DEC 5–MAR 21

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

Wine Club with Amanda Lee
Presented by The Contemporaries

Jan 29, 6-7:30 PM

Current Artist-in-Residence Amanda Lee's work is paired with different wines selected by a representative from Juice Wine Purveyors.

Open Studio Saturday

Feb 14, 12–4 PM

We welcome you to explore our exhibitions and connect with the Artists-in-Residence during Open Studio Saturdays.

Chops and Chopped
McColl + Response

Feb 19, 6–8 PM

McColl + Response presents “Chops and Chopped”, an evening of poetic expression and flavorful food creations. Knight Artist-in-Residence Robert Karimi will facilitate conversation and competition between poets and chefs in this unique mash-up event.


Community Engagement
Building Connections Between Artists and Communities

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is vital in supporting community inspired, artist-led interventions which contribute to social and economic vitality of our community. The emerging field is creative placemaking and no one is a bigger champion of this critical work than our very own Lisa Hoffman.

At The Center
Happy Holidays from McColl Center!

See our 15-Year Anniversary Holiday Video!

In the News
Art as Flood Control

Lisa Hoffman - featured on Live Science fostering civic engagement through art and science.

At The Center
Palate to Palette Party Pictures

See how we party in support of artists at McColl Center

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.

“As a CEO you have to make a decision—are you going to iterate your way to change or are you going to revolutionize the company? My Innovation Institute experience reinforced my decision to do the latter.”

Liam McGee,
The Hartford