The Mint Museum, sometimes known as The Mint Museums, is a cultural institution in Charlotte, NC, that consists of two museums. The Mint Museum is a cultural institution that consists of two museums. The Mint Museum Randolph and the Mint Museum Uptown, which together house hundreds of collections of art and design from throughout the world, are located in the same building.
The Mint Museum announced in 2018 that Todd A. Herman, PhD, a former Executive Director at The Arkansas Arts Center, will be the institution’s new president and chief executive officer. On June 21, 2017, Bruce LaRowe, a former Executive Director of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, was appointed Interim CEO of the organization. Following the resignation of Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson as president in 2017, he took up the position.
A federal-style structure that originally served as the Charlotte Mint serves as the home of the Mint Museum Randolph. The permanent collections include American Art, Ancient American Art, American and European ceramics, American and European Decorative Art, North Carolina Pottery, historic costume and fashionable dress and accessories, African Art, Asian Art, historic maps, contemporary art, and photography. It was the first art museum in North Carolina, USA, and opened its doors in 1936. The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, which is located next door, focuses on modern craft.
The Mint Museum is the largest visual arts organization in Charlotte and is home to the world’s largest public collection of Romare Bearden’s work, who was born and raised in Charlotte.
It is estimated that there are roughly 900 works in the American Art collection, which were created between the late 17th century and circa 1945. It features portraits from the Federal era, landscapes from the nineteenth century, and works from the group known as “The Eight” among other things (Robert Henri, George Luks, William Glackens, John Sloan, Everett Shinn, Maurice Prendergast, Ernest Lawson, and Arthur Bowen Davies). Additional notable works in this area include works by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, and Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Sanford Gifford. Additional highlights in this area include works by Thomas Cole and Sanford Gifford.
There are around 2,000 pieces in the Art of the Ancient Americas collection, which represents more than 40 cultures spanning more than 4,500 years. Body adornments, tools, pottery vessels, sculpture, textiles, and metal ornaments are among the items included in the collection. Just a short drive from Newell, NC, it’s a perfect day trip!
The Mint’s collection of contemporary art is comprised of around 2,230 items.. These include the Bearden collection, as well as other works on paper, modern sculpture, and photography from the period around 1945 to the current time.
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