Chattanooga’s Premier Outdoor Cultural Event
An essential part of Chattanooga’s creative capital, 4 Bridges Arts Festival (4BAF) cultivates and inspires an appreciation for the visual arts by creating opportunities for exchange between working artists and the public. Dates for the 2019 4BAF are Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14, and the festival venue is First Tennessee Pavilion, located at 1826 Reggie White Boulevard in Chattanooga, TN. The festival will begin with the Preview Party, a ticketed, gala-style event scheduled for Friday, April 12. The festival officially opens to the public on Saturday, April 13 and continues through Sunday, April 14.
Highly-anticipated and culturally-prominent, 4BAF is a juried art show that receives applications from visual artists from across the country. More than 450 artists from 35 states submitted applications. In 2019, the festival will showcase the distinctive talents of 130 artists and offer $10,800 in cash awards to artists selected by the 2019 jury panel.
Established in 2000 by Association for Visual Arts (AVA), 4 Bridges Arts Festival is an initiative dedicated to promoting the visual arts through programming that cultivates an appreciation for the creative process and advances opportunities for working artists.
Barnett & Company’s Preview Party
Friday, April 12, 2019, 6-10 pm
Every year 4 Bridges Arts Festival debuts its marketplace during the annual Preview Party. A ticketed social event, the Preview Party is a celebration that opens festival weekend and features select wines, signature cocktails, and a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Individuals can purchase tickets to the Preview Party beginning February 1, 2019.
The sponsor for the 2019 Preview Party is Barnett & Company, a Chattanooga-based investment and wealth management firm. Dedicated to community, Barnett & Company has been a stalwart supporter of the arts for more than 35 years. Prioritizing a standard of customer service that ensures customer satisfaction, Barnett & Company understands the complexities of the ever-changing world and addresses the distinct goals of each client through professional consultations, personalized investment management, and comprehensive financial planning.
Become a patron of the festival.
Patron’s of the festival ensures your contribution not only strengthens 4BAF but also enriches and deepens AVA’s programs that connect community and the visual arts. As a patron, you will be supporting programs such as:
Student exhibitions in the Landis Education Galleries.
Workshops and social events for artists to learn and network with one another, creating a deeper connection to the Chattanooga community.
Collaborations with nonprofits to build connections and strengthen community.
Emerging Artist Program
The Emerging Artist Program is designed to nurture and advance the careers of local talent. Every year, Association for Visual Arts (AVA) spotlights new artistic talent during 4 Bridges Arts Festival. By providing exhibition space to individuals who have limited experience showing their work at art festival or in galleries, AVA supports the burgeoning careers of emerging artists by showcasing their fresh voices to enthusiastic art collectors. Through 4 Bridges Arts Festival, AVA exposes emerging artists to a real-life professional experience while introducing the community to dynamic, new creative perspectives.
AVA will select up to six applicants to exhibit as emerging artists. AVA also waives the festival booth fee and provides portable walls and drapery from which emerging artists can design their booth presentation.
AVA accepts applications from artists who meet the following criteria:
18 years or older and live within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga.
Have limited to no experience in selling or exhibiting his or her work; not have exhibited in a solo show; and not be associated with or represented by a commercial gallery.
Create work as a solo artisan and not as a collaborating artist.
Have produced a body of work that clearly articulates his or her creative intent and artistic skill.
Application submission deadline is February 15, 2019.
First Tennessee Bank, a champion of innovative ideas and the entrepreneurial spirit, is supporting emerging artists as a 2019 Walnut Street Bridge sponsor of 4 Bridges Arts Festival.
