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INSPIRING CREATIVITY AND ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY

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The Hunter Museum of American Art’s Sculpture Garden is made up of 16 on-site sculptures in addition to several locations around the city of Chattanooga. The collection includes works by artists Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Tom Otterness, and George Segal.

 

A number of talented artists and performers, along with the city’s most innovative institutions, are helping to put Chattanooga’s burgeoning arts scene on the map. Creatives of all types have the opportunity to grow and develop within Chattanooga’s diverse artistic communities, and avid art enthusiasts are eager to soak up all that the Scenic City has to offer.

 

From groundbreaking performances to buzzworthy exhibits, outdoor installations, local galleries, art festivals, and more, Chattanooga’s arts scene is vibrant and varied. An epicenter of both experimental and time-honored art, the Hunter Museum of American Art houses an impressive collection of American works spanning from the Colonial period to present day. Comprising three separate buildings erected in 1904, 1975, and 2005, the Hunter additionally represents 100 years of architecture.

 

Fans of performance art will enjoy concerts from the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. With a season that lasts from September to May, the symphonic and opera organization provides the community with dozens of concerts showcasing a variety of musical genres each year. Performance art is also cultivated at the Chattanooga Ballet, which is lauded as one of Tennessee’s premier dance organizations.

 

Nationally and internationally acclaimed touring and local performances alike grace the Tivoli Foundation’s stages, including the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and Walker Theatre. Broadway at the Tivoli, the Bobby Stone Film Series, and a host of live shows ranging from musical groups to comedians all draw crowds to these venues, and the Tivoli Theatre is even slated to begin a $42 million expansion in the fall of 2021. Every April, the Chattanooga Film Festival celebrates the art of cinema with feature and short films, as well as panels, workshops, and parties.

 

Several local organizations and nonprofits support arts education in the area. One such organization is Public Art Chattanooga, established by the City of Chattanooga to transform downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods with a permanent outdoor public art collection. The 33-acre Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is also supported by the city and is currently home to more than 40 large-scale sculptures by internationally renowned sculptors.

 

Founded in 1969, nonprofit Arts Build supports local art organizations and leads the advancement of artistic culture in Chattanooga. By launching the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute in 2005, the nonprofit is able to prepare leaders for roles within arts organizations. Another long standing organization, the Southern Lit Alliance, connects individuals and communities with the uplifting power of the literary arts. South Word, a literary festival bringing together poets, playwrights, and fiction and nonfiction writers, is just one of several events the organization hosts annually.

 

The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) also helps advance the arts community by supporting professional and emerging artists. In addition to maintaining a gallery on Frazier Avenue, the AVA puts on the 4 Bridges Arts Festival each year. The HART Gallery is a creative home for underserved artists, and Glass House Collective connects artists and citizens to collaborate on projects for the benefit of their communities.

 

Art connoisseurs can also take advantage of neighborhood offerings; both Northshore and the Southside boast a unique collection of art galleries, antique stores, and craft shops. Northshore’s Chattanooga Theatre Centre is one of the oldest and largest community theaters in the nation, and across the river, Bluff View Art District features the River Gallery and its award-winning sculpture garden, locally owned restaurants, and a bakery. Nearby, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts houses a gorgeous collection of glass, ceramics, textiles, and more.

 

Diversity is celebrated and encouraged through the arts. Culture Fest is held each year and offers attendees a taste of different cultures through food, dance, art, and fashion. The Southside Stroll hosts a variety of events and open houses to highlight local talent, and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates and educates visitors on African American heritage. Other events throughout the year showcase German, Latino, Native American, and Southern heritage.

