Exhibition on view


Through March 25, 2017

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

John Darnielle
New Frequencies at McColl Center / Literature

Mar 30, 8 PM

New Frequencies at McColl Center / Literature

Experimental Painting Workshop
Led by Alumna Artist Sharon Dowell

Apr 15, 1-3 PM

Led by Alumna Artist Sharon Dowell

Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan
New Frequencies at McColl Center / Music

Apr 20, 8 PM

New Frequencies at McColl Center / Music


At The Center
Suzanne Fetscher to Retire on September 30, 2017

After nearly two decades of leading Charlotte’s first and longest-running artist residency program, Suzanne Fetscher, Founding President and CEO of McColl Center for Art + Innovation, will retire on September 30, 2017.

At The Center
Art from the Natural World: Artist-in-residence Rob Carter

Artist-in-residence Rob Carter isn’t a scientist, but he is an artist with a hypothesis of his own. He’s been rigorously exploring the roles that scientific advances and human interferences can have on the natural world.

At The Center
“Be Soft in the In-Between”: An Evening with Lonnie Holley at McColl Center

“Tough, hard-won, and world-weary love” with artist and musician Lonnie Holley during his New Frequencies at McColl Center performance on February 4, 2017.

Community Engagement
Talking About Race + Power: Resources for Children and Adults

The exhibition "The World is a Mirror of My Freedom" addresses issues that adults might find difficult to discuss with children, or even other adults. Here are some resources to help jumpstart challenging conversations about race and power.

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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