Apply for an artist residency

Learn more about artist residencies at McColl Center and apply for an open call.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space committed to putting artists first with 360 degrees of support, including artist studios, modern equipment and tools, and exhibition spaces.

Here at this one-of-a-kind historic place, built from the ashes of a former Church that burned down in the 1980s, the artist’s need for expression, advancement, experimentation, and growth is fulfilled.

Beyond serving as catalyst for artistic advancement, McColl Center is a hub for connection within the creative community. This is a place where all are welcome to share in a universal passion for art and inspiration through creative participation and engagement.

We invite artists to take risks in their processes and explore their ideas within the context of Charlotte. We welcome you, your family, friends, and colleagues to connect with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and public programs.


Current Open Call: Summer 2022 Educators and Parents Artist-in-residence Program

McColl Center’s summer 2022 artist-in-residence program is offered to educators and parents who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in McColl Center residencies because of responsibilities during school or university terms. This residency will support your practice, giving you the opportunity to bring your family with you, utilize our facilities, and access equipment in our artist labs.

  • Residency Dates: May 16–August 9, 2022 (12 weeks)
  • Application Opens: July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: August 15, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Application Fee: $35 nonrefundable

Eligibility:

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Current students are not eligible
  • McColl Center alumni artists should wait five years before applying for another residency. Artists are limited to two residencies at McColl Center.

Selected artists receive:

  • $6,000 living, materials, and travel stipend (United States-based artists only; due to the limitations of B-1 visas, international artists are not eligible to receive stipends)
  • Furnished apartment (for artists from outside the greater Charlotte area)
  • 24-hour access to a private studio with Wi-Fi and common use areas
  • Participation in a group show
  • Photo and social media documentation
  • Professional curatorial guidance
  • Opportunities to engage with McColl Center audiences via public programs

Notification

SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. The application review process may take up to fourteen weeks after the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.

** Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, applicants must be flexible and willing to adapt to unforeseen changes to the program.

** By applying to McColl Center, you agree to receive our digital newsletter and emails about future application opportunities.

For more information, email cgriffin@mccollcenter.org.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Collaborations and Collectives
Artist collaborators and collectives must submit a single application with appropriate work samples that show artwork made by the group, not its individual members. Due to housing limitations, individual condominiums will not be provided for each group member; collectives must share housing.

International Artists
McColl Center welcomes artists from around the world; however, due to the limitations of B-1 visas, international artists are not eligible to receive stipends.

Families
We invite partners and children of artists-in-residence to stay in the provided condominium during the residency term. However, partners will not be allowed to use McColl Center workspaces, facilities, equipment, or materials. Artist couples must apply individually; if both are accepted, each will be offered a studio. Only registered service animals are allowed in the condominiums and facilities.

Facilities and Equipment
McColl Center is a 30,000 square-foot facility with common-use wood, sculpture, ceramic, printmaking, media, and 3D labs, and a communal kitchen. Artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to the facilities.

Public & Artist Engagement
All artists-in-residence are required to participate in at least one public program, onsite or offsite, during their residencies. Outreaches consist of talks, lectures, or development workshops for artists and creatives.

Selection Process
Each application review panel is different and comprises a combination of curators, alumni artists, national artists, and arts leaders. The selection process consists of an online review and scoring by the panelists, followed by a meeting in which reviewers develop a shortlist. Artists are typically notified fourteen weeks after the application deadline. Reviewers are asked to consider the following criteria for each application:

Artistic excellence
Does the artist show exemplary creativity, innovation, or skill?

Depth and communication of conceptual content
Does the artist communicate their ideas clearly?
Is there depth to the artist’s practice?

Evidence of current and ongoing professional practice
Is there commitment to or support for contemporary art making?
Does the artist show a strong history of exhibitions or presentations of artwork?

Appropriateness of applicant and their work for McColl Center and its vision
Does the artist seem ready to engage with and benefit from the residency experience at McColl Center?
Does the artist have potential to develop creative practice and impact the community in Charlotte and beyond?

After the shortlist has been determined, reviewers will adjudicate the potential cohort’s overall diversity of medium or practice, race and ethnicity, geography, gender, and age. Finalists will be invited to take part in a short interview. Artists accepted into the residency program will then be notified.

McColl Center is committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We strongly encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply.

Records
Artists-in-residence in partnership with Atrium Health must consent to a background check and share recent medical records. Immunizations are required for artists to work in some areas of the hospital.

Work Sample Guidelines

Work samples are a critical part of the application. The selection panel will only review the materials requested in the application; all others will be discarded. Upload the work samples in accordance with the following SlideRoom specifications:

Acceptable file types:
Images: .jpg
Videos: .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
Audio: .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac
Documents: .pdf
Linked Media: Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, Sketchfab

Note: Linked media must be public. Only link to individual files, not to a playlist, set, or collection.

Additional guidelines per discipline or medium:
2D or 3D: sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, digital art, book arts, architecture, design, ceramic
● Submit no more than 5 samples of artwork completed within the past five years
● Upload images in the order to be viewed

Media Arts: film (narrative, documentary, experimental, or artistic), video (narrative, documentary, experimental, or artistic), and time-based digital art
● Submit no more than 5 minutes of video

Interdisciplinary and Public Practice: social practice and interdisciplinary works
● Submit any combination of media formats (image, text, audio, video) that are appropriate to convey the work (No more than 5 work samples; no more than 5 minutes per audio or video sample; one PDF with no more than 10 pages of writing, double-spaced, 12-point font.)



UPCOMING OPEN CALLS FOR ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

  • Fall 2022 artist-in-residence program
    • Residency Dates: August 29–November 22, 2022 (12 weeks)
    • Application opens on October 1, 2021
    • Application Deadline: November 15, 2021 (6 weeks)