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
Studio Tour with Barbara Schreiber
Sep 4, 6:30 – 8 PM
Join us for our next Contemporaries Program Event at the home of Barbara Schreiber, McColl Center for Art + Innovation alumnus.
With Jessica Whitbread
Sep 8, 6 – 7:30 PM
Join the Contemporaries and Jessica Whitbread for their latest Wine Club event.
“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.”
See the celebration of Brightwalk’s new Playscape by ArtPlace America Environmental Artist-in-Residence, Rugunzu Bruno
McColl Center for Art + Innovation will be temporarily closed to the public for minor renovations.
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.
“As a CEO you have to make a decision—are you going to iterate your way to change or are you going to revolutionize the company? My Innovation Institute experience reinforced my decision to do the latter.”