McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its mission is to empower artists, advance communities, and contribute positive impacts to its broad public audience by introducing a range of current artistic practices. Located in the former Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Uptown Charlotte, McColl Center houses nine individual artist studios, more than 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, and multiple common-use spaces, including a studio for large-scale sculpture fabrication. We invite artists to take risks in their processes and explore their ideas within the context of Charlotte. We welcome the visiting public to connect with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and public programs.
In addition to the core Artist-in-Residence Program (open call or invitation), McColl Center offers an annual Environmental Artist-in-Residence Program (invitation only), a Carolinas HealthCare System Artist-in-Residence Program (spring season; open call), a residency for a UNC Charlotte art professor (fall season; invitation only), a Summer Affiliate Program for artists living within a 50-mile radius of Charlotte (open call), and a new exhibition residency that transforms McColl’s first-floor gallery into an open studio for artists to explore processes and projects (invitation or open call).
Applications are only accepted online, via SlideRoom. Application fee: $35, nonrefundable. Please review our eligibity requirements and application guidelines before beginning your application.
Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program
Residency Session: August 27–December 4, 2018
Application Deadline: November 15, 2017
McColl Center annually awards residencies to approximately eighteen artists. Regional, national, and international artists are selected through a combination of open applications, invitations, and solicited nominations. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists working in architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, design, music, theatre, social practice, community organizing, urban agriculture, culinary arts, or interdisciplinary practices. Because McColl Center has an explicit mission to advance communities—to engage diverse public audiences in dialog about contemporary issues facing Charlotte and other urban environments and to facilitate creative actions for positive social impact—special attention is given to applicants whose work poses urgent questions about society or promotes civic consciousness and reciprocal exchange with community members. The residency program provides a space for creative inquiry and exploration among a dynamic group of artists, thinkers, and practitioners. Residencies vary in length, from one to three months, in the fall and spring seasons.
Carolinas HealthCare System Artist-in-Residence Program (Healthcare and Healing)
Residency Session: January 14–April 15, 2019
Application Deadline: December 15, 2017
Since 1999, McColl Center has partnered annually with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), one of the leading healthcare organizations in the Southeast, to support one artist-in-residence in a medical setting, in order to explore how the arts can extend or enhance healthcare and healing. CHS has more than 900 care locations, including: academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, healthcare pavilions, physician practices, outpatient surgical centers, laboratories, rehabilitation centers, home-health agencies, nursing homes, hospice and palliative-care centers, pharmacies, and imaging centers. CHS artists-in-residence have worked in various areas of the healthcare system, facilitating opportunities for self-reflection and creative expression for patients and staff. Examples of past projects include: A portraiture project, addressing the changing identities of ten women experiencing breast cancer and chemotherapy and confronting issues about beauty, femininity, and motherhood; artist-led drawing and guided-meditation workshops at Levine Cancer Institute; and a series of 3D works created in collaboration with medical staff to identify, select, and reimagine patients’ brain scans.
McColl Center seeks project proposals from regional, national, and international artists for the Spring 2019 season. Artists may work in architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, design, fiction and nonfiction writing, music, theatre, social practice, urban agriculture, or interdisciplinary practices. We look for artists who are engaged in research and investigation and who are interested in the healthcare system as both site and subject for their work. Successful proposals will clearly state how the artist’s project will advance the theme of healthcare and healing and actively engage CHS patients and/or staff.
● $6,000 living allowance
● $2,000 materials stipend
● $2,000 CHS project fee (Healthcare and Healing Program only)
● Furnished one-bedroom condominium with Wi-Fi
● Private workspace (230–819 square feet) with Wi-Fi
● Participation in a group exhibition on the second or third floor of McColl Center
● Photo and video documentation
● Technical and administrative services
● Reimbursement for one round-trip economy-class flight
● Opportunities to engage with McColl Center audiences via public programs
Sculpture studio with kiln
Media Lab with wide format printing