Georgie Nakima

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Georgie Nakima

12 March–2 May 2021

About The Artist

Georgie Nakima’s compositions—kaleidoscopes that unite shards of color with a tight contour line—are metaphors for her approach to life and art. She builds her abstract spaces on a foundation of complicated geometry, revealing her obsession with math. Her blooming plant life, stoic animals, and majestic portraits remind us of the intersectionality of our shared world, one that requires balance between all life forms to thrive as vibrantly as her painted fields. “We live in a world that has thrived on biodiversity,” Nakima observes, “and it’s something that we’re taking away.”

Nakima majored in biology and minored in chemistry at Winston Salem State University. Although trained as a scientist, her vehicle to explore these fields is painting, whether through canvases or murals.

She explains, “When you look at a plant and you look at how it grows, it follows a unique pattern that scales fractals. . . I like to put those patterns into a portrait, because in this world we often separate ourselves from other existing life forms, we see ourselves as living in a society that’s far from nature. I try to bridge it back through visual art.”


Follow Georgie Nakima on Instagram: @gardenofjourney or check out her website: www.gardenofjourney.com

Plaza level:

Balance, 2017, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

The Muse, 2016, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

Learning Expands Great Souls, 2019, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

 

2nd floor:

Breathing Water, 2018, vinyl. Courtesy of artist.

Timeless Embrace by Nature, 2017, watercolor on paper. Courtesy of artist.

Asase Ye Duru, 2020, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

Zodiak, 2016, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

Tiger’s Eye, 2016, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

 

Mezzanine:

Your Mind is a Garden, 2019, vinyl. Courtesy of artist.

 

3th floor:

Interstellar, 2020, vinyl. Courtesy of artist.

Vision, 2020, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

Basquiat, 2019, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

Eco, 2020, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

Gaia, 2019, printed canvas in frame. Courtesy of artist.

Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

In its second year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community and to activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in four places at Mint Museum Uptown: in the entrance; at the foot of the atrium escalator; and on the landings of the Mezzanine and 4th levels.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Previous Installations

Arko + Owl

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Constellation CLT is a new museum-wide project designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Each year, the work of three different artists from the Charlotte region will be featured in three of Mint Museum Uptown’s public spaces, allowing the public to become familiar with the city’s diverse, every-expanding creative community. Here, you will find a list of artists who have participated in Constellation CLT thus far, as well as an interactive map populated with markers associated with each of the artists, such as their studio location, where they may have works of art on view, and perhaps noteworthy past or future projects. You’ll also discover ways to connect with the artists on social media so that you can see more of their work. Enjoy!

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

ARKO + OWL

December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Mint Museum Uptown

Follow them on Instagram: @arko83art + @owl.clt

Read our blog post about Arko + Owl!

The inaugural exhibiting artists are Arko + Owl, a powerhouse duo who have won notoriety around Charlotte for their street art style and their community-minded approach. Recently, they have been active members of Southern Tiger Collective, a growing corps of street artists based in Charlotte’s NoDa community whose mission is to enhance public spaces with painted murals and elevate Charlotte’s creative class.

They have created a site-specific mural just inside the front entrance of Mint Museum Uptown; look for more of their work at the base of the escalator in the Morrison Atrium; travel up to the Level 2 landing for more; and find still more up on the Level 4 landing.

The completion of their work coincides with the launch of Talking Walls, a city-wide mural festival recognizing local, national, and international artists, October 10-13. Find out more about the festival and Owl + Arko at TalkingWallsCharlotte.com; the Mint is proud to be a festival partner and site.

Arko + Owl at Mint Museum Uptown

Use hashtag #constellationCLT to be part of the feed!

