Mint Member Reveal: The year to Re-Imagine – Exhibition Preview

Ami Vitale. Ripple Effect, 2009. Photographer @amivitale

Join us for a sneak preview of upcoming exhibitions for the fall of 2020 and 2021. Hear from our talented curatorial team about what all will be on view.

Welcome from our CEO, Dr. Todd Herman, and facilitated by Associate Director of Visitor Experience & Membership, Thesha Woodley.

Exhibition presentations by:
Dr. Jen Sudul Edwards, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Arts
Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern and Contemporary Art
Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion
Brian Gallagher, Curator of Decorative Arts

Exhibitions to be discussed:

*New Days, New Works: Through January 3, 2021

*Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries: Extended through January 3, 2021

*In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art: October 10, 2020-February 28, 2021

*W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine: February 24-July 25, 2021
This event is virtual via Zoom with a Q&A at the end. This event will be recorded.

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NexGen Mint Inspires Conversation with Generation Z

FREE teen Mint membership creates thriving peer-to-peer interaction

Generation Z generally refers to the cohort of people born after 1995, or “second wave Millennials.” It is a group impacted by the events of 9/11, a great recession, mass school shootings, and, to some, a decline in cultural scholarship. It is also a group who questions cultural, religious, racial and sexual stereotypes, and a generation who has always known the Internet.

Making up more than 26 percent of the U.S. population ( U.S. Census Bureau ), Generation Z will undoubtedly find their voices among the Boomers, Gen X’s, and Gen Y’s in virtual environments. They will redefine the “new normal,” and in the art world, the art they make will not be limited to the walls of a brick-and-mortar museum.

Beginning in August 2014, Cynthia Moreno of the Mint’s Learning & Engagement team initiated an effort to spark a conversation about engaging with art and museums with the Z Generation. She wanted to offer creative teens a new “place and space” in Charlotte to gather, exchange ideas, interact, and learn within the museum setting. Using ideas and input directly from teens, the Mint developed the NexGen Mint program. Thanks to the generosity of The Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and IBM, The Mint Museum now offers a FREE NexGen Mint membership for ages 14-18 that focuses on behind-the scenes access, mentorships and hangouts with working artists, design labs, and peer-to-peer activities with other creative Gen Z’s. Dozens of members from Gastonia to Concord have signed up, and teen participants have met with artists including installation artist Mel Chin , contemporary Pueblo artist Rose B. Simpson , fashion collective threeASFOUR , and jewelry designer Nora Fok for design labs and round table discussions. A new lineup of meetups is planned for 2016.

Teens are ambitious, collaborative, and independent entrepreneurs, so they need a virtual platform where these characteristics could thrive. The Mint has launched its first-ever inspiring social mash-up website, which gives teens access to shareable content inspired by the museum’s collection and an opportunity to create their own responses and experiences with Charlotte’s cultural environment. If a teen you know wants to get involved, visit to sign up today.

—By G. Scott Queen, Digital Media Manager. Mint Museum intern Scott Lerner contributed to this article.



Want to know more?

Learn more about the NexGen Mint or the Mint’s numerous teen programs and initiatives, by visiting

This article appeared in the Fall + Winter 2015 issue of The Mint Museum’s member magazine, Inspire. Want a copy? Visit either museum location or call 704.337.2009


IMAGE: Mel Chin (American, 1951 – ) SEA to SEE, 2014, mixed media installation. Featured in Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100. Mint Museum Uptown. © Mel Chin, All rights Reserved, 2014

Thinking about the future…I have learned to express myself in my art.  I have learned that I can be myself!

-NexGen Mint participant