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4 Bridges Arts Festival 2018

First Tennessee Pavilion
Chattanooga, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 423.265.4282
Event Dates: 4/20/18 - 4/22/18
Application Deadline: 11/15/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (2018 4 Bridges Arts Festival Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
4 Bridges Arts Festival

Festival Overview

Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will present the 2018 4 Bridges Arts Festival (4BAF) on April 20-22. A highly anticipated and culturally significant event, 4BAF is a juried show, offering awards totaling $15,000 and showcasing the creative and distinctive talents of 160 national and international artists. Bolstered by 18 years of unparalleled community support, the festival has matured into a firmly established conduit for connecting visual artists with avid art buyers. This legacy of success is the foundation on which 4BAF has become a regionally important fine arts celebration as well as an annual destination for both seasoned and beginning art collectors.

Produced by the Association for Visual Arts, 4BAF is an initiative dedicated to promoting the visual arts through experiences that cultivate an appreciation for the creative process and advance opportunities for working artists.

General Information
2018 Prospectus
Festival Dates: April 20-22, 2018

Application Requirements
  • AVA only accepts applications submitted through ZAAPlication.org. AVA will reject paper applications and slides.
  • Artists must submit a completed application with five photographs and pay a nonrefundable $40 application fee by the deadline date in order to be eligible for consideration by the 4BAF jury panel. Applications must be received by midnight, EST, Friday, October 31, 2017.
  • Artists can pay the application fee using ZAPPlication.org or can mail a check to the AVA office. Checks should be payable to Association for Visual Arts (AVA) and mailed to 30 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, TN  37405. Mailed checks must have a postmark dated no later than October 31, 2017. AVA charges a $50.00 processing fee for returned checks. 
  • Artists who want to present work in more than one medium will need to complete and submit applications and pay the application fee for each media category.
  • If an artist submits multiple applications in the same media category, he or she immediately becomes disqualified, and AVA will remove his or her application from consideration.
  • Applicants must be 18 years and older.
Important Dates
Monday, October 31, 2017
Application Deadline
  • Applications and application fees must be received by midnight EST on October 31, 2017.
  • Applicants may not revise their applications after the deadline date.
Saturday, November 17, 2017- Sunday, November 18, 2017
Jury Panel Convenes
  • Jurors convene to review applications and select artists.
  • Jurors will select up to 160 artists for inclusion in the festival.
  • All decisions made by the jury panel are final, and the scoring process is confidential.
  • AVA will not release jury scores or notes. 
Thursday, December 1, 2017
Notification to Artists
  • AVA will notify all applicants by email of their status by 6 pm on December 1, 2017. 
  • Please do not call the AVA office. 
  • Artists who advance to the final round of jurying but, unfortunately, are not selected to exhibit become alternates and are placed on the festival waitlist.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Artist Acceptance Deadline
  • Artists must accept their invitation to participate in 4BAF by 6 p.m. on January 31, 2018.
  • All acceptances, whether received electronically or by regular mail, must be received by January 31, 2018.
  • Acceptances sent by regular post must have a postmark dated January 31, 2018. 
  • Artists who do not accept their invitation by the deadline date could forfeit their participation in 4BAF.
  • If an artist does not accept his or her 4BAF invitation after three business days following the deadline date, AVA will automatically rescind the artist's invitation and immediate an invitation to an alternate on the festival wait list.
Friday, February 9, 2018
Cancelation Deadline
  • In order to receive a refund of the booth fee minus a $50 processing charge, artists must cancel their participation by 6 pm on February 9, 2018.
  • AVA will not refund booth fees for cancelations after the deadline date. 
Festival Site
The 4 Bridges Arts Festival takes place inside the First Tennessee Pavilion conveniently located in the Southside District of downtown Chattanooga. The venue is a 50,000 square foot facility that is completely covered on top and partially enclosed along the sides. While the pavilion design provides shelter from rainy weather, the building is an open structure that creates an outdoor experience that is protected from the elements. The pavilion floor is concrete. Other amenities include permanent indoor restrooms and ample parking for cars and buses. 

Festival Hours
  • Friday, April 20: 6:30-10 pm   Patron Preview Party
  • Saturday, April 21: 10 am-6 pm
  • Sunday, April 22: 11 am-5 pm
Artist Merit Award
AVA celebrates the visual arts through its Artist Merit Award, a program that provides cash prizes, totally $15,000, to 4BAF exhibitors. Jurying for the Artist Merit Award will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, during regular festival hours. The 2018 4BAF jurors have the discretionary privilege of considering and choosing the 2018 honorees. All decisions related to the Artist Merit Award are final.

