Opening Reception: Friday, May, 6–9 PM

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

A Big Bug Block Party

May 9, 6–9 PM

A Big Bug Block Party

McColl + Response: Artist Talk

May 21, 6–8 PM

New Frequencies: Janie Geiser
Uncanny Animations - Short Films by Janie Geiser

May 22, 8-9:30 PM

Uncanny Animations - Short Films by Janie Geiser


Community Engagement
Love Motels for Insects

McColl Center Environmental Artist-in-Residence Brandon Ballengée’s contemporary art sculptures will make you fall in love with bugs.

Innovation Institute
Innovative Thinking from Ingersoll Rand

Insights from a team building experience focused on creative development and innovative thinking here at McColl Center.

Innovation Institute
Using the creative process to break down stereotypes

McColl Center Alumni Artist Bayeté Ross Smith uses his creative process to challenge the way we see and interact with each other.

In the News
The Decades-Old Link Between Linoleum and Hair

Alumni Artist Anne Lemanski talks about her piece A Century of Hair, 1900-1990 in American Craft magazine.

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.

“Leading a team of geographically dispersed professionals who are continuously seeking innovative solutions for their customers, the Innovation Institute experience personally engaged myself and our team in the process and importance of creative coll...” » Read More

Bob Bertges,
Wells Fargo Corporate Real Estate