for Art + Innovation
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
With Jessica Whitbread
Sep 8, 6 – 7:30 PM
Join the Contemporaries and Jessica Whitbread for their latest Wine Club event.
McColl + Response: Artist Talk
Sep 18, 6–8 PM
Meet the artists as they share their personal stories, current projects, and residency goals.
Open Studio Saturdays
Sep 27, 11AM — 4PM
During Open Studio Saturdays artists work in their studios with the doors open. It is an opportunity for the public to meet the artists and learn about their art as well as view the current exhibition. Every Open Studio Saturday, free docent-led tours will begin at 11:30 AM.
“I believe that everything is contagious: I try to infect people with a heightened sense of appreciation.”
“I want the sculpture to change constantly and to have a direct relationship with the landscape and the solar system”
“I am interested in a very wide range of subjects, but crime is a lens through which to look at the world.”
“I can admit that creating art keeps me grounded and focused.”
“My aim is to use my art to make a social difference, and serve as part of a broader solution to issues affecting all of us.”
Innovation Institute Recommended Reading: an Article by Andy Miller
The last thing any professional wants to hear in the middle of a project is that there is going to be a budget cut. Or a staff shortage. Or a tighter deadline. Read on to find out how the Innovation Institute embraces such disruptions.
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.”