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 accepts applications for its Emerging Artist Program from individuals who meet the following criteria.
An applicant must
Be 18 years or older and live within a 300-mile radius of Chattanooga.
Have limited to no experience selling his or her work; not have exhibited in a solo show; and not be associated with
or represented by a commercial gallery for more than 12 months.
Create work as a solo artisan and not as a collaborating artist.
Have produced a body of work that clearly articulates his or her creative intent and artistic skill.
This year AVA welcomes First Tennessee Bank as the first sponsor for the Emerging Artist Program and expresses deep appreciation for First Tennessee's willing advocacy for this career building initiative. A champion of fresh ideas and the entrepreneurial spirit, First Tennessee will present the 2018 emerging artists as an integral part of the 4BAF experience.