Though not exactly an art museum in the strictest sense of the word, the Foundation for the Carolinas, with its very large art collection and good intentions more than qualifies for one. Founded in 1958, Foundation for the Carolinas is one of the premier organizations that has been working for the good of the people of the Southeast. Dedicated to strengthening communities, the Foundation works closely with several leading civic leaders, corporations, donors and non-profits for pursuing inspiring philanthropic endeavors.
Having moved to its current location in 2011, the Foundation For The Carolinas houses several pieces of high-end art. The facility is home to the Sonia and Isaac Luski Gallery, which is a classy and intimate setting that features some of the most innovative art. This interesting collection, which is characterized by its canvas of colors, sparkling glass and striking paintings, attracts thousands of visitors, if not more, every year and features leading contemporary painters such as Herb Jackson and Chuck Hose, as well as glass artists like Jon Kuhn, Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra, among many others. Most pieces in the collection have in fact been donated by Sonia and Isaac Luski, Cuban emigrants who arrived in the US with very few possessions and two paintings.
Address: 220 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704.973.4500, 800.973.7244
Interested in something that offers “art” and “civil war” in one sentence? If your answer is yes, head to the Levine museum of the New South! One of the most well-known and often-visited museums of the Southeast, the Levine museum of the New South has its theme in showcasing the history and legacy of the “New South,” i.e. the time, places and people from 1865 till date – from the good to the bad and everything in-between.
Founded in 1991, the avant garde museum features a very wide variety of art pieces that represent and portray this history. Suitable and informative for both children and adults alike, the Museum offers several different kinds of opportunities for education, benefit, as well as enjoyment – all while providing a suitable historical context and an emphasis on further deliberation and discussion.
The museum fully believes in giving back to the community that it is a part of, and to that end takes up a portion of the community’s fiscal responsibilities by offering generous scholarships to the talented. In addition to portraying history, the museum also believes in building one that the future generations can cherish.
Address: 200 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
If you’re looking for an art museum that goes much more beyond simply featuring collections, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is the place for you to be. One of the best homes for contemporary art in the Queen City and beyond, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a one-of-a-kind contemporary art center that aims to foster a better relation between art, artists and the wider community that it thrives in.
Located in Uptown Charlotte, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is housed in a historic, neo-Gothic church, and has a wide gallery space of 5,000 square-feet. With over 7 studios for artists, the museum features some of the finest contemporary pieces. It also holds ground-breaking exhibitions, programs to connect artists with visitors, workshops and community outreach programs.
Address: 721 N Tryon ST, Charlotte, NC 28202
Not only is the Mint Museum North Carolina’s oldest museum, it is also one that features the largest collection in Southeastern US. A very popular not-for-profit, visual arts institution, the Mint museum features a very wide range of art from all over the world in a series of innovative collections. Located in two places – Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown, the Mint Museum is known for its inspiring ambience, never-seen-before exhibitions, ground-breaking educational programs, and generous scholarships.
Both facilities features some of the world’s most renowned collection, such as the Craft + Design collection that can be seen in the Uptown facility, and some of the most outstanding and prominent pieces of European, contemporary, and of course American art. The amenities for visitors are many as well, and include an auditorium, art studios, several separate galleries, a restaurant and cafe, as well as an exclusive museum shop.
Mint Museum RANDOLPH: 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207
Mint Museum UPTOWN: 500 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
If you’re looking for a museum that features the best of the classics as well as the modern, you should put the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on top of your list. Located in Center City, the museum is housed in a terra-cotta-tiled building that has been designed by the famous architect Mario Botta, and makes for some of the Queen City’s most inspiring structures.
While the museum is indeed young in terms of its own age, it is not so in terms of its collection. In fact, the museum’s collection was until recently the private collection of the Bechtler family of Zurich, Switzerland, and was largely not seen by the American audience.
With a collection of art that has been accumulated over a course of 70 years, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art features the work of iconic 20th Century artists such as Calder, Giacometti, Warhol and Miró, among others. It also features several letters, photographs and books, which portrays the relationship between the Bechtler family and the artists that have been featured in the collection.
Address: 420 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202