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:

  1. 18 years or older and live within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga.

  2. 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.

  3. Create work as a solo artisan and not as a collaborating artist.

  4. Have produced a body of work that clearly articulates his or her creative intent and artistic skill.

 Application submission deadline is February 15, 2019.

2019 Emerging Artist Application

Jury fee is $40 for AVA members or $60 for nonmembers. Applications are completed upon the submission of the attached form and emailing four photographs of your work to pmescon@avarts.org.

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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