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McColl Center for Art + Innovation

McColl Center for Art + Innovation's residency program is dedicated to supporting artists regionally, nationally and internationally and promoting contemporary art. Fusing a regional character with a national and international perspective, the Center is a place where artists work, conduct research and where exhibitions introduce a broad public to a variety of contemporary art practices. The Center's goal is to present art and artists in a way that engages and enriches the public while revealing the creative process through open studios, community engagements, exhibitions, and educational programs.

As the Center’s mission is to advance artists and advance community while impacting lives through art and the creative process, our staff and community thought leaders worked together to identify ten major areas of high importance to the future of our institution and the communities we serve.

The list of challenges and opportunities form what the Center identifies as our Spheres of Impact, which offer Artists-in-Residence the opportunity to strategically address topics and issues in a meaningful and sustainable way.

The Spheres of Impact are Environment, Health+Wellness, Education, Social Justice, Technology, Business Innovation, International, Craft, Architecture+Design, and Beauty. Focusing programming around the Spheres of Impact has enabled the Center to deepen its existing partnerships and develop new collaborations. For more information on each Sphere of Impact, you may learn more here on our website:


Charlotte, North Carolina: United States

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is located in Uptown Charlotte, a very short walk from the heart of the city. Charlotte is a growing, vibrant city coming into its own. A cultural campus is on the south end of Tryon Street, approximately one mile from the Center and includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Mint Museum, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center). As an urban Artist-in-Residence program, McColl Center for Art + Innovation actively participates in and contributes to the energy and vibrancy of the city.


  • Residency Length: Typical Residency Sessions: Fall: September-November, Winter: January-March, Summer: April-August
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 6-8


  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    The procedure for artist selection has been updated to meet the goals set forth our community needs and our Spheres of Impact. The Center now employs a “hybrid model” of application-based and curated artist selection.

    Three important opportunities remain application only. They are Health/Wellness, Education, and Affiliate Artists programs.

    In addition to recommendations made by our national and international Curatorial Advisory Board of contemporary art specialists, McColl Center invites any interested artist to send a Letter of Inquiry for our review.

    If you identify with any of the Spheres of Impact above, we invite you to submit a Letter of Inquiry telling us why you think you would be a good fit for a McColl Center residency. Information on the Letter of Inquiry and the three applications may be received by sending an email to this address: We will review your information in a timely manner, but due to the high volume of correspondence, we cannot guarantee a response to each Letter of Inquiry.

  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Accepted Artists-in-Residence are provided with a private apartment in a high-rise condo building located just behind the Center, across the street from the Center.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    The Center owns a jeep, a van, and a truck with flatbed and makes these available on a first-come, first-served basis for Center related errands and outreaches for Artists-in-Residence only.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Film / Digital editing, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    McColl Center for Art and Innovation is a well-equipped 30,000 square foot facility with nine artist studios (230-819 sq ft), and common use wood, sculpture, ceramic, darkroom, printmaking studios, and a media lab. There is twenty-four hour access to the Center's facility, and staff support Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

Stipends / other support

Each of the Artist-in-Residence receives a stipend, materials budget, travel allowance, and housing based on the specific residency program they are accepted under. These are varying amounts for each artist.

Additional expectations / opportunities

McColl Center for Art + Innovation's core values include a belief that artists add immeasurable value to our quality of life and can help shape community. The Center sees its community engagement program as a way to extend its reach into the community, thereby extending its mission and core values beyond the Center itself. Each Artist-in-Residence and Affiliate Artist provides Center-developed community engagements. The type and scope of these community Engagements are mutually designed and agreed upon by the artist and the Center's Associate Director. There are many ways in which the artist can interpret and innovate within the realm of their designated Sphere of Impact.

Contact Information

721 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
United States
Tel: (704) 332 - 5535