McColl Center gallery will be closed Thursday February 22nd through Saturday February 24th for a private event.

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
MATERIAL HISTORIES

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 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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, February 20
CLOSING RECEPTION: “IT’S LIKE, NUDE!’ and “MUSE”

Last chance to see the inspiring exhibition of figure drawings by Charlotte area artists, curated by Felicia van Bork.

Monday, February 26
Beyond the Studio: Finding Your Why With Laurie Smithwick

Embark on a journey of self-exploration in this workshop focused on "Finding Your Why." Dive into introspective exercises and discussions designed to uncover the core motivations behind your creative expression.

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

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.

McColl Center Updates
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.

McColl Center Updates
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.

McColl Center Updates
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.