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
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
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.
“I am interested in a very wide range of subjects, but crime is a lens through which to look at the world.”
“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.”
“We try to bring out the message that the hand is the one which is throwing this trash into the environment and at the same time it could be used to collect them and save the environment”
“I use these poseable figures/dolls as my actors. The canvas or paper becomes the stage; its edges, the proscenium.”
“Prichard plans to explore and document the area’s urban structures and neighborhoods for truly site specific experiences in and around the Center”
“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.”
Innovation Institute alumna, Jametta Martin-Tanner named named Principal of the Year by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).
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.
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