Open Studio Saturday

Art making, food, and fun for everyone

Presented by Neiman Marcus Charlotte

You are invited to explore our vibrant contemporary art space at Open Studio Saturday! Bring your family and friends to meet our artists-in-residence, participate in fun hands-on activities, and create a work of art of your very own. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Start With a Pop
Location: Front lawn
The fun begins on our front lawn where you can grab a refreshing ice pop from King of Pops on us (limited number of freebies – get here early) as well as complimentary popcorn and lemony lemonade.

School of Rock Concert
Location: Front Lawn
Student musicians from School of Rock Charlotte perform on our front lawn. Watch and listen to these kids rock their creativity from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Meet an Artist
Location: Second- and third-floor galleries
Visit our second and third floors where fall artists-in-residence Juan Dolhare, Alice Gosti, Liz Miller, Tom Stanley, and Antoine Williams have their artwork on view. Each artist also opens their studio doors to speak about their work and give you exclusive insight into their creative process.

Art Activity: Walk in Their Shoes
Location: Back Patio
Create a mural out of temporary footprints and artistic designs with chalk with alumna artist Monique Luck. Keep your designs the size of your foot or go as big as your imagination.

Dance Everywhere
Location:  Sculpture Studio
Enjoy a presentation of dance and storytelling by Caroline Calouche and Dance Everywhere, featuring UNC Charlotte choreographer Kaustavi Sarkar performing ballet, contemporary dance, and Odissi and Indian folk dances. Dance Everywhere, supported by the Knight Foundation, is part of the Charlotte Dance Festival and pairs dance artists with community events like ours to fill our lives with movement.

Tattoo Workshop
Location: Levine Creative Hub
Tattoo artist Catherine Courtlandt McElvane will share stories and artwork from her journey as a tattoo artist as well as demonstrate tattoo stencil application, line work, and shading on honeydew melons and bananas. Temporary flash tattoo designs will be available for you to try. 

Hands-On Activity: What Makes a Place Great? A Tale of Two Cities
Location: Second Floor
Imagine your favorite place, then stop by studio #221 and tell us all about it. See what other McColl Center visitors’ favorites places are, too.

Watch: A Tale of Two Cities short films preview
Location: Third Floor
Preview the first of four short films, produced by Kathleen and Reuben Bloom of Basic Cable, highlight the individual projects of A Tale of Two Cities, led by McColl Center artists-in-residence in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus, and conducted in collaboration with service providers, partners, and neighbors themselves. A Tale of Two Cities is an initiative of McColl Center for Art + Innovation that seeks to elevate the voices of neighbors experiencing homelessness and housing vulnerability in the North Tryon area. 

Free parking: On N. Tryon St. all day and in the lot at the corner of W. 10th St. and N. Church St. (behind Charlotte Ballet).