The Mint Museum hosts its 11th annual Coveted Couture Gala April 27 at Mint Museum Randolph

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Charlotte, North Carolina (March 12, 2024) — The Mint Museum Coveted Couture Gala returns April 27 to Mint Museum Randolph. The 11th annual event celebrates the opening of the exhibition Objects of Affection: Jewelry by Robert Ebendorf from the Porter • Price Collection.

The Coveted Couture Gala raises critical funds for The Mint Museum to support innovative programming, groundbreaking exhibitions, arts education for children, and community outreach around arts and culture in the Queen City.

The spring tradition is a black-tie dinner dance for 400 of Charlotte’s most prominent civic leaders, museum supporters, and patrons. The 2024 Coveted Couture Gala is presented by Regions and Black Arch. Gala chairs are Beth and Drew Quartapella. Beth Quartapella is The Mint Museum Board of Trustees Chair Elect and former chair of the Craft, Design + Fashion Collections Board.

Objects of Affection celebrates the oeuvre of artist Robert Ebendorf following the evolution of his designs — from the Scandinavian modernism of his early work to his first use of found objects, including tintype photographs, in the 1960s, newspaper and other textual elements in the 1980s, and his pivotal incorporation of animal parts in the 1990s, as well as the remixing of many of these approaches in the 21st century.  His playful and innovative use of everyday objects in jewelry has inspired countless artists across generations. As a teacher and mentor, Ebendorf’s influence extends far beyond his own creations, making him a beloved figure in the industry.

“Jewels will rule, and fabulous fashion will be the forefront of the night that will play out in fun, creative, and unexpected ways,” says Hillary Cooper, chief advancement officer for The Mint Museum.

The 2024 Coveted Couture Gala begins at 6:30 PM on April 27 at Mint Museum Randolph and includes cocktails on the terrace, a sit-down dinner, brief auction and paddle raise, followed by dancing to live music by the band Party with the People.

The gala after-party kicks off at 9:30 PM. Gala tickets are $850 per person. Tickets to the after party are $75 and include cocktails and dancing.

To purchase tickets to the Coveted Couture Gala, visit or email Lauren Hartnagel at


Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations — Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts — the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community.

Clayton Sealey
Senior Director of Marketing at The Mint Museum

Michele Huggins
Associate Director of Marketing at The Mint Museum