Opening Reception: Friday, May, 6–9 PM

McColl Center
for Art + Innovation

A nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community.

Located in a historic, neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, the Center houses nine artist studios and over 5,000 square feet of Gallery space. We welcome the public to explore our exhibitions and connect with artists through various programs including open studios, community engagement initiatives, workshops and more.


The Center takes an active role in presenting contemporary art and the creative process as a road to open dialogue and innovative thinking. The Innovation Institute is a program designed to extend our mission as a catalyst for change by growing capacity, both for individuals and organizations.

All of the Innovation Institute’s programs are built using a similar framework and operate under the belief that creativity is not some mystical power that has been bestowed upon a select few. Rather, it’s a muscle that everyone has and a skill that anyone can strengthen and apply.

Upcoming Exhibitions + Events

A Big Bug Block Party

May 9, 6–9 PM

A Big Bug Block Party

McColl + Response: Artist Talk

May 21, 6–8 PM

New Frequencies: Janie Geiser
Uncanny Animations - Short Films by Janie Geiser

May 22, 8-9:30 PM

Uncanny Animations - Short Films by Janie Geiser


Innovation Institute
Monster Building Makes You More Creative + Innovative

This is what happens when a group of adults unleash their creativity and build monsters.

Art Awaits

Studio Party 15 has come and gone, and there are still many beautiful and stunning works of art for sale to benefit local artists and McColl Center.

What an experience it was!

Innovative photos from the fabulous Studio Party 15: Upcycled Gala party and art sale to benefit McColl Center.

The Modern Spirituals of Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP

On the adventurous jazz, by way of Chicago and Brazil, of Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP, performing at New Frequencies at McColl Center on April 22.

Get Involved

The McColl Center for Art + Innovation relies on the generosity of others who are dedicated to supporting artists regionally, nationally and internationally and promoting contemporary art. Learn more about how you can help advance community through the creative process.

“My Innovation Institute experience helped me to think about the motivations of others and altered my management style. I gained more freedom in discussing what’s going on in my mind and not assuming people know what I’m thinking. I open the con...” » Read More

William D. “Bill” Parmelee,
Oxbow Carbon