4 Bridges Emerging Artists Program

AVA launched the Emerging Artist Program to nurture and advance the careers of new, dynamic talent.

Open to individuals living within a 300-mile radius of Chattanooga, the Emerging Artist Program mentors individuals whose careers as professional artists are young yet their creative voice and artistic technique are refined. Through this program, AVA broadens the professional experience of emerging artists while also expanding opportunities for the public to discover and connect with art.

AVA invites up to nine individuals to participate in the Emerging Artist Program. Through educational programming and one-on-one coaching, AVA prepares each emerging artist for a showcase of his/her work during 4 Bridges Arts Festival.

 2018 Emerging Artist Program.

 A champion of fresh ideas and the entrepreneurial spirit, First Tennessee Bank is the sponsor of the 2018 Emerging Artist Program.


AVA accepts applications for its Emerging Artist Program from individuals who:

  1. are 18 years or older
  2. live within a 300-mile radius of Chattanooga
  3. have limited experience in selling or exhibiting his or her work
  4. have limited experience with a commercial gallery
  5. create work as a solo artisan and not as a collaborating artist
  6. have produced a body of work that clearly articulates his or her creative intent and artistic skill