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Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte, NC, Participates in Art Museum Day – May 18, 2013

May 12, 2013

Charlotte, NC’s, premier cultural destination, Levine Center for the Arts, is celebrating the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day 2013 by offering “pay what you wish” admission to museum visitors on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Three of the cultural institutions at the South Tryon Street campus, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown, are joining forces to offer visitors an unparalleled arts experience. The Mint Museum is also offering “pay what you wish” admission at its other location, Mint Museum Randolph. (Normal admission is $8 each to the Bechtler and Gantt Center and $10 to the Mint, or a Levine Center for the Arts joint admission pass is available for $20 on CarolinaTix.org.)

Since 2010, the AAMD has encouraged art museums across the nation to participate in conjunction with the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Museum Day, dedicated to promoting the value of museums in society. Over 100 AAMD member museums have participated each year. This year’s theme is “museums (memory + creativity) = social change.”

At the Mint, other special promotions and opportunities are surrounding the Art Museum Day 2013 effort. Beginning Monday May 13, anyone who “shares” the Mint’s Facebook posts at (facebook.com/mintmuseum) or “retweets” at (@TheMintMuseum) is eligible to win prizes including free guest passes and tickets to the museum’s May 30 “Party in the Park” event. On Saturday May 18, the Mint will offer a one-day-only special 50 percent off price for annual memberships, which brings unlimited free admissions to both museums and a host of other valuable benefits. And Mint Museum Uptown will be hosting two special events: a gathering for grandmothers, mothers, and daughters benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank called F.O.O.D. and Fellowship (registration required at mintmuseum.org/happenings) and a residency by local performance artist John W. Love, Jr. entitled FECUND. Special exhibitions on view at Mint Museum Uptown include F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design); Sociales: Debora Arango Arrives Today; and Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto. At Mint Museum Randolph, new exhibitions on view include American Glass; Arts of Africa; and the fashion exhibition Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance & Ease.

Visitors who are familiar with one or two of the institutions are encouraged to use the day to experience one they may not know as well.

All donations by museum visitors support making the priceless artistic treasures of these facilities more accessible to the larger community, as well as enabling museums to mount unforgettable educational programming.

More information about supporting each museum can be found at (bechtler.org) click on “Support”; (ganttcenter.org) click on “Join & Support”, and (mintmuseum.org) click on “Support”.

Celebrate Mayan Art with Chocolate and Stargazing at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC – Nov. 13, 2012 (English/Spanish)

November 7, 2012

The public is invited to “spice up their evening” by joining The Mint Museum for “ArtFusion: Maya” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road in Charlotte, NC. Admission is FREE for a night of art, chocolate tasting, stories on Mayan mythology and stargazing.

Begin the night by exploring the museum’s Art of the Ancient Americas collection, which includes many rare Mayan art items on view. Then, enjoy free chocolate tastings with chocolatiers from Davidson Chocolate Co. Afterward, get ready for a lecture on Mayan mythology (and its fabled “doomsday” implications) with Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet, Consulting Curator of Ancient American Art. And finally, end the night by stargazing and learning about the night sky with Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club. A cash bar will be offered.

“We are extremely excited for this wonderful event showcasing the Mint’s Art of the Ancient Americas Collection,” said Reents-Budet. “The Mint’s collection is nationally acclaimed, and we are thrilled to share the collection with guests through this event-filled evening.”

One of The Mint Museum’s painted Mayan pottery vessels was recently loaned to the Princeton Art Museum’s exhibition “Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik’ Kingdom”, which is on view through Feb. 17, 2013. This exquisite exhibition is the first ever presentation of many works by two of the finest painters in the Classic Period, the pieces not having been together since around the year 760 in northern Guatemala. Dr. Reents-Budet was recognized in the dedications of the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue for her contributions to the field.

“The catalogue is a tour de force of scholarship and design, and like the exhibition, is the first publication to explore the works of two master Mayan painters in the same light as is traditionally done for other areas of the world,” said Reents-Budet. “In all, The Mint Museum is in good company in this exhibition and publication, both of which will be seen widely and for many years to come.”