Emerging Artist 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.

Each year AVA accepts four artists into its Emerging Artist Program. Through workshops and one-on-one coaching, AVA prepares applicants for a showcase during 4BAF.
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.
  • 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.
The application process for the Emerging Artist Program is noted below.
  • Emerging Artist Program applicants submit applications through ZAPPlication.org. AVA only accepts applications submitted through ZAAPlication.org and will reject paper applications and slides.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application with five photographs and pay the $40 application fee by the deadline date in order to be eligible for consideration as a 4BAF emerging artist. All five photographs must be images of the artist’s work; therefore, applicants should select the tab “Yes” for booth shot when uploading the fifth image. A booth shot is not required for emerging artist applicants.
  • Applicants should select “Emerging Artist” as the medium category. Applicants cannot apply for consideration in multiple medium categories.
  • Applicants should not submit more than one application for the Emerging Artist Program.
  • After completing the online application process, applicants must submit the following additional materials, either by email to Phyllis Mescon at pmescon@avarts.org or mail the materials to Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Emerging Artist Program, 30 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, TN  37405.
    • Resume
    • Short bio
    • An essay, no longer than 400 words, that includes information, (e.g. process, inspiration, technical expertise, influences, future plans) the artist would like to share with AVA.
  • Applicants must have completed the application process by midnight EST on October 31, 2017.
Artist selected to participate in the Emerging Artist Program will be showcased during the 2018 4 Bridges Arts Festival. AVA requires recipients to participate in a workshop designed specifically for emerging artists and to work along side professional mentors prior to the 4BAF. Recipients will also receive support with marketing and booth presentation.  

Patron Program & Preview Party
Nurturing an audience of art buyers and collectors is critical to the success and growth of the 4 Bridges Arts Festival. Since the beginning of 4BAF, AVA has fostered and sustained a robust patron program to ensure visual artists can easily connect with an audience of serious art buyers. The 4BAF Patron Program encourages art advocates to make a financial invest in the purchase of artwork prior to the beginning of the festival. Each year, the 4BAF Patron Program procures $30,000 to $40,000 in pre-committed sales. 

Patrons purchase artwork using Bridge Bucks, which are round poker-chip discs labeled in various denominations. Bridge Bucks serve as tender for patron art purchases throughout the festival. AVA collects Bridge Bucks at the end of the festival and mails checks to artists within two weeks.
AVA will host the 2018 Patron Preview Party on Friday, April 20, 2018. All confirmed artists must be present during the 4BAF Patron Preview Party and should plan their schedules so that their booths are are set-up and ready by 5 pm. Even though the Patron Preview Party officially begins at 6:30 pm, guests begin arriving as early as 5 pm.

The Patron Preview Party is a special and much anticipated event. Furthermore, this event provides a unique opportunity for artists to network and socialize with individuals who are passionate about the visual arts. Many patrons purchase artwork during the party.

Festival Audience Profile and Anticipated Attendance
The festival is a popular event, usually attracting 12,000 visitors. A profile of the 4BAF audience includes individuals who are knowledgeable collectors, budding collectors, museum patrons, gallery owners, and artists. Most attendees earn middle to high household incomes and are intentionally visiting 4BAF because of their interest in purchasing original, affordable, quality fine art and fine crafts. Additionally, the festival features live entertainment from talented local and regional performers; local food and beverage; and a space for interactive family activities.

Booth Fee
  • AVA Member: $450 for a single booth; $500 for a corner booth; and $900 for a double booth.
  • Nonmember: $500 for a single booth; $550 for a corner booth; and $1,000 for a double booth.
  • The number of corner booths is limited. AVA reserves corner booths on a first come, first paid basis. 
  • Booth fees must be paid by midnight on January 31, 2018. Artists can pay booth fees online at 4BridgesArtsFestival.org or can mail a check to the aforementioned address. Mailed checks must have a postmark dated no later than January 31, 2018.
Booth Assignments
Festival organizers are responsible for assigning booths and attempt to accommodate requests for specific booth locations whenever possible. Swapping booths among artists is not allowed. Artists wanting to secure a corner booth location or wanting to reserve a double booth must pay their booth fees using the festival website, 4BridgesArtsFestival.org. to ensure AVA receives their booth request as quickly as possible.
  • Please note that after March 1, 2018 all booth assignments are firm and nonnegotiable.
Booth Specifics and Display
Artists can decide how best they want to showcase their work. Using a tent is optional. Every artist will have an exhibition space that is 10'x12'. As noted, artists needing larger spaces can request two exhibition spaces or a corner space at an additional charge. The floor in the pavilion is concrete, and all spaces are handicapped accessible. Even though the pavilion is a covered venue, the sides are open. Exhibitors should make arrangements to accommodate rain. Artist must furnish their booth display, which includes tables, chairs, contents, etc. Artists need to be certain their booth and its contents easily fit into the area provided and are able to withstand large crowds and weather. Festival organizers and AVA are not responsible for damages to artists' booth or work. 
Festival Hospitality and Artist Amenities
To ensure artists have a positive festival experience, AVA offers artists complimentary meals on the following dates.
  • Dinner: Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Lunch: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Lunch: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Complimentary beverages are available throughout the festival. 
Local hotels support AVA and the festival by offering artists discounted rates. 
AVA provides booth sitters to artists requesting this service. 

