Art and culture play an integral role in Chattanooga life and offer its residents an array of experiences. From muralists to musicians, Chattanooga boasts creative communities galore.
Examples of such work include the five-story mural at the Kinley Hotel by artists Alecia Buckles and Briah Gober; SoundCorps’ transformation of Martin Amphitheater featuring musical workshops; as well as lawn concerts held by Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Hunter Museum of American Art
The Hunter Museum stands on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and has become one of Chattanooga’s most iconic structures, boasting both its striking exterior and remarkable collection. A must for visitors exploring Chattanooga.
The Hunter Art Collection is an international institution committed to preserving and expanding American art from colonial times to today. Their extensive collection features paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, furniture and contemporary studio glass which spans the full breadth of American design styles.
The Hunter Museum also hosts numerous educational and entertaining events throughout the year, featuring artists like Jordan Fowler and Bushra Fakhoury who create thought-provoking works that examine complex themes like identity and memory.
The museum offers programs that explore various cultural perspectives, while its exhibits explore social issues and history. Exhibits like Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom and Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe showcase two Black artists who used visual art as a means for social change within their communities – these exhibitions encourage visitors to consider how images shape perceptions of class, gender and race.
Bluff View Art District
Bluff View Art District, an historic neighborhood situated on top of a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, features courtyards, restaurants, galleries and Bed & Breakfast accommodations for visitors seeking visual, culinary and landscape arts experiences. Within walking distance from downtown Memphis lies this one-of-a-kind experience offering visitors something truly exceptional.
The Hunter Museum boasts an extensive collection of American paintings, decorative arts and sculptures by notable American artists like Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Gilbert Stuart and George Caleb Bingham. Furthermore, special exhibitions take place every month to keep the museum fresh for art enthusiasts to enjoy.
River Gallery features museum quality paintings, crafts and sculptures by local, regional and national artists – free for all to access and with monthly artist showcases to provide art lovers an opportunity to admire.
Chattanooga’s Downtown is an entertaining, walkable destination packed with unique shops, boutiques and other delights. Bike Chattanooga – the South’s first citywide bike share system – makes getting around an easy experience.
Lake Winnipesaukah Amusement Park, just minutes away from downtown, provides classic family fun. Established in 1927, it features America’s oldest Mill Chute ride and other popular family attractions in Southeast. There’s something fun and entertaining here for everyone in your group to enjoy.
NorthShore Art District
The NorthShore Art District is an exciting hub of creative activity, home to numerous galleries and studios that have opened over time. Renowned for its strong sense of community, this neighborhood sits close to downtown but with views of Tennessee River – providing new residents an injection of new energy, as well as future plans to add public art installations.
Renaissance Park and Coolidge Park are two landmarks of nature located nearby Bluff View that serve as masterpieces of nature, while Coolidge Park is a beloved family recreation space featuring kayak launches, splash pads, plenty of open space to stroll with dogs or watch people go by, plus the Coolidge Park Antique Carousel with its rotating hand-carved animals is always an enchanting sight!
At Ross’s Landing – known as Chattanooga’s front porch – each June, Chattanooga hosts the Riverbend Festival featuring nonstop live music. Coolidge Park hosts its own concert series called the Moon River Festival each September; additionally providing smaller musical performances throughout the year.
The North Shore Arts Association provides an open space for artists of all disciplines to meet, learn from and share knowledge. Their gallery space can host anything from lectures and cabarets to parties and memorials; while in summer months large exhibitions of paintings and sculpture are held to showcase local talent.
Southside Art District
As the city’s first neighborhood to gain national recognition, this 7-block neighborhood features independent businesses and mural art. There’s even a microbrewery, several bars and pubs, boutique restaurants and cafes as well as Florida’s largest new/used bookstore here!
The Southside Arts District’s mission is to foster a sustainable and vibrant business district that encourages pride in community pride and economic vitality through creative projects. To this end, this organization has spearheaded initiatives like street murals and hosting the First Friday Gallery Crawl; plus it encourages local artist-in-residence opportunities.
As soon as you enter the River Arts District, be prepared to be amazed at its talent. In this historic neighborhood you’ll discover painters, sculptors, folk artists and narrative cartoonists working from their studios and galleries – among them are River Gallery, Wedge Brewing Company and Mark Bettis’ abstract paintings; Michael Hofman’s delicate lace-imprinted porcelain ware; plus many more independent shops and galleries!
Evelyn Henson’s Confetti Hearts Wall at Bethlehem Steel’s social media showstopper Evelyn Henson Confetti Hearts Wall has become an instant classic. With its vibrant palette and inspiring message aimed at women, the wall’s popularity continues to soar online. Additionally, DOTR directors Denton Burrows and Jonathan Neville recently unveiled an original black and white sketchbook-style mural honoring Bonn Place Brewing by way of Bonn Place Brewery on Mechanic Street by way of Bonn Place Brewing which pays tribute to its iconic side on Mechanic Street which pays homage to its roots on Mechanic Street by way of Bonn Place Brewing by DOTR directors Denton Burrows and Neville.