The Mint Museum Receives a Identifying Our Community SouthWood Grant

In-kind grant will enhance Museum’s roadside signage

The Mint Museum has been awarded an “Identifying Our Community” in-kind grant of signage services by SouthWood Corporation of Charlotte. The $5,000 grant from SouthWood includes the design, fabrication and installation of new signage at the Mint Museum of Art on Randolph Road.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to receive SouthWood’s ‘Identifying Our Community’ grant,” said Executive Director Phil Kline. “The new signage will provide the Mint Museum of Art with a much improved roadside sign reflecting our current design initiatives.”

The timing of the signage is ideal, as the collections at the Mint Museum of Art will be reinstalled following the opening of the Mint Museum Uptown in October 2010. A new sign will serve as a reflection of all the changes that will take place within the historic United States Mint structure.

The award to The Mint Museum is the fifth in a series of grants to be awarded by SouthWood to nonprofits in the Charlotte area. SouthWood’s “Identifying Our Community” grant program will award a total of $100,000 worth of signage and services to eligible nonprofit organizations to install new signage or upgrade existing signage to create a positive environment. Grants will be awarded in $5,000 increments to a different nonprofit every quarter.

The Mint Museum Presents 20th Annual Art History Symposium

Public program spotlights undergraduate research by local students

Six area undergraduate art history students will present their research papers at The Mint Museum’s 20th Annual Regional Collegiate Art History Symposium on Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mint Museum Randolph (2730 Randolph Road). From the works of a Renaissance engraver to music’s influence on the visual arts, the students’ papers explore works of art from the Mint’s diverse global collections, or artists represented within the collections.

Since 1990, the Symposium has had the distinction of being one of the country’s few forums that spotlight undergraduate art history research. After the students present their findings at the program, their research papers will become permanent, bound additions to The Mint Museum’s library. Both the program and the reception following are open to the public and free with museum admission.
The 2010 Symposium participants are:

• Olutomi Balogun, Senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Hometown: Concord, NC
Topic: Harlem Scene and Baggy Jeans: Reflections of Jazz and Hip-Hop on the Visual Arts

• Dottie Bryan, Senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Topic: Pieter van der Heyden’s Autumn (1570) and Corresponding Works from the Four Winds Series

• Catherine Carlisle, Senior at Queens University
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Topic: Portraits of a Foreign Queen

• Jordan C. Cole, Senior at Davidson College
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Topic: The Feminine Grotesque: Near and Far

• McKensie Hall, Graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate
Hometown: Campobello, SC
Topic: Romare Bearden: Seaming Art, History and Narrative

• Amber Rhye, Senior at Winthrop University
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Topic: Angelica Kauffman: Exploring the Female Artist Through History Paintings