Where to find them in Charlotte:

CURRENT MURALS

Common Market South End
235 W Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
(Arko + Owl)

Wooden Robot Brewry
1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte, NC 28203
(Owl only)

Spirit Square Entrance Column
345 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
(Arko + Owl)

Camp North End Garage Door
1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206
(Owl rotates every few months)

Camp North End Boiler Room Door
1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206
(Owl only)

YAFO Plaza Midwood
1331 Central Ave #101, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Owl only)

Crossfit Eternal
7812 Tyner St, Charlotte, NC 28262
(Arko + Owl)

Neighborhood Theater Basement Retail Shops
511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Arko + Owl)

Trade and Lore
3306 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Arko + Owl)

OLD MURALS

Southern Tiger Collective
2029 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205 

Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206

Crista Commaroto

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Crista Cammaroto

Exhibition is on view from March 30, 2019 – July 7, 2019 at Mint Museum Uptown
Terra Forma installation will be moved to Mint Museum Randolph later in the spring.

About The Artist

The Terra Forma series began in 2016 and continues today. I pull forms out of the existing environment, inspired by the events of the day and the ecosystem around me for the choice a “drop.” The drop involved placing a ring to create a formal circumference: a terra form, a spherical boundary, a cell, a reference to the earth that sustains us despite our interference. I begin the terra forms as a sensing and experience of place, restricting myself primarily to what nature provides as materials from each form. I dig and mold the earth, later placing surrounding flora, and it becomes a very physical meditation.

-Crista Cammaroto


These framed archival inkjet prints are sumptuous details of Crista Cammaroto’s striking Terra Forma installations. In these images, she preserves the ephemeral beauty of what is actually a fleeting event, as many of the elements in a Terra Forma earthwork will wither and fade over time.

Constellation CLT can be seen in four places at Mint Museum Uptown: at the foot of the atrium escalator, on the landings of the mezzanine, and the 4th Levels.

Cammaroto will also create temporary Terra Forma installations in the atrium of the Mint Museum Uptown from April 17-28 and later in the spring at Mint Museum Randolph.


Follow Crista Cammaroto on Instagram: @crista4205 or check out her website: cristacammaroto.com

Places / Exhibitions

C3 Labs, 2019
2525 Distribution St., Charlotte, NC


Piedmont Open IB Middle School, 2019
1214 East 10th Street, Charlotte, NC


Carolina Raptor Center: 2018, 2019
6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville, NC


McColl Center for art + Innovation, 2014
721 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC


Levine Museum of the New South, 2002
200 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC

Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Throughout the year, different groups of artists from the Charlotte region will be featured on the walls of Mint Museum Uptown, allowing the public to become familiar with the city’s diverse, every-expanding creative community.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

Nellie Ashford

Constellation CLT logo

Constellation CLT is a new museum-wide project designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Each year, the work of three different artists from the Charlotte region will be featured in three of Mint Museum Uptown’s public spaces, allowing the public to become familiar with the city’s diverse, every-expanding creative community. Here, you will find a list of artists who have participated in Constellation CLT thus far, as well as an interactive map populated with markers associated with each of the artists, such as their studio location, where they may have works of art on view, and perhaps noteworthy past or future projects. You’ll also discover ways to connect with the artists on social media so that you can see more of their work. Enjoy!

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

Nellie Ashford

Exhibition is on view from January 26, 2019 – March 17, 2019 at Mint Museum Uptown

About The Artist

Although she has enjoyed making art throughout her life, Charlotte native Nellie Ashford really hit her stride in her 50s. Since then, she has received accolades for exhibitions of her work at the Levine Museum of The New South and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, and was recently awarded a major commission for the new terminal at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Combining painting and collage, she often celebrates the unsung members of Charlotte’s community: children and teachers, artists, parents, musicians, and religious figures. Her work tells rich stories of her experiences, ranging from her memories of growing up in the South during the Jim Crow era to depictions of contemporary events. Nellie created a number of new works for her Constellation CLT installation.

Find more of Nellie’s work at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Places / Exhibitions

Charlotte Douglas Airport 2019

Coffey & Thompson Gallery, 2017
1201 S. Graham Street, Charlotte, NC 28203

Harvey B. Gantt Center, 2016

Queens University Art Gallery 2013

Gaston County Museum 2013

Exhibits: Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery, Huntersville
102 N Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 28070

Mike Wirth, Elizabeth Palmisano, Brett Toukatly

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Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Each year, the work of three different groups of artists from the Charlotte region will be featured at Mint Museum Uptown, allowing the public to become familiar with the city’s diverse, every-expanding creative community.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

Mike Wirth

Exhibition is on view from September 16, 2019 – January, 2020 at Mint Museum Uptown

About The Artist

Mike Wirth’s new installation combines a dynamic mural with examples of his two-dimensional art. While some of Wirth’s murals are figurative, drawing upon his interest in icons of pop culture from his youth, others are more abstract, exploring the intersection of art and technology, stemming from his interest in infographic design and data visualization.  


