Event Information

4 Bridges Arts Festival 2017

First Tennessee Pavilion
Chattanooga, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 423.265.4282 x103
Event Dates: 4/21/17 - 4/23/17
Application Deadline: 10/31/16 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (4 Bridges 2017 Jury Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
4 Bridges Arts Festival will return for its 17th year to bring world-class fine art to the region. 4 Bridges Arts Festival is a fully juried show with artists awards totalling $15,000. Diversity in mediums and styles in a truly unique 50,000 sq. ft. covered pavilion mixed with serious art buyers from across the region, and beyond, creates an atmosphere unlike any other. The Festival, presented each year by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), supports the advancement of original visual art and the artists who create it.


General Information
4 Bridges Arts Festival
 2017 Prospectus
Show Dates: April 21-23, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2016; Midnight EST
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
4 Bridges Arts Festival will return for its 17th year to bring world-class fine art to the region. 4 Bridges Arts Festival is a fully juried show with artists awards totalling $15,000. Diversity in mediums and styles in a truly unique 50,000 sq. ft. covered pavilion mixed with serious art buyers from across the region, and beyond, creates an atmosphere unlike any other. The Festival, presented each year by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), supports the advancement of original visual art and the artists who create it.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Application period ends at midnight EST. All applicants must be eighteen years of age or older. Applicants may not make revisions to their application after this date.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Notification by email (please do not call).
- 150 juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
- Artists who advanced to the final round of jurying, but were not invited to exhibit, will be considered alternates and will be notified of their alternate status and place on the wait list.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Deadline to accept invitation to participate. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation to an alternate from the wait list. Materials sent by mail must be postmarked by this date.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Last day for cancellation and receipt of refund minus $50.00 processing fee.
The 4 Bridges Arts Festival™ takes place inside the First Tennessee Pavilion located in the Southside District of downtown Chattanooga. The venue is a partially enclosed structure as the Pavilion roof provides basic shelter from the elements, yet still allows a constant breeze to enter the structure from all sides giving the Pavilion an open, protected feeling.
Festival Hours
Friday, April 21: 6:30pm-10:00pm (Preview Party)
Saturday, April 22: 10:00am-7:00pm
Sunday, April 23: 10:00am-5:00pm
There will be $15,000 in artist merit awards. The on-site jurying for merit awards will take place on Saturday, April 22nd. Awards will be designated at the jurors’ discretion.
Patron Program & Preview Party
4 Bridges encourages art buyers and collectors to make monetary commitments toward the purchase of artwork prior to the start of the Festival through the Patron Program. The Patron Program usually results in $30,000-$40,000 in precomitted sales. Patrons buy "Bridge Bucks" (poker chips labeled in various denominations) which serve as tender for art purchases during the festival. “BRIDGE BUCKS” ARE COLLECTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON OF THE FESTIVAL; BRIDGE BUCK CHECKS WILL BE MAILED TO THE ARTISTS WITHIN TWO WEEKS. All confirmed artists must be set-up and attend the 4 Bridges Arts Festival™ Preview Party on the evening of Friday, April 21st inside the Pavilion beginning at 6:30pm. This party provides a unique opportunity for artists to socialize with buyers and to make initial sales of their work in a celebratory nighttime setting. All booth set-up must be completed prior to the party by 5:00pm.

