Charlotte, NC – July 10, 2023 – The McColl Center is thrilled to announce its selection as a 2023 Spring Grantee by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This prestigious recognition includes a multi-year grant totaling $100,000, which will provide vital support to McColl Center's artist-in-residence programs.
"Throughout the challenges of the pandemic, McColl Center has remained steadfast in our commitment to putting artists first and providing them with a nurturing space to experiment, grow, reflect, and expand their artistic practices." said Alli Celebron-Brown, President + CEO. "The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ support further strengthens McColl Center’s ability to amplify the voices of contemporary artists."
The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, known for its commitment to advancing the visual arts, will be awarding over $4 million to 40 arts organizations and museums across the nation. This significant grant acknowledges McColl Center's exceptional visual arts programming, exhibitions, and education initiatives that have consistently provided critical support to artists. Joel Wachs, President of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, commends the Spring grantees, stating: "These grantees have demonstrated admirable dedication to nurturing experimental artistic practice and providing artists with platforms for critical cultural exchanges."
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, guided by Andy Warhol's vision, manages a dynamic grants program while also preserving his legacy through responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research. Over the years, the foundation has awarded $280 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations worldwide and donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions.
The selected grantees represent a diverse range of support for the field, including programs that foster experimental artmaking, creative thinking, community engagement, and support for artists from marginalized communities. Awarded funds will be dispersed to museums, university art galleries, and art centers.
“McColl Center is honored to be among the esteemed grantees, and we are deeply grateful to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for selecting us as recipients of this generous grant," states Laura Smith, Board Chair of McColl Center. "With the support of AWF funding, McColl Center will continue to thrive as a hub for artists, igniting creative experiences that have a positive impact on our community. This grant strengthens our ability to provide unwavering support to our artists-in-residence as they navigate their artistic journeys, exploring innovative ideas and nurturing their creative practices."
The McColl Center's Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program holds three residency terms per year, welcoming a total of 14 artists annually. These artists connect with the community through various events, open studio hours, artist talks, and public engagement programs. During their residency, artists are provided with expansive studio space, private housing, a stipend, marketing support and access to McColl Center's state-of-the-art equipment and shared labs in uptown Charlotte. The shared-use studios include a media lab with a large-scale printer, a 3D printing and laser cutting lab, a printmaking lab, a ceramics and sculpture studio, a woodshop, and a darkroom.
For more information on The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts’ grant announcement and to learn about other projects included, please visit: warhlfoundation.org/news