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McColl Center’s Call For Artists: 16 Week Residency

Founded in 1999, McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. Regional, national, and international artists are selected for McColl Center residencies through a combination of open applications, invitations, and solicited nominations. The artist-in-residence program is open to artists working in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, design, or interdisciplinary practices. We invite artists to take risks in their processes and explore their ideas within the context of Charlotte. We welcome you, your family, friends, and colleagues to connect with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and public programs.


  • Residency Dates: August 23–December 7, 2021 (16 weeks);

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2020;

  • Application Fee: $35 non-refundable.


  • Minimum age: 21;

  • Current students are not eligible;

  • McColl Center alumni artists should wait five years before applying for another residency. Artists are limited to two residencies at McColl Center.

Selected artists receive:

  • $6,000 living, materials, and travel stipend (United States-based artists only; due to the limitations of B-1 visas, international artists are not eligible to receive stipends);

  • Furnished apartment (for artists from outside the greater Charlotte area);

  • 24-hour access to a private studio with Wi-Fi and common use areas;

  • Participation in a group show on the second floor of McColl Center;

  • Photo and social media documentation;

  • Professional curatorial guidance;

  • Opportunities to engage with McColl Center audiences via public programs;

How to apply:

Applications are only accepted online via SlideRoom. Please review eligibility requirements and read the application and work sample guidelines above before beginning your application.


SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. The application review process may take up to fourteen weeks after the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.


Collaborations and Collectives 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. International Artists McColl Center welcomes artists from around the world; however, due to the limitations of B-1 visas, international artists are not eligible to receive stipends. Families 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. Facilities and Equipment McColl Center is a 30,000 square-foot facility with common-use wood, sculpture, ceramic, and printmaking studios, a media lab, and a communal kitchen. Artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to the facilities and a van. Public & Artist Engagement 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. Selection Process 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.

After the shortlist has been determined, 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 a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or physical ability.

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