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

Innovation Institute
Think Like An Artist

Nov 7 — Nov 8
8:30AM — 5:30PM

Disrupt your status quo. Challenge assumptions. Embrace uncertainty. Stand with us on unfamiliar ground with unfamiliar materials and activities.

Open Studio Saturday
November 8

Nov 8, Noon — 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.

Wine Club
With Frank Selby

Nov 10, 6 – 7:30 PM

Join the Contemporaries and Frank Selby for their latest Wine Club event.


Innovation Institute
Congratulations to Innovation Institute alumna, Jametta Martin-Tanner

Innovation Institute alumna, Jametta Martin-Tanner named named Principal of the Year by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

In the News
New artists arrive at McColl Center

Charlotte celebrates the arrival of Fall session of artists.

At The Center
15-Year Anniversary Board Brunch

Thank you to Board Members past and present who joined us on Friday to celebrate our 15-year Anniversary. We are honored, humbled and inspired by all of you for your continued support and generosity.

In the News
Alumni Alert: Willie Little

New Gallery of Modern Art Presents "In the Hood" by Willie L Little

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.

“The Innovation Institute increased our comfort with disruptive change and allowed us to view issues from multiple perspectives. We experienced the artist’s need to pivot and change during the creative process. ‘Pivot’ is now a daily part of ...” » Read More

Debra Plousha Moore,
Carolinas HealthCare System