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    The Mint Museum Annual Report

    2008 / 2009

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    Mission / Focus / Vision

    Letter from the Board Chair

    Letter from the Director








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    The Mint MuseumMint Museum of Art l 2730 Randolph Rd. l Charlotte, NC 28207Mint Museum of Craft + Design l 200 N. Tryon St. l Charlotte, NC 28202704.337.2000 l

    Cover: DANTE MARIONI. American, 1964-Black Reticello Acorn 2007blown glassGift of the Founders Circle Ltd. 2008.83Photograph by David Ramsey

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    Mission stateMent The Mint Museum is a unique gathering place for people to experience art through significant and varied collections, engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programs.

    artistic Focus The Mint Museums artistic focus is American Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, Ceramics, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Craft, and Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress.

    artistic Vision At The Mint Museum, we believe that art creates a unique experience which can positively transform peoples lives and that this experience must be physically and intellectually accessible to our entire community. Our passion for art is conveyed through stimulating scholarship, creative presentation, innovative educational programs and our collection.

    The Mint Museum collects works of the highest quality and merit reflecting the diversity of artistic endeavor. We will celebrate and augment the display of our permanent collection with significant traveling exhibitions and collaborations with other institutions. We will enhance our strengths in Ceramics, Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress, and Art of the Ancient Americas to demonstrate our leadership in these areas. We will aggressively build important collections of American Art, Contemporary Art and Contemporary Craft. Through these efforts, we will tell the story of humanitys collective artistic aspirations to our local, regional and national audiences.

    We recognize that the ownership of artworks is an obligation; one of stewardship for future generations. We acknowledge our responsibility to contribute dialogue through research, publications and exhibitions to continue our role as leaders in the visual arts.

    At The Mint Museum, we are committed to using our talents and resources to inspire our publics curiosity and to nurture their aesthetic appreciation and critical awareness.


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    Dear Friends,

    On behalf of the Board of Trustees of The Mint Museum, it is my pleasure to present the 2008-2009 Annual Report. It has been my honor to serve as Board Chair over the past year as the organization moves forward with its expansion plan while continuing to present notable exhibitions and programs for our visitors.

    The construction of the new uptown facility is on schedule and within budget. I hope you have had the opportunity to walk or drive by the building to see the progress that is being made towards the scheduled completion in April 2010. We anticipate a grand opening

    in the fall of 2010, featuring a host of exciting events to commemorate this milestone in the Mints history. There are many people and organizations to thank for this successful public-private partnership, including Wachovia/Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Bank of America, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, the state delegation and the Arts & Science Council. Zach Smith has continued to lead the Building Committee that has worked closely with our design team of Machado and Silvetti Associates, design architects; Clark Patterson Lee, executive architects; and George Sexton Associates, lighting consultants.

    As announced in last years Annual Report, the Mint has adopted a new governance structure to broaden the engagement of community leaders in helping the organization achieve its strategic goals. The Board of Trustees has retained responsibility for the governance of the organization, including legal, financial, strategic, personnel, marketing, public relations, development, accreditation, governance, nominating and exhibition planning issues. During 2008-2009, the new Boards of Directors for the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design worked with key staff members to support development efforts in membership/sponsorship, exhibition planning and collections growth. With this approach, the Mint has grown stronger by broadening its support and having many more ambassadors who are helping to tell our exciting story of growth and service to the community. I want to thank Bill Fuller, Chair of the Mint Museum of Art, and Susan McKeithen, Chair of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, for their leadership during this past year. I welcome new board chairs Janet LeClair (Mint Museum of Art) and Patti Tracey (Mint Museum of Craft + Design), and look forward to working with them this coming year.

    Aerial view of the Mints new uptown facility


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    This past year, the Mint hosted very successful exhibitions and programs that resulted in significant increases in attendance, including:

    Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt CollectionAndy Warhol Portfolios: Life & LegendsFrom the Melting Pot into the Fire: Contemporary Ceramics in IsraelMasterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art

    These exhibitions and others were accompanied by outstanding educational programs that added to the visitor experience.

    The economic downturn has impacted all nonprofits in our community, but I am proud to say that the Mint has met this challenge head-on by reducing expenses, finding new sources of funding, and offering programming that has engaged the community. Economic challenges remain, but I am confident that the Mints supporters will continue to recognize the institutions value and provide the necessary support to ensure that it will achieve its vision and mission to engage the community in the visual arts.

    The Board of Trustees is grateful to the staff, Affiliates and volunteers of the Mint for their hard work and dedication. Everyone has taken on additional work to maintain the high quality of exhibitions and programs while also planning for the opportunities that are being created with the opening of the new facility. The visitor experience will be enhanced by the Family Gallery, studio spaces, auditorium, retail operations, special event spaces andmost importantlythe stunning art and craft on view in the galleries.

    I look forward to the coming year as we prepare for the future of The Mint Museum. Thank you for your support and continued engagement.


    Beverly Smith Hance, ChairThe Mint Museum Board of Trustees


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    Dear Friends,

    I am honored to report on the accomplishments of The Mint Museum over the past year as we move ever closer to opening our new facility in uptown Charlotte. It has been a challenging year due to the weak economy and its effects on our funding sources. However, it has also been a rewarding year in that we have seen visitation increase significantly in response to our outstanding exhibitions, programming and events.

    As noted in the Board Chairs Report, construction of the new facility is on schedule and within budget. What is truly exciting is being

    able to walk through the site as construction progresses and begin to get a feel for the experience that awaits our visitors when the Museum opens in the fall of 2010. The Mint Museum Shop, which supports our education programs, will have a strong and expanded presence along South Tryon Street. Visitors will enjoy gathering at the caf and terrace on the second floor, as well as taking in the spectacular views from the multi-story Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium. It is easy to imagine the wonderful events that will be held in the Atrium and the stunning artwork displayed there. The Family Gallery, studio spaces and auditorium will enhance experiences for visitors of all ages through hands-on art and craft activities and innovative educational programming.

    Greatly increased gallery spaces will host the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries for the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the third floor and the Mint Museum of Art on the fourth floor. The curatorial and education departments have been working diligently to create interpretive plans that will immerse visitors in the art and craft experiences of both new offerings and long-time favorites from the collection. Art commissions are underway to bring new creations into the galleries that will add to the outstanding reputation of our collections. We have had great success in working with many generous donors to add significant and important works to the collection. On the fifth floor we will have a large special events room and expanded terrace space that is sure to become one of the most popular venues in Charlotte.

    In addition to completing the new uptown building, we recognize the importance of new presentations of the collections that will remain at and form the foundation of the original

    Rendering of the Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium in the Mints new uptown facility


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    Mint Museum of Art on Randolph Road. Again, the curatorial and education staffs have worked very hard to plan for the reinstallation of collections for Art of the Ancient Americas, Ceramics and Decorative Arts, Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress, Asian Art, African Art, Native American Art, Spanish Colonial, and Coins and Currency. The implementation of these plans will extend beyond the opening o