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Celebrating 40 years!

About Jerald Melberg

• Jerald Melberg came to Charlotte, NC from Greenville, SC in 1976 to serve as Curator of Exhibitions at the Mint Museum of Art • Melberg was curator for 7 years, mounting significant exhibitions for artists such as Seymour Lipton and Larry Rivers. The most notable exhibition was a Romare Bearden retrospective in 1980 • This retrospective, titled Romare Bearden: 1970-1980, traveled to the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, VA • The exhibition established an enduring relationship between Bearden and Melberg, as well as Melberg’s reputation as a mover and shaker in Charlotte’s art community • By 1983, Melberg had gathered a group of investors and was ready to announce his plan to open a gallery

Jerald, Larry Rivers and Milton Bloch during Jerald’s Mint Museum days

Jerald enjoys a laugh with author and art historian, Robert Hughes, at the Mint Museum

Jerald around the time of the gallery’s founding

A different kind of gallery

• From the very

beginning, Melberg’s vision was to exhibit both nationally and locally recognized artists under one gallery name. This approach had not yet been tried in Charlotte, NC

Established 1984

• Jerald Melberg Gallery opened its inaugural exhibition on January 16, 1984 • Its original location was in uptown Charlotte on 7 th Street

Charlotte Magazine , 1984

Inaugural Exhibition

January 16 – February 29, 1984

Jerald at his desk in his 7 th Street gallery

Melberg was able to use his relationships and knowledge as a former museum curator to secure works by highly esteemed artists for his new gallery early on—despite its location far outside of any arts capitals.


Charles Basham joins the gallery

First solo Charles Basham exhibition at the gallery

November 2 – December 1, 1984


JMG celebrates its 1 st anniversary with a group exhibition

First Anniversary Opening

First Anniversary Exhibition January 11 – February 2, 1985

First Anniversary Exhibition January 11 – February 2, 1985

First solo Romare Bearden exhibition at the gallery

Recent Collages May 17 – June 29, 1985

Melberg and Bearden at the Mint Museum of Art, 1980

Jerald makes a friend on a studio visit with Romare Bearden


Ida Kohlmeyer joins the gallery

Ida Kohlmeyer (right) in her home, 1998.

First solo Ida Kohlmeyer exhibition at the gallery

Recent Works

November 17 – December 8, 1985

Mythic Series #27 , 1985, Mixed Media on Canvas, 37 x 49 inches


Wolf Kahn joins the gallery

First solo Wolf Kahn exhibition at the gallery

New Paintings and Pastels

May 2 – 31, 1986

Jerald and Wolf

Picasso in Charlotte

• In 1986, Jerald Melberg brought the first-ever solo exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work to North Carolina • The exhibition was arranged through Jan Krugier Fine Art of New York and Geneva • Melberg traveled to Geneva to hand pick the works, alongside Picasso’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso

A special exhibition poster was published for the occasion

Black tie opening

Picasso in Charlotte

Picasso in Charlotte installed

Picasso in Charlotte installed

Picasso in Charlotte installed

The exhibition was both highly anticipated and acclaimed

Required Viewing

• 4000 CMS students were brought to see the Picasso exhibition over the course of its run

Romare Bearden: Jazz Collages October 4 – 31, 1986

This exhibition was mounted in conjunction with Jazz Charlotte , Charlotte’s acclaimed jazz festival.

Romare Bearden, Lead Trumpet , 1983, Collage on Board, 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches

First solo Robert Motherwell exhibition at the gallery

Prints: The Gestural Image

October 13 – November 13, 1988

Octavio Paz Suite – Red Samurai, 1988, Lithograph, 25 x 21 inches, CR 435

Robert Motherwell, Yellow Flight , 1986, Etching and Aquatint, 18 x 32 ½ inches


JMG celebrates its 5 th anniversary with a group exhibition

Art Fairs • Jerald Melberg Gallery has participated in international art fairs since 1989 • The gallery has participated in 172 art fairs in 25 cities across the United States • Art Fairs have helped the gallery establish an international reputation and cultivate collector relationships globally

Art Miami 2023

First Art Miami Fair

• JMG proudly

participated in the first ever Art Miami fair in 1991

• Jerald Melberg Gallery has appeared at every Art Miami fair since

Art Miami, 1991 Inaugural show Miami Beach Convention Center


Thomas McNickle joins the gallery

Thomas McNickle’s first solo exhibition with the gallery

American Light: New Watercolors January 4 – February 16, 1991

Tips of the Goldenrod – Twilight , 1995, Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 28 inches


JMG moves from 7 th Street to the newly constructed Morrocroft Village in South Park

JMG celebrates its 10 th anniversary with a group exhibition

Tenth Anniversary

November 13, 1993— January 8, 1994

Milton Avery: Works on Paper October 29—December 3, 1994

Milton Avery: Works on Paper October 29—December 3, 1994

Dale Chihuly: Glass!

