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
Open Studio Saturday
Feb 14, 12–4 PM
We welcome you to explore our exhibitions and connect with the Artists-in-Residence during Open Studio Saturdays.
Chops and Chopped
McColl + Response
Feb 19, 6–8 PM
McColl + Response presents “Chops and Chopped”, an evening of poetic expression and flavorful food creations. Knight Artist-in-Residence Robert Karimi will facilitate conversation and competition between poets and chefs in this unique mash-up event.
“Proposed works for outdoor spaces will explore how we live both together and apart within the structures that define those relationships and boundaries.”
“Until our true values can emerge from behind the curtain, the ceramic armor serves as a façade of adorned fragility.”
“I think painting gives a voice to the things that are important to me that I want to address.”
McColl Center for Art + Innovation is vital in supporting community inspired, artist-led interventions which contribute to social and economic vitality of our community. The emerging field is creative placemaking and no one is a bigger champion of this critical work than our very own Lisa Hoffman.
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.”