Open House

Open House
Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:00–9:00 p.m.


Celebrate the start of a new artist residency season at McColl Center! Meet our fall artists-in-residence, see our new exhibition, and more. Expect art everywhere (see what’s up below), a beer and wine bar, live music by DJ Chief Rocka Aking Allah, and free admission.

Fall 2019 Artists-in-residence
Anna Garner (Los Angeles, California)
Jason H. Green (Alfred Station, New York)
Lacey McKinney (Syracuse, New York)
Pablo Rasgado (Mexico City, Mexico)
Sherrill Roland (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Brittney Leeanne Williams (Chicago, Illinois)
Artist studios, second and third floors

New Works / Alumni Four featuring McColl Center alumni artists Zoë Charlton (2017), Lori Larusso (2010), and Izel Vargas (2008) and organized by visiting curator Laura Ritchie.
Main Gallery, first floor

Members Meet the Artists: Zoë Charlton and Izel Vargas 
McColl Center Members are invited to a very special members-only reception to meet our fall 2019 exhibiting artists before our Open House at 5:00 p.m. Visiting curator Laura Ritchie will present her vision for the exhibition, New Works / Alumni Four, and introduce us, in conversation, to two McColl Center alumni artists featured in the exhibition, Zoë Charlton and Izel Vargas. Complimentary sparkling wine and light bites included.
First-floor gallery

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Intergalactic Soul’s Project LHAXX
Project LHAXX is a mixed-media experience by Intergalactic Soul, the Afrofuturistic collaborative made up of McColl Center alumni artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry. This experience will help you discover the cosmic message in Project LHAXX via augmented reality. 
Alumni Artist Lounge, second floor

Get photographed by artist-in-residence Lacey McKinney 
Have your photograph taken in Lacey McKinney’s artist studio. The portraits collected during Open House will become source material for paintings McKinney will create during her residency at McColl Center.
Studio 218, second floor

Hip Hop Dance Performance by Art-in-Motion
Gabbi Bennetti (aka Art-In-Motion) will perform a unique robot-like style of hip hop dance throughout the evening and in various locations throughout McColl Center.

How to get here and where to park
We’re at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte. Plenty of free parking is available on N. Tryon St. after 6:00 p.m. and in the lot at the corner of W. 10th St. and N. Church St. (behind Charlotte Ballet).

Accessible Entrance
Our accessible entrance is located at the end of the ramp at the rear of our building. If you’re visiting from the N. Church Street side of our campus and our gate is closed, pull into the driveway and call 704-332-5535 to speak to the attendant at our welcome desk. They will come down and open the gate (which we keep closed for security purposes) in a few minutes. If you’re visiting from the N. Tryon Street side, proceed towards the building, then follow the paved pathway to the left along the side of the building. (Our building will be on your right as you proceed towards the ramp.) When you reach the end of the ramp, the entrance will be on your right. Near the door and bay door will be a call box. Press the call button to speak with the attendant at our welcome desk. They will unlock the door for you remotely. Proceed through our sculpture studio and into our building until you see the elevator on your right. Proceed to our welcome desk on the first floor to check in with our attendant.