McColl Center will be closed for a private event on Saturday March 2, 2024 at 4:30pm. We hope to see you next week for one of our many events.

Art thrives when artists do.

A hub for creativity

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McColl Center is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary arts hub in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. We are where artists and people who care about them converge, connect, and thrive. As a hub for creativity and a catalyst for growth, McColl Center is committed to putting artists first, supporting them throughout their careers with subsidized artist studios, access to modern equipment and tools, entrepreneurship programs, and 5,000 SF of gallery space to exhibit and sell work.

Creativity Camp Registration Is Open

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McColl Center’s Creativity Camp is a series of week-long, full-day art camps designed for young artists in rising 2nd through 8th grades to spark imagination, encourage self-discovery, and make lifelong connections to many expressions of art.

Current Exhibitions

Thursday, January 25 - Sunday, April 14, 2024

The past and present coexist within an intricate tapestry of history, family, traumas, and imagined futures. They are accessible through the physical structures that bind us to both aspirations and memory.

Thursday, February 15 - Sunday, April 21, 2024
The Absurdity Of It All by Bryant Portwood

Recognizable elements of suburban life are combined with intriguing deviations to disrupt the anticipated tranquility, and, simply, the dullness of familiar environments.

Thursday, March 7 - Sunday, April 14, 2024
Doomsday: Apocalypse Now & Then

Step into a realm where the boundaries between past, present, and possibility blur, where the apocalypse is not just an end but a beginning, and where joy emerges from the darkest of hours. Doomsday: Apocalypse Now & Then is a visual and performance art exhibition that invites the viewer to contemplate the intersection of existence, time’s ceaseless march, and the resilience of humanity.

Upcoming Programs + Events

Thursday, February 1 - Tuesday, February 20, 2024
"It's like, nude!" An exhibition of figure drawings

Draw McColl Center has been encouraging artists and models since the first Tuesday night of 2023, and the program, like Charlotte’s many life drawing studios, shows every sign of continuing to thrive. Created in only 30 minutes or less, with no time for revision, these drawings expose the mind of the artist in the moment.

Every Tuesday

Join us for Draw McColl Center, a weekly drop-in figure drawing program.

Saturday, March 9
Family Day

Creative fun for the whole family!

Saturday, March 9
Intro to Lifecasting with Reynolds Advanced Materials

Mold making is a skill that can expand the possibilities of your practice

Thursday, March 14
Artist Talk: Using Art to Define Your Identity with Johnny Floyd, Asa Jackson, and Dammit Wesley

Join us for an evening with Artists-in-Residence Johnny Floyd and Asa Jackson, and McColl Alumni Dammit Wesley, as they discuss the role of Art in our ability to connect to our past, define our present, and imagine our future.

Monday, March 18
Beyond the Studio: Creating Marketing Materials for Artists With Melissa Stutts

If you’ve wondered what a press kit is and what to do with it, this workshop will help you learn how to present yourself professionally in both the digital and analog worlds.

Press + News

McColl Center Updates
McColl Center Collaborates with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Chosen schools are able to select between workshops in mixed media, photo-based processes, and printmaking.

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Introducing CuratedMC: McColl Center Unveils Innovative App Uniting Art Communities Through Technology

McColl Center proudly introduces CuratedMC, a groundbreaking virtual platform for its community. Encompassing McColl Center artists and partners, art enthusiasts, families, and the entire creative community.

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McColl Center Awarded Prestigious Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The McColl Center is thrilled to announce its selection as a 2023 Spring Grantee by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This prestigious recognition includes a multi-year grant totaling $100,000, which will provide vital support to McColl Center's artist-in-residence programs.

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We Celebrate Our Very Own! Alli Celebron-Brown, President & CEO of McColl Center, Awarded the Charlotte Ledger's 40 Over 40

McColl Center is thrilled to announce that Alli Celebron-Brown, our esteemed President + CEO, has been honored with one of The Charlotte Ledger's prestigious 40 Over 40 awards, presented by U.S. Bank.