We believe modern work environments can be places of inspiration. Culturally rich and beautiful art created by talented local artists is integral to the expression of who we are, sparks innovation, and is critical for the economic vitality of our community.
Offering a compelling selection of contemporary works, MRA Associates’ Community Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the original artworks of local established and emerging artists.
Current Exhibition: Emerging Artists
Sean O'Day (Zanereti)
Born and raised in Arizona, the Southwestern United States and its unforgiving environments inspire Sean's creative process; he utilizes soft gradients and colors of the desert along with its natural flora as inspiration. He is continually captivated with history, anatomy, process, and human behavior as it relates to art. He loves lithography and its emphasis on mass production. Its unique appearance and process allow Sean to hand draw and hand print every layer of color, giving it character and meaning. His newest pieces began exploring ideas of westernization and western expansion of the 1800's, specifically in the United States. He produced two prints before his undergrad concluded and is desperate to continue working on this theme. He is inspired by its influence on today's culture, and its indirect effect on how he was raised. Using themes of advertising, fashion, media, and form he intends on creating a conversation between now and then. A rapid expansion of lawless territory and chaotic environments as it equates to today's expansion of the internet and its interpersonal connection with youth.
Makenzie Heinemann is a student at ASU working to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in painting. She creates immersive abstract scenes that are meant to spark a spiritual connection between the viewer and their physical environment.
Born to a Japanese father and Cuban mother, Miyuki has lived in five countries and is fluent in Japanese, Spanish, and English. After raising her children, she went back to college and graduated with honors from ASU with a degree in nonprofit organization management and minor in studio art. Currently, she enjoys being an art teacher at Phoenix Elementary School District 1. She loves capturing the essence of the subject and expressing it in vibrant colors.
Jonathan Rashad Wright was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He received his Associate's degree from Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) in 2009. After graduating from SEARK, he went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor of Science degree in visual arts. During this time, his artwork was juried into and chosen for a purchase award in the permanent collection at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center's "2015 Creativity Arkansas Exhibition" in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been influenced by several teachers, most notably, his high school mentor, Cathy Burns. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) at ASU. His most recent accomplishment was the juried ASU Galbut prize; this is an ASU purchase award for their permanent collection.
Mina is a multi-sensational expressionist painter based in Arizona. She is currently a student at ASU and is pursuing a post-baccalaureate of Fine Arts in painting. She received a degree in psychology in 2014 and worked in the public sector for three years. From this experience, she found her inspiration for her current work. All of Mina's work pulls from her personal experiences that revolve around the self, emotions, and social interactions. In her current body of work, she is exploring the mental, emotional, and social side of depression. She plans to push her work to encompass different aspects of emotional and life struggles. Recently, Mina has begun to work on her first series called Despondency. Each body of work within the series tells a portion of a larger story that is difficult to handle. The series examines the mental process of experiencing severe depression with two ultimate pathways. One pathway is the progression into suicidal ideation and the completion of suicide. The second pathway is the departure from suicidal ideation and progression towards stabilization. Each piece is paired with a carefully chosen song to help transport the viewer into the mindset of the individual in the painting. Mina lives for connecting with people and creating art. She has combined her two passions in life, art, and psychology. Mina hopes to inspire and connect with others in order to promote mental wellness and help people find their own path in life through emotional understanding.
Steven Allison is 24 years old and currently attending ASU as a drawing undergrad. His work explores the cycles of human history, behaviors, and conditions.
As a visual artist, Farah Kanaan is able to create photographs that captivate the raw emotions and expressions within a narrative, in any environment, as part of her working process. Throughout her travels or in the project idea's she creates, she represents the nature of the culture, lands, architecture, and people within.
Monica Wapaha (White Mountain Apache and Tohono O'odham) is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Fort Apache Indian reservation. She received her Bachelor of Fine Artist from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She is received her MFA Spring 2019 in printmaking.
Anthony (Eli) Farias
Anthony “Eli” Farias is an artist and a creative thinker who hopes to change the world and do some good here on this earth before his time is up. He became an artist to inspire the minds of the youth, invigorate culture, and give back a little beauty to this world. Over the years he has been featured in various publications. Currently, he is working on large oil and acrylic paintings on stretched canvases. The style of his work varies and changes depending on his mood and inspiration. Some days it is energetic, loose, abstract, and filled with emotion, and other days the work is technical, planned, and masterfully created. His main influences are Jackson Pollack, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci. His work is also influenced by graffiti and street art, it's different, interesting, unique, engaging, bright, and one of a kind.
Gabriela Angulo graduated from ASU in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and art education. Gabriela primarily focuses on the simplicity of hand-drawn lines, that encompass and clarify figures and natural forms, in an attempt to provoke the viewer into an emotional response. Her unique use of color and minimal design creates pleasant and profound journeys. She likes to keep a close connection with nature by observing its colors, texture, and movement to inspire her artwork. Since graduating in May, Gabriela is now teaching art education at a K-8 school in Avondale, Arizona.
Jordan Litzinger is a 2D artist living and working in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. She grew up in Tempe and will be graduating from ASU in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing. She considers art to be a major part of her life and has seen herself as an artist since she was in elementary school. For as long as she can remember, she has been interested in abstract ideas and creating abstract images. She is an extremely curious person and very inspired by the natural world. She creates work from research she conducts on all aspects of a person, place, or thing and translates the findings into an abstracted visualization based on the organic and inorganic textures, forms, colors, and shapes. She is very concerned with sustainability and the environment and is extremely conscious of these issues while creating art. She aims to use recycled and recyclable materials, as well as found objects and materials to lessen her carbon footprint. She works in watercolor, pen, ink, graphite, and fibers to create different abstracted textures and forms. She has shown her work in several shows around the Phoenix area, including ASU, Gallery 100, Grand ArtHaus, First Friday, and more.
Kristina Garcia is best known for her portraits of women. She graduated from ASU with a degree in fine art photography. She is a first-generation Cuban/Colombian/Mexican American who was raised in San Francisco, California. Her work explores the constructs of being a minority during a challenging time in American history. She explores politics as it relates to being brown, Latina, a woman, American, and an artist. She has had several solo exhibitions in downtown Phoenix and continues to show her work locally.
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