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

Open Studio Saturday
Art-making and fun for everyone

Apr 7, 12–4 p.m.

Art-making and fun for everyone

We Are the Storm
Exhibition | Third floor

Sep 14 — May 5

Third floor

Transitory Emplacements
Exhibition | First floor

Jan 25 — May 5

First floor


Artists at Work
Bayeté Ross Smith: Everyone Belongs

Alumnus artist-in-residence Bayeté Ross Smith (2008) celebrates the cultural differences that make America so unique via his 2017 TED Talk.

Innovation Institute
Creativity + Empathy: Charles Thomas and Matt Olin in Conversation

Knight Foundation's Charles Thomas and Creative Mornings/Charlotte's Matt Olin talk about the present and future of creativity and empathy in The Queen City.

At McColl Center
7 Artists Every Charlottean Should Meet

Seven artists-in-residence arrive at McColl Center in January for the spring 2018 residency season.

At McColl Center
Banner Poems: P. Scott Cunningham

Poetry as a part of the experience and identity of everyday people.

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.