Tent usage is optional in the Pavilion, and spaces are strictly 10’ x 12’. Double spaces and corner spaces are available on a limited basis for an additional charge. The floor is concrete. Artists must provide their own display booth, lights, racks and/or tables, etc. In order to ensure the best possible lighting environment with a large generator to power the entire pavilion, ALL participating artists will be charged an additional $75 per booth space for electricity. This charge is included in your booth fee. All spaces are handicapped accessible. Indoor restroom facilities are available in the Pavilion. Exhibitors should make arrangements for wind or rain, as this is an open-air venue and the Festival happens rain or shine.
We anticipate 12,000 visitors, with middle to high income, consisting not only of existing collectors, but also museum and gallery patrons interested in original, affordable, high quality fine art and fine craft. Additionally, the Festival features live entertainment from talented local and regional performers; local food and beverage, and a special art creation area for kids providing an interactive family experience.
Each application must be accompanied by a $40.00 jury fee payment. Applicants may choose to pay online by credit card through ZAPPlication, or they may pay by check made payable to AVA and mailed to AVA/4 Bridges, 30 Frazier Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37405. Fees must be postmarked by the application deadline (October 31, 2016). Application fees are non-refundable. There is a $50.00 processing fee for all returned checks.
Booth and electricity fee total: $450.00 for AVA members, $500.00 for non-members due January 31, 2016. (Corner booth = booth fee + $50.00). These fees can be paid online at www.4BridgesArtsFestival.org or mailed to the aforementioned address. Fees must be postmarked by the booth fee deadline (January 31, 2016).
Jury Process
The three-member blind jury consists of artists and art professionals who excel in their respective fields. This selection committee views the five submitted images in the order that they were uploaded through the online application process. The computer monitors will be calibrated to match ZAPP(tm) specifications.

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival™ will utilize the digital application known as ZAPPlication. Slides and paper applications will not be accepted. Digital images must be submitted via internet (www.zapplication.org). Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must create separate ZAPPlication accounts and provide jury fees for each category. Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented. Multiple applications must represent work in different media categories. Any individual who is found to have applied more than once in the same category will NOT have either application juried. 
Images #1 - 4: Must accurately represent the complete range of work that you plan to show.

Image #5: Must accurately represent how your current body of work will be displayed. Your application will not be considered without a booth image. Name and/or trade name must NOT be visible. Objects that indicate scale are acceptable.
Scoring is 1 (low) to 7 (high), with the score of 4 not allowed. All scores are combined and averaged. Each juror records his/her scores anonymously. The process, materials, dimensions for each image and artist information statements will also be made available to the jury upon request. When a juror opens a particular image, the aforementioned mentioned details will appear.
The 4 Bridges Arts Festival reserves the right to balance its show through artists on the wait list. Past Festival participants who do not display a high level of professionalism will not be invited back.
Media Categories 
Basketry: Functional and sculptural works where the material used is woven or plaited.
Clay: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay. All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed and numbered.
Fiber/Leather: Original work created from fibers or leather. Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, wearable items, belts, handbags and sculptural work ect. where the primary material is fiber or leather.
Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass. No forms of mass production are permitted.
Jewelry: Original work primarily made from precious and non-precious materials including 14K gold, sterling silver and the use of precious stones and enamels, precious and or non-precious metals and other materials such as glass, ceramics, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, semi-precious stones, etc. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Painting/Drawing: Works created with oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, dry media including chalk, charcoal, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush. Reproductions of all kinds are prohibited.

Printmaking: Works created using traditional printmaking techniques are to be entered in this category. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Applicant must disclose this information. Printed works, for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
Metal: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is metal. Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media: Work that is two-demensional or three-dimensional and the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more media. Soft sculptures are included in this category.
Photography/Digital Art: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, and which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Applicant must disclose this information.
Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood. Original works must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining plastic, sound, text, light, stone, rock, marble, metal, glass, or wood and are created directly by finding or carving, assembled, built together, fired, welded, molded, or cast.

