McColl Center
for Art + Innovation

A nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community.

Located in a historic, neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, the Center houses nine artist studios and over 5,000 square feet of Gallery space. We welcome the public to explore our exhibitions and connect with artists through various programs including open studios, community engagement initiatives, workshops and more.


The Center takes an active role in presenting contemporary art and the creative process as a road to open dialogue and innovative thinking. The Innovation Institute is a program designed to extend our mission as a catalyst for change by growing capacity, both for individuals and organizations.

All of the Innovation Institute’s programs are built using a similar framework and operate under the belief that creativity is not some mystical power that has been bestowed upon a select few. Rather, it’s a muscle that everyone has and a skill that anyone can strengthen and apply.

Upcoming Exhibitions + Events

Helado Negro
New Frequencies at McColl Center

Oct 21, 8–11 p.m.

New Frequencies at McColl Center

Date Night
Artist-led evening of fun for grown-ups only

Nov 3, 7–9 p.m.


Open Studio Saturday
Art-making, food, music, and fun for the whole family

Nov 4, 12–4 p.m.

Art-making, food, music, and fun for the whole family


At The Center
Open Access: Carmen Papalia Offers New Ways to Experience the World Around Us

Artist-in-residence Carmen Papalia’s residency project, Open Access, challenges how we see not only art, but also the world at large.

At The Center
Helado Negro: Everything to Music

Helado Negro, who performs at New Frequencies at McColl Center, talks about the mix of everything that brought him to music.

At The Center
Zoë Charlton On Making Spaces for Young People to Create

“It’s important for young folks to see someone who looks like them doing the thing that they may want to do or that they may be unfamiliar with.”

At The Center
Leah Rosenberg debuts "Color for the People" with The Blue Hour

Artist-in-residence Leah Rosenberg debuts "Color for the People" with The Blue Hour, inspired by alumni artist John W. Love Jr.

Rent McColl Center for art + Innovation

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is located in one of the most unique and exciting buildings in uptown Charlotte and available for rent for ceremonies, receptions, special events, meetings, workshops, and as a photography location. Our historic neo-Gothic church will impress guests and participants with its stature and convenience.

“Leading a team of geographically dispersed professionals who are continuously seeking innovative solutions for their customers, the Innovation Institute experience personally engaged myself and our team in the process and importance of creative coll...” » Read More

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Wells Fargo Corporate Real Estate