The Mint Museum is a cultural institution in Charlotte, North Carolina that comprises the Mint Museum RANDOLPH and the Mint Museum UPTOWN. Together these two locations have hundreds of collections showcasing art and design from around the globe. Kathleen V. Jameson, former assistant director of programming for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, assumed the position of Executive Director of both museum locations as of July 1, 2010, succeeding Phil Kline upon his retirement.
Mint Museum RANDOLPH :
The Mint Museum Randolph, resides in a federal style building that once housed the Charlotte Mint. Opening in 1936, it was the first art museum in North Carolina, USA. The permanent collections include American Art, Ancient American Art, American and European ceramics, American and European Decorative Art, North Carolina Pottery, historic costume and fashionable dress and accessories, African Art, Asian Art, historic maps, Contemporary Art, and photography. The companion Mint Museum of Craft + Design focuses on contemporary craft.
Mint Museum of Craft + Design :
The Mint Museum of Craft + Design honors the legacy of the Charlotte region's rich craft heritage by collecting artistic craft in glass, metal, fiber, wood, mixed-media, and clay, including jewelry and furniture. With over 2,500 works, its permanent collections "present the creative evolution of studio craft from the utilitarian objects of the 19th century to the art of today". It also encourages the creation of art, spawns collaborations and dialogue, and serves as a forum for artists, craft theory, aesthetics and technology.
Mint Museum UPTOWN :
The Mint Museum's new 145,000-square-foot (13,500 m square) location opened on October 1, 2010. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the building's estimated cost is $57 million. Now that it is complete, this building will be known as the Mint Museum Uptown with the original building on Randolph Road to be known as the Mint Museum Randolph.
The Uptown location spreads over five floors and houses collections of glass, ceramics, wood and other material from the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. Contemporary Art, American Art and some of the European Art collections from the Randolph Road facility have also moved to the new location, bringing the Mint's arts and craft and fine arts focuses under one roof for the first time.