 

Visual Arts

Area 61 Gallery

721 Broad St., Suite 100

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.648.9367

Area61gallery.com

4rt 120

100 Cherokee

Blvd., Suite 121

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.708.2120

Art120.org

Art at The INCubator

100 Cherokee Blvd.

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.752.4301

Association for Visual Arts

30 Frazier Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.265.4282

Avarts.org

Bluff View Art District

411 E. Second St.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.321.0235

Bluffviewartdistrict.com

Brent Sanders Studio & Gallery

400 E. Main St., Suite 140A

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.320.5374

brentsanders.com

Ember Ceramic Gallery & Studio

36 E. Main St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

404.345.8867

Emberchattanooga.com

First Street Sculpture Garden

First and Market Sts.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.643.7823

publicartchattanooga.com

Gallery 1401

1478 Market St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.265.0015

Gallery1401.com

Hart Gallery Tennessee

110 E. Main St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.521.4707

hartgallery.org

iGNiS Glass Studio

401 Broad St., Suite 105

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.265.2565

Ignisglass.com

In-Town Gallery

26 Frazier Ave., Suite A

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.267.9214

Intowngallery.com

Keeody Gallery

756 E. MLK Blvd., Suite 200

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.755.1018

Keeody.com

L.P. Cline Gallery

423.653.3905

Lpcline-russian-art.com

Miki Boni Studios

1611 Mitchell Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.475.5533

Mikiboni.com

Plum Nelly Shop & Gallery

330 Frazier Ave.,Sulte104

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.266.0585

plumnellyshop.com

Reflections Gallery

1635 Rossville Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.892.3072

Reflectionsgallerytn.com

Ringgold Art & Frame Gallery

7825 Nashville St.

Ringgold, GA 30736

706.935.2844

Ringgoldart.com

River Gallery & River Gallery

Sculpture Garden

400 E. Second St.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.682.1287

River-gallery.com

Sculpture Fields

1800 Polk St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.266.7288

Sculpturefields.org

Shuptrine’s Gallery

2613 Broad St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.266.4453

Shuptrinesgallery.com

Terry Cannon Studio

2601 Broad St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.320.0905

Townsend Atelier

301 E. 11th St., Suite 200

Chattanooga,TN 37402

423.266.2712

Townsendatelier.com

UTC’s The ConTemporary Cress

123 Seventh St.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.425.4178

Cressgallery.org

Visions Stained Glass

3240 Brainerd Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.255.3341

Visionsgallery.com

Winder Binder Books, Art & Music

40 Frazier Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.413.8999

Shopwinderbinder.com

Performing Arts

ArtsBuild

301 E. 11th St., Suite 300

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.756.2787

Artsbuild.com

Barking Legs Theater

1307 Dodds Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37404

423.624.5347

Barkinglegs.org

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

701 Broad St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.267.8583

Chattanoogasymphony.org

Chattanooga Ballet

8178 N. Market St.

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.265.0617

Chattballet.org

Chattanooga Dance Theatre

5151 Austin Rd.

Hixson, TN 37343

423.760.8808

Chattanoogadancetheatre.com

Chattanooga Theatre Centre

400 River St.

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.267.8538

Theatrecentre.com

The Comedy Catch at The Chattanooga Choo Choo

29 Station St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.629.2233

thecomedycatch.com

Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC)

1307 Dodds Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37404

423.624.5347

Barkinglegs.org

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga

3803 Monte Vista

Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.987.5141

Ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com

Ginger Brown’s Academy of Performing Arts

3991 Cloud Springs Rd.

Ringgold, GA 30736

706.861.6767

Gbacademy.com

Mountain Arts Community Center

809 Kentucky Ave.

Signal Mtn., TN 37377

423.886.1959

Signalmacc.org

Oak Street Playhouse

418 Oak St.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.756.2021

firstcentenary.com/oak-street-playhouse

Ripple Productions

3264 Brainerd Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.475.5006

Rippletheater.com

Signal Mountain Playhouse

1104 James Blvd.

Signal Mtn., TN 37377

423.886.5243

Smph.org

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium

399 Mccallie Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.757.5580

Tivolichattanooga.com

Tivoli Theatre

709 Broad St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.757.5580

Tivolichattanooga.com

Walker Theatre

399 McCallie Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.757.5580

Tivolichattanooga.com

Museums

Bessie Smith Cultural Center

200 E. MLK Blvd.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.266.8658

Bessiesmithcc.org

Houston Museum of Decorative Arts

201 High St.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.267.7176

Thehoustonmuseum.org

Hunter Museum of American Art

10 Bluff View

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.267.0968

huntermuseum.org