons intersecting at a column create imagery connecting the pathways of the college campus.

Linkage was designed by Barbara Gryutis in 1999. The artist integrates art with architecture, incorporating the imagery of interlocking ribbons throughout the sidewalks and walkways leading to the Paul A. Elsner Library, to express the relationship between the college, its environment and the community.

Big OU

Big OU

Hiroki Tanaka

1987
LB 11 - South

According to the artist, this kinetic sculpture challenges viewers perception of science and reality because the cables are stressed to their limits to support the geometric forms. Together the "O" and the "U" represent stillness and calmness of the yin and yang forces. A view from the library's third floor Southwest Reading Room provides an amazing view of the sculpture as well as MCC's campus and clocktower. Donated by Tempe Art Center, 2000.

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

James Schwarz/Barry Unitas Barnes

2017
LS 12 - South

James Schwarz captures the beauty of science. The hanging triangles of the sculpture represent the categorization of biological organisms, which can be traced to larger bodies of organisms. The more organisms found in a group, the larger the tile. Numbers on the tiles also represent their placement within the classification. Artist Barry Unitas Barnes created the support sculpture.

Single Hex Star

Single Hex Star
2004
MC 5 - East

Metal wind sculpture.

Single Helix

Single Helix
2004
MC 5 - East

Metal wind sculpture.

Double Helix Horizontal

Double Helix Horizontal
2004
MC 5 - East

Metal wind sculpture.

"Tawhid" (Making One)

"Tawhid" "Making One"

Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury

2008
MC 5 - North

A clay mural on cement backing incorporating both the art and math disciplines.

"Ummah" (Community)

"Ummah" "Community"

Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury

2008
MC 5 - East

A clay mural on cement backing incorporating both the art and math disciplines.

Stained Glass Thunderbird - 1978

Stained Glass Thunderbird
1978
36N - North

Originally constructed for $8,200, the T-bird was designed as a landmark for a then fledgling community college campus. Now standing in the eastern shadow of another campus icon—the clock tower—the MCC Thunderbird greets those coming and going from the athletic fields to the student center along the main east/west pedestrian walk that runs across most of the campus.

Generations Mural

Generations Mural
2016
ST28 - West

This student-designed 60’ x 20’ mural on the west side of Studio 28 incorporates many themes highlighting the heritage of the Southwest. Women’s rights, the cultural gap between generations, urbanization, water rights and the concept of past, present and future are all interwoven into the design, which seeks to bring awareness to the good and bad consequences of expansion. The project involved months of student research, design and execution and included a Community Paint Day, which drew over 70 participants from MCC and the community.

Completed in Spring 2016 under the direction of artist Hugo Medina. This collaborative project was overseen by a cross-disciplinary team and made possible through a 2015-16 Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction grant and MCC contributions.

Elevated Desert

Elevated Desert

Laurie Lundquist

1992
TH 29 - North

Elevated Desert was designed by Laurie Lundquist, whose concept was to raise the desert floor up to eye-level. The artwork provides passersby shade and a place to rest. The tree that grows through the center of the structure was not part of the original design, but during construction she decided to keep it. This exhibit is part of MCC's Art in Public Places program with a purpose to add environmental art to the campus that would be both functional and visually appealing.

The Hands

The Hands

Luo Xiaoping

2007
TH 29 - East

The Hands, built by Luo Xiaoping in 2007, symbolizes the nurturing role of education. The sculpture also provides a unique seating area for students and theater goers. This piece is the first permanently installed piece in the United States by this renowned Chinese artist.

Interlude in Clay

Interlude in Clay

Sara Brandt, Sarah Brodie, Sam Hodges

2003
TH 29 - North

MCC students Sam Hodges, Sara Brandt and Sarah Brodie under the supervision of Linda Speranza.

Shrine

Shrine

Randy Ashenfelter

2009
TH 29 - North

Caution Do Not Open

Caution Do Not Open

Sarah Brodie

2009
TH 29 - Northeast

Untitled

Untitled

Linda M. Speranza

2009
AC 30 - West

Corten steel and ceramic

Inside/Outside

Inside/Outside

Otto Rigan

1992
AC 30 - West

Four glass and marble chairs for functional seating. Part of MCC's Art in Public Places program.

