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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.

Benefit Art Auction | 8 Days + 3 Ways to Participate

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, May 4, 2024
Benefit Art Auction | Silent Auction

Available 2024 Benefit Art Auction works will be on display at McColl Center or for virtual viewing online beginning April 26th.

Friday, April 26
Benefit Art Auction | Opening Event + Artist Celebration

Open this year's Auction Week with a special opportunity to meet and celebrate the 2024 Participating Artists. Silent auction bidding begin along with the first chance to preview works available during the Live Auction + Closing Event on May 4th.

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Benefit Art Auction | Live Auction + Closing Event

The excitement of live-bidding with auctioneer Dan Lyles comes to McColl Center as the finale of the 2024 Benefit Art Auction! Select artwork available only during this event. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are provided.

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 - Saturday, April 13, 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 - Saturday, April 20, 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

Saturday, April 13
Family Day

Creative fun for the whole family!

Saturday, April 20
Artist Talk: The Absurdity Of It All with Bryant Portwood

Please join us for a closing reception and artist talk with Bryant Portwood as he describes his process and inspiration for his solo exhibition, The Absurdity Of It All on April 20th.

Monday, April 29
Beyond the Studio: Demystifying The Visual Arts Application Process With Marisa Pascucci

If you find yourself puzzled or overwhelmed by an exhibition, grant, or publication application process, then this is the workshop for you.

Every Tuesday

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

Tuesday, July 29
Beyond the Studio: Creating A Sustainable Artist Practice With Lauren Bolshakov

There are many ways to create a sustainable career, from galleries to e-commerce to collaborating with Interior Designers.

Press + News

McColl Center Updates
McColl Center Receives GuideStar Platinum Seal of Approval for 2023

The GuideStar Profile will be made publicly available by the McColl Center for the second year in a row.

McColl Center Updates
Teacher Workshop Invention & Modeling Day from the McColl Center

McColl Center and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools joined forces to organize a Professional Development workshop for visual art teachers within the CMS district.

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.