Open Studio Saturday

Bring your friends and family to Open Studio Saturday and experience what makes McColl Center for Art + Innovation a vibrant contemporary art space for everyone. Free admission.


Xenobia Bailey, Bethany Collins, Javier de Frutos, Julio Gonzalez, and Marion Wilson will open their studio doors to talk with you about their work and creative processes.


Build Your Own Artdrop
Location: Sculpture Studio, Ground floor
Charlotte-based artists Arko and Owl will show you how to make your own street art using techniques, ideas, and materials that they use in their own work. The duo creates distinct artworks and drops them in random spots around Charlotte for free to make art more accessible and interactive to anyone who approaches it.

Arko and Owl by Brian BT Twitty. Courtesy of the artists.

Making Patterns with Typewriters
Location: Levine Creative Hub, Ground floor
From the perfect spiral of a conch shell to the hexagonal tiles on a bathroom floor, patterns are everywhere. Charlotte artist Laurie Smithwick will lead a fingers-on art activity using typewriters to create patterns out of letters and symbols. Fun, right? You get the tactile satisfaction of rhythmically pounding the typewriter keys, and you get to create a unique piece of art.

Symbolic Thinking
Location: First-floor studio
During this shapely and colorful activity, participants will create symbols that reflect who they are and what inspires them creatively by using watercolors, markers, and mark making tools. The Innovation Institute’s Susan Jedrzejewski leads this hands-on activity that builds on the idea that we’re all creative.

Cards for Neighbors
Location: Third-floor balcony
On any given night, nearly one thousand people experience homelessness in Charlotte. Throughout the coming months, through our A Tale of Two Cities initiative, McColl Center visitors, artists-in-residence, and staff will participate in activities that commit to ease the challenges that confront this vulnerable population. One small, but hopeful activity is art making. Choose a card, color it, and we’ll share it with our neighbors this winter and spring. The cards will help provide hope during a seemingly hopeless moment in time.


The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture. We’ll have two BOOM performers on our front lawn to expand your ideas about art.
12:30–2:00 p.m. Sinergismo
2:00–3:30 p.m. TAPROOT CLT (Alumni artists-in-residence, 2015)


Transitory Emplacements (first floor) and We Are the Storm (third floor) are on view. A selection of works by our artists-in-residence is featured on our second and third floors.


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