Wirth is a founding member of the Southern Tiger Collective, a group of artists dedicated to promoting street art and murals in the Charlotte area. He is also involved with Talking Walls, now entering its second year, which is a citywide public art & mural festival bringing together artists with diverse styles and backgrounds. 

Wirth’s installation for Constellation CLT can be seen in the atrium of Mint Museum Uptown, to the left of the main entrance.


Follow Mike Wirth on Instagram: @Mikewirth.

Elizabeth Palmisano

Exhibition is on view from September 16, 2019 – January, 2020 at Mint Museum Uptown

About The Artist

Elizabeth Palmisano is an artist and educator that has created a boundary-pushing installation. Palmisano often combines abstract painted surfaces with textiles and collage, creating rich, multilayered compositions. Her work often uses recycled materials, breathing new life into objects not typically considered for use in the creation of art. Experimentation, exploration, and play are key to her creative process.


Palmisano’s work for Constellation CLT can be seen on the Mezzanine level of Mint Museum Uptown.


Follow Elizabeth Palmisano on Instagram: @ellafaeart

Brett Toukatly

Exhibition is on view from September 16, 2019 – January, 2020 at Mint Museum Uptown

About The Artist

Brett Toukatly, who was the winner of the inaugural Battle Walls project, a summer collaboration between The Mint Museum and the Southern Tiger Collective in which local street artists competed head to head over four rounds. The winner was decided by public voting, culminating in a grand finale featuring the winners of the first four rounds on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph on August 16. 


Toukatly’s signature style is bold and colorful, and features an ever-expanding cast of quirky, monstrous characters. 

Toukatly’s work for Constellation CLT can be seen on the 4 floor of Mint Museum Uptown.


Follow Brett Toukatly on Instagram: @B_twokat

Katherine Boxall

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Katherine Boxall

February 18–May 3, 2020

About The Artist

Katherine Boxall constructs large-scale canvases that incorporate a ground of lush oil and pastels that explode with saturated color.

Boxall, who completed her MFA at San Francisco Art Institute and moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2018, creates in her west Charlotte studio, a haven for her work with acrylics, spray paint, pastels and oils. She began as a figurative painter. She gradually loosened her lines, breaking down the form of the body into broad expanses and elongated, rounded contours. Since 2018, Boxall has worked primarily in abstraction.


See more from Boxall at katherineboxall.com and on Instagram @katherineboxall

Look inside Charlotte-based artist Katherine Boxall’s west Charlotte studio. Boxall was the Mint’s first Constellation CLT artist of 2020, and in partnership with the Young Affiliates of the Mint, the Mint’s Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art Jen Sudul Edwards, PhD, chats with Boxall to give us a glimpse into the artist’s creative process, her striking works of art, and the studio where it all comes together.

Atrium:

Maple Candy, 2019. Acrylic, oil, spray paint, and pastel on canvas, 96 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Black Licorice, 2020. Acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas, 96 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Tread, 2020. Acrylic, oil, spray paint, and pastel on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Burnt Bubblegum, 2018. Acrylic, oil, spray paint, and pastel on canvas, 96 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Mezzanine:

Milk IV, 2020. Acrylic, pastel, graphite, charcoal, spray paint, and oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

 

4th floor:

Pink Yeti, 2018. Fluff and pastel, 36 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Barbie x Rothko, 2018. Silk and vinyl, 36 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ode to Yves, 2018. Dyed silk, 36 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

In its second year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community and to activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in four places at Mint Museum Uptown: in the entrance; at the foot of the atrium escalator; and on the landings of the Mezzanine and 4th levels.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

