Past Projects & Programs
Public art has played a key role in creating some of Chattanooga's great public spaces, revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting communities. In addition to managing a collection of over 100 permanent works, Public Art Chattanooga oversees a wide variety of temporary and permanent public art projects throughout the city. Projects include rotating sculpture exhibitions in public spaces, permanent commissions, art in neighborhoods throughout the city and temporary projects. The artwork selection process is modeled after those of public art programs around the country. All artists and artworks are selected through an open competition and committee review process. Great care is given to gather panelists who represent diverse areas of expertise and viewpoints so that artworks selected are artistically excellence, varied and relevant to the site.
The Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, a rotating outdoor exhibition, continues to be an integral part of Chattanooga’s growing public art program. The inaugural exhibition was initiated in May 2005 at the First Street Corridor, which was the site of one of three major public art initiatives of Chattanooga’s $120 million 21st Century Waterfront Plan for the…Read More
Art on Main, a rotating outdoor sculpture exhibition, integrates the sculpture of artists from the Southeast region along the streetscapes Chattanooga’s bustling Main Street. The exhibit underscores the critical role that Chattanooga artists and public art play in the revitalization of the city’s urban core. Art on Main was established in 2006 and is made…Read More
Administered by Pubic Art Chattanooga, Art in the Neighborhoods is a program designed to assist community groups in generating public art projects in neighborhoods throughout Chattanooga by providing matching grants through the generous support of the Lyndhurst Foundation.Read More
Art in Motion is a public art project collaboration between CARTA, Public Art Chattanooga and River City Company designed to transform CARTA Downtown Electric Shuttles into mobile public art works. Five original designs by local artists were selected to be wrapped on the free zero emission shuttles that transport passengers around downtown Chattanooga. The shuttles…Read More
Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Outdoor Exhibition was produced by Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) in cooperation with Public Art Chattanooga, the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County as part of the twentieth anniversary of the Tennessee Riverpark. The show features 20 works by members of MSA and the Chicago Sculpture Alliance and was made possible by the…Read More
On the Fence is a temporary public art project designed to reveal the potential of Main Street, an area at the center of urban revitalization currently obscured by chain link fences in the Southside district of downtown Chattanooga. To complement renewal efforts, local artists, graphic designers, architects, schools, and individuals were invited to submit designs…Read More