September 19 – November 22

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

Wine Club
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
Fall 2014

Sep 18, 6–8 PM

Meet the artists as they share their personal stories, current projects, and residency goals.

Open Studio Saturdays
September 27

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.


Innovation Institute
Unlocking Your Imagination

Innovation Institute Recommended Reading: an Article by Andy Miller

At The Center
August 5-20 closed to the public

McColl Center for Art + Innovation will be temporarily closed to the public for minor renovations.

In the News
At McColl’s Innovation Institute, 9-to-5ers master the art of business

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.

Innovation Institute

Get to know our new Director of the Innovation Institute.

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