Learn more about an artist residency at McColl Center and apply for an open call.
Founded in 1999, McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. Regional, national, and international artists are selected for McColl Center residencies through a combination of open applications, invitations, and solicited nominations. The artist-in-residence program is open to artists working in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, design, or interdisciplinary practices.
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.
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.
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.
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, and printmaking studios, a media lab, and a communal kitchen. Artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to the facilities and a van.
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.
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 a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or physical ability.
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:
Videos: .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
Audio: .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac
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 10 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.)