John O. Calmore Creative Activism Artist Residency

Associated Residency Program

The McColl Center's internationally acclaimed Artist-in-Residence program serves as a catalyst for growth for emerging and mid-career artists. The John O. Calmore Creative Activism Artist Residency at McColl Center seeks to honor the legacy of John O. Calmore, a pioneering figure who, after excelling at Stanford University and Harvard Law School, dedicated his life to combating racial injustice and poverty through both legal practice and academia. Drawing from his deep understanding of social issues, Calmore crafted a distinctive approach to critical race theory and social justice lawyering, encouraging lawyers to transcend traditional avenues of advocacy and challenge systemic inequalities in innovative ways. 

In this spirit, the residency calls upon citizen-artists worldwide, aged 21 and above, with a demonstrated commitment to socially and politically engaged artmaking. We welcome diverse artistic themes and disciplines rooted in the principles of risk-taking, creative expression, and critical thinking  The culmination of this residency will be an exhibition in Toronto, Canada, serving as a testament to the power of art to inspire social action, problem-solving, and community connection.

Artists-in-residence receive private housing adjacent to McColl Center, a large-scale private studio in our historic building in Uptown Charlotte, curatorial guidance, marketing and PR support, and a generous stipend. While in residency, our artists have the freedom to fully focus on artistic research, exploration, and creation while also engaging with McColl Center’s Igniters community and the local creative sector.

This residency will take place during the Winter-Spring 2025 term and will run from January 7 - April 14, 2025.

*The deadline for applications has been extended to June 21, 2024.

Residency Length
3 months - 3 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Art Education
Augmented Reality
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Digital Media
Environmental Arts
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Installation Arts
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
New Genres
Paper Arts
Public Art
Social Practice
Sound Art
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Urban Planning/Design
Visual Arts
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Teach in studio
Lead workshop for the public
Lead workshop for fellow residents
Lead a skill share
Accessible Housing
Universally designed
Meals Provided
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Kick Wheels
Slab Roller
Clay Mixers
Electric Kiln
Dedicated Metal Shop
Plasma Cutter
Fine Metals / Jewelry Making
Jeweler’s Bench
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Hydraulic Press
Soldering Workspace
Acetylene/Air Torches
Soldering Picks+Tweezers
Solderite Boards
Bench Grinder
Buffing Machine
Darkroom (Black And White)
Lighting Studio/Green Screen
Large Format Printer / Plotter
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Printmaking Workspaces
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Hot Plates
Metal Plate Shear
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Silkscreen Studio
Light Tables
Large Sinks
Large Exposure Unit
Textiles Workspace
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Additional Eligibility Information

Practicing emerging and mid-career artists are invited to apply. Artist for this application must be dedicated to addressing social justice issues through their creative practice and interested in closing exhibition in Toronto.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application