Jury Process 
Each year, AVA invites three highly respected, credentialed art professionals to participate as members of the 4BAF jury panel. Jurors evaluate artwork based solely on the five digital images submitted with each application. Four photographs must represent the artist’s current work, and one photograph features the artist’s booth. Because jurors do not know the identity of applicants, the jurying process is blind, allowing for fair consideration of all artwork. Reflecting on originality, quality and marketability for a wide variety of buyers, jurors review applications in the order they were submitted into the ZAPPlication system. Lastly, jurors study and assess applications on computer screens, which are calibrated to correspond to ZAPPlicpation.org specifications.
  1. Images of Artwork: Artists must provide four photographs that accurately represent the body of work they plan to show.
  2. Image of Booth Display: Artists must provide one photograph that accurately represents how the artwork will be presented during the festival. Applications that do not include a photograph of an artist's booth will be removed from consideration. The artist's name or trade identity cannot be visible in the booth photograph.
  3. Scoring: Each juror must review every application and assign a numerical score between one of the two ranges: 1-3 for lower scoring applications and 5-7 for higher scoring applications. Because each application must receive a score that will distinctly indicate a status, the jurying process removes 4 from the scoring. Every application receives one score from each juror, and the three scores are totaled and averaged for a final score. Jurors review applications and record scores anonymously. If necessary, jurors can access pertinent details that describe the artist's process, the materials used, and artwork size. 
Disclaimer: Committed to maintaining and sustaining a successful community event, AVA and the committee overseeing the 4 Bridges Arts Festival reserve the right to present a show that is welcoming, balanced and responsive to the festival's wide variety of buyers. In order to preserve 4BAF's long-standing success, organizers have the authority to take the following actions. 
  • To invite artists on the waitlist to participate as festival exhibitors; and 
  • To refuse to extend an invitation to a returning artist whose previous interactions and behaviors at 4BAF were unethical or unprofessional. 
Exhibitors can register and set-up between 8 am and 2 pm on Friday, April 20. During registration, artists must present a photo ID. Artists' booths must be set-up and prepared for sales by 5 pm. At 5 pm, AVA invites artists to gather in the hospitality tent for dinner. The 4BAF Patron Preview Party begins at 6:30 pm, but guests may arrive early. Artists may not set-up booths during the Patron Preview Party. 

Exhibitors should note that AVA does not provide dollies, hand trucks, wagons, or other moving equipment. 

During set-up, artists are welcome to unload from Reggie White Boulevard, the street located in front of the pavilion. Artists can also unload in the nearest parking or from space that is close to their booths. Driving vehicles into the pavilion is strictly prohibited. Since most parking is close to the pavilion, unloading booth equipment and artwork is usually easy and quick.

Artists should move their vehicles into their reserved parking spaces by 2 pm. Vehicles parked in handicap spaces during festival hours and that do not have official handicap tags will be towed at the owner's expense.
Artists have access to reserved parking and will receive a pass that should be placed on the vehicle dashboard. 

Exhibitors must breakdown their displays between 5 and 8 pm on Sunday, April 22. All booths must be completely removed from the festival site by 8 pm on Sunday, April 22.

