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.
Interested in being considered for this space?
For proposal guidelines, please refer to the Guidelines for Exhibition Inquiries.
No exhibition on view at this time.
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.