Opening Reception: Friday, May 15, 6–9 PM

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

Taproot + Breathing Art Company

Jul 2 — Jul 3

Summer 2015 Affiliate Artists Taproot collaborate with Italian dance company Breathing Art Company for two performances

Open Studio Saturday

Jul 11, Noon–4 PM

You’re invited to experience what makes McColl Center the vibrant contemporary art center that it is by joining us for Open Studio Saturday.

Watercolor with Charles Williams
McColl + Response Summer Workshop Series

Jul 16, 6–8 PM

McColl + Response Summer Workshop Series


Artists Are Catalysts for Change

McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s Artists-in-Residence are making an impact in Charlotte and beyond.

At The Center
An Afro in the Office

Endia Beal explores the relationship between corporate America and African American women through hair and images.

Innovation Institute
Creative Thinking Sparks Innovation

Successful leaders know that creativity is central to new solutions, ideas, strategies, change, and innovation.

In the News
Sonya Clark Unravels The Past

2011 Knight Foundation Artist-in-Residence Sonya Clark unravels 150 years in order to continue to move forward.

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.

“My Innovation Institute experience helped me to think about the motivations of others and altered my management style. I gained more freedom in discussing what’s going on in my mind and not assuming people know what I’m thinking. I open the con...” » Read More

William D. “Bill” Parmelee,
Oxbow Carbon