The Young Affiliates of the Mint Present
80x80: An Art Show
The Young Affiliates of the Mint will host their inaugural art show, 80x80, in Mint Museum Uptown’s Level 5 expansion space from Friday, June 10th to Saturday, June 25th, 2016. 80x80 will consist of a total of 80 works of art, in commemoration of The Mint Museum’s approaching 80th Anniversary. The theme does not denote any dimensionality or size requirement. Works of art shown will be selected from submissions and all artists are encouraged and welcomed to submit their work for consideration in 80x80.
Mary Edith Alexander, M.F.A. has been a curator with Bank of America Corporate Art Program since 2004. Mary Edith curates exhibitions for the bank’s Art in Our Communities program. Projects comprise both physical exhibitions like the Transcending Visions: American Impressionism 1870-1940 from the Bank of America Collection which has toured the United States and Seoul, Korea thus far, and virtual exhibitions for Bank of America’s Arts & Culture website. Additionally, her duties have included providing curatorial support for projects in the bank’s real estate portfolio, including the Ritz-Carlton and 1BAC Tower in Charlotte .
Trained as a studio artist, Mary Edith received her undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Mary Edith was a recipient of the Regional Artists Grant (1998-99) from the Mecklenburg Arts and Sciences Council for her project entitled Landmarks, which was exhibited at the Levine Museum of the New South. In 2003-04, she was an Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Her work is held in the corporate collections of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, 5th/3rd Bank, and Queens University of Charlotte as well as private collections in Australia, Great Britain, Malaysia, and the United States.
Grace Cote knew her future involved visual art when she first saw Monet's Woman with a Parasol at the National Gallery of Art when she was 16. She decided to make it the focus on her college admissions essay and went on to study Art History at UNC Chapel Hill. She has since worked in galleries, museums and in the public art sector, most recently serving two years as Director for Central Piedmont Community College Galleries. Currently she works at Jerald Melberg Gallery as Senior Coordinator.
Grace enjoys writing about art and, after publishing pieces in local and national publications (including ArtNews and the Charlotte Observer), she co-founded the Charlotte-centric art blog HappeningsCLT. She is an advocate for artists in her community and hopes there will soon be more opportunities for artists to thrive in Charlotte.
Lori Kornegay lives in Charleston, SC and is the Curator of Art & Public Engagement at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.
Before joining the Halsey, Kornegay worked in New York serving as Director of the Summer Study Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art where she was responsible for directing academic standards and program design for courses covering topics in art business and contemporary art.
Selected curatorial experience includes co-curator of Siteworks in Columbia, SC a series of outdoor public art installations; curator of Signs of Contemporary Art at the State Museum in Columbia; curator and manager of the City Arts Exhibition Series at Bank of America Plaza in Columbia; and Obey and Slay: Art from the Street at the Halsey Gallery in Charleston.
Kornegay holds a bachelor's degree from Clemson University and a master's degree in art history from the University of South Carolina with a concentration on 20th century art.
This show will open a dialogue between artists, unbridled from any overarching theme, content, medium, or geographic parameters, and the Charlotte community in an accessible, yet established space, while mixing and mingling amongst works of art.
There is a noted schism between the museum space, the gallery space and the studio space. With this art show, the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum hope to bridge that gap to give attendees and participants the medium through which to view this new space and start this new conversation.
The Young Affiliates of the Mint are a diverse group of young professionals promoting and supporting the Mint Museum cultural, social, leadership, and fundraising activities and events. Established in 1990, we're the premier social arts organization for young professionals in Charlotte.
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts,
500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina.
JANUARY 4TH TO MARCH 14TH, 2016.
Artist’s submissions accepted.
APRIL 4TH, 2016.
Artists will be notified of acceptance.
MID TO LATE MAY, 2016.
All selected works of art should arrive at the Mint Uptown.
JUNE 10TH, 2016.
JUNE 10TH – JUNE 25TH, 2016.
Show is up and running. Come on down to Uptown.