WHO WE ARE:

The MAPS is a young professional group that introduces the curious to cultural happenings, plans social events and aims to diversify professional and personal networks through an appreciation of and interest in the arts. The MAPS membership includes “true” Millennials and Millennials at heart. The MAPS board welcomes everyone who wants to up their Art IQ. Thoughtful entry points to art itself is a key goal of the MAPS: intimate salon-style artist talks, studio visits and hands-on experiences fill the program calendar. All events, held monthly, are casual, accessible and welcoming.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ALEX BERNSTEIN AND BRENT SKIDMORE
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 27, 2019 | 6p – 7:30P

North Carolina’s talent and depth in the medium of glass is extensive. Join Asheville-based artists Alex Bernstein and Brent Skidmore for a revealing evening where each artist will walk and talk through the works he is showcasing in the gallery’s current exhibition, Transparency, while also discussing their process and journey as a glass artist. Bernstein interrogates the idea of transparency by juxtaposing cast carved glass with the opaque qualities of steel. Skidmore, who creates tables with a vulnerable fragility, uses a balance of the sculptural wooden form to uphold the transparency of the functional glass table top. Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering. Socialize and network from 6-6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p and ends at 7:30p.

THE ROLE OF CURATOR
Wednesday, MARCH 27, 2019 | 6p – 7:30P

Join Lia Newman, Director and Curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, and Adam Justice, Director of Galleries at UNC Charlotte for a dialogue about the role of a curator in the contemporary art world. Often working behind the scenes, curators are highly influential when it comes to the art we experience in galleries and museums. What does it mean to be a curator? How do curators fit into the various art institutions? From galleries to academia to non-profits, Lia and Adam will share their experience and answer questions in a free-flowing conversation.

 

Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering. Socialize and network from 6-6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p and ends at 7:30p.

MEDIUM EXPLORATION: PERFORMANCE ART
Wednesday, APRIL 24, 2019 | 6p – 7:30P

You are invited to access the sublime with Matt Cosper, Founding Artistic Director of critically-acclaimed experimental theater ensemble XOXO. Cosper is a theater maker who has created eight original works for the stage since 2009, won Charlotte Magazine’s Best of the Best Award for theater twice, and is a member of the Goodyear Arts collective, curating exhibitions and artist residencies in uptown Charlotte. Join Cosper for an engaging discussion around his original work as a playwright and director and the enduring appeal of the theatre.

 

Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering. Socialize and network from 6-6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p and ends at 7:30p.

CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER
Wednesday, MAY 22, 2019 | 6p – 7:30P

Arrive early for this special event with Burke prize recipient Cannupa Hanska Luger.  Cannupa is a Santa Fe-based Native American multi-disciplinary artist who focuses much of his work on environmental matters and issues related to indigenous populations.  He was raised on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and gained significant national and international recognition for his creative demonstrating with the use of Mirror Shields during the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance.  Cannupa, one of the featured artists in the gallery’s spring exhibition We See Heaven Upside Down, uses social collaboration to address contemporary issues.  He has been featured in articles by the New York Times, LA Times, American Craft Council, Arts Forum and Art News and is the recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design’s inaugural Burke Prize for contemporary craft.

 

Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering. Socialize and network from 6-6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p and ends at 7:30p.

PAST EVENTS

ALLI CELEBRON-BROWN, CHRIS WATTS, LINDA LUISE BROWN
Wednesday, JANUARY 30, 2019 | 6p – 7:30P

Get the inside story on the evolution of the artist-in-residence program at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation with President and CEO Alli Celebron-Brown, then hear from current artist-in-residence Chris Watts and resident alumnae Linda Luise Brown.  NC-based Brown and NYC-based Watts will share details about the residency experience and how it influenced – or influences – their body of work.  They will also explore both conceptual and aesthetic approaches towards the lucid and obscure as they walk through their artwork on view in the gallery’s current exhibition, Transparency. What is revealed and what is not revealed starts a narrative around the work. Brown’s work is abstract as she blends contrasting fields of bold color and texture into her feathery translucent brush strokes, while Watts is currently experimenting with transparencies between layers of silk and textiles in screened veneers of acrylic, providing the viewer with the opportunity to see themselves in and through the work. Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering. Socialize and network from 6-6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p and ends at 7:30p.