The “ArtFusion: Maya” event will bring new opportunities for interaction with Latino artists. Ana Lucia Divins, the Mint’s newly hired Latino Community Education Liaison, has invited a group of artists from Art Sí, a community initiative supporting Latino arts, to attend the event. “It is exciting to be able to offer this opportunity to the community. This is an interesting inter-cultural event and we are looking forward to welcoming a diverse group of people for this special night,” Divins said. And in a further illustration of the Mint’s increased bilingual outreach efforts, Mint Museum Randolph will host a free children’s story time featuring the bilingual duo Criss, Cross Mangosauce (of which Divins is a member) at 10:30am this Saturday, Nov. 10.

More information about Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition is available at (www.princetonartmuseum.org). Images of the Mint’s loaned item and interviews with Dr. Reents-Budet are available on request. Information about “ArtFusion: Maya”, upcoming performances by Criss, Cross Mangosauce and more events is available at (www.mintmuseum.org/happenings).

For more information, visit (www.mintmuseum.org).

Celebremos el arte Maya con chocolate y astronomía Evento Arte-Fusión: Maya llega al Museo Mint de Randolph el 13 de Noviembre

El público está invitado a “ponerle un poco de picante a la noche” participando en el evento Arte-Fusión: Maya el martes, 13 de noviembre en el Museo Mint de Randoph, 2730 Randolph Road. La entrada es gratis por una noche de arte, muestras de chocolate, historias de la mitología Maya y astronomía de aficionados.

La noche comenzará con una exploración de la colección de arte antiguo de las Américas, la cual incluye muchos objetos únicos de origen Maya. Después disfrute de muestras gratis de chocolate de la compañía Davidson Chocolate Co. Después, prepárese para una charla sobre mitología Maya con Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet, Consultora de Arte Antiguo de las Américas. Y finalmente, termine la noche observando las estrellas y conociendo más sobre el cielo nocturno con el club de astrónomos aficionados de Charlotte “Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club”

“Estamos supremamente emocionados por este gran evento mostrando la colección del arte antiguo de las Américas del Mint” dice Reents-Budet. “La colección del Mint es aclamada nacionalmente, y estamos fascinados de compartir la colección con nuestros invitados a través de esta noche llena de actividades”

Uno de las vasijas de cerámica del Museo Mint pintada por los Mayas fue traída del Museo de Arte de Princeton de su exhibición Bailando en los Sueños: Vasijas Maya Pintadas del Reino Ik, la cual está en exhibición hasta el 17 de febrero del 2013. Esta exquisita exhibición presenta por primera vez varios trabajos de dos de los más destacados pintores del periodo Clásico, las piezas no han estado juntas desde el año 760 en el norte de Guatemala. Dr. Reents-Budet fue reconocida por su dedicación en el catálogo que acompaña la exhibición por su contribución en este campo.

“El catálogo es una combinación de explicaciones y diseño, y así como la exhibición, es la primera publicación que explora el trabajo de dos maestros pintores Maya de la misma forma como se exploraría otras áreas del mundo” dice Reents-Budet “Sobre todo, el Museo Mint está muy bien acompañado en esta exhibición y en esta publicación, y los dos serán vistos por muchas personas y por muchos años por venir”

El evento Arte-Fusión: Maya  presentará nuevas oportunidades de interacción con artistas Latinos de la ciudad. Ana Lucia Divins, la nueva persona contratada por el Mint que sirve como Enlace con la Comunidad Hispana/Latina, ha invitado a un grupo de artistas de ArtSí. “Es muy emocionante el poder  ofrecer esta oportunidad a nuestra comunidad. Este es un evento inter-cultural muy interesante y estamos listos para darle la bienvenida a un diverso grupo de personas de la comunidad Latina. También hemos confirmado la participación de ArtSí, una iniciativa comunitaria que apoya el arte Latino en la ciudad; miembros de este grupo participarán de las actividades en esta noche tan especial”.

Y una muestra más de los esfuerzos bilingües del Mint, es la hora de cuentos bilingüe con el duo Criss Cross Mangosauce (al cual Divins pertenece) a las 10:30 de la mañana el sábado, 10 de noviembre.