April 1—May 13, 1995

Dale Chihuly, Jerald and then Mint Museum Director, Bruce Evans

Jerald enjoying the Chihuly opening

Mary Melberg chats with Milton Bloch, Director of the Mint Museum, at the Chihuly opening

Romare Bearden

The Print: The Source

November 18, 1995 – January 6, 1996

The Print: The Source installed


Raul Diaz joins the gallery

First solo Raul Diaz exhibition at the gallery

Recent Paintings

October 11 – November 29, 1997

Jerald Melberg Gallery loans museum exhibition

Wolf Kahn: Southern Landscapes February 18 – May 2, 1999 Morris Museum of Art; Augusta, GA

Wolf Kahn works from the Southern landscape en plein air

In the early years, contemporary glass art was a large part of JMG’s program

20 Objects from the Late 20th Century

January 15 – March 4, 2000

20 Objects from the Late 20 th Century installed

The Chicago Black Fine Art Exposition 2000

Oprah Winfrey with former gallery staff member, Shirley Hughes

Wolf Kahn: 50 Years of Pastels November 11, 2000 - January 6, 2001 Traveled To: July 1 – August 22, 2001 Butler Institute of Art; Youngstown, OH September 15—November 15, 2001 Alexandria Museum of Art; Alexandria, LA March 12 – June 30, 2001 Hickory Museum of Art; Hickory, NC

January 13 – March 4, 2001 Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; Virginia Beach, VA

A Jordan Vineyard & Winery representative presents Wolf Kahn with a magnum at the opening of 50 Years of Pastels


Jerald and Wolf take a trip to Shatley Springs, NC where he made several pastels and enjoyed the local cuisine

Wolf Kahn at Seventy-Five: New Paintings and Pastels

November 9, 2002 - January 4, 2003

Christopher Clamp chats with collectors at the opening of Wolf Kahn at 75: New Paintings and Pastels

Jerald and Wolf at the opening of Wolf Kahn at 75: New Paintings and Pastels


The gallery begins directly representing the Dedalus Foundation, the estate of Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell, Hollow Men No. VI , 1988-1990, Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 59 ¾ x 119 ½ inches


Brian Rutenberg joins the gallery

First solo Brian Rutenberg exhibition at the gallery

Woodsongs: New Paintings April 5 – May 10, 2003

Delta , 2002-03, Oil on Linen, 72 x 96 inches

Paul Jenkins

Paintings and Watercolors

February 15 – March 29, 2003

Paul Jenkins enjoys his opening

JMG moves to Cotswold

March 26, 2004

JMG celebrates 20 years with inaugural exhibition in new location

April 3 - May 15, 2004

Andrew Wyeth


October 23 – November 27, 2004

Picasso Revisited

Lithographs, Etchings and Pochoir December 4, 2004 – January 22, 2005

Chuck Close

Face to Face

April 23 – May 28, 2005

First Manuel Reyna exhibition at the gallery

My Argentina

September 17 – November 5, 2005

Caserio , 1973, Mixed Media on Board, 16 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches


Christopher Clamp joins the gallery

First solo Christopher Clamp exhibition at the gallery

Commonplace Treasures: Narrative Still Life Paintings

February 11 – March 25, 2006

If I Held My Breath, Would You Come Back? 2003-4, Oil on Linen, 37 x 30 inches

Gee’s Bend

Gee's Bend Quilts and Prints

July 8 – September 2, 2006

Works on Paper Fair 2007, New York, NY

Jerald with Wolf Kahn (left) and Paul Jenkins (right)

Wolf Kahn

Celebrating 80 Years

November 17, 2007 – January 12, 2008

In addition to the special exhibition, JMG hosted an “Orange Tie” dinner at Hotel Charlotte for Kahn’s 80 th birthday. The gallery purchased orange ties for each of the guests to wear in honor of one of Kahn’s most beloved and iconic colors.


The gallery begins directly representing the estate of James Rosati

First solo James Rosati exhibition at the gallery

Simple Line, Complex Form

September 13 – November 15, 2008

Robert Motherwell: Lost in Form, Found in Line Organized by JMG and traveled to: Turchin Center for Visual Art; Boone, NC November 7, 2008 – February 7, 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville September 18, 2009 – January 3, 2010 Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia; Charleston, WV January 8 – March 31, 2010 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; Montgomery, AL March 31 – July 31, 2010

Exhibition installed at the Turchin Center

JMG celebrates its 25 th anniversary with a group exhibition

25/25: Celebrating 25 Years/25 Artists

November 22, 2008 – February 28, 2009

Gallery artists and staff gathered on the occasion of the 25 th anniversary

Jerald with Brian Rutenberg (left) and Christopher Clamp (center) celebrating the 25 th

