McColl Center for Art + Innovation is the primary venue for contemporary art in uptown Charlotte. Artists and engagement are essential to the Center. McColl Center supports artists who are at a place in their work of artistic, intellectual, or technical breakthrough. The Center is a place where artists push their own boundaries and supports artists who are beginning a new project or working toward that process.


How To Apply

Applications are accepted online only and at certain times of the year, with deadlines depending on the type of residency program.

Note: Due to the high number of application submissions received, McColl Center is not able to provide feedback or individual responses.

What to Submit with Your Application

  • A resume or CV
  • A letter of interest describing how a residency at McColl Center will affect your practice
  • An artist statement
  • An artist bio
  • 9 images of your art work (with caption information)
  • One video, maximum 30 minutes in length (optional)
Visit our online application portal to start your application.

(Note: If no residency program applications are listed, it means we are not currently accepting applications.)

Panel Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a panel which may include McColl Center staff and curators, esteemed artists, art professionals, and community partners.

Panel review criteria includes:
  • Content and conceptual richness; what are the ideas the artist is expressing and how is the artist reflected in their work?
  • Formal quality of the work; technique and skill
  • Merit of past work
  • Readiness to engage with McColl Center and in Charlotte; accessibility of content to the community and/or the ability to move the community ahead with ideas
  • Potential to develop creative practice and impact the Charlotte community
  • Demographic data (race, gender, region, age, and stage of career)

Residency program finalists are invited to meet with a select panel for a 20 minute overview. Artists accepted into the residency program are then notified.

Practice + Engagement

McColl Center hosts approximately 14 artists per year to develop ideas, projects, and collaborations which benefit from engagement with community partners.

Communal Studios

Sculpture studio with kiln
Wood shop
Print studio
Darkroom
Media Lab with wide format printing