Charlotte Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Charlotte and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.

After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.

If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Charlotte art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.

Museums and galleries around the Southeast have been covered numerous times on our site at that link if you want to read more.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Charlotte

If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Charlotte you can head to:

Monthly activities like artist talks and workshops are organized at the Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Be warned they are closed on Monday but you should also know that every first Saturday of the month they host an art class for children and their caregivers.

The Mint was established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum and today it has more than 35,000 works making their collection one of the largest in the Southeast while offering various programs like summer camps, art workshops, and other events throughout the year and a free mini art kit every month. The Mint even has a couple of locations with one each in Uptown and Randolph but don’t go on Monday or Friday because they will be closed.

Jerald Melberg Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and until 4pm on Saturday specializing in the exhibition and selling of American paintings, drawings, sculptures, and editioned prints from the mid to late twentieth century. They represent the works of well-known artists such as Wolf Kahn, Romare Bearden, and Robert Motherwell who was one of the founders of the American Abstract Expressionist movement.

Shain Gallery has more than forty internationally-acclaimed artists and is one of the finest modern and traditional art galleries in your area of the Carolinas. They host yearly exhibition programs and the gallery provides advice and purchase support while keeping regular hours of 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is open from 11am to 6pm Wednesday through Friday and from noon to 5pm on weekends holding weekly exhibits and a variety of events including summer art camps, mini art laboratories, art talks, and many others while also renting out studio space near you.

Paintings and sculptures by local and national artists are exhibited in vibrant surroundings at Hidell Brooks Gallery Contemporary where every six to eight weeks they organize solo and group exhibitions and the displayed works are available for purchase. Head over from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and until 3pm on Saturday.

The Nancy Joyce Gallery in Charlotte is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday offering paintings for sale plus they offer visual artist mentorship services and handles archives of sales.

On the first floor of the historic Cabarrus Courthouse the Cabarrus Arts Council curates four galleries where the works of regional and national artists working on a range of platforms and exhibits shift about once every eight weeks.

Clearwater Arts Center provides free admission from noon to 5pm Wednesday through Friday for gallery shows, art activities, public debates, courses, conferences, lectures and more plus they have an open studio that is available to rent.

Materials & Supplies Near You

The best places to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff sells a variety of artist-quality supplies in addition to framing supplies including ready-made frames.

Reynolds Advanced Materials carries a complete line of mold-making, casting, and sculpting materials.

Michaels is a chain of art supply stores with locations near you that sell everything from home decor to framing to scrapbooking.

Shows & Events

These great local art shows and events can be a whole lot of fun:

Boom Charlotte is a three-day performance and visual arts festival that features contemporary and experimental works by local artists that takes place each April in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood.

Festival in the Park in Freedom Park has brought good music, good art, and good times to Charlotte residents and visitors from all over the world since 1964.

Every year in October the Kings Drive Art Walk takes place and you can expect to find arts, crafts, and music along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

When you need help with buying, selling, or valuing a piece contact these art dealers and appraisers:

Art Appraisal Services provides full appraisal and brokerage services and their clientele includes museums, corporations, private collectors, bankers, and others.

Arcadia Art Consultancy is a full-service firm that offers private and corporate collectors across the United States art advisory, appraisal reports, and collection management services.

Fine art appraisals, conservation, corporate management, curatorial services, restoration, art market research, and estate planning are all available from Art & Antique Appraisers and Restorers who can also help you with the sale of your artwork.

Hidell Brooks Gallery and Nancy Joyce Gallery from the main list above also sell art.

Walking Tours

What is better than walking around outside on a beautiful day and seeing some cool art in your area at:

Charlotte NC Tours begins at the Levine Cultural Campus and will take you on a stroll around Charlotte to learn about art and history or they are happy to provide customized private tours.

The Downtown Concord Artwalk is a free visual art and entertainment event that takes place every Friday from 6 to 9pm in downtown Concord and includes live music, refreshments, artist demonstrations, and many other activities.

You might notice that many of the best galleries and museums near you are located on South Tryon Street so roaming around that area would not be a bad idea either.

Sculptures & Statues

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There are some really nice sculptures and statues around town like:

  • Metalmorphosis at 3701 Arco Corporate Dr
  • Ascendus at The Intersection of Josh Birmingham & Billy Graham Pkwy
  • Cyrillic Projector & Adam Smith’s Spinning Top at 9209 Mary Alexander Rd
  • Captain Jack at 100 N Kings Dr
  • Embrace Sculpture at 6697 Monroe Rd

Czech artist David Cerny created Metalmorphosis which is a large kinetic sculpture of a human head and can be found at the Whitehall Corporate Center where it was first introduced in 2007.

Ed Carpenter created Ascendus in August 2012 which is a sculpture that sits near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The Cyrillic Projector is a sculpture by American artist Jim Sanborn that was installed between the University of North Carolina’s Friday and Fretwell Buildings in the early 1990’s.

Between the Pearl Street Bridge and Morehead Street Captain Jack or The Spirit of Mecklenburg stands in a large central fountain. Chas Fagan created the sculpture which was dedicated in 2010.

The 16-foot mosaic Embrace Sculpture is located at Conference Drive and Monroe Road and it was unveiled in 2017 by a team of artists led by Lee Baumgarten and conceived by public artist Leslie Scott.

Charlotte Art Classes

At the best Charlotte art schools you can usually take private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, and adults:

The North Carolina Academy of Art provides classical drawing and painting instruction to students of all skill levels while also offering non-student workshops and open sessions as well as Saturday classes.

Northwest School of the Arts is a CMS Magnet School that offers students in grades 6 through 12 with specialized arts instruction in ten majors.

Allan Fine Art Academy has a variety of art classes in Charlotte for people of all ages and abilities providing group and private classes plus children’s art camps and seasonal art classes.

Noah’s Art offers children’s art classes and camps at their studios in Michigan, Massachusetts, and of course North Carolina.

There are a variety of private and semi-private classes for people of all ages at Mint Hill Arts in addition to open studio sessions and monthly art demonstrations by local creators.

TuxedoKat Imaginarium specializes in puddle painting classes for groups and individuals with weekend classes available.

For children and adults the Gaston School of the Arts offers affordable art classes in music, art, and drama as well as summer camps in various media.

Wine & Design is more of a fun place to drink some good wine and paint with your friends but you also might learn a little something while you are there.

Clearwater Arts Center & Studios from the main list above is another place to take art classes.

Studios For Rent Near You

You can try to rent out art studio space in your area at:

McColl Center for Art + Innovation and the Clearwater Arts Center & Studios from the best local art museums list also rent out studio space.


A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for art framing in Charlotte are:

With 11 locations in North Carolina and South Carolina Frame Warehouse is your area’s largest custom framing specialist. Personal and commercial framing projects are welcome.

Cleaning artwork, replacing glass, and restoring old photographs are all services offered by Art Aspects who has over 5,000 quality custom molding samples.

Concord’s premier custom frame shop is Cedarwood Gallery and they specialize in photo restoration and printing in addition to custom framing.

In case you were interested we have also discussed local art in:

Have Fun Enjoying The Charlotte Art Scene

At the moment that is all we have to share about the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.

Anyone who stuck around this long might just know quite a bit about the local art scene. We and our readers would really appreciate it if you could let us know if you noticed anything incorrect or if you shared your own local tips in the comments.

We hope you enjoy your time at the best Charlotte Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Dan Soloman who has been a huge fan of art since he was a little kid. His mother was a good local artist, and she taught him the trade from a very early age. He studied art and its history in both high school and college, has worked at multiple galleries, and recently has begun creating and editing online content for this site and some other online media platforms.


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