About the Center


McColl Center
for Art + Innovation

We are dedicated to empowering artists to advance community and change lives through art and the creative process.

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.


Facility Rentals

McColl Center is available for rent for special events, meetings, and as a photography location.

For more information visit the Rent the Center page. 

Dr. Kim Blanding

“I feel that the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a central hub for Charlotte that allows creativity, expression, and engagement within our community to be the catalyst for impact. Congratulations on 15 years of innovation” Dr Kim Blanding, Board Member + longtime friend of the Center


Spheres of Impact

Shaping all aspects of our exhibition, residency program and community engagement, the Spheres of Impact create dynamic partnerships between the Center and a myriad of organizations in our community, while raising the visibility of artists who spark positive social change.


History

Located in Uptown Charlotte, McColl Center for Art + Innovation is located in the former Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. This gothic-revival structure was designed by J.M. McMichael and built in 1926.  Between 1927 and 1950, the church was one of the city's most active, with more than 500 members. Due to several factors, including the decline of the Center City and post-war growth of suburban areas, the church's membership dissolved in the 1950's. The building was sold in 1981 and stood empty for many years. On November 14, 1984, a homeless woman sought refuge in the abandon structure. To keep warm she piled a stack of wooden chairs onto a small fire which soon raged out of control. Within hours, one of Charlotte’s landmarks was nothing but an empty shell.

In 1995, Bank of America acquired the church for the sole purpose of establishing an urban artists' community.  With the vision and support of the Bank, Hugh McColl and the Arts & Science Council, the 30,000 square foot structure was redesigned by FMK Architects and rebuilt by Rodgers Builders. The renovation was completed in 1999.

Since opening it’s doors in 1999, McColl Center for Art + Innovation has become 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 outreaches, workshops and more.

Artists inspire critical thinking and influence positive change. They interpret the past and invent the future. McColl Center for Art + Innovation's residency program is dedicated to supporting artists regionally, nationally and internationally while promoting contemporary art. Fusing regional character with a national perspective, the Center is a place where artists work, conduct research and participate in outreach projects which extend out into the community.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is supported, in part, by a Basic Operating Grant from the Arts & Science Council, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; as well as the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; and the generosity of corporate and individual donors.