Artist Residency

Artists make the world a better place.  We help them make it happen.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our unique neo-Gothic building features 30,000 square feet with nine individual artist studios, more than 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, and multiple common-use spaces, including a print shop, wood shop, darkroom and sculpture studio.

What’s an artist-in-residence at McColl Center?

McColl Center annually awards residencies to approximately eighteen artists. Regional, national, and international artists are selected 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.

How do you and your community fit in?

McColl Center also awards residencies in partnership with Atrium Health and UNC Charlotte, along with an annual environmental art residency and an exhibition residency that transforms our first-floor gallery into an open studio for artists to explore projects or processes.

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.

You belong here.

Explore our current, upcoming, and alumni artists-in-residencereview application guidelines, or apply now.

Photo: Artist-in-residence Bethany Collins at work in her McColl Center studio, winter/spring 2018