Current Exhibit


Annual Black History Exhibit:
The Modern Day Paris Exposition

In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois traveled to the Paris Exposition with the goal of educating people on the current conditions of Blacks in America by exhibiting photographs, charts, diagrams, and figures. Instead of presenting the stats in a predictable form, the information was fused with artistry & color, leading to visuals resembling the works of renown artists such as Piet Mondrian and Anne Truitt. Du Bois' production earned him a gold medal at the Exposition and resulted in media coverage throughout Europe and the U.S., fulfilling his purpose of raising awareness. Our upcoming exhibition will be a modern day version of Du Bois' historic one, sharing the goal to captivate and educate.

Featured Artists

Amy Ball, Julie Bauer, Jasmine Burson, Elena Burykina, Sean Clark, Jonathan Dean, Selena Ferrer, Cecilia Gainaru, Khambrel Green, Donté Hayes, Charles Pinckney, Andrew Travis


AVA has two gallery spaces within its home location on the North Shore

Exhibits rotate throughout the year in a full range of mediums. AVA's Main Gallery is Supported by the First Tennessee Foundation. AVA's Landis Student Gallery is Supported by the George R. Family Foundation and Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.