Para mayor información sobre la exhibición en el Museo de la Universidad e Princeton, visite: (www.princetonartmuseum.org). Imágenes sobre los objetos que fueron prestados de ese Museo y entrevistas con Dr. Reents-Budet están disponibles por petición. Información sobre el evento Arte-Fusión: Maya, la próxima presentación de Criss Cross Mangosauce y otros eventos en: (www.mintmuseum.org/happenings).

Para mayor información, visite (www.mintmuseum.org).

8th Annual Potters Market Invitational Takes Place at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC – Sept. 15, 2012

August 10, 2012

A taste of Seagrove, the Catawba Valley, and other well-known centers of North Carolina pottery will visit Charlotte, NC, when the 8th Annual Potters Market Invitational sets up its tent on the grounds of Mint Museum Randolph on Sept. 15, 2012.

Forty outstanding North Carolina potters have been invited to participate in this year’s event, presented by the Delhom Service League, an affiliate group of The Mint Museum dedicated to the support and study of ceramics. The event typically lures over 1,200 collectors and enthusiasts, many of whom line up hours in advance of the opening to make sure to gain access to the day’s best treasures.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share our enthusiasm for this important art form with the Charlotte community and the region, and to give residents a chance to engage with some of our state’s most significant artists and their work,” said Lee Abbott, chairperson of this year’s Potters Market. “The Mint Museum already boasts the largest collection of North Carolina pottery in the United States, and we look forward to future opportunities to put a strengthened focus on ceramics at Mint Museum Randolph.”


Work by Judith Duff

A $10 admission fee includes access to the event, running from 10am to 4pm as well as admission to both locations of The Mint Museum (admission is reduced to $8 after 2pm)*. The event is still selling $100 individual sponsorships which grant early admission at 9:15am and a greater chance to acquire the most-desired items. For $150, individuals can also be admitted to a Potters Party being held Friday, Sept. 14 from 7-9pm at Mint Museum Randolph, where they will have the opportunity to mingle with the potters.

PMI tickets go on sale online Aug. 1 at (www.mintmuseum.org/delhom-service-league.html), or are available at the door. More information is available at 704/337-2010 or by e-mailing (PottersMarketInvitational@gmail.com). The event also includes live folk music and pottery-making demonstrations. Funds raised go toward acquisitions of pottery and library materials for the museum.

The honorary chair of this year’s market is Herb Cohen, a league member whose work is featured in the exhibition “Sophisticated Surfaces: The Pottery of Herb Cohen”, on view at Mint Museum Randolph through Jan. 6, 2013.

Also on view at Mint Museum Randolph through Jan. 6 is the exhibition “A Thriving Tradition: 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina Pottery”, which contains many significant acquisitions obtained through the help of the Delhom Service League and its individual members. An example is a ceramic sculpture of a rabbit, “Alice Goes to Washington,” by Carol Gentithes, which contains images of Barack Obama, Martha Stewart, George W. Bush, Jay Leno, and other figures emblematic in current culture. “Like a classical language, the vocabulary that I create has many layers of meaning. I leave it with the viewers to derive their personal interpretations,” Gentithes has said of her work. Gentithes is one of this year’s participating potters, who also include Judith Duff, designer of a vase purchased at the 2009 Potters Market Invitational that became the primary image for this year’s event; and Ben Owen III of the legendary Owen and Owens families of North Carolina potters. First-time participating potters this year include Julie Wiggins, Steven Abee, Ross Edwards, Becky and Steve Lloyd, Joy Tanner, Alex Matisse, and Frank Neef. A complete list of potters is available at (www.mintmuseum.org/happenings/18/delhom-service-league-8th-annual-potters-market-invitational).

Recently, Mint Museum Randolph opened two more permanent-collection exhibitions that illustrate the depth and breadth of the Mint’s ceramics collection: “Classically Inspired: European Ceramics Circa 1800″, and “American Ceramics, 1825-1875″. Find more information about them in the attachment.

