Main Gallery: Examinations
November 2 – November 21
*Reception Saturday, November 3 (Gallery Hop)
This collaboration exhibit combines AVA, AVA's 4Bridges Arts Festival, and the Hunter Museum of American Art. The 4Bridges Emerging Artists create and showcase works at the AVA gallery, inspired by a specific piece in the Hunter Museum's collection. Following the reveal of the works, artist led tours are incorporated at both venues, explaining their muse and their final product.
*Artist Tour at AVA: November 10th, 2PM
*Artist Tour at Hunter Museum: November 17th, 2PM
(Tours are free and open to the public)
Main Gallery: My Story: Life as a High School Student
December 3 – 28
*Reception Friday, December 7
Closing out the 2018 calendar is the exciting juried exhibition My Story: Life as a High School Student. This showcase provides a unifying theme from which teenage artists can visually articulate personal and meaningful narratives about themselves. This exhibit promotes the importance of Arts Education, showcasing the intersection where education impacts evolving artistic talent. My Story: Life as a High School Student reveals the bounty of creativity, diversity, and skill that is shaping and defining the lives of local high school students.
SKATE GRAPHICS CONTEST
January 12 – February 22
*Reception Saturday, January 12
The 2019 exhibition calendar will open with a collaboration between the Chattanooga Skatepark Project and AVA to recognize the “canvas of the skate culture.” Chattanooga Skatepark Project is a local community organization that has advocated for a modern concrete skate park in the city of Chattanooga over the last six years. This annual exhibition features hundreds of juried original skateboard designs created by Hamilton County middle and high school students, highlighting and rewarding the creativity of our youth. Since AVA is housing the showcase this year, a select group of AVA member artists have created their work on boards which will be displayed with this exhibition.
ONCE UPON A TIME
March 1 – April 12
*Reception Friday, March 1
Once Upon A Time highlights the talents of illustration and animation artists, recognizing that visual depiction is linked to the artistry of writing. Works portraying renowned and original stories will be curated into our galleries, alongside the writings that inspired them. This showcase will open on the national Read Across America Day weekend.
April 23 - 27
*Reception Friday, April 26
AVA’s mission is to connect arts and community, so we’ve created #AVAPOPUP to accomplish that task. This showcase is a continuation of last year’s competition involving a 5-day pop up show awarded to a selected artist. #AVAPOPUP 2019, however, will feature multiple artists instead of one, as well as art collectors- expanding the opportunity to even more individuals. Submissions from students will also be considered for the Landis Education Gallery. Proposals will be judged and selected by AVA’s Chief Curator to be featured in the exhibition. No membership is required, and winners receive a closing reception with no charge!
* * 4Bridges Arts Festival: April 12 - 14 * *
SOLO MEMBER SHOW: ARLINE MANN
May 3 - June 14, 2019
*Reception Friday, May 3
Out of the 15 featured artists of the 2018 Juried Members Show, 1 received the highest score and in return, a solo exhibition. This showcase features that Best in Show artist, Arline Mann, a watercolorist that brings attention and fascination to everyday scenes of life. Arline’s incredible skill of detailing allows her to manipulate flat mediums into visuals with such realistic qualities, they appear to imitate photographs.
YOU. ME. US.
June 21 – August 2
An exhibition celebrating individuality and community promotes the strive for inclusivity in our scenic city. This installment will include works representing the cultural, religious, and ethnic diversities encompassed in our Chattanooga area, leading to the fact that although we are very different, we’re also very alike. This curated showcase is open to all artists residing in the Chattanooga region.
JURIED MEMBERS SHOW
August 9 - September 20
This annual juried exhibition showcases the wide array of talents in AVA’s membership. A qualified group of art professionals judge and score submissions based on the categories of technique, originality, intent, aesthetics, and presentation. As tradition with this showcase, the highest-ranking artist will be awarded a solo exhibition in the coming year of 2020.
THE ART OF FASHION
September 27 - November 8
*Reception and Fashion Show TBA
To emphasize the genre of design as an art form, The Art of Fashion showcases original costume designs, clothing, fabrics, jewelry, and fashion photography. Exhibit is open to all artists. Submissions from collegiate level students will be considered for the Landis Education Gallery. Finished creations as well as sketches and drawings involved in the creative process are encouraged. An off-site fashion show will also be held during the duration of the exhibition.
MEMBER SALON SHOW & AUCTION
November 15 - December 20
*Reception and Silent Auction TBA
The annual and anticipated silent auction salon show involves a multitude of AVA members ranging from various styles, mediums, and subject matter. This showcase offers great deals on original artwork, perfect for the holiday season!