Application Guidelines

McColl Center's Artist-in-Residence program is highly competitive. We receive hundreds of applications annually.


Any artist from anywhere may apply for residency at McColl Center.


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.


Due to the limitations of visas, international artists may not qualify for a stipend but may be eligible to receive reimbursement of qualified expenses, such as airfare, ground transportation, supplies, and meals.


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.


McColl Center is a 30,000 square-foot facility with shared labs including a woodshop, ceramics + sculpture studio, printmaking lab, media lab, a 3D lab with a 3D printer and laser cutter, and a communal kitchen. Artists-in-Residence have 24-hour access to all facilities.


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 rigor: 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 the potential to develop creative practice and impact the community in Charlotte and beyond?

Our panel of 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.


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.


References will be contacted to upload their document in a text or PDF format. References should be submitted by the application deadline. 


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.)