ON EXHIBITION: September 18, 2015 – January 2, 2016

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

New Frequencies: Erb Baker Rosaly Trio
Jazz by Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, and Frank Rosaly

Oct 9, 8–10 PM

Jazz by Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, and Frank Rosaly

Open Studio Saturday
Family Art Making Day

Oct 10, 12–4 PM

Family Art Making Day

Discussion: Critical Craft
McColl + Response: Understanding Process + Practice in Contemporary Craft

Oct 15, 6–8 PM

McColl + Response: Understanding Process + Practice in Contemporary Craft


At The Center
Lucerne to Chicago to Charlotte: The Jazz of Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, and Frank Rosaly

The acoustic beauty and electronic experimentation of jazz trio Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, and Frank Rosaly.

Innovation Institute
Creative Thinking in the Workplace

Creativity is absolutely crucial in the workplace. The Innovation Institute can help you cultivate that creativity to boost productivity, innovation, and the bottom line.

Community Engagement
This Is Changing My Brain: John W. Love, Jr. in Alaska

Here’s a view into Love’s creative process: he’s struck by something poignant, and then that poignant thing beautifully haunts him.

At The Center
Sightlines, Incidents, and Echoes: Q+A with Erik Waterkotte

2015 Alumnus Affiliate Artist Erik Waterkotte examines the architectural imprints of McColl Center in his exhibition, Sightlines, Incidents, and Echoes.

Rent McColl Center for art + Innovation

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is located in one of the most unique and exciting buildings in uptown Charlotte and available for rent for ceremonies, receptions, special events, meetings, workshops, and as a photography location. Our historic neo-Gothic church will impress guests and participants with its stature and convenience.

“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

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