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College Lab @ the Mint: Spring Edition

February 23, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We are thrilled to announce our new college focused program College Lab @ the Mint: Spring Edition at Mint Museum Randolph! This program will include FREE admission to the museum, career development sessions, and an opportunity for students to improve their presentation skills. The event will be held on February 23 from 2 – 6 PM at Mint Museum Randolph.

  • FREE admission for all college students and faculty at the Mint! Wander the galleries, check out info sessions about internships and opportunities, and connect with museum staff at workshops.
  • Students are invited to present a 10-minute talk. This is their chance to share their knowledge and passion with others at the museum!  Talks can be in the galleries or through a visual presentation connected to any subject, theme, object, time period, or medium represented in the Mint’s collection.


  • Join Joyce Weaver, Director of Library and Archives, for a workshop in the library. Learn from Joyce about the Mint’s special collections, primary resources for research, and how to handle special collections materials.
  • Join Joel Smeltzer, Head of School & Gallery Programs, for a workshop in the galleries. Joel will share how a group gallery tour encourages meaningful looking and interpretation of art.

Student 10-minute Talk

  • Students must submit a pitch to be considered for a talk. Pitches should include:
    • A 500-word description of the talk that includes a subject, the presentation type (Gallery talk or PowerPoint presentation), and your personal connection to the art.
  • Visit the Mint or use The Mint Museum wiki or database for inspiration.
  • Pitches are due on February 1, selected students will be notified on February 8.
  • Selected students must be available on February 23.
  • Ideas for talk subjects:
    • Into studio art? Share with us how a clay vessel was constructed or explain the process of color blending in oil painting.
    • Show off your Art History chops: explain the use of red in Italian Renaissance paintings or tell us the story behind Dale Chihuly or share the role of potpourri in the 1800’s.
    • Interested in world cultures, tell us more about the Kuba Kingdom of Central Africa.
2:00 – 6:00 PM FREE admission for college students and faculty
2:00 PM Hang-out in the lounge (Ivey Forum)
Grab refreshments and chat with friends
2:10 – 2:20 PM Docent Dot Talk in the African-Print Fashion Now! special exhibition
2:30 – 2:40 PM   1st internship info session in the lounge
2:45 – 2:55PM Student talk – Luke Trull
Appalachian State University
Izapan Style Art and Artistic Transmission in Ancient Mesoamerica in Art of the Ancient Americas Galleries
3:00 – 3:30 PM Library workshop – 2 spots left
Meet in the lounge
3:45 – 3:55 PM Student talk – Jillian Stelow
Converse College
Beauty in Decay in the European Galleries
4:00 – 4:30 PM Gallery workshop – 5 spots left
Meet in the lounge
4:45 – 4:55 PM Student talk – Mandy Cooper
Converse College
African Aesthetics as a Source of Revolution in the African-Print Fashion Now! exhibition
5:00 – 5:10 PM Student talk – Erin Nicholas
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Domesticated Effigies in the Art of the Ancient Americas Galleries
5:15 – 5:25 PM 2nd internship info session in the lounge
5:30 PM Lounge closes
6:00 PM Museum closes

For questions, please contact Alex Olivares at alexandra.olivares@mintmuseum.org

This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


February 23, 2019
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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