for Art + Innovation
Located in a historic neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, McColl Center for Art + Innovation offers more than 5,000 square feet of Gallery space. We welcome the public to explore our exhibitions and attend our various events, including open studios, community engagement initiatives, workshops and more.
Open Studio SaturdayArt, ideas, and hands-on activities for everyone
Bring the whole family to Open Studio Saturday and experience what makes McColl Center a vibrant space for contemporary art. Everyone is welcome and admission is free thanks to Bank of America.
Explore art and ideas of all kinds with our artists-in-residence, with hands-on art making activities and demonstrations for all ages.
Screen Printing with Marcus Kiser + Jason Woodberry (12-4 PM)
Artists-in-residence Marcus Kiser + Jason Woodberry will be leading screen printing activities with local artist Eric Ndelo. All paper, water-based inks, and designs will be provided and related to Earth Day.
Whisper Recordings with Dustin Farnsworth (12-4 PM)
Windgate Artist-in-Residence Dustin Farnsworth will be recording the whispered hopes and fears of young visitors (age range 8-16 years old, ideally), which will become an audio component of a new sculpture by the artist. The anonymous recordings aim to create an audio catalog of youth in the Charlotte area, living on in perpetuity as an integral part of the finished artwork.
Watch Catawba by Rob Carter (12-4 PM)
Using both video and animation techniques, Catawba is artist-in-residence Rob Carter’s brief portrait of the significance of the local river, its manipulation, and the places gained and lost by the formation of Lake Norman. Watch the video and speak with the artist in his studio about art and the natural world.
Crochet Demo with Mary Tuma (1-2 PM)
Alumna artist Mary Tuma will be demonstrating the crochet techniques used in her artwork featured in the exhibition, Tell Me More. Visitors are welcome to watch and ask questions.
Music on the Front Lawn with Fat Face Trio (2-4 PM)
Featuring a unique instrumentation (trumpet/melodica, guitar, and tuba), Fat Face Trio blends styles and sounds from New Orleans, traditional Americana, alongside jazz standards, original compositions, and avant-garde.
Sweet and savory bites from Las Delicias Bakery (12-4 PM)
Enjoy a Colombian empanda, sweet Mexican baked goods, and more served up by one of East Charlotte's finest bakeries, Las Delicias.