The auld lang syne of 2015’s many magnificent moments made possible by our visitors, members, and supporters.
AN ACQUISITION OF THE MONUMENTAL CANVAS “SELMA” (1965)
JANUARY 02, 2015
Measuring nine feet across, The work by artist Barbara Pennington depicts the heart-wrenching events that unfolded during a series of civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, in the spring of 1965.
CREDIT: Barbara Pennington (American, 1932—2013). Selma, 1965, oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by Peggy and Bob Culbertson, the Romare Bearden Society, Sally and Russell Robinson, Mary Lou and Jim Babb, and a gift of the Moreland Family. 2014.79. Collection of The Mint Museum. Image © Mint Museum of Art, Inc.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH GOES BEYOND THE WALL
The Mint is committed to the ever-changing demographics of our environment by reaching beyond its walls to engage and inspire the community around it. Through CMS High School Student art experiences , success in the Grier Heights Community arts program , and the a revitalized Latino Initiative , key partnerships have created opportunities for shared understanding regardless of race, gender, language or socioeconomic status adding significant value to the communities it serves.
CREDIT: Tim Rollins (American, – present) and K.O.S. and Kids of Charlotte.
ENHANCED DIGITIZATION OF THE MUSEUM COLLECTION
JANUARY 12, 2015
The Mint was among 13 Charlotte arts organizations receiving $1 million in grants from The Knight Foundation. Part one of the effort launched SEA to SEE, an interactive installation created by North Carolina artist Mel Chin. Part Two completed with an online accessible Virtual Tour of the work as it was installed in the exhibition, Connecting the Modern World: The Panama Canal at 100 .
CREDIT: Documentation of panoramic photographing while building the virtual tour of SEA to SEE. Mel Chin (American, 1951 — ). SEA to SEE, 2014, mixed media installation. Featured in Connecting the World: the Panama Canal at 100. Mint Museum Uptown. © Mel Chin, All Rights Reserved, 2014. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has provided generous support for the commission of SEA to SEE by Mel Chin.
LAUNCHING A SUCCESSFUL FLAGSHIP YEAR FOR NEW TEEN INITIATIVE
MARCH 25, 2015
Teens’ lives are centered around home and school – and now, NexGen Mint offers them a nurturing, creative “third place.” It’s a creative community to exchange ideas, have fun, interact, and learn from artist role models and peers.
IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE TO REVITALIZE THE STATE’S FIRST ART MUSEUM
JULY 22, 2015
As the museum builds up to its 80th anniversary in 2016 (did you know the Mint was North Carolina’s first art museum , and it still holds one of the largest permanent collections in the Southeast?), improvements are continuing to bring a “refreshed” experience to our visitors!
LEVINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS ENTERS NEW PHASE OF COLLABORATION
SEPTEMBER 09, 2015
For the first time since the completion of Levine Center for the Arts in uptown Charlotte five years ago, the presidents of the four member cultural institutions will appear in a joint public discussion to introduce their institutions and; future plans and collaborative strategies to the larger community.
CREDIT: Photo by Mitchell Kearny
NEW TOM JOYCE SCULPTURE COMMEMORATES BOTH HISTORY AND FUTURE
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Five years ago, Mint Museum Uptown opened its doors and completed the transformation of a block of South Tryon Street into the international cultural destination known as Levine Center for the Arts. This October, in honor of that anniversary, the Mint will celebrate a new addition to the uptown streetscape—a sculpture by renowned artist Tom Joyce on the Sally and Bill Van Allen Terrace overlooking the museum’s South Tryon plaza.
CREDIT: Tom Joyce (American, 1956-) Thicket, 2015. Stainless steel, cast iron (ductile alloy made from iron fragments retrieved from studio projects created 1977 to present) Project Ten Ten Ten commission. Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Mint Museum Auxiliary in honor of Sally Van Allen. Photo by The Mint Museum.
MINT MUSEUM ACQUIRES MAJOR AMERICAN SURREALIST WORK
NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Kay Sage’s Ring of Iron, Ring of Wool is a key acquisition of the Mint’s ongoing Collections Initiative.
The Mint Museum was the high bidder at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale Thursday for American Surrealist Kay Sage’s 1947 oil on canvas Ring of Iron, Ring of Wool. The purchase was the third made possible by a Charlotte philanthropist who made a significant cash gift in 2013 as part of the museum’s ongoing Collections Initiative ; the funds were devoted specifically to the acquisition of 20th century painting. The painting is on view at Mint Museum Uptown.
CREDIT: Kay Sage (1898-1963) Ring of Iron, Ring of Wool, signed and dated ‘Kay Sage ’47’ (lower right); signed and dated again, titled and inscribed ‘SAGE 1947 RING OF IRON RING OF WOOL WOODBURY CONN.’ (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 54 x 37 7/8 in. (137 x 96.2 cm.) Painted in 1947 CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 20
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