MAP HOLIDAY PARTY AT THE GALLERY
Wednesday, DECEMBER 12, 2018 | 6p – 7:30P

Celebrate the holidays with fellow MAP enthusiasts! Join the MAP steering committee and several speakers from the past year and share in a champagne toast.

VICARIOUS EXHIBITION EXPERIENCE
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 28, 2018 | 6p – 7:30P

Meet the veteran artists from CreatiVets and engage with them as they share the stories from service that inspired their conceptual artworks; join Charlotte artist and veteran Suje Garcia for his “Last Letters” participatory performance; listen to writer, academic, entrepreneur and veteran Paula Broadwell discuss the use of virtual reality to create empathy, and take part in a headset-on experience of her virtual reality film project. 6 – 7:30p

MAP NIGHT OUT!
Wednesday, OCTOBER 31, 2018 | 6p – ?

Meet up at the Wooden Robot at 6 pm for this Halloween celebration. Come as you are or as you like!

Location: Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S. Tryon Street.

the roll up clt with JESSICA MOSS and zun Lee
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p
SPECIAL TUESDAY NIGHT EVENT

The Millennial Art Program is excited to welcome Jessica Gaynelle Moss, founder of The Roll Up CLT and the curator behind “Black Blooded,” this summer’s group exhibition that demonstrated Charlotteans will show up, support black artists, contemporary work, and put their money where their mouth is. Jessica’s new residency program, The Roll Up CLT, is based on the West Side at Camp Greene, and furthers her mission to activate culture and community. Jessica will be joined by noted Canadian photographer Zun Lee, The Roll Up CLT’s inaugural artist.  He is already spreading out across his present West Side neighborhood embracing The Roll Up CLT’s goal of engaging neighbors and neighborhoods through art. Come discuss with Jessica where she – and Charlotte – can go next and how to carry the momentum forward, and talk with Zun about his current body of work, the give-and-take of The Roll UP, and what he intends to create while in residency.

BREAKING DOWN BOXES
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p

Breaking Down Boxes is a survey of Charlotte’s limitless arts community and an engaging discussion with Charlotte Magazine’s Andy Smith about the outmoded practice of categorizing creatives.

 

Smith covers arts and culture for Charlotte magazine, while also serving as the magazine’s digital editor.  Smith is also a writer for international art magazine Hi-Fructose Magazine (and is a co-writer on their New Contemporary Fashion book, released through Abrams Books) and has written for several other magazines and newspapers.  He gets up close with performances, galleries, museums, pop up shows, and artists of every stripe and persuasion.  In his presentation, Smith will challenge conventional notions and the boxes we create for artists to neatly fit in, using The Fine Art of ArtPop as a backdrop. Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering.  Socialize and network from 6 – 6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p.

MAP Meet Up!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p

Join the MAP steering committee and other like-minded Millennials for a Sip and Paint night out in Dilworth.

 

Location: Wine & Design in Dilworth, 1419 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Medium Exploration with Katherine Kirchner
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p

Join Charlotte-based photographer Katherine Kirchner on an exploration of the medium of photography.

 

Katherine began studying photography as a teenager and was shooting professionally before she entered college. Since then she’s completed years of intense technical training and fine art research, winning awards every step of the way. Katherine is now a full-time freelance commercial photographer based in Charlotte, NC, catering to businesses across the USA. She also shoots portraits and high end events across the region. Katherine will break down the basics of photography and discuss the lines between commercial and fine art photography, and address the challenges of professional photographers in a world saturated with easily accessible cameras on phones and other devices. Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering. Socialize and network from 6-6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p.

Medium Exploration with LARRY HOROWITZ
Wednesday, MAY 30, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p

MAP attendees received a hands-on exploration of the rich medium of pastels with master painter Larry Horowitz as he explained the history of pastels, the process of making your own and an inside look into the artist’s process. Interested in events like these? Sign up for our newsletter using the form below and never miss another event! If you’d like to see more by Larry Horowitz, join Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art at our current exhibition, Landscapes Without Borders and explore beautiful landscapes brought to life by lush brushstrokes, vivid colors and strong layering.

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Colin Keil

Madison Sumner

Lauren Piemont

Grace Satterfield

Meghan Clemm