OPENS oct. 10 at mint museum uptown

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The Young Affiliates, in collaboration with The Mint Museum, will host our fourth annual art show, “Coined in the South”, at the museum’s Uptown location from October 10, 2019 to February 16, 2020.

The title, “Coined in the South”, refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the act of inventing and/or devising.

The purpose of this show is simple: to bridge the gap between the museum, the gallery, and the studio and to showcase fresh and innovative works that have not yet been seen by a broader audience.

Unconfined to any aesthetic, theme, or medium, this show seeks to be a platform for both established and emerging artists currently working in and/or from the Southeast.

45 artists were selected by our jurors from over 300 artist applicants. For the first time, prizes will be awarded, with a purse totaling $16,000.




Marilyn Zapf is the Assistant Director and Curator at the Center for Craft, a national arts nonprofit headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. She has curated a number of exhibitions including the nationally-traveling Michael Sherrill Retrospective (Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, 2018) as well as Made in WNC (Center for Craft, Asheville, NC, 2015) and Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints (Center for Craft, Asheville, NC, 2014). Marilyn is a trustee of the American Crafts Council, a program advisor for the MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies program at Warren Wilson College, and has published articles and reviews in international publications, including Art Jewelry Forum and Crafts Magazine (UK). She holds a MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and a BA (English Literature) and BFA (Jewelry and Metalworking) from The University of Georgia. Her areas of research include craft, postmodernism, de/industrialization.


Adam N. Justice is a Virginia native who received his master’s degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) in 2004, following his thesis on the evolving role of sign theory in mid-century American art. He then served as the Gallery Associate at VCU’s Anderson Gallery (2004-2006), the Chief Curator at the William King Art Museum in Abingdon, VA (2006-2010), and the Curator of Art at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL (2010-2016). Last year, he left his post at the Mint Museum as the Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art to become the Director of Galleries at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. His career includes an array of curated exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, numerous essays and critiques written for exhibition catalogues and regional publications, and various appointments as judge/juror for regional and national arts competitions, including PhotoNOLA (New Orleans), The Hunting Art Prize (Houston, TX), and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (Tampa, FL). While in Florida, he also helped found Outer Space (Winter Haven, FL), a contemporary art gallery and studio residency program, where he served as co-curator and resident artist.

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Jonell Logan is an independent curator and arts advocate dedicated to supporting artists, transforming communities, and creating accessible creative spaces. She is the Executive Director of The League of Creative Interventionists (LOCI); a San Francisco-based, non-profit supporting a national network of artists and community partners using creativity to transform communities from within. Originally from New York, Logan worked at several arts organizations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of Art; Studio Museum in Harlem. Moving South, she worked at the the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina; and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American History and Culture in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2016, Jonell founded 300 Arts Project, an arts consulting company that supports community engagement, equity and diversity in arts via training, strategic planning, and exhibitions.

Previous Art Shows:

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We hosted our third annual Art Show, "Mainframe," 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 over-stimulation has impacted the world's youngest generations.

Featured Artists:

Joy Meyer, Leah Mulligan, Daniel Pillis, David Sackett, Thomas Schmidt, Lydia See, Jordan Vinyard, Christina Weisner, Dylan Bannister, Jeffrey Barninger, Chris Clamp, Meredith Connelly, Travis Donavan, Caitlin and Misha, Cynthia Hua, Andrew Leventis, Alexander McKenzie

Featured Jurors: 

Lia Newman, Ivan Toth Depena, Kelly McChesney

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2017: Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show

We hosted our second juried art show, “Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show,” at the Mint Uptown in Summer 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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2016: 80x80: An Art Show

We hosted our inaugural art show, “80x80,” in Mint Museum Uptown’s Level 5 expansion space in Summer 2016. 80x80 consisted 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.


Mary Edith Alexander
Grace Cote
Lori Kornegay