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The Mint Museum to showcase work of 25 local artists, three artist collectives in upcoming exhibition It Takes a Village

 

Charlotte, North Carolina (DATE) — In celebration of the vibrant, grassroots art happening throughout Charlotte, The Mint Museum has organized It Takes a Village: Charlotte’s Artist Collectives, an exhibition presenting works of art from three of the city’s innovative artist collectives: Goodyear Arts, BlkMrktClt, and Brand the Moth. The exhibition runs June 12- September 12 at Mint Museum Randolph.

More than 25 artists from the three collectives will have works of art on display in the Jones-Dwelle-Belk galleries at Mint Museum Randolph. It Takes a Village is curated by Jen Sudul Edwards, PhD, chief curator and curator of contemporary art at The Mint Museum, and the works are by artists of diverse backgrounds, many born in countries outside the United States, using materials from oil paint to woven fabric, collage to ceramics.

"Blocked" by artist Will Jenkins

“Charlotte’s legacy of artist collectives is exceptional,” says Sudul Edwards. “We have an extraordinary number of creatives coalescing into communities that celebrate local artists’ works on a larger, louder platform, and that also work together to form this highly productive, engaging creative machine.”

Members of Brand the Moth and BlkMrktClt were pivotal in orchestrating Charlotte's Black Lives Matter mural on South Tryon Street in 2020.

It Takes a Village continues to support the Mint’s commitment to promoting artists of color. Many of the artists included in the exhibition had a part in painting the Black Lives Matter street mural in uptown Charlotte in summer 2020. Some, including artists Arko, Owl, and de’Angelo Dia, have been featured in the Mint’s Constellation CLT series, which showcases works by local artists in Mint Museum Uptown’s public spaces. And many of the It Takes a Village artists were also involved with LOCAL/STREET, a three-day pop-up exhibition organized by BlkMrktClt co-founder Carla Aaron-Lopez in March at Mint Museum Randolph featuring the work of more than 40 local artists of color and street artists who are helping define the city’s visual identity.

16th Street Bridge Part 1. Courtesy of Brand the Moth.
Andrea Vail, Herringbone Shag (evergreen and sassafrass). Image by Brandon Scott

“As we emerge from COVID isolation, it’s important to celebrate and support the art and artists that are part of our community,” says Todd A. Herman, PhD, president and CEO of The Mint Museum. “And what better way than to use gallery spaces to highlight the creative energy emanating from artists in some of Charlotte’s art collectives.”

About the collectives

Goodyear Arts is an artist-led residency program that supports visual, performing, and literary artists annually by providing time, space, money, and community in which to create. Alumni have formed a collective and continue using free studio space and volunteering their time to support the organization. goodyeararts.com

BlkMrktClt was created to provide a safe creative environment for artists of color. The organization, located at Camp North End, focuses on developing emerging artists and creating a more diverse and robust community. blkmrktclt.com

Brand the Moth uses public art programs and projects as a vehicle to spark creativity and connection, provide a trusting space for artists to grow, offer educational opportunities for professionals, and produce projects which reflect and empower the community around them.  brandthemoth.com

The Mint Museum

Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations — Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts — the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community.

Contact:

Caroline Portillo, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at The Mint Museum
caroline.portillo@mintmuseum.org | 704.488.6874 (c)

Michele Huggins, Communications and Media Relations Project Manager at The Mint Museum
michele.huggins@mintmuseum.org | 704.564.0826 (c)

Funding for this exhibition is provided by ASC and NCAC. A special thank you to our media sponsor Charlotte is Creative.