MINT5PACE: Your Space, Our Vision

A space designed  for local artists to curate art shows through their own creative lens. 

MINT5PACE is an open space used as a platform for local artists to curate their own art show as a representation of who they are and how their inspiration ties to the Mint’s permanent collection. With four shows each year, including the Scholastic Art Awards, MINT5PACE not only houses works from Charlotte-based artists, but spans boarders into surrounding communities. Participating artists get hands-on experience — gaining perspective and knowledge while conquering challenges — creating and installing their own museum exhibition.

MINT5PACE is located on Level 5 of Mint Museum Uptown.

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On View

No exhibition on view at this time.

Previous Installations

YASUKE: “The Hidden Ronin”

on view July 8-Spetember 15, 2022

Yasuke: ‘The Hidden Ronin” is an exhibition curated by Justin Hicks and local fashion designer, Gordon Holliday, who’s inspiration was provoked by his quest to learn more about how the Asian and Black culture coincided during the civil rights era. The exhibition tells the story of an African man named Yasuke who traveled to Japan during the 16th-century to become a warrior, eventually earning his rank as the first black samurai. Holliday’s intentional approach to designing kimonos around this story using Japanese quilting styles called sashiko and boro, and adding a 21st-century flare brought to life what he imagined a warrior look like in today’s modern world. Along with pieces from local collaborators, 10 kimonos from the Yasuke: “The Hidden Ronin” collection can be seen at Mint Museum Uptown.

Meet Gordon Holliday

Gordon Holliday, who graduated from the fashion program at University of North Carolina Greensboro, is the founder of the clothing brand, R.O.O.L.E, an acronym for Rule Over Our Life Everyday. He is known in Charlotte as the fashion extraordinaire who takes manufacturing to a new level by renewing and reworking pieces of clothing into designs that fuse youth culture with contemporary menswear. His approach to upcycling fabrics for a more eco-friendly clothing experience brings together different pieces from his brand that symbolize practical, edgy fashion that is accessible. Gordon’s mission is to inspire, motivate, and to drive a generation of confident outsiders.

Meet Carla Aaron-Lopez

Local Street 2022

July 16 2022

A professional student of life and educator herself, Carla Aaron-Lopez has committed to the world of art her passion and skills as a photographer, printmaker and collagist whose mission has been to collaborate her own work with fellow artists at various stages. Aaron-Lopez has pioneered platforms for artists and built spaces that encourage experimentation in both Atlanta and Charlotte. Her talents have also landed into the world of painting as well as teaching middle school students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Along her journey, she chose to organize what she calls “the largest project I’ve taken on in my career” to celebrate what feels like the beginning of the world reopening. What we now know today as ‘Local Street’, a pop-up installation that has been seen at both Mint Museum locations, showcased 40-some artists, mostly of color, to be part of the exhibition and embellish on the underground art scene that brings new life to art culture in the local streets of Charlotte.

In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art

October 16, 2020-February 28, 2021
Mint Museum Uptown

To celebrate Mint Museum Uptown’s tenth anniversary, In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art brings together four innovative contemporary artists—Gisela Colon, Spencer Finch, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Summer Wheat—who create works celebrating the power of color and its transformative ability to permeate the space around us. Their work is juxtaposed with a selection of paintings and works on paper drawn primarily from The Mint Museum’s permanent collection that explore artists’ exploration of color in more traditional ways.

Spencer Finch (American, 1962–). Sunset, South Texas (detail), 6/21/03, 2003, fluorescent lights, filters. Courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition uses color as an opportunity to investigate how people perceive a non-fixed reality: the ever-shifting environment in which we must discern the real from the illusionary. The installations by Wheat, Finch, Colon, and Steinkamp are highly experiential, creating an environment that will engage each viewer uniquely, determined by the personal nature of color perception. Despite this subjective element, audiences experience the immersive installations simultaneously, fostering a sense of communion: we are united while remaining apart. This dichotomy replicates the sensation many feel as the COVID-19 pandemic requires much of our human contact to be mediated by technology, the media used by Colon, Finch, and Steinkamp.

Jennifer Steinkamp, Daisy Bell, 2008. Video installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

Suspended in this state of near-but-apart, the works of
In Vivid Color remind us of the community in which we all belong, to which we all contribute.  

Summer Wheat’s Foragers spans four stories and 3,720 square feet in Mint Museum Uptown’s Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium. A myriad of vibrant panels give the illusion of stained glass, and fills the atrium’s 96 windows and weave a story of the people and workforce that have made Charlotte a thriving metropolis.

