Mesa College Art Gallery


Chor Boogie: the Ultimate sacrifice
Artwork from the series The Divided State of America
February 11 - March 2

A collection of six large scale paintings by internationally renowned San Francisco spraypaint artist Chor Boogie. The paintings highlight the tension in an ideologically fractured America and address and reflect the issues that divide us - immigration, energy, foreign policy, race, the economy, class, religion, education, the environment, taxes, welfare, social security, health care, climate change and war.

Join us for Black History Month: Presented in collaboration with the Black Studies Department and Professor Thekima Mayasa

Visit the artist's website at

Reception: Thursday, February 11, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Art Gallery and Courtyard

Join us at 6:30 pm in G101 for a lecture and conversation with artist Chor Boogie and Nirmal Mulye, Ph. D. Founder, Nostrum Group who commissioned the artwork.

Special Preview Talk and Art Demo by Chor Boogie, Wednesday, February 10, 1 pm, Art Gallery

Thanks to the San Diego Mesa College Humanities Institute for funding this exhibition.

New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory
March 15 - April 13

Exhibit touring from Mexico, curated by Marietta Bernstorff, with invited artists Claudia Cano and Omar Pimienta

Reception: Thursday, March 17, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Gallery and Courtyard.

Gallery Walkthrough with curator following reception at 6:30 pm

Join us for a Panel Discussion on Wednesday, March 16, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, H117-118

Participants: Marietta Bernstorff, Claudia Cano, Omar Pimienta, and immigrant student activist Yessica Gonzalez, moderated by Gallery Director, Alessandra Moctezuma

Check out New Codex video for information about the project.

A touring exhibit curated by Marietta Bernstorff that explores immigration to the United States. Artists along with the people from village of Tanivet* and other communities affected by immigration have generated artworks through deep research and intense dialogue. Key questions ranged from: What are the implications for the state of Oaxaca, which has seen over one million inhabitants migrate to the United States? What is happening to their land in Mexico and the family they left behind? Are we the Mexicans/ Oaxacans able to keep traditions alive within another culture? Has immigration changed the way we see ourselves as a culture?

Several Mexican artists and members of the community of Tanivet created the works. San Diego/Tijuana artists will also be included in the exhibition.

*The community of San Francisco Tanivet, Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca, located about 20 miles east of the state capital, is a rural community primarily devoted to agricultural production. Due to the lack of income because they cannot sell their native products, and lack of financial support from the state for farming, more than half of the population has largely immigrated to the United States, with a large concentration in Southern California.

Spring 2016 Student Exhibition
April 28 - May 10

Reception: Thursday, April 28, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Gallery and Courtyard

An exhibit featuring over 100 artworks in a variety of media. All the works were created by students in our Studio Art classes.


Monday & Tuesday: 11 am - 4 pm

Wednesday & Thursday: 1 pm - 8 pm

Closed Fridays, weekends and school holidays.

Visitors may schedule an appointment to view exhibit when the gallery is closed. We need a week advance notice to schedule special visits. To schedule email

The galley is closed during summer. Also closed for Thanksgiving, Spring Break and Winter Break when the college is not in session.

PARKING IS FREE ON RECEPTION NIGHT ONLY. Park in the upper faculty parking areas adjacent and across from the flagpole. Students should park in student lots.

From the Marlesta entrance purchase a permit from the machine at the information booth to be used only in the student lots. Or use the visitors' 45 minute diagonal spaces in the upper parking area across from the flagpole. Find additional parking info at

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Gallery Mission:

The Mesa College Art Gallery is an educational forum to present the work of professional artists in a range of media and dealing with diverse issues. The gallery also showcases outstanding artwork created by students in the Art Department.

It is our mission to enrich and engage our student community through art. The gallery exhibits are complemented with artist lectures, workshops, and guided tours.

The works on display reflect a variety of topics in order to engage students from other disciplines and departments. We have created exhibits in collaboration with Chicano Studies, Women Studies and the Black Studies department.

The gallery serves as a laboratory for the Art Department's Museum Studies Program. The college is the only San Diego institution to offer an AA and a Certificate of Performance in Museum Studies/Gallery Exhibition Skills.

During the academic year four exhibits feature art by emerging and established contemporary artists.

A student exhibition is held at the end of every semester. Besides exhibits in our main space, D101, the Art Gallery program and the Museum Studies classes also curate exhibits in locations around San Diego. Past exhibits have been curated as Space4Art, San Diego Art Department, Mission Valley Library, Claire de Lune, Voz Alta and San Diego Contemporary Art Fair 2013 and 2014. Check out our Museum Studies page on FB: San Diego Mesa College Museum Studies.


Alessandra Moctezuma,Gallery Director,Professor, Museum Studies


Call Pat Vine, Gallery Coordinator: (619) 388-2829

7250 Mesa College Drive -D101 San Diego, CA 92111-4998

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Artist Submissions:

We are not accepting artist submissions at this time.