Chattanooga’s Premier Outdoor Cultural Event
An essential part of Chattanooga’s creative capital, 4 Bridges Arts Festival (4BAF) cultivates and inspires an appreciation for the visual arts by creating opportunities for exchange between working artists and the public. Dates for the 2020 4BAF are Friday, April 17-Sunday, April 19.
Highly-anticipated and culturally-prominent, 4BAF is a juried art show that receives applications from visual artists from across the country. The festival will showcase the distinctive talents of 150 artists and offer $10,800 in cash awards to artists selected by the 2019 jury panel.
Established in 2000 by Association for Visual Arts (AVA), 4 Bridges Arts Festival is an initiative dedicated to promoting the visual arts through programming that cultivates an appreciation for the creative process and advances opportunities for working artists.
4 Bridges Arts Festival
Saturday, April 18 (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Sunday, April 19 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
Admission to the festival is $5, Children 12 & under are free. Tickets sold at the door.
Friday, April 17, 6:30-10 pm
Every year 4 Bridges Arts Festival debuts its marketplace during the annual Preview Party. A ticketed social event, the Preview Party is a celebration that opens festival weekend and features select wines, signature cocktails, and a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Individuals can purchase tickets to the Preview Party beginning February 17, 2020.
The sponsor for the 2020 Preview Party is Barnett & Company, a Chattanooga-based investment and wealth management firm. Dedicated to community, Barnett & Company has been a stalwart supporter of the arts for more than 35 years. Prioritizing a standard of customer service that ensures customer satisfaction, Barnett & Company understands the complexities of the ever-changing world and addresses the distinct goals of each client through professional consultations, personalized investment management, and comprehensive financial planning.
Invest in Chattanooga’s Creative Capital. Become a Sponsor.
By sponsoring of the 4 Bridges Arts Festival, you are investing in a community asset; the only nationally recognized fine art festival in Hamilton County. Your support of the 4BAF will be a concrete investment in Chattanooga’s creative capital.
2020 Volunteer Signup
Volunteers are essential to the overall success of the festival. Please consider participating as a volunteer at the 2020 4 Bridges Arts Festival.
Become a festival volunteer and complete the form:
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.
Applications process for the 2020 Emerging Artists will begin January 1, 2020
Take a look at our 2019 Emerging Artists
2019 Artist Exhibitors
2020 Artists Exhibitors will be announced February 7, 2020
2019 4BAF Sponsors
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the festival dates?
Festival dates are Friday, April 17-Sunday, April 19, 2019.
4 Bridges Arts Festival begins on Friday, April 17, 2019 with the Preview Party. A ticketed event sponsored by Barnett and Company, the Preview Party opens the festival weekend and offers eager art collectors an early look at the art presented in the marketplace.
The festival opens to the general public at 10 am on Saturday, April 18 and continues until 5 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2019. Admission to the festival is $5 per person, Children 12 and under are free.
Where is the festival site?
The venue for 4 Bridges Arts Festival is
First Tennessee Pavilion
1826 Reggie White Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37408
Will food and drinks be available?
Food vendors will be available to provide a menu of delicious food.
2019 Food Vendors:
Bitler Bistro, Choo Choo Kettle Corn, Clumpies Ice Cream, Fun Time Foods, Kenny’s Smokehouse. Lupi’s Pizza, Miller Lemonade and La Familia.