2020 // Arts & Culture

(Above) Hunter Museum of American Art

Inspiring and Engaging Oasis for Artists of All Types

 

With a growing dedication to all things art, Chattanooga is putting itself on the map for both creators and connoisseurs. Art communities are thriving and provide an array of avenues for individuals and groups alike to express their styles and thoughts. Everyone from renowned muralists to musicians on the verge of a big break can be found throughout the Scenic City.

 

Did You Know?

In 2019, Architectural Digest recognized the Hunter Museum of American Art as the best-designed building in the entire state of Tennessee.

Chattanooga’s arts scene is diverse and energetic, boasting a network of art festivals, galleries, outdoor installations, sculptures, museums, and performance art. Among the most notable is the Hunter Museum of American Art, which houses an impressive collection of American art and contains pieces from the Colonial period to the present day.

For those who enjoy performance art, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is just the ticket. In its 87th season and serving as the nation’s first combined symphonic and opera organization, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera provides the community with over 30 concerts each season. For those who are fans of art in the form of movement and motion, the Chattanooga Ballet Company and School has been offering quality performances for four decades.

As seasons change, the Tivoli Theatre plays host to a myriad of touring and local performances. Comprised of the Tivoli Theatre, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and the Walker Theatre, the Tivoli Theatre Foundation delights attendees with its acclaimed concerts and off-Broadway shows. Each April, the Chattanooga Film Festival takes the city by storm and celebrates cinematic art by screening dozens of features and shorts over four days. The festival is rounded out with panels, events, parties, and workshops to celebrate the art of motion pictures.

Several local organizations and nonprofits in the area are dedicated to art education and include institutions like Public Art Chattanooga. The organization displays over 180 permanent and transient works of art throughout the Scenic City. In addition, the 33-acre Sculpture Fields and Montague Park, which is supported by the city, highlights over 40 large-scale sculptures by internationally acclaimed sculptors and artists.

ArtsBuild, a nonprofit arts fund and council, supports local organizations and advocates for the advancement of art in the Chattanooga area. By launching the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute in 2005, the organization is able to prepare individuals to become leaders in the city’s arts community, and the organization’s Community Cultural Connections awards grants to underserved areas throughout Chattanooga.

The Southern Lit Alliance is also helping advance the arts and aims to enrich students’ lives through creative writing and drama programs. The organization hosts several events such as SouthWord, a two-day festival that brings together poets, playwrights, and fiction and nonfiction writers.

The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) also helps advance the arts community by supporting local visual artists through events such as the 4 Bridges Arts Festival and its juried art show. HART Gallery helps Chattanooga’s homeless population show and sell their work, and Glass House Collective brings together artists and members of the community to create public works of art.

Aside from participating in one of the many organizations in the Scenic City, art connoisseurs also have plenty of neighborhood offerings to take advantage of. Both NorthShore and the Southside boast a unique collection of art galleries, antique stores, and craft shops. NorthShore is home to one of the oldest and largest community theaters in the nation, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and across the river, the Bluff View Art District features River Gallery’s regional, national, and international art collection, as well as its award-winning sculpture garden. The arts district is lined with restaurants and bakeries that provide patrons with locally grown produce, fresh foods, and artisan-baked goods.

Events such as CultureFest, which is hosted by Chattanooga State Community College, offers attendees a taste of different cultures by allowing them to experience native fashion, dance, food, traditions, and art. Southside Stroll hosts a variety of events and open houses to showcase local talent, and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates and educates visitors on African American heritage. Other events are hosted throughout the year to celebrate Latino, German, Native American, and Southern heritage.

Sculpture Fields

Visual Arts

Area 61 Gallery

721 Broad St., Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.648.9367

area-61-gallery.business.site

 

Art 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. 2nd St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.265.5033

800.725.8338

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

hartgallerytn.com

 

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

 

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

330 Frazier Ave., Suite 104, 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. 2nd 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 E. 7th St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.425.4178

cressgallery.org

 

Visions Stained Glass

3240 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.255.3341

visionsgallery.com

 

Winder Binder, Gallery & Bookstore

40 Frazier Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.413.8999

winderbinder.wordpress.com

 

Works … A Gallery

1100 E. 16th St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

305.794.8655

worksagallery.com

Chattanooga Theatre Center

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

817B N. Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.265.0617

chattballet.org

 

Chattanooga Theatre Centre

400 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.267.8538

theatrecentre.com

 

Chattanooga Dance & Performing Arts Center

8016 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.531.3024

cdpac.net

 

Cleveland Dance & Performing Arts Center

120 N. 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)

1307 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404

423.624.5347

barkinglegs.org

 

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga

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

423.653.0440

oakstreetplayhouse.com

 

Palace Theater

818 Georgia Ave., Suite 118, Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.803.6578

chattpalace.com

 

Ripple Productions

3264 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.475.5006

rippletheater.com

 

Signal Mountain Playhouse

1104 James Blvd., Signal Mtn., TN 37377

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

 

Walker Theatre

399 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.757.5580

tivolichattanooga.com

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