Corporate sponsor for this year’s Potters Market Invitational is Subaru South Boulevard. Top-level individual sponsors are Bill Musgrave, Betsy Brand, Herb Cohen and José Fumero, Jane M. Conlan, and Sarah Belk Gambrell.

*Note: Visitors must purchase their PMI ticket first in order to gain free museum admission on the event date.

The Delhom Service League is an affiliate group of The Mint Museum dedicated to developing interest in ceramics by studying the work of experts and by supporting the ceramics collection of The Mint Museum. It is named for M. Mellanay Delhom and her outstanding collection of historical pottery and porcelain, which entered the museum’s collection in 1965. The league offers monthly programs that are open to the public, on the third Tuesday of the month from September through May, and holds study and research classes on Monday afternoons. The league, consisting of both potters and ceramics enthusiasts, supports acquisitions of pottery and library materials for the museum.

As the oldest art museum in North Carolina, and the art museum with one of the largest collections in the Southeast, The Mint Museum offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via innovative collections, ground-breaking exhibitions, riveting educational programs, and profound scholarship. The Mint Museum is a non-profit, visual arts institution comprised of two dynamic facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, fashion, European and African art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop offering merchandise that complements both the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s burgeoning center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of the Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios, a restaurant, and a museum shop. For more information, visit the NEW (mintmuseum.org).

 

 

 

Three Art Museums at Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte, NC, Celebrate Art Museum Day with Free Admission – May 18, 2012

May 6, 2012

Charlotte, NC’s premier cultural destination, Levine Center for the Arts, is celebrating the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day by offering free admission to museum visitors on Friday, May 18, 2012.

Three of the cultural institutions at the South Tryon Street campus, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown, are joining forces to offer visitors an unparalleled arts experience. The Mint Museum is also offering free admission at its other location, Mint Museum Randolph. (Normal admission is $8 each to the Bechtler and Gantt Center and $10 to the Mint, and each institution offers regular ticket discounts to visitors who purchase admission to either of the other two museums within the same 48-hour period – the Mint offers $3 off to Bechtler and Gantt visitors, and the Bechtler and Gantt offer $2 off for visitors to the Mint and each other’s institutions).

Since 2010, the AAMD has encouraged art museums across the nation to participate in conjunction with the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Museum Day, dedicated to promoting the value of museums in society. Over 100 AAMD member museums have participated each year. This year’s theme is “museums in a changing world.”

“Art Museum Day brings attention to the important role institutions such as the Bechtler, Mint, and Gantt Center play in maintaining Charlotte’s vibrant cultural life,” said Christopher Lawing, Vice President for Programming and Research at the Bechtler. “This special day of free admittance is a great way to introduce art museums to new audiences or welcome back those who we haven’t seen in a while.”

Visitors who are familiar with one or two of the institutions are encouraged to use the day to experience one they may not know as well.

“We are excited to join our partners on International Museum Day and will open our doors so visitors have the chance to celebrate the art, history, and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent,” said Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture President & CEO David Taylor. “We believe this is an excellent opportunity to recognize the important role that museums and cultural centers play in contemporary society. International Museum Day is a global celebration of the incredible collections and programs at museums and cultural centers around the world, and their commitment to public service and audience engagement.”

The museums are pleased to have an opportunity to highlight Charlotte’s emergence as a national leader on the arts scene. “The Levine Center for the Arts is a jewel in Charlotte’s cultural crown, and each resident of this region has reason to celebrate its presence here,” said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of The Mint Museum. “The Mint also welcomes visitors to experience both of our locations, including our beloved historic facility on Randolph Road, which was the state’s first art museum and is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary year.”

The Bechtler, Gantt Center, and Mint all rely on a combination of public and private fundraising to offer their world-class exhibitions and programming to the public. Annual fund drives enable the museums to offer benefits such as occasional free admission to visitors. If visitors are inspired during their free-day visits to these institutions, their leaders hope they will make a donation to enable the museums to share that same inspiration with others.