Inside/Outside is made of mirrored glass and stone and was designed by Otto Rigan to be both a functional seating area and a symbolic representation.

Mizan

Mizan

Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury

2008
AC 30 - West

A clay mural on cement backing incorporating both the art and math disciplines.

The Elements of Design

The Elements of Design

Sam Hodges

2014
AC 30 - West

"Salam" (Peace)

"Salam" "Peace"

Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury

2008
AC 30 - South

A clay mural on cement backing incorporating both the art and math disciplines.

Art As Community

Art As Community

Helen Osman

2013
AC 30 - South

Shifting Arizona Sands

Shifting Arizona Sands

Linda M. Speranza

2009
AC 30 - East

Passages

MCC’s Hand Building Class

2009
AC 30 - East

Ceramic

The Principles of Design

The Principles of Design

Sam Hodges

2010
AC 30 - East

The installation of six colorful ceramic mural pieces added visual interest to the southeast corner of the AC Building at MCC’s Southern and Dobson Campus. Created by artist Sam Hodges, she said the pieces will serve as a teaching aid for art students in years to come.

Rod Hammil Welding Technology Metal Art

Rod Hammil Welding Technology Metal Art
2016
52 - West

This was a hands on class fabrication project shared with the welding and horticulture programs. Students built this project during Fall 2016 semester. Welding students now have a designated break area proudly built in the welding lab and installed in place.

Added to the break area is a stainless steel sculpture of a welder operator in training as a symbol of the program's location on campus.

Installation Directory

Click on any of the table headings to re-sort the table below.
Title Artist(s) Year Location
Untitled (Rose Garden Bridge) Joe A. Tyler 2013 Rose Garden - West
Transition Beatriz Blanco 1984 Rose Garden - West
Presence on the Path Beatriz Blanco 1984 Rose Garden - East
College Garden Station Joe A. Tyler 2004 Rose Garden - East
Trees for Travelers   1984 Rose Garden - East
Blue Star Memorial   2005 Rose Garden - East
Sacrament Richard H. Dyer, Jr. 2010 BP 43A - West
The Welders Kevin Berry 1992 LA 3 - North
Soleri Bells Paolo Soleri 1968 LB 11 - Lobby
Linkage Barbara Gryutis 1999 LB 11 - Lobby
Big OU Hiroki Tanaka 1987 LB 11 - South
Tree of Life James Schwarz/Barry Unitas Barnes 2017 LS 12 - South
Single Hex Star   2004 MC 5 - East
Single Helix   2004 MC 5 - East
Double Helix Horizontal   2004 MC 5 - East
"Tawhid" "Making One" Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury 2008 MC 5 - North
"Ummah" "Community" Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury 2008 MC 5 - East
Stained Glass Thunderbird   1978 36N - North
Generations Mural   2016 ST28 - West
Elevated Desert Laurie Lundquist 1992 TH29 - North
The Hands Luo Xiaoping 2007 TH29 - East
Interlude in Clay Sara Brandt, Sarah Brodie, Sam Hodges 2003 TH29 - North
Shrine Randy Ashenfelter 2009 TH29 - North
Caution Do Not Open Sarah Brodie 2009 TH29 - Northeast
Untitled Linda M. Speranza 2009 AC 30 - West
Inside/Outside Otto Rigan 1992 AC 30 - West
Mizan Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury 2008 AC 30 - West
The Elements of Design Sam Hodges 2014 AC 30 - West
"Salam" "Peace" Linda M. Speranza and Madeleine Chowdhury 2008 AC 30 - South
Art As Community Helen Osman 2013 AC 30 - South
Shifting Arizona Sands Linda M. Speranza 2009 AC 30 - East
Passages MCC’s Hand Building Class 2009 AC 30 - East
The Principles of Design Sam Hodges 2010 AC 30 - East
Rod Hammil Welding Technology Metal Art   2016 52 - West