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 Saturdays
Aug 9, 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.
Brown Bag: Lunch + Learn
With Andy Mcmillan
Aug 12, 12PM — 1PM
Summer Affiliate Artist Andy McMillan will be sharing his personal journey and art-making methods with the community.
Betsy Birkner Reliquary Workshop
A Third Thursday Event
Aug 21, 6PM — 8PM
Windgate Affiliate Artist-in-Residence Betsy Birkner will be facilitating a workshop based on the creation of personal reliquaries with the community. Guests are invited to bring in small, meaningful objects to incorporate into their own personal reliquary.
“I believe that everything is contagious: I try to infect people with a heightened sense of appreciation.”
“I want the sculpture to change constantly and to have a direct relationship with the landscape and the solar system”
“I am interested in a very wide range of subjects, but crime is a lens through which to look at the world.”
“I can admit that creating art keeps me grounded and focused.”
“My aim is to use my art to make a social difference, and serve as part of a broader solution to issues affecting all of us.”
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.
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