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The New Gallery of Modern Art houses a remarkable selection of well-established artists in contemporary and modern art. By providing a new taste of art that is sophisticated and welcoming, the gallery has become a great resource for Charlotte and the Southeast. Through exhibitions and solo shows, the gallery has become a go-to for anyone interested in viewing or purchasing cutting-edge art.
Here’s our Q&A with Gallery Director Irina Toshkova and Gallery Administrator Morgan Mathieu
Tell us a little about yourselves and the New Gallery of Modern Art.
Morgan Mathieu: I’m Morgan, the gallery administrator [and] I have been with the gallery for a year. The most thrilling piece of the gallery for me is [the] fast-paced nature. Every week I meet a diverse group of new people and I am able to educate them about art and share our marvelous collection.
Irina Toshkova: My name is Irina Toshkova and I am the gallery director. As the director, I strive to share the story of NGMA, a gallery that offers one of the largest collections of contemporary and modern art in the Southeast. Over the past five years we have really enjoyed being apart of the Charlotte art community. The tremendous love and support for the New Gallery of Modern Art has been remarkable.
For someone who has never been to the gallery, what would you tell them?
MM: That the gallery is absolutely free to visit, and that we love new visitors! At NGMA we have a strong belief in educating the community and a passion for bringing amazing works to Charlotte that are accessible to everyone. The NGMA is a place where people can have emotional and aesthetic responses to all kinds of art. Here, no interpretation of the art is wrong. The diversity of our collection is ever changing, so we would encourage people to visit periodically, because we often change the space around. Patrons can easily see and access all of the art in our interactive gallery thanks to the open and fluid space. If they are interested, they can dive even deeper into our extensive print file containing many original pieces that are not currently on display.
Can you describe the Charlotte art scene and how the New Gallery of Modern Art fits in?
MM: Charlotte has grown tremendously over the past few years in terms of the contemporary art scene. In a city full of educated and well-travelled people, our first time visitors are often shocked to find that our gallery offers the kind of high quality works that might be found in New York, Miami, London and Paris.
The New Gallery of Modern Art has a fantastic location right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. We reside in an exciting art hub that also includes the Mint Museum, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture, the Bechtler Museum and multiple performing theaters.
So what makes this gallery unique?
IT: The collection of art that NGMA houses is one of the most unique in the Southeast. This gallery strives to educate individuals, help build collections, support the local art endeavor but most importantly NGMA introduces Charlotte and the Southeast to new aesthetics. The New Gallery of Modern Art is a valuable resource in the heart of Charlotte with so much to offer.
Do you have any exciting events coming up?
MM: Yes! We are planning an exciting fall season to celebrate our 5th anniversary. In September we will be showing recent works on paper by Ryan McGinness. There will be a fantastic exhibit featuring New York-based artist Hunt Slonem in October with complementary solo shows by Isaac Payne and Barbara Schreiber in November.
How can individuals in the Triangle get involved with the New Gallery of Modern Art?
IT: The gallery is a great place for anyone to visit. We have a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of art to view. NGMA offers private viewings, home shows, corporate loan programs, cataloguing of corporate collections and is a rental space that is available for events. We also have Instagram and Snapchat (newgallery_clt) for people interested in keeping in touch through social media.