Open Studio Saturday

Saturday, November 20, 2021

12:00-4:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate our Fall 2021 artists-in-residence at our Open Studio Saturday. This free event is filled with hands-on art workshops and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Design your own unique “M” as part of our exciting brand relaunch, meet the artists in their studios, and enjoy food, music, and more!

We look forward to welcoming you to our re-imagined space at McColl Center.

Please note that masks are required inside the building.


Art Workshop: The “M” in McColl Center

Levine Hub

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate our new branding and renewed vision with us! McColl Center’s new look and new logo embodies the notion of artists first while celebrating the power of artists and contemporary art to help shape the future. Design the center of our “M” logo with your own creative imagination and display it amongst others in the gallery.

Your Artistic Portrait: A Collaboration Between Ken West and Renluka Maharaj

Studio 215 and Sculpture Studio

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Be part of a unique collaboration between two of McColl Center’s artists-in-residence and create your artistic portrait. First, artist-in-residence Ken West, a photographer who captures everyday moments and expresses the power of an image in his practice, invites you to visit his studio to let him take your photograph as the greatness of YOU and get it printed. Then, visit artist-in-residence Renluka Maharaj, who will guide you to give a voice to your photograph to express your identity creatively, manipulating your photograph, incorporating elements on your portrait by collaging and painting on them.


Motion Capture Technology Demonstration by William D. Caballero

Main Gallery

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

While in residency, multimedia artist-in-residence William Caballero started experimenting using motion capture technology and integrating it in his projects and video animations. You will have the unique opportunity to see William wear the sensors and experience how he controls an avatar that looks like him, bringing alive characters and generating 3D animations from video. In addition, William will share with you how he has expanded his practice by creating new artistic videos using this new technology.

Video Screen by Cherrie Yu

Studio 216

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

See the filmed performance created by UNC Charlotte artist-in-residence Cherrie Yu, a Chicago-based filmmaker, and Charlotte-based musician Corey Shipp. This performance lecture is based on their archives of postmodern dance and classical music history. You will enjoy the intertwines of Shipp and Yu’s respective interests and memories as they meditate on their personal relationships to historical archives as artists, students, and collaborators.


Music | Main Gallery/Outside

Snacks | Main Gallery/Outside

We’ll have a food truck with food to purchase and complimentary snacks and refreshments in the main gallery.

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).