Levine Center for the Arts is one of Charlotte’s key cultural destinations, comprised of Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, John S. and James L. Knight Theater, Mint Museum Uptown, and Duke Energy Center. The Levine Center was made possible through the Campaign for Cultural Facilities, the support of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and the generosity of the Leon Levine Foundation, one of the country’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler, who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures in modernism. The Bechtler collection comprises more than 1,400 artworks by seminal figures such as Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro, Jean Tinguely, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Le Corbusier, Sol LeWitt, Edgar Degas, Nicolas de Stael, Barbara Hepworth and Picasso. Only a handful of the artworks in the Bechtler collection have been on public view in the United States. For museum details visit (www.bechtler.org).

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions, and community outreach. Named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American art.  Please visit (www.ganttcenter.org).

As the oldest art museum in North Carolina, and the art museum with one of the largest collections in the Southeast, The Mint Museum offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via innovative collections, groundbreaking exhibitions, riveting educational programs, and profound scholarship. The Mint Museum is a non-profit, visual arts institution comprised of two dynamic facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, fashion, European and African art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop offering merchandise that complements both the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s burgeoning center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of the Levine Center for the Arts, and features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios, a restaurant, and a museum shop.  For more information, check out (www.mintmuseum.org).

Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, Announces Five-Year Plan

April 15, 2012

The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, has defined what its success will look like in five years. In a sweeping five-year strategic plan recently approved by its Board of Trustees, the museum adopted a new mission statement that outlines its role as an increasingly vital player on the national and international level. The new statement reads: “The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community.”

“The Mint’s new, enhanced mission invites and welcomes all of our community to engage with the museum in ways most relevant to them,” said Jay Everette, Wells Fargo’s senior vice president, community affairs manager and chair-elect of the Mint’s board of trustees. “Whether connecting through in-person or online education, visiting a compelling exhibition or attending a community event at one of our locations, the Mint is a resource for learning more about, and bringing meaning to, the world around us.”


From the opening of the Mint Museum Uptown

In the five-year plan, the museum has set ambitious goals including:

· Doubling annual attendance to 400,000 visitors, and increasing virtual visitors to 800,000 annually;
· Launching an aggressive plan to strengthen the museum’s collections through the acquisition of significant works of art;
· Increasing its digital reach, beginning with the launch of a new website in May;
· Organizing at least two traveling exhibitions per year with national and international impact, and securing at least three highly significant exhibitions from elsewhere annually;
· Tripling the number of museum members to 12,000 and increasing the number of individual investors by 50 percent;
· Completing a feasibility study of the renovation and re-envisioning of the museum’s Randolph Road location, to include such factors as a North Carolina Pottery Research Center, classroom space, studios, a children’s center, and increased public access to the museum’s library.

“This plan is a broad, inclusive call to action and a statement of The Mint Museum’s commitment to the fundamental relationship between artistic expression and community,” said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of the Mint. “All of the museum’s resources must be employed in service to the community, for The Mint Museum is a vital cultural resource for the region, and this plan charts our course.”


Mint Museum Uptown

Over the course of the past year, museum staff, volunteers, and community leaders have worked together, in consultation with the Center for Intentional Leadership, to outline four strategic pillars to undergird the plan: amplifying the museum’s community relevance; strengthening the museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions; increasing learning and engagement opportunities throughout the region; and focusing on long-term sustainability. In addition, three overarching goals of improved technology, communication, and service are woven throughout the plan.

Employees, volunteers, and museum affiliate groups outlined dozens of specific tactics they will employ in support of the goals and strategies. Progress will be measured by such performance indicators as attendance, visitor surveys, increased participation in educational programs, and increased giving to the museum.

Many of the goals will be accomplished by refocusing existing resources, but others will require new forms of investment. The plan incorporates key planning and assessment strategies to determine the scope of critical priorities outlined by the museum.

“The museum must continue to build its collections, resources, support, and infrastructure to achieve national prominence as a center of excellence and inspiration,” said Jameson. “The arts increasingly play a critical role in the ‘creative economy’ and in cultural tourism, contributing to economic development and a high quality of life. The Mint Museum will play a leading role in this crucial aspect of our dynamic and changing environment with this pragmatic, thoughtful plan for sustainable growth.”