Sales and Sales Tax
Exhibitors are responsible for overseeing the promotion and sale of their work during festival hours. All proceeds earned from sales belong to the artists. By law, artists must collect sales tax on work sold during 4BAF. The sales tax in Tennessee is 9.25%. Artists will find a tax form in the packet they receive at registration. 
AVA, in cooperation with the City of Chattanooga, provides 24-hour security beginning at 5 pm on Friday, April 20 and continuing through the close of the festival at 5 pm on Sunday, April 22. However, AVA and festival organizers urge artists to be diligent and alert. Exhibiting at the 4BAF is at the discretion of the artist and every artist participates at his or her own risk. AVA does not insure the personal property of any exhibitor/artist. All exhibitors/artists participate at 4BAF as independent contractors. 
Media Categories 
  • Basketry: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created from materials that are woven or plaited.
  • Clay/Porcelain: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using clay and/or porcelain. Clay or porcelain jewelry will not be accepted in this category. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made and/or mass-produced work is prohibited. An artist presenting multiple pieces of the same design should sign and number each piece.
  • Fiber/Leather: Functional, decorative, and/or decorative work created using fiber and/or leather. Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, wearable items, belts, handbags and sculpture qualify if the primary materials used are fiber and/or leather.
  • Glass: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using glass. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made and/or mass-produced work is prohibited.
  • Jewelry: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using precious and/or non-precious materials. Precious materials include but are not limited to 14K gold, sterling silver, precious stones, and enamels. Nonprecious materials include but are not limited to glass, ceramics, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, and semi-precious stones. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made and/or mass-produced work is prohibited. Work created from commercial casts and/or molds are prohibited.
  • Painting/Drawing: Work created using oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, chalk, charcoal, pencil, wax crayon, inks and/or washes. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made and/or mass-produced work and reproductions are prohibited.
  • Printmaking: Works created using traditional printmaking techniques that involve plates, stones, and/or screens. Work must be created in limited editions and signed and numbered on archival quality material. Artist must provide details about his or her technique and disclose his or her creative and printmaking processes. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made and/or mass-produced work is prohibited. Reproductions created using photogravure, photocopy and/or offset printing are prohibited.
  • Metal: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using metals. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made and/or mass-produced work and production studio work are prohibited.
  • Mixed Media: Work, both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, created using two or more media. Work defined as soft sculpture is included in this category.
  • Photography/Digital Art: Work created using an artist's original photographic negative or work created from an artist directing or supervising the digital image process. Work must be created in limited editions and signed and numbered on archival quality material. Artist must provide details about his or her technique and disclose his or her creative and printing processes. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made or mass-produced work is prohibited. Reproductions created using photogravure, photocopy and/or offset printing are prohibited.
  • Wood: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using wood. Work must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. All work must be original; therefore, machine-made or mass-produced work is prohibited.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional work created by shaping or combining materials such as 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.

Rules and Regulations
  1. AVA requires artists to be present and available during festival hours. While agents, representatives, and/or assistants are welcome, they cannot act as a replacement or substitute for an exhibiting artist. 
  2. Artists must remain at the festival until 5 pm on Sunday, April 22. AVA requests artists respect this important festival rule. Artists who breakdown and leave early compromise their standing with AVA and 4BAF and may forfeit their ability to exhibit in the 2019 festival.
  3. Artists must exhibit only original, handcrafted work. All work must be available for sale. Artists may not exhibit or sell subcontracted work for another artist. Machine-made, mass-produced work is prohibited. Work created using commercial casts/molds, kits, patterns, and/or copyrighted designs is prohibited. Work created using photogravure, photocopying or offset printing is prohibited. Reproductions are prohibited. Items such as imports, plants, velvet paintings, and commercially or factory-produced merchandise from artist shops is prohibited. Commercially fabricated embellishments included on work must be subordinate. 
  4. Collaborating artists are welcome to apply, but AVA restricts the collaboration to no more than two artists. The application must indicate that the work is collaboration and includes signatures from both artists. Both artists must be present during 4BAF. 
  5. Artists may only exhibit artwork that reflects the quality and craftsmanship of the pieces presented with their applications. Artists may only exhibit artwork specific to the categories indicated on their applications and artwork that clearly relates to the body of work selected during the jury process. Artwork that is inconsistent with the quality and craftsmanship expected is subject to rejection by AVA and festival organizers.
  6. An artist may submit applications in multiple categories. The artist must complete an application and pay the application fee for each category.
  7. Artists should maintain high standards of professionalism. Festival organizers reserve the right to remove any vendor and/or exhibitor whose conduct and/or merchandise are unacceptable and do not support the terms of the 4BAF contract.
  8. Artists participate at 4BAF at their own risk and assume responsibility for maintaining liability insurance that covers any damages or losses during 4BAF.
  9. AVA and the committee overseeing the 4 Bridges Arts Festival reserve the right to present a show that is welcoming, balanced and responsive to the festival's wide variety of buyers. In order to preserve 4BAF's long-standing success, organizers have the authority to take the following actions. 
  • To invite artists on the waitlist to participate as festival exhibitors; and 
  • To refuse to extend an invitation to a returning artist whose previous interactions and behaviors at 4BAF were unethical or unprofessional.
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