Arts & Culture

Did You Know?
The Hunter Museum of American Art is comprised of three separate buildings spanning 100 years of architecture. The first building was erected in 1904, the second in 1975, and the third in 2005.


(above) Bluff View Art District River Gallery, photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB

Chattanooga is a haven for artists, performers, and creatives. With a thriving arts and culture scene that continues to grow and develop, Chattanooga is becoming a sought-after destination for art enthusiasts as well as a community that incorporates creative expression into the fabric of its society.

 

A variety of visual and performance arts, outdoor installations, festivals, and organizations keep Chattanooga’s arts diverse and vibrant. The Hunter Museum of American Art houses one of the finest collections of American art in the country. It contains art from the Colonial period to present day. The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, celebrating its 85th season, is the nation’s first and only combined symphonic and opera organization. It presents over 30 full concerts each season.

Performance art is also cultivated at the Chattanooga Ballet Company and School, which is lauded as one of Tennessee’s premier dance organizations. Nationally and internationally acclaimed touring and local performances alike grace the Tivoli Theatre Foundation’s stages, which include the Tivoli Theatre, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and the Walker Theatre. 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 organizations and nonprofits 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 nearly 150 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 32 large-scale sculptures by internationally renowned sculptors as a free, public installation.

ArtsBuild, a private, nonprofit united arts fund and council, supports local art organizations and leads 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. 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.


(above) Chattanooga Theatre Center, photo by Brad Cansler/Cansler Photography


 

THE VISUAL ARTS

Area 61 Gallery
730 Chestnut St., Ste. 102
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 648-9367
facebook.com/area61chattanooga

Art 120
1511 Williams St.
Chattanooga, TN
(423) 708-2120
art120.org

Art at the INCubator
100 Cherokee Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 752-4301

ArtsyU Paint Party Studio
5076 South Terrace, Ste. 108
Chattanooga, TN 37412
(423) 321-2317
artsychattanooga.com

Association for Visual Arts
30 Frazier Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 265-4282
avarts.org

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

Brent Sanders Studios
400 E. Main St., Ste. 140A
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 320-5374
brentsanders.com

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

The Gallery
3918 Dayton Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37415
(423) 870-2443
partyatthegallery.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
hartgallerytn.com

Haskel Sears Design
719 Cherry St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(706) 207-0599
haskelsearsdesign.com

iGNiS Glass Studio
409 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-2565
ignisglass.com

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

L.P. Cline Gallery
508 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-4786
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., Ste. B
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 266-0585
plumnellyshop.com

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



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

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) 265-5033 x5
(800) 374-2923
river-gallery.com

Shuptrine’s Gallery
2646 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
By appointment only.
(423) 266-4453
shuptrinesgallery.com

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

Tanner Hill Gallery
3069 S. Broad St., Ste. 3
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 580-4645
tannerhillgallery.com

Terry Cannon Studio
6530 Forrest Park Dr.
Signal Mtn., TN 37377
(423) 320-0905
terrycannon.com

Townsend Atelier
301 E. 11th St., Ste. 200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 266-2712
townsendatelier.com

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

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

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

PERFORMING ARTS

ArtsBuild
301 E. 11th St., Ste. 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 Theatre Centre
400 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-8538
theatrecentre.com

Cleveland Dance & Performing Arts Center
120 North Ocoee St.
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 479-2123
cdpac.net

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)
1322 Dodds Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 624-5347
barkinglegs.org

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) 653-0440
oakstreetplayhouse.com

Signal Mountain Playhouse
(423) 763-7219
smph.org

Soldiers and 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

Track 29
1400 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 521-2929
track29.com

MUSEUMS

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



(above) Songbirds Museum, Photo Courtesy of Chattanooga CVB

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