ARCTIC UTOPIA

MAREK RANIS

September 20 – 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.



Innovation

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
August 9

Event
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

Event
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

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.


Blog

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
SAY WHAT?! WITH SHEILA MULLEN

Get to know our new Director of the Innovation Institute.

At The Center
SAY WHAT?! WITH BETSY BIRKNER

Get to know Betsy Birkner, our Windgate 11-Month Affiliate Artist, with a little Q+A.

At The Center
SAY WHAT?! WITH AUSTIN BALLARD

Get to know Austin Ballard, our Windgate 11-Month Affiliate Artist, with a little Q+A.


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.


“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.”

Jennifer Appleby,
Wray Ward