Artist Irisol Gonzalez working at a table on a mold in her studio.

Artist Irisol Gonzalez working at a table on a mold in her studio.

Artist Andre Leon Gray sitting in his studio. We are viewing him through the net of a basketball hoop.

Artist Andre Leon Gray sitting in his studio. We are viewing him through the net of a basketball hoop.

Artist Omalara Williams McCallaster working at their loom in the studio.

Artist Omalara Williams McCallaster working at their loom in the studio.

Arist Rachel Eng stanidng near her studio wall working on an installation.

Arist Rachel Eng stanidng near her studio wall working on an installation.

McColl Center Artist-in-Residence Program

Charlotte, NC, United States

The McColl Center's internationally acclaimed Artist-in-Residence program serves as a catalyst for growth for emerging and mid-career artists. McColl Center hosts three residency terms per year—fall, winter/spring, and summer, for four artists per term. An artist residency at McColl Center is a moment to think big, take risks in the creative process, and explore ideas within the context of Charlotte.

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.


721 N. Tryon Srteet
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Residency program within a school, college or university
Embedded in historic site
Longterm/embedded in neighborhood
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
3 months - 3 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
New Genres
Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Environmental Arts
Public Art
Social Practice
Urban Planning/Design
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
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Unstructured time
Research support
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Access to training on new artistic techniques and/or apprenticeship
Inspiration from cultural context
Professional development support and/or trainings
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

Practicing emerging and mid-career artists are invited to apply. 

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
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Full description of accessibility on campus
Links to resources, effective practices, grievance procedures, etc.
Materials in large print
Use of colored paper for printed materials
High contrast, clear way-finding and/or signage
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
ADA Compliant
Housing available on campus
Accessibility Contact Name
Jonell Logan
Accessibility Contact Email
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Universally designed
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Housing available
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
ADA Compliant
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
No meals are provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Ethernet provided in common area
Ethernet provided in living or studio area
Studios/Facilities Details

In addition to a private studio, all Artists-in-Residence can use the various labs and equipment available throughout the building. The McColl Center is equipped with a Woodshop, Ceramic Lab, Metal Lab, Media Lab, Printmaking Lab, and a 3D Printing and Laser Cutting Lab along with various tools. See at the bottom of this page a more extensive list of what the McColl provides.




Sawstop 10” Professional Table Saw, Delta 14” Bandsaw, Powermatic 36” Bandsaw, Delta 16.5” Drill Press, JET 18” variable speed scroll saw, Delta 6” belt and 12” disc sander, Dewalt 12” compound miter saw, Powermatic oscillating sander, various clamps

Ceramic Lab:

Skutt Automatic Kiln KM-1227, Skutt Manual Kiln Model 614-3, Brent Model CXC Throwing Wheels, North Star Slab Roller, Extruder, Wedging Tables

Metal Lab:

ESAB MIG Welder, Lincoln Electric MIG Welder, ESAB TIG Welder, ESAB Plasma Cutter, Lincoln Electric Plasma Cutter, Promacut Pipe Bender, Delta 10” Bench Grinder, Baldor 10” Wire Brush, Delta 16” Drill Press, DoALL Bandsaw, Oxy-Acetylene Torch, Oxy-Propane Torch

Printmaking Lab:

Takach Floor Model Etching Press, Charles Etching Press, Ryonet Exposure Unit, Kleen Wash Sink, Letterpress, Book Press, Hot Plate, Vacuum Table with Big Gripper 2, Paper Soaking Sink, Paper Drying Rack, Pressure Washer

3D Lab:

Ultimaker S5 3D Printer with Material Station and Air Manager, Universal Laser Cutter VLS6.60/75 (engraving field dimensions 18x32 inches), plus various hand tools

Media Lab:

2 27” iMac computers, Adobe Creative Suite, Epson SureColor P9000 44” printer, Toshiba 5560C high-speed laser printer, Epson Perfection V500 photo Scanners, Silhoutte CAMEO 3 Electronic Cutter, Nikon D7000 camera, Lowell Ambi-lighting kits, Studio Pro Lighting Kit, Micca media players, Microphones, Speakers, various cables

Hand Tools:

Dewalt Jigsaws, Dewalt Palm Sanders, Dewalt Angle Grinders, various drills, drill bits, dremels, psi grinders, measuring tapes, levels, rulers, canvas stretchers, staple guns, wire brushes, tin snips, utility knives

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
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by dedicated tech
Tech hours
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access