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The Vault

July 1 - September 18, 2023

Mint Museum Uptown


Highlighting the significant responsibility and privilege that comes with being a custodian of Black art.

The Vault, curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, will open at the Mint Museum Uptown early July 2023. This exhibition will explore some of the distinctly different approaches and philosophies of art collecting by prominent Charlotte-based collectors Judy and Patrick Diamond, Nina and James Jackson, Christy and Quincy Lee, and Cheryse and Christopher Terry. This dynamic group will present a range of collector theory, methodology and objects made by Black artists from their private collections. Visitors will be able to explore vintage photography, original paintings, prints, sculptures, furniture, vinyl records, and other culturally specific ephemera. The Vault illustrates the significant responsibility and privilege that comes with being a collector or custodian of Black art. The Vault will be on view July 1-October 1, 2023 at Mint Museum Uptown.

In 2018, the National Art Services Executive at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Evan Beard, published an article called ‘The Four Types of Art Collectors’ on Artsy, the world’s largest online art marketplace. In the article, Beard categorized all art collectors into four general groups: The Connoisseurs, The Enterprising Collector, The Trophy Hunter, and The Aesthete. The four Charlotte-based collectors featured in The Vault have distinctly different approaches and philosophies of art collecting that mirror this framework.

  • As a custodian of Black art, I feel a responsibility to honor, preserve, and protect this part of my history and culture.

    – Jessica Moss


    Jessica Gaynelle Moss is an artist, has her own arts consultancy, manages multiple artists residency programs, curates’ exhibitions and performances, and is a frequent speaker on panels on the subjects of artist support, advocacy and stewardship. Previous curatorial projects include mood: BLACK at Goodyear Arts (2017), BLACK BLOODED at New Gallery of Modern Art (2018), Southern Constellations at North Carolina A&T State University (2019), Taking Care at Silver Eye Center for Photography (2021), SHRINE at the Mattress Factory (2022) and TEMPLE at PRIZM Art Fair, Miami Art Week (2022). Photo: Jade Lilly.

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