McColl Center Announces Leadership Transition

February 21, 2024 - After a tenure marked with growth, Alli Celebron-Brown has announced her decision to step down as the President + CEO of McColl Center effective May 4, 2024. Under her leadership, McColl Center has thrived and undergone a significant change.

Celebron-Brown's time at McColl Center is highlighted by her vision for a dynamic and inclusive artistic community. During her tenure, McColl Center embraced a bold new direction with initiatives such as subsidized artist studios, the Catalyst Artist Residency, a co-op model, robust youth programs, and artist-centered skill-building workshops. Her dedication to fostering diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible programs has been evident throughout her six years with the organization.

Laura Smith, Board Chair, expressed appreciation for Celebron-Brown's impact: "Alli's leadership has been instrumental in positioning McColl Center as a dynamic hub for artistic expression and community engagement. Her commitment to advancing the arts, coupled with her dedication to building a strong future for McColl Center, has been transformative. We are grateful for her vision and dedication."

One of the hallmarks of Alli Celebron-Brown's leadership has been her strategic focus on diversifying revenue streams. She successfully implemented initiatives that bolstered earned revenue coupled with national support, securing funding from prominent organizations such as the Windgate Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Smith added, "McColl Center has never been better positioned to transition leadership. Our board, staff, mission, and value proposition are stronger than ever. We are proud of our achievements and look forward to the organization's bright future."

The board has established a search committee, chaired by Smith, to identify a new leader who will build upon the organization's strengths. The committee is dedicated to maintaining continuity, upholding the organization's core values, and ensuring a seamless transition. The position will be posted on McColl Center’s app, CuratedMC, and here on our website.


McColl Center is an acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina, committed to putting artists first with 360 degrees of support, including subsidized artist studios, access to modern equipment and tools, artist entrepreneurship programs, and the opportunity to exhibit and sell work in 5,000 square feet of gallery space. Learn more about McColl Center’s mission, programs, and events for artists and the community here on our website.

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