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

Art + Craft
Featuring Janet Lasher, McColl Center alumna artist-in-residence, at Free Range Brewing

Jul 14, 6-8 PM

Janet Lasher + Free Range Brewing

What's up at McColl Center this summer?

Jun 1 — Aug 21

But not really an event

Leah Rosenberg: Color for the People
First Floor Gallery

Sep 14 — Dec 2

First Floor Gallery


At The Center
What’s up at McColl Center this summer?

TLDR: Exterior and interior building maintenance.

At The Center
Juicy Action: Artists-in-Residence Fallen Fruit

Community art projects are some of the sweetest and juiciest ways to make a controversial statement.

At The Center
Decay + Rebirth in Charlotte: Artist-in-Residence Dustin Farnsworth

The artist planned to create a work during his residency that would reflect upon Charlotte's history and architecture. What he saw instead changed everything.

At The Center
Art as Influence: Affiliate Artists Marcus Kiser + Jason Woodberry

Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry combine their artistic practice with acts of service in our community.

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.

“The Charlotte Chamber's staff retreat, hosted and led by the Innovation Institute, provided an excellent opportunity for our team to interact and strengthen working relationships. Even more importantly, we left with solid ideas to implement and proce...” » Read More

Bob Morgan,
Charlotte Chamber