2018 4BAF Emerging Artists
2018 Artist Exhibitors
2019 Artists Exhibitors will be announced February 18, 2019
Hollie Chastain | 2018 Poster Artist
Hollie Chastain is a nationally recognized professional artist living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Following studies in both fine art and business, she spent several years in corporate marketing and graphic design before returning to the studio to launch a career as an artist and illustrator. Inspired by history and vintage materials, Chastain uses paper, mixing found images with modern, bright colors, to create compositions that explode with an original narrative. Her love for ephemera, notably discarded books, used stamps, and tossed-aside scribbles and notes, defines a personalized style that also communicates a refined artistic technique.
2019 Volunteer Signup
Volunteers are essential to the overall success of the festival. Please consider participating as a volunteer at the 2019 4 Bridges Arts Festival.
Become a festival volunteer and complete the form:
Katherine Taylor | Atlanta, GA
Living and working as a painter in Atlanta, GA, Katherine Taylor was born in Biloxi, MS, a city shaped by decades of natural disasters. Reflecting back on her memories of Camille, a hurricane that devastated her family home, Taylor creates work that examines permanence vs. impermanence. Her paintings are visual intersections between catastrophe and the human response to reclaim and restore.
Celebrated for her unique perspective, Taylor has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Papers, the Boston Globe and Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views and her work has been included in the Quebec City Biennale and at Diverseworks in Houston TX. She has also been invited to exhibit at Albany Museum of Art in Albany, GA; Marietta Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta, GA; and at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and High Museum of Art, which are all in Atlanta, GA.
Andrew Glasgow | Asheville, nC
Andrew Glasgow is an art historian whose career spans more than 28 years and features an impressive roster of leadership positions in the fields of decorative arts and crafts. His experience as a curator, writer, and administrator includes appointments at the Birmingham Museum of Art, The Furniture Society, Southern Highland Craft Guild, and most notably, the American Craft Council, where he served as executive director. Retired from professional life and living in Asheville, NC, Glasgow continues to intellectually support and advance the craft community as a lecturer, essayist, and curator.
Krista Eubanks | Chattanooga, TN
Educated for a career as a graphic designer, Krista Eubanks is a native Chattanoogan who now spends her time as a full-time painter. Using watercolor, pin and ink, and/or oil, she produces work that unites real world objects and abstract concepts into balanced, sophisticated compositions. She punctuates her bold, elegant imagery of animals, vegetables, or minerals by skillfully incorporating scattered writings and personal expressions into each piece. Eubanks’ creative vision, which she attributes to the honest character of her father, Roy Barton, articulates the organic glamour and quiet strength of the natural world.
In 2016, Eubanks and her work were highlighted in the magazine Fine Art Connoisseur as part of a feature story entitled “Three to Watch.” Eubanks paintings are held in numerous private collections, have been included in solo and group exhibitions, and have been included for many years in the Live Auction at Spectrum, the Hunter Museum of American Arts’ annual fundraising gala.
Mary Lynn Portera | Chattanooga, TN
Born and raised in Chattanooga, Mary Lynn Portera is passionate about cultivating a community enriched by art and artists: a characteristic she undoubtedly inherited. Her parents, Charles and Mary Portera, not only were the visionaries who developed the Bluff View Art District but also they also were the champions who valued their daughter’s artistic talents.
Highly-respected and well-established as a professional artist, Portera is also a fine arts instructor at Baylor School where she has been recognized for nurturing the artistic potential and innovative thinking of her students. When she is outside the classroom, she responds to her creative impulses by producing work using clay, textiles, paper, wood, and metal. Interested in multiple media, Portera has the longest relationship with clay.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the festival dates?
Festival dates are Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14, 2019.
4 Bridges Arts Festival begins on Friday, April 12, 2019 with the Preview Party. A ticketed event, the Preview Party opens the festival weekend and offers eager art collectors an early look at the art presented in the marketplace.
The festival opens to the general public at 10 am on Saturday, April 13 and continues until 5 pm on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Where is the festival site?
The venue for 4 Bridges Arts Festival is
First Tennessee Pavilion
1826 Reggie White Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37408
Will food and drinks be available?
Food vendors will be available to provide a menu of delicious food.