McColl Center for Art + Innovation's Artist-in-Residence and Affiliate Artist programs are dedicated to supporting regional, national and international artists and promoting contemporary art. Fusing a regional character with a national and international perspective, the Center is a place where artists work, conduct research and where exhibitions introduce a variety of contemporary art and social practices. The Center's goal is to present artists and art in a way that engages and enriches the community, through the creative process during open studios, engagement initiatives, exhibitions and educational programs.

Artist Resources

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is the leading center for the advancement of creative capacity for artists and the community.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is located in Uptown Charlotte, a very short walk from the heart of the city. A cultural campus is on the south end of Tryon, approximately one mile from the Center and includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Mint Museum and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center). Our urban Artist-in-Residence program places into practice our Spheres of Impact strategies, which compels us to explore, challenge and connect with society at large through artistic creative works and community engagement. We welcome the community to visit the Center and encourage interaction with the artists. Goals of the Center include demystifying the creative process - which makes contemporary art more accessible and raises the perception of the value of artists to society. Through interaction with artists in their studios, the Center provides a portal from which the visitor can gain insight into the creative process.

Session Duration

Residency sessions vary in length.

2 available sessions: Fall (Sep-Nov) and Winter (Jan-Mar) each approximately 11-12 weeks

Affiliate Artists
2 available sessions: 11-months (Apr-Mar), Summer (Apr- Aug) 4-5 months

Selected summer and 11-month Affiliate Artists will also be required to participate in the Center’s spring event, Studio Party, where artists transform their studios into themed event spaces of their own design (can include artists work) and then host their studio during the party.

Selection Process

McColl Center for Art + Innovation uses a curatorial process to select Artists-in-Residence. Artists are invited to be in residence who conduct creative inquiries into one or more of the Center's Spheres of Impact. There are three exceptions - the Carolinas Health Care Artist-In-Residence, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Artist-in-Residence, and the Environmental Artist-in-Residence.

In addition to these three opportunities, the Center is always looking for groundbreaking artists whose practice includes social engagement and who would therefore significantly benefit from a residency, contribute to the vibrancy of the residency experience for all of the artists, and raise the level of conversation in Charlotte around one of our Spheres of Impact.

If you would like to express your interest in participating in our residency program, email Please know that, due to the high degree of interest, we cannot respond to each email.

Express Interest In An Art Residency

To express your interest in becoming an artist-in-residence, email Please understand that due to the large amount of inquiries, we are not able to respond to each individual email.

The residency program is open to emerging, mid-career and senior level artists that are formally trained or self-taught. However, artists who have not yet participated in McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s residency programs will be given priority. Students may apply, but may not be actively enrolled in classes during the start of the residency period. Affiliate Artist residency programs are open to artists living in Charlotte or within a 50-mile radius. The Artist-in-Residence program is open to local, regional, national and international artists.

Facilities + Services

Housing/Grounds Available
Private Studio

Digital Media
Fine Metals/Jewelry Making
Photography (non-digital)

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a well-equipped 30,000 square foot facility with nine artist studios (230-819 sq ft), and common use wood, blacksmith and sculpture, ceramic, darkroom, and printmaking studios, as well as a media lab. We provide twenty-four hour access to the Center’s facility and offer staff support Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

Accommodations + Transportation

Each artist-in-residence is provided a fully furnished 1bd, 1bath condominium which is located adjacent to the Center. Units include cable television, wifi access, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. Residents also have access to a large rooftop terrace.

The Center owns a jeep, a van and a flatbed truck that it makes available on a first-come, first-serve basis for Center-related errands and outreaches. Use is also restricted to artists participating in the Residency program.

Studio Time

The Center is open to the public Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm. These times are great opportunities for the community to get to know the artists and perhaps express interest in purchasing their artwork. Artists-in-Residents and Affiliate Artists have 24-hour access to the Center and their Studios.

Community Engagement

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is an active and dynamic organization in Charlotte’s cultural community. The Center is uniquely placed to provide an opportunity for artists to engage with a new and broader public. We believe that this can be a meaningful professional experience for the artist and a transforming experience for the community. Therefore, we encourage each Center artist to engage with the local community. Therefore, we seek to develop engagement opportunities with each Artist-in-Residence and an identified community partner.


Both Affiliate Artists and Artists-in-Residence participate in one to two exhibitions during their residency sessions, in addition to displaying work in their Studio and in the public space surrounding their Studio during their residency.

Open Door Policy

The Center is open and free to the public on Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm. During this time, the Center welcomes the general public to view its exhibitions and visit artists’ Studios. The Center has an "Open Door" policy whereby the public is welcome to enter an artist’s Studio if their door is open. We encourage the artists to invite the public into their studio unless they are at a place in their work where they prefer not to be disrupted.

During Open Studio Saturdays, artists are required to be in their Studios and have their doors open. This provides an opportunity for the public to meet the artists and learn about their work. Typically, three to four Open Studio Saturdays are scheduled during the residency period.

Community Engagement

McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s core values include a belief that artists add immeasurable value to community and can help shape community. The Center sees its outreach program as a way to extend its reach into the community thereby extending its mission and core values beyond the Center itself. Each artist-in-residence and affiliate artist may provide up to three artist/Center-developed outreaches. The type and scope of these engagement initiatives are mutually designed and agreed upon by the artist and the Center’s program staff. Typical outreaches consist of community projects, lectures, demonstrations, or other special programming. Community partners may include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, UNC Charlotte, Carolinas Healthcare, Right Moves for Youth, Winthrop University, Davidson University, The Mint Museums, Urban Ministries, Hope Junction and The Light Factory.