In contrast to the grand scale of the initial four installations, the 11 paintings and works on paper in the adjacent gallery allow for more intimate considerations of color’s potency. Whether abstract or figurative, each composition allows for different investigations into how color intersects with the work’s subject and meaning, in addition to affecting the  viewer’s space even when confined to a two-dimensional patch of wall.

Peter Halley (American, 1953–). Six Prisons, 2004, acrylic, fluorescent acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas. Gift of Ginger Kemp in honor of Mark Richard Leach. 2004.67
T.J. eddy (American, 1945–). Oh Say Do You See, 2008, acrylic on canvas. Museum Purchase: Exchange Funds from the gifts of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott J. Neal, Charles McMurray, and Mrs. L. L. McMurray. 2008.65. © T.J. Redd Ry
Donald Sultan (American, 1951–). Aqua Poppies Dec 10, 2002, 2002, enamel, flocking, tar, spackle, tile, Masonite. Museum Purchase:  Charlotte Garden Club Fund and Exchange Funds from the Gift of Harry and Mary Dalton. 2003.90A-F. © Donald Sultan, 2002
Julian Stanczak (American, 1928–2017). Summer Inspite of Blue, 1967, acrylic on canvas. Gift of Bruce and Margo Evans. 2001.8. © Julian Stanczak

Interested in learning more?

Visit the In Vivid Color Resources page or the Mintwiki for In Vivid Color. Mintwiki is provided by The Mint Museum Library

In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank and the Mint Museum Auxiliary

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Additional generous individual support provided by Mary Anne (M.A.) Rogers, Ann and Michael Tarwater, and Mozelle DePass Griffith in loving memory of Edward Colville Griffith, Jr.

Special thanks to Bank of America for loans of art for the presentation of this Mint-organized show.

Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes

Diedrick Brackens

Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes

 Mint Museum Randolph

July 16-December 11, 2022

About the exhibition

ark of bulrushes presents a new series by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens including large-scale (8-feet) weavings and premiering the artist’s first woven sculptures. Known for making colorful textiles about African American and queer histories, Brackens has developed a process of combining the tactility of yarn with the ethos of storytelling. For this exhibition, the artworks tell timeless narratives about emancipation and remediation through pattern, body, and the power of craft.

In addition to being one of the most innovative and important artists on the rise in the United States, Brackens work incorporates traditions important to the Southern region —  baskets that relate to Cherokee nation and the Gullah people, quilts that resonate with all cultures, but a particular exploration of quilts in the African-American historical narrative.  Brackens’ deeply colored weavings pull imagery from 19th-century Freedom Quilts — used as a communication tool by enslaved people traveling along the Underground Railroad — and star constellations that have been used to navigate the external world and internal psyche for thousands of years. The central focus of Brackens’ artwork always returns to the Black body represented in form or implied in absence.

Intertwined with the patterns are dynamic human figures mimicking animals associated with constellations. This positioning aligns the body within the cosmic proportions of the universe, inferring empowerment of the individual and of a people.

The sculptural basket boats in this exhibition take different forms that reference the human body in communion with nature. The ark is Brackens’ sculptural prototype of a boat that he hopes to float on the Mississippi River. Made with enough room for a passenger to sit upright or lie down, the body and boat can float and bob down the river as one.

The floating of reed basket boats is significant in legends of deliverance, including the Biblical story of the exodus of the Israelites where an “ark of bulrushes” carried the infant Moses up the Nile River. Taking its name from this story, ark of bulrushes gestures to craft itself as a form of mythology — the passing on of tradition, technique, and narrative. Brackens practices textile craft with unique vision and perspective, spinning new definitions of what it means to live today.

‘Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes’ Opening Celebration

Saturday, July 16 | 11 AM-6 PM
Mint Museum Randolph

1 PM | Moving with the Spirit, a dance and drum performance of African Diaspora Arts.

2 PM – 3 PM | Artist Diedrick Brackens and Lauren R. O’Connell, curator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts and curator of the ark of bulrushes, discuss the evolution of the exhibition, the agency of contemporary craft, and expansive possibilities of artist-curator collaborations.

The Mint’s iteration of the exhibition also includes three additional components that enhance the core installation of Brackens work, including woven and quilted works from the Mint, drawing heavily from the historic quilt collection and the extensive collection of Native American basketry; an installation of North Carolina weavers and a visitor engagement area with response walls and extensive resources from the Mint’s Library and Archives that elaborate on these important craft traditions and methods.  

Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes

About the artist

Diedrick Brackens, artist headshot
Diedrick Brackens

Diedrick Brackens (born 1989, Mexica, TX; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) is best known for his weavings that explore narratives about queerness, masculinity, and the Black experience in the United States. His work incorporates elements of West-African weaving, American quilting, and European tapestry-making, as well as histories associated with craft. Bracken’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York, NY; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada; Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL; The University of the South, Sewanee, TN; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS. Select group exhibitions include Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Material Futurity, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN; and The Possible, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA. Brackens received a master of fine arts from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a bachelor of fine arts from University of North Texas, Denton. The artist is a recipient of the United States Artists Fellowship (2021), Marciano Artadia Award (2019), American Craft Council Emerging Artist Award (2019), and The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Wein Prize (2018).

Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes is organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and curated by Lauren R. O’Connell. Support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and S. Rex and Joan Lewis Foundation.

Learning & Engagement and Community Outreach programming for this exhibition is generously supported by Windgate Foundation. The Mint Museum is supported in part by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Thank you to our media partners QCity Metro and Queen City Nerve.

American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection

American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection

Mint Museum Uptown | September 10-December 24, 2022

American Made: Paintings and Sculptures from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection features more than 100 paintings and sculptures from the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation. It is the first exhibition featuring a comprehensive selection of the finest works from the collection 

A View of Niagara FallsMovement SailsSinging Beach & Eagle Rock, Magnolia, MassachusettsBirches and Harbor, MainePlay at Dark (Westminster Street, Madison Park)Frederick Frieseke - Sarah Frieseke in Her Garden, Giverny

About The Exhibition

American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection surveys two centuries of American creativity. Though many of objects from the DeMell Jacobsen collection have been on view at other museums, ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, this is the first exhibition featuring a comprehensive collection of works from the collection.  

The exhibition begins with Colonial-era portraits by masters, such as Benjamin West, Thomas Sully, and Sarah Miriam Peale, and then moves on to highlight the development of mid-19th-century landscape painting. Viewers will discover works depicting the United States from coast to coast by artists, including Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Francis Copsey, and even a monumental arctic scene by William Bradford.

In addition to landscape paintings, the exhibition includes still lives and genre scenes — two other types of paintings that became popular in the 19th century. Included in the exhibition are enticing images of fruits, flowers, and other delights by Severin Roesen, John Francis, Charles Ethan Porter, Elizabeth Williams, and Adelaide Coburn Palmer. Trompe l’oiel (“fool the eye”) still lives by masters, including William Michael Harnett, John Haberle, and John Peto, will also be on view.

Charming and moralizing genre scenes, often packed with fascinating narrative detail, include masterpieces by Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau, Seymour Guy, and Daniel Huntington.

The American experience in Europe is also represented, as many artists from this country traveled abroad to seek training and patronage in the decades leading up to the 20th century. Striking canvases by Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and their fellow overseas travelers, will be included in the exhibition.

American Made was curated by Todd Herman, PhD, president and CEO of The Mint Museum; Kevin Sharp, director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens; and Jonathan Stuhlman, PhD, senior curator of American art at The Mint Museum. 

This exhibition will also be traveling to the following museums:

Dixon Gallery & Gardens Memphis, TennesseeJanuary 29, 2023 – April 16, 2023Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Jacksonville, FloridaJune 9, 2023 – September 24, 2023San Antonio Museum of Art San Antonio, TexasOctober 14, 2023 – January 7, 2024Huntsville Museum of Art Huntsville, AlabamaMarch 24, 2024 – June 16, 2024

See each institution’s website for more details.

About the DeMell Jacobsen Collection

The DeMell Jacobsen Collection is one of the finest privately held collections of American art in the United States. Although works from the collection can be found on loan to museums across the country, this exhibition marks the first time works from the collection have been brought together to be viewed together in one exhibition. The mission of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation is: “To carefully research and obtain American masterpieces, provide restoration (if necessary), and facilitate long-term loans to accredited museums and traveling exhibitions.”

The Mint’s relationship with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation began with the arrival of the Mint’s President and CEO Todd Herman, PhD, who had previously worked with the foundation to host its exhibition The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design at not one, but two, of the museums where he worked prior to joining the Mint. Jonathan Stuhlman, senior curator of American art at the Mint, also worked with the foundation borrow its painting by John Leslie Breck for the Mint’s recent exhibition John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist. Over the past few years, Herman and Stuhlman have been working closely with Diane Jacobsen, PhD, and her foundation’s staff to develop the first-ever exhibition of highlights from the deep holdings of both the foundation’s and Jacobsen’s own personal collections of American paintings and sculpture.

