Explore McColl Center


Explore McColl Center

Events + Exhibitions

Explore McColl Center

Watch Artists at Work

Explore McColl Center

Read About Artists at Work

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

New Frequencies at McColl Center

Jun 3, 8-9:30 PM

New Frequencies at McColl Center

Innovation Institute
Think Like An Artist

Jun 2 — Jun 3
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Disrupt your status quo. Challenge assumptions. Embrace uncertainty. Stand with us on unfamiliar ground with unfamiliar materials and activities.

New Frequencies at McColl Center

Jun 10, 8–10 PM

New Frequencies at McColl Center


At The Center
Honesty, Daring, and Love: The Poetry of Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley's poems all take risks. Hers are poems you want to share with people who live for poetry, who are ambivalent about it, and who fear it.

George Kuchar: Demented in All the Best Ways

An interview with George Kuchar expert Andrew Lampert about Kuchar’s work and his personal relationship with the legendary filmmaker.

Innovation Institute
The Cyclical Nature of the Universe is Part of the Journey

Sheila Mullen reflects on the simple act of completion, which gives reverence to the process and the journey.

At The Center
Life Forms and Their Environment: The Art of Tomoo Kitamura

Exploring the possibilities inherent in both nature and man through the art of McColl Center Alumnus Artist Tomoo Kitamura.

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