Emerging Artists Program
For the thirteenth year, AVA will offer the 4 Bridges Arts Festival Emerging Artists Program. AVA will award up to six artist scholarships. This opportunity is open to artists 18 years of age or older who are at an early stage in their career and have a well-developed, recent body of work who have not had a solo show, are not represented by a commercial gallery, or have minimal experience selling their artwork at any venue. Emerging Artist may not have a collaborator. The Festival reserves the right to pre-screen and research emerging artist applicants to make sure they are a fit for this category and that they do not have extensive experience teaching, exhibiting or selling their work. Only regional applicants, living in a 300-mile radius of Chattanooga, will be eligible.
Emerging artist applicants will proceed in the same manner as professional artists and submit images of their artwork through the regular application on Zapplication.org; however, emerging artist applicants are asked to apply with a fifth image of their work rather than the image of their booth. When uploading images, the fifth image of your work should be uploaded by selecting ‘YES this is your booth shot’, even though it is not. Then select 'Emerging Artist' as your medium category and you will be ready to complete the application. Please note: emerging artist applicants must also submit a résumé, short bio and an essay of up to 400 words regarding his/her work. These additional materials should be emailed to mkimbrell@avarts.org by the application deadline on October 31, 2016. Scholarship applicants may not apply in any other Festival category.
Recipients of the Emerging Artist scholarship are required to attend a workshop with professionals. Dare will be announced. Recipients will receive complimentary booth space and use of display screens during the Festival. Recipients will also receive a booth image photographed by AVA staff members.
Booth Assignments
Booth assignments are at the sole discretion of the 4 Bridges Arts Festival and are not interchangeable. The Festival will attempt to honor specific location requests as notated on returned contracts, but can make no guarantee. There are a limited number of corners and double spaces and these are available on a first come-first paid basis. Corner and double booth fee transactions MUST be made online at the Festival website, www.4BridgesArtsFestival.org, and NOT by check to ensure availability. 
All booths and contents must be furnished by the artist, be able to withstand crowds and weather, and fit within an assigned space. The Festival is not responsible for damages to booth or work.

After March 1st, 2017 booth assignments are not negotiable 
Set-Up & Break-down
Check-in will begin on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00am and will end at 2:00pm. CHECK IN WILL NOT TAKE PLACE BEFORE OR AFTER THESE HOURS. Artists must be completely set up by 5:00pm and ready to sell by 6:30pm Friday. There is no set-up allowed during party or Festival hours. While lunch is not provided, the artist hospitality tent will serve dinner to artists at 5pm.
Exhibitors may begin to break down their displays at the close of the Festival at 5:00pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Breakdown must be completed by 8:00pm.
Artists will receive a parking pass for reserved parking. You may unload from the street or nearest parking lot, both of which are in close proximity to booth spaces. We ask that those unloading along Reggie White Blvd. at the top of the pavilion move their vehicles and/or trailers to artist reserved parking by 2:00pm. Artists may NOT drive inside the Pavilion under any circumstances. Any vehicles left in handicapped parking spaces during show hours without proper tags will be towed at the owner’s expense. Artists may dolly their work to booth spaces; however, you must provide your own dolly. Photo ID is required at check-in.
The exhibitor must handle all sales and all proceeds go to the artists. Artists are required by law to pay taxes. Tennessee sales tax is 9.25%. AVA will include your tax form in your check-in packet. You will need to fill out the form and mail it in with payment. 
24-hour security is provided throughout the Festival beginning on Friday at 5:00pm. However, all exhibitors work at their own risk. It is understood that the 4 Bridges Arts Festival does not carry insurance to cover personal property of any exhibitor. Exhibitors are considered to be independent contractors, and it is suggested that exhibitors obtain their own insurance.
On-Site Artist Amenities
Hospitalities include complimentary dinners Friday and Saturday night and lunches on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE MEALS TO ARTIST ASSISTANTS OR ASSOCIATES IN THE ARTIST HOSPITALITY TENT. Assostants and associates will be able to purchase food in the ChattaFoods tend on Saturday and Sunday. Note that the ChattaFood tent will not be open on Friday. Discounted hotel rates are available. Booth sitters are also available at the artist’s request.
 1. Exhibiting artists must be present during show hours. Agents or representatives of the artist do not replace the requirement of the artist being present during show hours. Assistants are welcome, but not in place of the artist. Any artist leaving prior to the end of the show will be unable to exhibit for two years.
2. All work shown must be original work. Work made from commercial molds, kits, patterns or copyrighted designs not owned by the craftsperson are not permitted. Any commercially made embellishments must be subordinate to the handcrafted work. All work must be for sale.
3. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at Festival.
4. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.
5. All exhibiting artists are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism. The Festival reserves the right to remove the vendor if regulations stated in this prospectus and otherwise made contractually are not adhered to; or whose conduct and merchandise is unacceptable.