2019 // Arts & Culture in Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s Vibrant Art Scene Helps Creatives And Community Flourish Alike

Chattanooga’s culture places great value on the arts. Performers, artists, and all creatives have opportunities to grow and develop within the Chattanooga area’s talented artistic communities. Anyone from up-and-coming musicians, to renowned muralists, to avid art enthusiasts are eager to experience Chattanooga’s unique brand of creative expression.

actors in a play at the chattanooga theatre center

(above) Chattanooga Theatre Center, photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB

With a variety of outdoor installations, visual and performance arts, festivals, and supporting organizations, Chattanooga’s arts scene is vibrant and diverse. The Hunter Museum of American Art houses one of the finest collections of American art in the country, containing pieces from the Colonial period to present day. In performance art, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is celebrating its 86th season and is the nation’s first and only combined symphonic and opera organization. They present over 30 full concerts each season.

Touted as one of Tennessee’s premier dance organizations, the Chattanooga Ballet Company and School is another platform for performance art. Throughout the year, acclaimed touring and local performances take the Tivoli Theatre Foundation’s stages, which include the Tivoli Theatre, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and the Walker Theatre. Shows include off-Broadway productions and nationally and internationally acclaimed performances. The Chattanooga Film Festival, which showcases nearly 50 features and 100 shorts over four days in April, will also be packed with parties, events, panels, and workshops to celebrate the art of cinema.

Several local nonprofits and organizations support arts education in the area. The City of Chattanooga government joins forces with nonprofits to support the arts with programs like Public Art Chattanooga, which displays over 180 permanent and transient works of art throughout Chattanooga’s parks, neighborhoods, and city sidewalks. The 33-acre Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is also supported by the city and currently showcases 35 large-scale sculptures by internationally renowned sculptors as a free, public installation.

A private, nonprofit united arts fund and council, ArtsBuild supports local art organizations and promotes the advancement of artistic culture in the Chattanooga area. In 2005, they launched The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute to prepare leaders for roles within arts organizations. Another organization, The Southern Lit Alliance, promotes literary arts and enriches students’ education with programs for creative writing and drama. Each year, it hosts the South’s leading writers and literary fans at the Celebration of Southern Literature.

The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) helps advance visual arts by supporting professional and emerging artists. The AVA hosts the annual 4 Bridges Art Festival and juried art show. HART Gallery helps homeless artists show their work and sell their art.

Chattanooga’s neighborhoods are indelibly influenced by all genres of art. Community creative placemaking groups like Glass House are reshaping the character of neighborhoods through the arts and cultural activities. The eclectic NorthShore of Chattanooga is home to art galleries, antique and craft shops, and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, which is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the country. The Bluff View Art District, overlooking the Tennessee River, features River Gallery’s regional, national, and international art collection, as well as its award-winning sculpture garden. Restaurants and bakeries celebrate the culinary arts with fresh food, locally grown produce, and artisan-baked goods. And each year the Southside Stroll features open-house events that showcase artists and musicians.

Diversity is celebrated and encouraged through the arts. Culture Fest is held annually by Chattanooga State Community College to celebrate cultural differences through visual, performance, culinary, and literary arts. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates African-American heritage and also serves as an educational institution and venue. Other events throughout the year celebrate German, Latino, Native American, and Southern heritages.

the chattanooga symphony and opera performing at the tivoli

(above) Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, photo courtesy of Chattanooga Symphony & Opera


Area 61 Gallery
730 Chestnut St., Suite 102
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 648-9367

Art 120
100 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 121
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 708-2120

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

Bluff View Art District
411 E. 2nd St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 265-5033
(800) 725-8338

Brent Sanders Studio & Gallery
400 E. Main St., Suite 140A
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 320-5374

Ember Ceramic Gallery & Studio
36 E. Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(404) 345-8867

First Street Sculpture Garden
First and Market Sts.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 643-7823

Gallery 1401
1478 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-0015

Hart Gallery Tennessee
110 E. Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 521-4707

iGNiS Glass Studio
401 Broad St., Suite 105
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-2565

In-Town Gallery
26 Frazier Ave., Suite A
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-9214

L.P. Cline Gallery
(423) 653-3905

Miki Boni Studios
1611 Mitchell Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 475-5533

Plum Nelly Shop and Gallery
330 Frazier Ave., Suite 104
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 266-0585

Reflections Gallery
6922 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 892-3072

Ringgold Art & Frame Gallery
7825 Nashville St.
Ringgold, GA 30736
(706) 935-2844

River Gallery & River Gallery Sculpture Garden
400 E. 2nd St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 265-5033 x5
(800) 374-2923

Shuptrine’s Gallery
2613 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 266-4453

Stained Glass Windows
8002 Mill Creek Rd.
Signal Mtn., TN 37377
(423) 843-3737

Tanner Hill Gallery
3069 S. Broad St., Suite 5
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 580-4645

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

UTC Cress Gallery of Art
752 Vine St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 304-9789

Visions Stained Glass
400 E. Main St., Suite 210
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 255-3341

Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore
40 Frazier Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 413-8999

Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga

(above) Hunter Museum of American Art, photo courtesy of Hunter Museum


301 E. 11th St., Suite 300
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 756-2787

Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 624-5347

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
701 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 267-8583

Chattanooga Theatre Centre
400 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-8538

Cleveland and Chattanooga Dance &
Performing Arts Centers
120 N. Ocoee St.
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 479-2123

The Comedy Catch at the Chattanooga Choo Choo
29 Station St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 629-2233

Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC)
1307 Dodds Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 624-5347

Mountain Arts Community Center
809 Kentucky Ave.
Signal Mtn., TN 37377
(423) 886-1959

Oak Street Playhouse
418 Oak St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 653-0440

Palace Theater
818 Georgia Ave., Suite 118
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 803-6578

Signal Mountain Playhouse
1104 James Blvd.
Signal Mtn., TN 37377
(423) 763-7219

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
399 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 757-5580

Tivoli Theatre
709 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 757-5580

Walker Theatre
399 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 757-5580


Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
201 High St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 267-7176

Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 267-0968

Songbirds Guitar Museum
35 Station St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 531-2473

Did You Know?

The Hunter Museum of American Art was recognized as the best designed museum in Tennessee by Architectural Digest in their feature on “The Best-Designed Museum in Every State in America.”