Who are The Young Affiliates?

We're a diverse group of young professionals promoting and supporting the Mint Museum through cultural, social, leadership, and fundraising activities and events. Established in 1990, we're the premier social arts organization for young professionals in Charlotte.

Our Mission:

To introduce members to the resources available at the Mint, and develop appreciation of the arts through a wide variety of programs including gallery openings, receptions, annual fund-raising parties, membership meetings, and after-work educational seminars.

Our Impact:

The Young Affiliates make substantial donations of tangible and intangible goods to The Mint Museum each year. To date, the Young Affiliates have made eight acquisitions, including a photograph by Annie Leibovitz and outstanding pieces of contemporary craft purchased at the American Craft Council Craft Fair. These artworks are held in the permanent collection of the Mint with credit to the Young Affiliates. At present, the Young Affiliates have committed to raising funds to offset the cost of free school tours of the Mint Museum for school-aged children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. These tours inspire a new generation of artists and art enthusiasts who will make Charlotte a more vibrant community.

Need More Reason to Join?

As a member of the Young Affiliates of the Mint, you get discounted pricing for our larger fundraisers like Fall Ball and Derby Days. We also offer discounts through our partnerships and reciprocal membership to museums across the country. Learn More. 

Join a Committee

Looking to get more out of your Young Affiliates membership and meet new people? Consider joining a committee. Help engage the community with North Carolina’s oldest art museum and leave your footprint on Charlotte’s cultural campus.





Vice President



joshua baccus


whitney feld

Past President


satie munn

Fall Ball Co-Chair


Ryan corte

Development Co-Chair

Ron charlot

Development Co-Chair

kendra cheeseman

Cultural Engagement Chair

Christian Hidden

Cultural Engagement Vice Chair

Lauren Rieger

Cultural Engagement Vice Chair

derek bastein


rj johnson

Membership Co-Chair


virginia wooten

Derby Days Chair


seth adamson

Derby Days Vice Chair


Margaret Strickland

Art Show Chair


Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show
Presented by The Young Affiliates of the Mint

June 16 - July 21, 2017
Mint Museum Uptown
Level 5 Expansion Space

The Young Affiliates of the Mint are excited to announce 'Gendered,' the second annual Young Affiliates of the Mint art show, opening this June. 

Why Gendered?

In just a few short years, the United States has seen legislation regarding LGBTQ equality, the first female presidential nominee, broadened definitions of gender identity, and the evolution of masculinity and femininity in the home and workforce. While American attitudes towards gender have become increasingly progressive, there still persists gender and sexuality discrimination. Gendered seeks to create an inclusive arts forum for gender and its common intersectionalities with race, class, sexuality, and identity.


Artist Submission Information:

Gendered will be a juried group exhibition featuring 10-15 artists, each of whom will exhibit a selected body of work. We are accepting submissions now thru March 15th. Guest curators known and noteworthy to the arts community will jury ‘Gendered' (to be announced at a later date). The show will be regional, accepting entries from artists living and/or making art in the south-eastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia.  Artists must submit high resolution images of the works submitted, an artist statement, and a CV. The entry fee is $40 for up to 15 works of art from a cohesive body of work. 

  • January 1 - March 15: Entries accepted
  • April 15: Artists notified
  • June 3, 4, 10, 11: Artwork drop-off
  • June 16: Show opening
  • June 28: Artist talk/panel
  • July 21: Show Closing
  • July 22, 23, 29, 30: Artwork pickup

Curious about last year’s show, '80x80'?

80x80 featured 80 works in honor of Mint Museum's 80th anniversary. The 80 works were selected from over 1100 entries, and spanned a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, video and more. The panel of distinguished jurors included Mary Edith Alexander, curator for Bank of America Corporate Art Program, Grace Cote, Senior Coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and Lori Kornegay, Curator of Art & Public Engagement at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Check out images from ‘80x80: An Art Show,’ our inaugural show held in June of 2016 at Mint Museum Uptown, attended by over 600 people on opening night. 80x80 was awarded BEST EXHIBITION OF 2016 by Creative Loafing!

80x80 Featured Artists:

Ayako Abe-Miller, Amna Asghar, Amy Bagwell, Andrew Blanchard, William Brown, Amanda Brown, Robert Bubp, Micah Cash, Jong-un Choi, Chris Clamp, Meredith Connelly, Deangalo Dia, Sharon Dowell, RJ Dygert, Johanna Evans-Colley, Anne Fiala, Mark Flowers, Corey Fowler, Brian Gillis, Jamey Gray, Julie Anne Greenberg, Joshua Dudley Greer, Tinashe Gwata, Garrett Hansen, Ian Henderson, Amy Herman, Glenn Holmstrom, Julie   Jones, Craig Kaths, Mary Klacza, Kenn Kotara, Anne Lemanski, Betsy Lewis, Alexandra Loesser, Allison Luce, Katrina Majkut, April Marten, Andy McMillan, Nicholas Napoletano, Christopher Owen Nelson, Erik Nohalty, Isaac Payne, Jonathan Pellitteri, Miranda Pfeiffer, Michelle Podgorski, Stacy Rexrode, Ellie Richards, Lynne Riding, Barbara Schreiber, Lila Shull, Sandy Singletary, Clint Sleeper, Sydney Sogol, Matthew Steele, Margaret Strickland, Laura Sussman-Randall, Jaimee Todd, Felicia van Bork, Aric Verrastro, Linda Vista, Jason Watson, Annemarie Weekley, Charles Williams, Holly Wilson, Stephen Wilson, Doohyun Yoon, Liliya Zalevskaya, Xiwen Zhu.