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.

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.

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The Young Affiliates of the Mint Present
80x80: An Art Show

The Young Affiliates of the Mint hosted 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 consisted of a total of 80 works of art, in commemoration of The Mint Museum’s approaching 80th Anniversary. With over 600 attendees at the opening, 80x80 was well-received. The Young Affiliates thank all of our participating artists and generous donors. Stay tuned for what's next in 2017. 

Take a look at the 80x80 show catalog to see shots from the exhibition and learn more about all of the featured artists and works.

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.

80x80 Curators:

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.


Whitney Feld


Al Benthal

Vice President


Joshua Bacchus

Derby Days Co-Chair

Virginia Wooten

Derby Days Co-Chair

Ashley Poston Harmon

Fall Ball Co-Chair


kristen taylor hines

Fall Ball Co-Chair

lauren harkey

Development Co-Chair


RJ Johnson

Development Co-Chair

kendra cheeseman

Artitudes Co-Chair

Natalie Mayer

Artitudes Co-Chair

Ryan Corte

Membership Co-Chair

Ron Charlot


Roy Koppleman

Cultural Partnerships

Derek Bastien

Social Co-Chair

Farai Gwata

Social Co-Chair


Margaret Strickland

Digital & Social Media Chair

Lyndsay Cooper

Graphic Design Chair