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
Mud / Steel / Glass or The Provocation of Light
New Works by Windgate 11-month Affiliate Artists Betsy Birkner and Austin Ballard
Nov 14 — Jan 3
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14 from 6–9 PM. New Works by Windgate 11-month Affiliate Artists Betsy Birkner and Austin Ballard
“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.”
“I think painting gives a voice to the things that are important to me that I want to address.”
Lisa Hoffman - featured on Live Science fostering civic engagement through art and science.
See the results of the Innovation Institute Photo Experience Pictures from Palate to Palette
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