Art in Charlotte: Upcoming Events and Exhibits

Charlotte is a city that holds its arts in high regard; there are constantly arts events happening in the area.  Therefore, I have featured a few exhibits that are popular in current local arts news.


Reveal and Detonate: Contemporary Mexican Photography

Location: Mint Museum Uptown
Date(s): October 28th – June 17, 2018
Admission: Price of Museum Admission (Adults $15; Children $6)

Reveal and Detonate is a newly-opening exhibit that will feature the incredible work of 40 of Mexico’s top photographers.  Work featured in the exhibit will provide the personal insight of talented photographers, acting as commentaries on their own personal histories and social and political issues.  This particular exhibition in the Mint Museum is produced by the Televisa Foundation’s circulated collection of modern art.  This collection has been displayed in Madrid and Mexico City; Reveal and Detonate is the first North American debut of this inspiring collection of photography.

More information can be found on the exhibit website.


CommUNITY Conversation

Location: Mint Museum Uptown
Date(s): October 26, 2017 (7pm to 9pm)
Admission: Free

John Biggers (1924-2001), native of Gastonia, NC, is the center of the current Mint Museum exhibit John Biggers: Wheels in Wheels.  The exhibit itself, featuring 12 of Bigger’s important paintings, has been on display since July 20, 2016, but will be closing on November 5, 2017.  To mark the exhibit’s impeding closure, the museum is hosting a talk by B. E Noel, art consultant, educator, and dealer.  The talk will feature Noel’s insights and anecdotes about Biggers, an artist, painter, paint-maker, and storyteller.  After the talk, a guided tour will be given of Wheels in Wheels.

More information about the websites for both the exhibit and the event itself.



The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Various Exhibits
Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Date(s): July 22, 2017 – January 22, 2018
Admission: Price of Museum Admission (Adult $9; Youth $7)

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a local center that features the contributions of Africans and African-Americans in the arts.  Currently, the museum is featuring three exhibitions that display work by three figures in African-American art: Darryl Atwell, Miya Bailey, and Sloane Siobahan.  These exhibits have been open through the summer, but will be closing at the same time early next year.

Art Exhibition: The Darryl Atwell Collection of African-American Art: a compilation of impressive collections by Darryl Atwell, collector.  This exhibit contains an expansive and range of art pieces featuring a variety of themes, in the form of paintings, sculpture, and less conventional mediums.

Immortal: A New Series by Miya Bailey: a collection of paintings created by artist Miya Bailey.  Works in this exhibit are centered around the idea of memory and immortalization of the past through art, serving as a documentation of things remembered.

Sloane Siobahan: Archetypes of the Subconscious: an exhibition displaying the works of Sloane Slobhan, Charlotte artist.  The works featured here tell the artist’s personal story through beautiful color and personal struggle.

More information can be found in the exhibit links included above.


About the Author

Chiamaka Okonkwo is a freshman at UNC Charlotte and a volunteer for Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine. She is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in public health. She enjoys spending her free time reading, exploring, and playing Tetris.