Supporting Art and Those Who Make It.

For more than 30 years, AVA has worked to support people who make art. By becoming a member of AVA, you can connect with others across the Greater Chattanooga area who also value creativity and the arts.

In 2018 AVA will implement an exciting series called The Business of Art. Formatted as educational workshops for both emerging and established artists, The Business of Art will address art as a serious enterprise and guide artists toward developing the specific skills and understanding they need for a successful career. The Business of Art will explore topics such as marketing and public relations, social media networking, sales practices, art festivals, commercial galleries, grant writing, and finance.

AVA Membership Benefits

  • Gallery - AVA members have the opportunity to exhibit their work in our highly visible gallery located on Frazier Ave.

  • Member Mixer - AVA hosts quarterly member gatherings so that members can socialize and network with fellow artists.

  • AVA's Artist Directory - (launching in 2019) The directory provides members with an online presence where they can feature

    • three works of art,

    • a three-sentence bio, and

    • a link to their website.

  • Monthly Feature - Each month AVA will select an artist to profile on and promote through a press release.

  • Photography Studio - Members have access to use AVA's photography studio and to use the technical resources available in AVA equipment loan program.

  • Art Loan Program - Members can elect to participate in a program in which AVA partners with local companies to showcase the visual arts. Specifically, members receive consignment fees for lending artwork to exhibitions that AVA curates for professional clients. Exhibitions remain on view for six months.

  • Member-Only Events/Deals - AVA offers programming exclusively available to members.

  • Notification of Artist Opportunities - AVA remains current on the evolving trends that impact the visual arts and send notifications about opportunities; such as calls for entries, educational programs, special events that are relevant and pertinent to artists.

  • Discount on Programs and Gallery Purchases - Members have discounted access to various AVA programs and receive a 10% discount when they purchase works exhibited in AVA's galleries.

  • Personalized Membership Card - Members receive a personalized member card that provides exclusive discounts at local businesses.

  • Volunteer Opportunities - Members have the opportunity to volunteer in the AVA gallery.


AVA members receive discounts from our partner merchants and organizations

Art Creations | 201 Frazier Avenue | 423-266-3626

Fine and graphic arts supplies and materials: 20% off on picture framing and art supplies.

Balance Studios | 11 Peak Street | 423-805-4789

Yoga and art classes for kids: 10% off all services (classes, camps, and parties).

Bluff View Art District | 411 East 2nd Street | 423-265-5033

Rembrandt's Coffee House, Tony's Pasta, Back Inn Cafe, River Gallery: 10% off all

purchases (select items at River Gallery).

Gannon Art Center | 3250 Brainerd Road | 423-622-8236

Framing, art supplies, and fine art: 10% off framing and art supplies.

Plum Nelly | 330 Frazier Avenue #104 | 423-266-0585

Jewelry, house collections, giftware, bridal registry and more: 10% off any one item.

Townsend Atelier | 301 East 11th Street | Arts Build | 423-525-8937

Art classes and workshops for the beginner and for the professional artist: 10% off printmaking classes.

*New Benefits will be added regularly, check back to this page for updates.