Art Chicago 2009

Art Chicago 2010

Art Chicago 2011

Art Chicago 2011

Romare Bearden

A Centennial Exhibition: An Artist Remembers His Birthplace September 10 – November 12, 2011

A live band played at the Bearden Centennial

Jerald and sculptor, Richard Hunt, at the Bearden Centennial

Mary Melberg and collectors at the Bearden Centennial

Charlotte Observer art critic, Richard Maschal, and his wife, Missy Stewart, at the Bearden Centennial

Collector, Brian Blue (center), and friends at the Bearden Centennial

Romare Bearden biographer, Myron Schwartzman, and Jerald at the Centennial

Public Bearden centennial exhibitions made possible by JMG September 2, 2011 – January 8, 2012 Mint Museum Uptown Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections September 2, 2011 – January 7, 2012 Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture Romare Bearden: The Life Paper Trail: Romare Bearden Works on Paper September 15 – November 19, 2011 IMAGINON Li’l Dan the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story

Li’l Dan the Drummer Boy installed at Imaginon

San Francisco artMRKT 2012

Art Miami 2012


Lee Hall joins the gallery

First Lee Hall exhibition at the gallery

A Survey: Paintings/ Paper / Collages

November 22, 2013 – February 1, 2014

JMG Celebrates 30 years

30 th Anniversary Exhibition

February 22 – April 26, 2014

JMG celebrates 30 years

30 th Anniversary Exhibition: WOP

May 31 – July 5, 2014

Jerald makes a toast with Wolf Kahn at the 30 th anniversary exhibition opening

Jerald Melberg Gallery staff at the 30 th anniversary exhibition opening

Mary Frank

Sculpture & WOP

September 13 – October 25, 2014

Robert Motherwell

A Centenary Exhibition

June 27 – August 29, 2015

Jerald and collector, Keith Gersin, at the Motherwell centenary exhibition opening

JMG opens a pop up gallery for the summer of 2016

Blowing Rock, NC


Kim Keever joins the gallery

First Kim Keever exhibition at the gallery

Water Color

November 12, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Abstract 21871 , 2016, C-Print, 24 x 35 inches

Kim Keever enjoys his exhibition opening

Gallery-goers enjoying Kim Keever’s exhibition

Wolf Kahn and Jerald at the US State Department when Wolf received the International Medal of Arts in 2017

N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth & Jamie Wyeth

The Wyeth Family

March 24 – May 6, 2017

Gallery-goers enjoying the Wyeth exhibition

Lee Hall

A Memorial Exhibition

July 22 – September 9, 2017

Hadley: Yellow Spring , 2017, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48 x 72 inches

Wolf Kahn

A 50 Year Survey March 17 – May 12, 2018


The gallery begins representing the estate of Roland Poska

First solo Roland Poska exhibition at the gallery

Deckle Edge

September 15 – November 3, 2018


Katherine Boxall joins the gallery

First solo Katherine Boxall exhibition at the gallery

Intelligent Abstraction

January 16 – March 6, 2021


Donald Sultan joins the gallery

First solo Donald Sultan exhibition at the gallery

Iconic Florals April 23 – June 18, 2022


Tula Telfair joins the gallery

First solo Tula Telfair exhibition at the gallery Wilderness Does Not Locate Itself October 29 – December 24, 2022

Jerald and Robert Fishko (back right) introducing collector, Keith Gersin, to Tula Telfair at her opening

Jerald and Christopher Clamp at the opening of his 2023 exhibition, Far from Home


Dennis Lee Mitchell joins the gallery

First solo Dennis Lee Mitchell exhibition at the gallery Playing with Fire September 16—October 21, 2023

Katherine Boxall, Jerald and Ali Nikrooz enjoy some downtime before Boxall’s Coffee & Conversation for her 2023 exhibition Time and Place


Gail Wegodsky joins the gallery

Gail Wegodsky, The Fall , 2023, Oil on Linen, 36 x 34 inches

One of Jerald’s proudest lifetime achievements is the Charlotte School in Arequipa, Peru. Jerald has been traveling to Arequipa since 1987 and has helped establish and sustain a school for children over the years.

Early visits to Peru in the 1980s

The 1994 dedication of the Jerald Melberg Classroom

Jerald is welcomed to Peru during a 1996 visit to Arequipa

Charlotte Technical School Arequipa, Peru 1997

Arequipa 2012

Thank You Jerald Melberg Gallery is honored to have had a home in the Charlotte community since 1984. We are proud to have cultivated collectors and placed art within our city and beyond for 40 years. We are pleased to have introduced our renowned stable of artists to Charlotte and are grateful for the warm reception they have received. It is a gift to have been able to sustain this business for 40 years, and we thank all of you for helping to make that possible.

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