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4 Bridges Arts Festival 2019

First Tennessee Pavilion
Chattanooga, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 423.265.4282
Event Dates: 4/12/19 - 4/14/19
Application Deadline: 11/15/18 Midnight EST
57 day(s) and 4 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (2019 4 Bridges Arts Festival Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will present the 2019 4 Bridges Arts Festival (4BAF) April 12-14. A highly anticipated and culturally prominent event, 4BAF is a juried show that offers awards totaling $10,800. Bolstered by 19 years of unparalleled community support, the festival has matured into a firmly established conduit for connecting visual artists with an audience of avid art buyers. This legacy of success is the foundation on which 4BAF has become a regionally significant arts experience as well as an annual destination for both seasoned and beginning art collectors.

Established in 1986, Association for Visual Arts (AVA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting visual arts and community through engaging, enriching, and educational programming that nurtures creative discovery, prompts intellectual exchange, and embraces artistic and cultural diversity.
An essential part of Chattanooga’s creative capital, 4 Bridges Arts Festival cultivates, promotes, and develops an appreciation for the visual arts by creating opportunities for exchange between working artists and the public.


General Information
Festival Site
First Tennessee Pavilion
1826 Reggie White Boulevard
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408
Festival Dates
Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14, 2019
Application Deadline
Friday, November 15, 2018, Midnight EST
Application Submission Requirements
  • AVA only accepts applications submitted through ZAAPlication.org.
  • Each application must include five digital photographs: four photographs must clearly show work the artist intends on exhibiting and one photo must be an image of the artist’s booth. Because the jurying process is blind, the booth shot must not have signage, branding, symbols, or attributes that reveal the artist’s identity.
  • Each artist must pay a nonrefundable $40 fee for each application submitted.
  • Artists pay the $40 application fee as part of the application process on ZAPPlication.org.
  • 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 category.
  • Collaborative teams of no more than two artists are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must be 18 years and older.

  • Preview Party Tickets - $100/person
  • Saturday and Sunday Admission - $5/person  Children under 12 years old are free

Important Dates
  • Friday, November 15, 2018-Deadline for artists to submit applications.
  • Friday, December 14, 2018-AVA emails notification of acceptance to artists.
  • Friday, January 31, 2019-Deadline for artists to accept invitation, pay booth fees, and submit contract.
  • Friday, February 15, 2019-Final date when artists can cancel their festival participation and receive refund of their booth fee minus a $50 administrative charge.

Festival Site
First Tennessee Pavilion is conveniently located in the Southside District of Chattanooga. The venue is a 50,000 square foot facility that is completely covered on top and partially enclosed on 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 interior restrooms and ample parking for cars and buses. 

Festival Hours
  • Friday, April 12, 6-10 pm
  • Saturday, April 13, 10 am-6 pm
  • Sunday, April 14, 10 am-5 pm

Festival Timeline
  • Friday, April 12
    • 7 am-3 pm                 Artists check-in and register. Photo ID required at check-in.
    • 4:30-5:30 pm             AVA hostsdinner in the artists’ hospitality tent.
    • 6-10 pm                     Preview Party opens the 2019 4 Bridges Arts Festival.
  • Saturday, April 13
    • ​10 am-6 pm               First day of festival.
    • 10 am-3 pm              Jurors visit booths to determine the 2019 4BAF award winners.
  • Sunday, April 14
    • 11 am-5 pm               Last day of festival.
    • 5 pm-until                  Festival closes and artists begin to breakdown and load-out.

Preview Party
Each year 4BAF makes its debut at the Preview Party. An exceedingly popular community affair, the Preview Party attracts close to 1,000 local art enthusiasts: patrons who attend to support the visual arts. Most importantly, the Preview Party is a unique opportunity for artists to promote and sell their work while networking and socializing with passionate advocates and collectors.
The 2019 Preview Party is Friday, April 12, 6-10 pm. Artists must attend the Preview Party celebration.

Jury Process 
  • Every year, AVA invites three highly respected, credentialed art professionals to participate as members of the 4BAF jury panel. Working independently and collaboratively, jurors evaluate each application without knowing the identity of the artist. The blind jury process ensures all work receives fair, open, and respectful attention and consideration.
  • Jurors assess an application by reviewing the digital photographs and artist’s statement. The five digital photographs should be high quality images: four images must represent the body of work the artist’s intends to exhibit and one image must be a view of the artist’s booth. The booth photograph cannot feature signage, branding, symbols, or attributes that reveal the artist’s identity or trade name.
  • Reflecting on aesthetic merit, originality, technical proficiency, and marketability, jurors review and assign scores using ZAPPlication.org. Each application receives a numerical score from each juror. The scores fall between one of the two ranges: 1-3 for lower scoring applications and 5-7 for higher scoring applications. This scoring system does not allow jurors to assign a score of 4. The three scores are totaled and averaged for a final score. Jurors record scores anonymously.
  • AVA will create a wait list by category based on jury scores.
  • Scores and comments are confidential and are not available for review by artists.

AVA celebrates the visual arts by distributing a total of $10,800 in cash prizes. The 2019 jury panel has the discretionary privilege of selecting honorees and presenting the awards. The jury panel’s decisions are final.

After set-up, artists should move their vehicles into the spaces reserved for artist parking. AVA will provide a parking pass for one vehicle that artists should place inside their car on the driver’s side of the dashboard. 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. 

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%. The State of Tennessee, Department of Revenue will provide tax forms for AVA to distribute to artists.
AVA provides 24-hour security beginning at 5 pm on Friday, April 12 and continuing through the close of the festival at 5 pm on Sunday, April 14. 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. 

