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The Young Affiliates of the Mint announce their Third Annual Art Show, "Mainframe," to be held in the Level 5 expansion space of the Mint Museum Uptown.

Mainframe: The dawn of the mainframe computer marks a turning point in society. Technology advancements occur constantly and turn new products obsolete in a matter of months. Ironically, technological devices elicit an array of reactions and emotions from the user. Whether it is nostalgia, innovation or possible obsession, we are all influenced in some way by the advances the world has encountered. The Young Affiliates of the Mint are proud to present "Mainframe," a compilation of participatory works that explore the role of technology in society and/or how technology overstimulation has impacted the world's youngest generations.

Mainframe is the 3rd annual Young Affiliates of the Mint Art Show, following the 2016 inaugural exhibition, “80x80: An Art Show,” heralded as the best Charlotte exhibition of 2016 by Creative Loafing, and the 2017 art show, “Gendered,” recognized by Charlotte Magazine as the voters' choice for Best Art Exhibit of 2017. 

The Young Affiliates of the Mint are committed to promoting and supporting the Mint Museum through cultural, social, leadership, and fundraising activities. "Mainframe," offers an invitation to challenge the way you perceive and interact with art and technology through an exhibition featuring a compilation of participatory works. Come experience "Mainframe" in Fall of 2018.

Mainframe 2018 Timeline

  • September 20 - October 19: Exhibition on view

    • Wednesdays, 5-9pm

    • Fridays, 5-9pm

    • Saturdays, 11am-6pm

    • Sundays, 1-5pm

  • Thursday, September 20: Opening Night (rescheduled from September 14th due to Hurricane Florence)

    • 6-7pm: Artist, Juror, Donor VIP hour

    • 7-10pm: Open to the public (free admission)


Joy Meyer

Leah Mulligan

Daniel Pillis

David Sackett

Thomas Schmidt

Lydia See

Jordan Vinyard

Christina Weisner


Lia Newman has held the position of Director/Curator of the Davidson College Art Galleries in Davidson, NC, since January 2013. From 2002-2012, Newman was Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. She earned a BA in Art History and a BFA in General Studio with concentrations in sculpture and photography from Winthrop University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University. Newman is responsible for curating exhibitions, developing exhibition-related programming, and overseeing/growing the Davidson College Art Collection, including the Campus Sculpture Program. Beyond her gallery duties, Newman is a co-founder of HappeningsCLT, an arts blog focused on the Charlotte region. She has served as a panelist and/or juror for numerous organizations in the southeast.




Ivan Toth Depeña is an artist who is currently living and working in Charlotte, NC. With a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Depeña’s artistic production is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design, and encompasses a range of media. Depeña pursues the intersection between different disciplines with the aim of choreographing the moment when these aspects come together seamlessly. Using traditional avenues such as drawing, painting and sculpture then interweaving interactivity/responsiveness, video, light and high-tech methods of fabrication, Depeña explores the fine line between chance and intention. 

Although Depeña has been working increasingly in the public realm, he maintains a rigorous and experimental, self directed studio practice. He has exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions, including at the McColl Center, NC; Praxis NY, NYC; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Miami Art Museum, Frost Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Depeña has recently completed large-scale public commissions in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Charlotte, NC; Gainesville, Tampa, and Miami, FL. His work is held in numerous public and private collections.

In early 2014, he was awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Miami Grant for his proposal for a first of it’s kind series of augmented reality public art projects throughout South Florida called “Lapse”. Depeña is currently a finalist for the renowned Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Grants & Commissions program for Hispanic artists for 2017-2018. Depeña was also nominated for the prestigious United States Artist grant 2017.

More information about the artist at: | @depenastudio



As Public Art Director for the City of Raleigh, Kelly oversees the City’s growing public art program and leads the development of public art across the city. In addition to administering The City of Raleigh's Percent for Art program, she also manages the Public Art and Design Board, oversees the citizen-initiated project process, and is responsible for an expanding portfolio of temporary and experimental public art projects.

Prior to this role, Kelly served as the Executive Director of Lump, a non-profit alternative art space founded in 1996 by artist, Bill Thelen and engineer, Med Byrd. In 2006 she opened Flanders Gallery in Raleigh and served as its Director until 2016, when she chose to close the gallery in order to develop Lump as a non-profit. She won an Indies Art Award in 2016 for her support of artists as well as her work developing Lump and Flanders Gallery.

As an advocate of interdisciplinary art, Kelly consistently works with video and new media artists. She is currently working with the Raleigh Arts on a City-wide strategic initiative to encourage collaboration between the art community and technology innovators. Kelly also continues to serve on the executive board of Lump, and The Forge Initiative.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors:

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Previous Art Shows:

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Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show

We hosted our second juried art show, Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show, at the Mint Uptown from June 16 to July 21, 2017. The show featured works from 24 local and national artists that related to gender and its common intersectionalities with race, class, sexuality, and identity. 

Featured Artists:

Jeremy Brooks, Wendell George Brown, Greg Climer, Ani Collier, Margaret Curtis, Stacey Davidson, Robyn Day, Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt, Holly Fischer, Shterna Goldbloom, Gordon C. James, Mariah Karson, Justin Korver, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Betsy Odom, Austin Power, Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Santiago Sanchez, Anna Wehrwein, D’Angelo Williams, Holly Wilson, Celeste Wilson, Guanyu Xu, Studio 345

Featured Jurors: 

Kelli Connell
Ryan James Caruthers
John Edmonds
Carla Hanzal

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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 June 10–25, 2016. 80x80 consisted of a total of 80 works of art, in commemoration of The Mint Museum’s 80th Anniversary. With over 600 attendees at the opening, 80x80 was a resounding success, named "Best Exhibition of 2016" by Creative Loafing

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 Bloom 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.