The Mint is honored to be the first venue for this exhibition, which will go on to four other museums. Accompanying the show will be a beautiful catalogue of the foundation’s entire collection of fine art, published by D. Giles Ltd., available in The Mint Museum Store.


American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection is generously presented in Charlotte by PNC Bank. Additional generous support is provided by The Dowd Foundation, Windgate Foundation, and U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. The national tour of American Made is made possible by Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Schoelkopf Gallery, and Sotheby’s.

Media partners are SouthParkmagazine and WDAV 89.9.

The Cole Family: A Dynasty of North Carolina Potters

The Cole Family: A Dynasty of North Carolina Potters

Mint Museum Randolph
May 5, 2022-Ongoing

From crocks, jars, and jugs to pitchers, candleholders, and vases, “turning pots” is one of the oldest and richest craft traditions in North Carolina. For more than 200 years, members of the Cole family have been potting in central North CarolinaRandolph, Moore, Lee, and Montgomery counties. Six generations of Coles, and no fewer than 18 individuals, are represented in The Mint Museum’s permanent collection. More than 60 highlights of their wares are included in the installation The Cole Family: A Dynasty of North Carolina Potters.

One reason for its long-term success is that making pottery has so often been a family tradition in the state. Fathers taught the art of forming, glazing, and firing clay objects to their sons, and in later generations also to daughters, who in turn taught their children, and so on through the decades. These family dynasties not only helped to keep the potting craft alive, but ensured continuity in techniques and craftsmanship, as well as introduced artistic innovations in succeeding generations.

The Cole Family: A Dynasty of North Carolina Potters presents a visual history of “turned pots” and the family that helped turn North Carolina into one of America’s centers for handmade, traditional pottery. 

Fashion Reimagined: Themes & Variations 1760-Now

Fashion Reimagined: Themes & Variations 1760 – Now

 Mint Museum Uptown
December 10, 2022 – July 2, 2023

Fashion Reimaginedfeatures 50 outstanding examples of fashionable dress drawn entirely from the permanent collection of The Mint Museum, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the fashion collection’s founding in 1972 by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. Encompassing a wide range of attire, the exhibition includes men’s and women’s fashions from 1760 to 2022 and is divided into three thematic sections: minimalism, pattern and decoration, and the body reimagined.

Ranging from court suits to street wear, highlights include an English 18th-century sack back gown, two rare 18th-century  English men’s suits, early 19th-century printed cotton dresses, wedding dresses from the mid- and last quarter of the 19th century, as well as a rare 1928 wedding ensemble by Roman fashion artist Maria Monaci Gallenga, a very rare early 20th-century Ispahan mantle by Paul Poiret, an unusual mid-20th-century Black Narcissus dress by American designer James Galanos, several examples of 1960s and ’70s mod and hippie chic style, and trenchant contemporary fashions by Giorgio Armani, Romeo Gigli, Zandra Rhodes, Anna Sui, Yohji Yamamoto, Walé Oyéjidé forIkiré Jones,AnamikaKhanna, and Iris van Herpen, among others.

The exhibition offers a fascinating look at innovative contemporary dress and the persistence of historic and cultural attitudes towards silhouettes, surface design, and corporeal beauty.

Fashion Reimagined will be accompanied by a sumptuously illustrated catalog with contributions by Annie Carlano, senior curator of craft, design, and fashion at The Mint Museum; Ellen C. Walker Show, director of library and archives at The Mint Museum; Lauren D. Whitley, teacher and senior curator of fashion and textile arts at Boston Museum of Fine Art; and fashion designer Anna Sui.

Mint to Create: Staff Art Show

Mint to Create: Staff Art Show

Mint Museum Uptown
On view through September 15, 2022

In June, the Mint opened a special exhibition showcasing creative pieces from our very own staff in the first-ever employee art show. Titled Mint to Create, more than 40 Mint staffers — from the museum librarian, registrars, educators, and even the Mint’s CEO — have works on display. Through an open call, all Mint employees were invited to submit works of art to the exhibition, resulting in a showcase of talented creatives that inspire and are inspired by art themselves. Some of the employees who have works on view are professional artists who work at the Mint, while others make art as hobby in their free time. Works range from still-life paintings to woven textiles, photography to ceramics and charcoals. Mint to Create is on view and open to the public through September 15 in the Star Gallery on the Mezzanine Level at Mint Museum Uptown.