The mission of AVA is to connect visual arts and community in personal and experiential ways because art makes people and communities better.

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AVA, the Association for Visual Arts, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works to connect the visual arts and the community-at-large. We do this by providing resources for those who make art (whether professional artists, emerging artists, students or non-artists) and fostering connections among art-makers and audiences.

Anne Willson 
Executive Director

Anne will be leaving her position as AVA's Executive Director, which she has held for over five years, on June 21st, 2016. We are grateful to have had Anne's tremendous leadership and vision for AVA. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. 

The official press release regarding her departure can be read here

AVA's Executive Search Committee has begun the process of selecting candidates for the new Executive Director. 

423-265-4282 Extension 100 ccooper@avarts.org

423-265-4282 Extension 100 ccooper@avarts.org

Coughlin Cooper
Assistant Director  

Coughlin Cooper earned a B.A. from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and upon graduation, returned to Chattanooga to work with The Hunter Museum of American Art and the Creative Discovery Museum.  She also obtained her A.S. in the Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Vail, Colorado, and worked in catering, event planning and special event management. She has been an active volunteer in the Chattanooga and Signal Mountain communities for many years. Cooper joined AVA in the fall of 2012 as Business Administrator. Her duties include various internal and external administrative responsibilities as well as the 4 Bridges Patron’s Party and other special events.

423-265-4282 Extension 105 lgoforth@avarts.org

423-265-4282 Extension 105 lgoforth@avarts.org

Lauren Goforth

Education and Exhibitions Director

Lauren Goforth earned a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Education from Sewanee: The University of the South. During her undergraduate studies, Goforth completed internships at ArtsBuild Chattanooga, the Hunter Museum, and the Association for Visual Arts. She is also a graduate of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute. She previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at Sewanee Elementary School and has numerous years of experience as a volunteer in the non-profit and educational sectors. Goforth has been with AVA since 2008 and assumed a leadership role in September 2012. 

423-265-4282 Extension 103 mkimbrell@avarts.org

423-265-4282 Extension 103 mkimbrell@avarts.org

Michelle Kimbrell

Director of 4 Bridges Arts Festival™ and Membership

Michelle Kimbrell earned a BA in Studio Art from Georgia State University in Atlanta and an Associates Degree in Business from Georgia Perimeter College. She is also a 2013 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute graduate. Shortly after moving to Chattanooga in June of 2013 Michelle started an internship with AVA. Kimbrell has several years of volunteer experience with non-profits and is also a well known local artist. 

 423-265-4282  Extension 102  zcooper@avarts.org

 423-265-4282  Extension 102  zcooper@avarts.org

Zachary Cooper

Director of Media & Design and Capture Project Director 

Zachary has over 18 years experience in a a wide range of media. A founding partner of the arts & entertainment newsweekly, The Pulse, he directed editorial and design throughout his 10-year leadership there. Additionally, Zach has extensive knowledge and experience in digital publishing and advertising, video distribution, television, radio and media relations.


2015-2016 Board of Directors

Officers

Darlene Brown, President

Lisa Brock, Vice President

Jonathan Frost, Treasurer

Yolanda Morton, Secretary

Mike Taylor, Past President

Members at Large

Betsy Brown            Claudia Moore

Jim Callihan              Mary O'Kelley

Michael Costello       Ines Palacios

Alex Cruikshank        Lindsay Richardson

Bijan Dhanani            Bobby Stone

Isaac Duncan, III       Larry Stone

Donna Foster            Angela Stoudemire

Amanda Kelley          Ricky Supan

Mary Kilbride            Juanita Tumelaire