McColl Center is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24.

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

Color Bar
Art, bites, and cocktails inspired by the colors of Charlotte

Sep 21 — Nov 30
6-8 P.M.

Art, bites, and cocktails

Day Without Art
Support to and solidarity with people living with HIV

Dec 1,

Observing World AIDS Day

Leah Rosenberg: Color for the People
First Floor Gallery

Sep 14 — Dec 2

First Floor Gallery


Artists at Work
Nelson Morales: Making More Than Just “Beautiful Pictures”

While Nelson Morales's portraits often exude a proud sense of identity and sexuality, it’s his sharp eye that offers dignity and empathy to the subjects of his photographs.

Artists at Work
Painters & Sculptors & Beyond

McColl Center exhibiting artist Rodrigo Valenzuela and "A Tale of Two Cities" project artist Antoine Williams receive 2017 Painters & Sculptors Grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

At The Center
Amy Johnson on Art, Home, and Migration

“Home is a difficult thing for me to define. Alaska feels like home. When I come to Charlotte, I always say, ‘I'm going home.’”

In the News
McColl Center names Alli Celebron-Brown as President + CEO

Alli Celebron-Brown starts as McColl Center for Art + Innovation's President + CEO on December 4, 2017.

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