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

7th Annual Palate to Palette

Dec 5, 7–10 PM

Offering a twist on the popularity of wine and food pairings.

McColl+ Response: Drop Your Socks with Bad Santa

Dec 18, 6–9PM

All are invited to share in open-mic performances!

Mud / Steel / Glass or The Provocation of Light
New Works by Windgate 11-month Affiliate Artists Betsy Birkner and Austin Ballard

Nov 14 — Jan 3
6–9 PM

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14 from 6–9 PM. New Works by Windgate 11-month Affiliate Artists Betsy Birkner and Austin Ballard


WIN Tickets to Palate to Palette!

Tomorrow (FRIDAY) is the last day to enter to win free tickets to our 7th Annual art + wine pairing event.

Talks at the Schomburg: Black Art + Identity Politics

McColl Center Alumnus Bayeté Ross Smith at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Community Engagement
To celebrate activism in the AIDS movement – Jessica Whitbread

No Pants No Problem Charlotte this Friday, November 21 is honored to be raising funds for RAIN an amazing organization.

In the News
Happenings CLT talks with Marek Ranis

Read on to learn more about our current exhibition and Marek's inspiration.

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.

“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