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Art as a Visual Voice

January 22 to April 9, 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

Workshop with CarlosAlexis Cruz and Stephen L. Hayes Jr.
Signature Series Workshop

Feb 10 — Feb 11
6–8 PM

Signature Series Workshop

Black Lunch Table: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Charlotte Session #2

Feb 11, 5:30–8:30 PM

Charlotte Session #2

Open Studio Saturday

Feb 13, 12–4 PM


Innovation Institute
A Figure of Speech

While the phrase "think outside the box" may sound cliché or overused, it still captures the essence of creative thinking and trying new things.

Community Engagement
Drawing Into Space: UNC Charlotte Students Going Beyond 2D

2016 UNC Charlotte Artist-in-Residence Hollis Hammonds co-teaches Drawing Into Space, where students consider how drawing, a traditionally two-dimensional art form, can be expanded into three dimensions.

At The Center
The Concept Is Fun: An Interview with Ben Goldberg

Acclaimed clarinetist talks about klezmer, jazz, and the “hard-hitting, hair-splitting, I'm-quitting directness” of his Invisible Guy trio.

At The Center
Heather D. Freeman and the Intersection of Language, Image, and Motherhood

“My son’s growth constantly redefines motherhood for me, just as the changing nature of childhood re-shapes my investigations of the non-familial world.”

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.

“Creative thinking is at the heart of what we do at Wray Ward. The Innovation Institute engaged me deeply in the artist’s creative process providing hands-on experience into the behaviors required for sustainable creative leadership.”

Jennifer Appleby,
Wray Ward