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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