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

Open Studio Saturday

Aug 8, 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.

Prison Zoo
Alumni Artist-in-Residence Alix Lambert

May 15 — Aug 14

Printmaking with Erik Waterkotte
McColl + Response Summer Workshop Series

Aug 20, 6–8 PM

McColl + Response Summer Workshop Series


At The Center
A Tapestry of Selfies: The Art of Erin M. Riley

Erin M. Riley uses an ancient art form to bring an element of permanence to images of fleeting behavior of 21st century women.

Community Engagement
Let’s Ignite A Movement: First Responders Recap

Art as a catalyst in the dialogue between McColl Center and Carolinas HealthCare on race, the Confederate battle flag, and the Charleston 9.

Innovation Institute
Collaboration Is Fuel For Creativity

Five tips and one real business world example from Glen Raven and Wray Ward for building creative collaboration.

At The Center
The Imprint of History

Erik Waterkotte uses mixed media and printmaking to explore the architectural legacy of McColl Center.

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.

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