Visit The Mint Museum for ‘Constellation CLT: Down Home Chat featuring Artist Nellie Ashford’ with Jonathan Stuhlman, PhD, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art. Hear artist Nellie Ashford’s down-home and socially-conscious stories behind her featured pieces. Celebrate the artist and her recent achievements that will have a lasting impact.
Constellation CLT is a new Mint series created to highlight the works of contemporary artists from the Charlotte region. Constellation CLT’s inaugural year is generously supported by the Arts and Science Council.
Cover image description: Juke Joint detail, 2019. Recycled materials, vintage fabric, and other textiles. Courtesy of the artist.
About Nellie Ashford:
Although she has enjoyed making art throughout her life, Charlotte native Nellie Ashford really hit her stride in her 50s. Since then, she has received accolades for exhibitions of her work at the Levine Museum of The New South and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, and was recently awarded a major commission for the new terminal at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Combining painting and collage, she often celebrates the unsung members of Charlotte’s community: children and teachers, artists, parents, musicians, and religious figures. Her work tells rich stories of her experiences, ranging from her memories of growing up in the South during the Jim Crow era to depictions of contemporary events. Nellie created a number of new works for her Constellation CLT installation.