Previous Installations

Fall 2018

Winter 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2019

MyLoan Dinh

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MyLoan Dinh

7 May – 29 August 2021

About The Artist

MyLoan Dinh’s sculptures and collages embody her life experiences. In 1975, she and her mother, father, and brother escaped Vietnam by boat as Saigon fell. Dinh recounts, “For 6 days, we were forbidden to dock because the ships belonged to the now-defunct South Vietnamese government. We were stateless.” Finally, officers on the USS Kirk “followed their moral compass” and allowed them to join their fleet. Thirty former South Vietnamese Navy ships and dozens of cargo and fishing boats “lowered the Vietnamese flag and were given the American one.” With that simple gesture, her homeland was erased and a new one replaced it.

This fragility of homeland, identity, and perceptions around nationality constitute the core of Dinh’s themes. She explores them, along with the systemic racism embedded in countries formed by colonial practices, in poignant works that merge contemporary art traditions and traditional craft methods. Combining utilitarian objects that connote durability—tools, envelopes, life jackets, a passport—with eggshells, embroidery, and fabric, Dinh grapples with the fragility of responsibility, the messiness of hope, and the resilience of committing to personal convictions to find stable ground from which to connect with others.

From there, Dinh proposes, “Despite our differences, together we can negotiate a common goal for a common good.”

MyLoan Dinh’s recent catalogue En Route includes a forward from The Mint’s Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, Jen Sudul Edwards. A PDF version of the catalogue can be viewed be clicking the button below.

Read

Follow MyLoan Dinh on Instagram: @myloandinh or check out her website: www.myloandinh.com/

Plaza level:

At Your Service, 2021, collage on melamine plate. Courtesy of Artist.

 

2nd floor:

Mama Says, 2019, quilted fabric, hand embroidery, acrylic and oil on canvas. Courtesy of Artist.

Collective History, 2019, quilted fabric, hand embroidery, mesh, paper, acrylic, and oil on canvas. Courtesy of Artist.

 

Mezzanine:

Identity, 2016, passport, eggshells. Courtesy of Artist.

Take Out, Courtesy of Artist.

Presorted, second class, 2020, Paper envelopes, eggshells, acrylic. Courtesy of Artist.

 

3th floor:

(re)-constructing the space in-between, 2021, hammers, mallets, axes, eggshells. Courtesy of Artist.

Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Now in its third year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community, as well as activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in five places at Mint Museum Uptown: at the foot of the atrium escalator; on the landings of the Mezzanine and 3rd levels; and in the Museum Store.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Previous Installations

de’Angelo Dia

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de’Angelo Dia

22 September 2020–7 March 2021

About The Artist

While he has been called a faith leader, an educator, and an artist, de’Angelo Dia prefers the categories poet, theologian, and comic book scholar. All of these elements can be found in his drawings seen throughout Mint Museum Uptown.

Dia sets his figures in a state of development: their bodies are cocooned, but their heads have blossomed, each with unique features and a distinctive hairstyle. When Dia started the large scrolls, he was writing about people whose evolution–physical and spiritual– was arrested by systemic oppression. Similarly, the characters he draws explore different expressions and elements of African-American culture while not referring to a specific African tradition. The intention, Dia explains, is to recognize the hybrid nature of the culture those from the African diaspora must create in their new lands. Dia writes, “Slavery stripped people of their culture. These drawings celebrate the tenacity of Black and brown people to create a new culture.” This is a process, however. Dia wraps his figures in a chrysalis; in this condition, though they are preserved from harm, they also are not yet free. They are suspended in transition.


Follow de’Angelo Dia on Instagram: @dia1518 or check out his website: www.dia1518.com

Plaza level:

Ira, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Kwasi, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Yaa, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

 

2nd floor:

Betty, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Charlie, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Francis, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Epiphany, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Mezzanine:

Insomnia 4, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Fred, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

3th floor:

Abena, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Kwabena III, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

4th floor:

Akua, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Irvin, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

In its second year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community and to activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in four places at Mint Museum Uptown: in the entrance; at the foot of the atrium escalator; and on the landings of the Mezzanine and 4th levels.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

Previous Installations