Added Richard T. “Stick” Williams, the Mint’s board of trustees chair and president, Duke Energy Foundation: “The Charlotte region has provided an extraordinary new uptown facility to The Mint Museum, and we must deliver excellence in return. This strategic plan is just the road map we need to accomplish that.”

Copies of the complete plan, and interviews with Dr. Jameson, are available upon request.

As the oldest art museum in North Carolina, and the art museum with one of the largest collections between New Orleans and Washington, DC, The Mint Museum offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via innovative collections, ground-breaking exhibitions, riveting educational programs, and profound scholarship. The Mint Museum is a non-profit, visual arts institution comprised of two dynamic facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the first art museum in North Carolina. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, historic costume and fashionable dress, European and African art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop offering merchandise that complements both the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s burgeoning center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of the Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios, a restaurant, and a museum shop.

For more information, check out (www.mintmuseum.org).

Bank of America Offers Free Museum Weekends in North Carolina to BOA Card Holders – Jan. 7 and 8, 2012

January 6, 2012

Bank of America has announced the 14th season of its national Museums on Us program which will now include 150 of the nation’s finest arts, cultural and educational institutions. Designed to increase access to the arts across the nation, the program offers Bank of America and Merrill Lynch debit and/or credit cardholders the opportunity to visit these popular cultural landmarks, free of charge, on the first full weekend of every month. Museums on Us program participants include national and regional art museums, science and history museums, zoos, aquariums, and gardens.

Bring a Bank of America credit or debit card for free admission to these NC facilities for free admission.

Charlotte, NC
Mint Museum Uptown – 704/337-2000
Mint Museum Randolph – 704/337-2000
Levine Museum of the New South – 704/333-1887
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – 704/353-9200
*Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – 704/547-3700
* The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will not offer free admission to special ticketed events or special exhibitions.

Durham, NC
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – 919/684-5135

Editor’s Note: It might be advised to call these facilities to see if it is one card per person or one card for a couple or family?

For more info on this program visit (http://museums.bankofamerica.com/).

Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, Offers Educational Opportunities

January 6, 2012

The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, will be offering the following educational opportunities at either of it two locations including:

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at 3pm, at Mint Museum Uptown – Lecture: Jun Kaneko – Meet the artist, learn about his sculptural work in ceramics, and explore his dramatic set and costume design for operas. The program is presented in partnership with Opera Carolina, which is performing Madama Butterfly featuring Kaneko’s costumes and sets.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, 3-4pm, at Mint Museum Randolph – King George and Queen Charlotte: A Royal Marriage*. Vivien E. Dietz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Humanities at Davidson College, explores the marriage and lives of King George and Queen Charlotte.

Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012, 3-4pm, at Mint Museum Uptown – Fairytales, Fantasy, & Fear: Artists’ Conversation*. Featured artists Mattia Biagi, Mark Newport, and Kako Udea discuss their work.

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012, at 6:30pm, at Mint Museum Randolph – Collecting North Carolina Pottery Panel Discussion – free. In partnership with the Delhom Service League.

Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012, 1-4pm, at Mint Museum Randolph – 22nd Regional Collegiate Art History Symposium*. Area undergraduate art history students present research papers focused on works of art or artists from The Mint Museum’s diverse global collections.

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012, at 7pm, at Mint Museum Uptown – Paper in Contemporary Craft and Design – free. Explore the renaissance that’s under way in the art form of cut paper with the curatorial staff of The Mint Museum’s Craft + Design collection.

Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 3pm, at Mint Museum Uptown – Superheroes and Alter Egos*. Mark Newport explores superheroes and their alter egos.

* Free for Mint members, or after museum admission.

For further info visit (http://www.mintmuseum.org).

Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, Presents a Lecture About Queen Charlotte – Sept. 25, 2011

September 19, 2011

On Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, from 3-4pm, the Mint Museum will host a lecture titled King George and Queen Charlotte: A Royal Marriage, presented by Vivien E. Dietz.  The lecture will be held in the Van Every Auditorium at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC. The program is presented as a part of the Mint’s celebration of Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation, an exhibition on display at the Mint Randolph until Oct. 28, 2012.

Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation combines works of art from the museum’s permanent collection, including paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts, with loans from private collections to highlight the Queen’s accomplishments as a devoted mother, a significant patron of the arts, and a loyal consort to King George III (1738-1820; reigned 1760-1820).

The Mint Museum is pleased to pay tribute to the City of Charlotte’s namesake with Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation, in particular because this year includes other important anniversaries being celebrated by the museum. On Sept. 2, 2011, the exhibition Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections, a major retrospective of the work of Charlotte native Romare Bearden (1911-1988), opened at the Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, on the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. In October 2011, the museum begins a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary marking its rich history as the oldest art museum in North Carolina. Exciting exhibitions and programs are being planned in conjunction with this year-long celebration.

Two hundred fifty years ago, 17-year old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the namesake of the City of Charlotte, left her tight-knit family and traveled for nine days across the turbulent North Sea until she landed at Harwich on the eastern coast of England. The next day she arrived at St. James’s Palace in London, where she was introduced to her future husband, King George III, on the eve of their wedding. They were married on 8 September 1761, and two weeks later, on 22 September 1761, Charlotte was crowned Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.

Vivien E. Dietz, PhD, an associate professor and the director of humanities at Davidson College, will explore the marriage of King George and Queen Charlotte, who were notable patrons of the arts and devoted parents.

For more information call the Museum at 704/337-2021 or visit (www.mintmuseum.org).

Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, Offers Tour and Lecture of Exhibit Featuring Ceramics from the Faience Manufacturing Company – Sept. 17 and Sept. 20, 2011

September 15, 2011

At 2pm on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, the Mint Museum will open the exhibit, Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company, with curator-guided tours. The exhibition presents unique examples of American art pottery from the late 1800s. It will be on view at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, until Feb. 26, 2012.

In addition to the guided-tours, the Mint Museum Randolph will host a lecture on the exhibition on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at 10:30am. Barbara Veith, organizing curator of the exhibition, will detail Lycett’s tremendous influence as the artistic director of the Faience Manufacturing Company. The lecture will be held in Van Every Auditorium.


Covered Vase 33, Edward Lycett, circa 1887

During the 1880s, the Faience Manufacturing Company (1881-1892), of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, earned critical acclaim for producing ornamental wares that introduced a new standard of excellence in American ceramics. These bold and eclectic wares displayed a synthesis of Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences characteristic of the Aesthetic Movement style. The firm owed its artistic and commercial success to Edward Lycett (1833-1910), an English china painter who became its artistic director in 1884.

Nearly forty superb objects drawn from public and private collections will be on display, including vases, ewers, plates, and other decorative wares. The objects illustrate Lycett’s talent and adaptability to stylistic changes over the course of his nearly fifty-year career. Also on view in the exhibition are Lycett’s formula books, family photographs, and ephemera that illuminate the life and work of this prominent figure in American ceramic history.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by the University Of Richmond Museums, Virginia. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by the exhibition’s curator Barbara Veith, independent scholar of American ceramics and glass, New York, is available for purchase in The Mint Museum Shops.

The events are free with regular admission.

For more information visit (www.mintmuseum.org).

Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, Offers 7th Annual Potters Market Invitational – Sept. 10, 2011

August 31, 2011

Ceramics enthusiasts will have the opportunity to purchase North Carolina pottery directly from the artists at the 7th Annual Potters Market Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, from 10am-4pm, on the front lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph (2730 Randolph Road). Organized by the Delhom Service League, an affiliate of The Mint Museum, the Potters Market is held each September on the first Saturday after Labor Day. Admission is $10 for adults ($8 after 2 p.m.) The ticket proceeds help support the acquisition of ceramics and library materials for The Mint Museum. Free parking is available.

The event brings potters and collectors together to promote awareness of this rich craft tradition. Each year the Potters Market features forty potters representing the state’s rich pottery-producing areas (Seagrove, the Piedmont, Catawba Valley, and the mountains). Their wares include the best of the traditional as well as contemporary, and are available at a wide range of prices.

For more information, please phone Brian Gallagher, Curator of Decorative Arts, at 704/337-2021.


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