Policy for Selling Reproduction
AVA has revised this policy to allow artists to sell reproductions of original 2D artwork. AVA defines a reproduction as a machine-made, duplicate image of an original work. Machine-made reproductions are images produced on an off-set press or a serigraph press and/or images produced from a computer that prints using an ink-jet or electrostatic printer. This definition includes giclees and reproductions that include additional enhancements.
  • Artists cannot refer to or label reproductions as prints. Print references worked created by traditional printmaking techniques.
  • Artists must have a label on the front of each reproduction that clearly identifies the image as a “reproduction of an original.”
  • Artists must present and sell reproductions in a browse bin that is clearly labeled and designated as reproductions.
  • Artists cannot sell original work and reproductions in the same browse bin.
  • Artists must provide buyers with information that discloses the process used to create reproductions.
  • Artists must produce reproductions in limited editions of 100 or less and must number and sign each image.
  • Artists can one browse bin.
  • AVA will remove artists who ignore, disregard, undermine, and/or violate this policy.

Media Categories 
  • 2-D and 3-D Mixed Media: Work created using more than one media.
  • Basketry: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created from materials that are woven or plaited.
  • Ceramics: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using clay and/or porcelain. Clay or porcelain jewelry will not be accepted in this category.
  • Drawing: Work created using dry media such as pencil, charcoal, or chalk or made using fluid materials such as ink or washes that are applied by pen or brush.
  • 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.
  • Furniture: Functional or decorative furniture.
  • Glass: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using glass. 
  • 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.
  • Metal: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using metals.
  • Painting: Acrylic/Oil: Work created using acrylic or oil paint.
  • Painting: Watercolor/Pastel: Work created using watercolors or pastels.
  • Printmaking: Works created using traditional printmaking techniques that involve plates, stones, and/or screens. Artist produces each print as part of a limited edition series, using archival quality materials. Artist must sign and number each print. Artist must provide details about his or her technique and disclose his or her creative and printmaking processes.
  • 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. Artist must use archival quality materials and print images in limited edition series, signing and numbering each image. Artist must provide details about his or her technique and disclose his or her creative and printing processes.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional work created by assembling, firing, welding, molding, casting, carving, shaping or combining materials such as plastic, text, light, stone, rock, marble, metal, glass, or wood.
  • Wood: Functional, decorative, and/or sculptural work created using wood. Work must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned, or carved.

Rules and Regulations
  1. AVA requires artists to be present and available during festival hours. AVA requires both members of a collaborating team to be present and available during festival hours.
  2. Artists must remain at the festival site until 5 pm on Sunday, April 14. Artists who breakdown and leave early compromise their standing with AVA and 4BAF and may forfeit their ability to exhibit in the 2020 festival.
  3. An exhibit must feature original, handcrafted art, created by the artist or collaborative team who applied to the festival. An artist must guarantee that the work presented is authentic and created as indicated in the artist’s application.
  4. All work must be available for sale.
  5. Artists must exhibit artwork that reflects the quality and craftsmanship of the pieces presented in their applications. Artists must 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. AVA will remove artists whose work is inconsistent with the quality and craftsmanship presented in their applications.
  6. Artists can sell reproductions in browse bins. Artists can one browse bin in their exhibit. Artists are responsible for understanding and abiding by the specifics set-forth in Policy for Selling Reproductions.
  7. Artists cannot exhibit or sell subcontracted work for another artist. 
  8. Artists cannot exhibit or sell work made using commercial casts/molds, kits, or patterns.
  9. Artists cannot exhibit or sell copyrighted designs imports, t-shirts, stationary, plants, velvet paintings, commercially or factory-produced merchandise, etc.
  10. Artists and their agents, associates, and assistants should maintain high standards of professionalism. Festival organizers reserve the right to remove an exhibitor whose conduct and/or merchandise are unacceptable and whose participation conflicts with the rules and regulations of 4 Bridges Arts Festival.
  11. Artists participate at 4BAF at their own risk and assume responsibility for maintaining liability insurance that covers any damages or losses during the festival.

Booth Information
Booth Fees and Sizes
  • Standard Booth
    • Fee: $500, Size: 10’ wide x 12’ deep
  • Corner Booth  (limited number available)
    • Fee: $600, Size: 10’ wide x 12’ deep  
  • Double Booth Fee  (limited number available)
    • Fee: $1,000, Size: 20' wide x 12' deep  
  • Double Booth Fee with Corner Booth  (limited number available)
    • Fee: $1,100, Size: 20’ wide x 12’ deep
The number of corner booths and double booths is limited. Organizers assign corner booths and double booths on a first-come, first-paid basis.
Booth Assignment
AVA and its festival partners are responsible for assigning booths and attempt to accommodate requests for specific booth locations whenever possible. After March 1, 2019, all booth assignments are firm and nonnegotiable. Artists are not allowed to swap booth locations.
Booth Display
  • Artists can decide how best they want to showcase their work; however the overall booth presentation should be representative of the image provided in the application. Because the venue is covered, tents are optional.
  • All booth spaces will have access to electricity: 20 amps x 120 volts = 2400 watts.
  • 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. 
  • Artists 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. 

Booth Set-Up
  • Exhibitors can register and set-up between 8 am and 3 pm on Friday, April 12. During registration, artists must present a photo ID. 
  • 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.
  • At 4:30 pm, AVA will begin serving a complimentary dinner in the artist hospitality tent. Artists' booths must be set-up and ready for sales by 5 pm.
  • The 4BAF Preview Party begins at 6 pm, and guests may arrive early. Artists may not set-up booths during the Patron Preview Party.

Booth Breakdown and Load-Out
Artists can begin breakdown and load-out at 5 pm on Sunday, April 14. All booths must be completely removed from the festival site by 8 pm on Sunday, April 14.
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