Open House at McColl Center

Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Free admission | RSVP YES

The start of the new year is also the start of a new artist residency season at McColl Center. 

Explore three floors of new artwork, including the debut of Adorned, an exhibition featuring McColl Center alumnus artist Sharif Bey (2007) and artist Shanequa Gay. Curated by visiting curator Jonell Logan.

Shanequa Gay, Healing Circle (Triptych), 2019. Mixed media on wood panel; 108 x 49 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Meet six new artists-in-residence from Charlotte, around the U.S., and Spain:

  • Franco Fasoli (Barcelona)
  • Maya Gurantz (Los Angeles)
  • Holly Keogh (Charlotte)
  • Azita Moradkhani (New York City + Boston)
  • Liz Nielsen (Brooklyn)
  • Andrew Wilson (Oakland)
Holly Keogh, Shifting Kiss, 2016. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Image by Lydia Baird and courtesy of the artist.

Move to live music performed by Arts Plus (featuring Lisa Bettendorf, Bria Alexander, Brian Stieglitz, and Ella Stevens).

As a perk for McColl Center Members, an exclusive reception with exhibiting artists Sharif Bey and Shanequa Gay and visiting curator Jonell Logan will take place at 5:00 p.m. before the Open House. They’ll talk about the exhibition, Adorned, and we’ll have sparkling wine and light bites. Not a member yet? Become one now.


  • Check out new work by McColl Center alumnus artist Erik Waterkotte (2015) in the print studio on the second floor
  • Beer and wine bar and light bites
  • Free admission

Image, top: Liz Nielsen, Cosmic Mountain Folds, 2019. Analog Chromogenic Photogram on Fujiflex, Unique; 53 x 97 inches (framed). Courtesy of SOCO Gallery and the artist.

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.