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Tenth Annual Chattanooga Youth Gallery Presented by TVFCU

April 22, 2019

Tenth Annual Chattanooga Youth Gallery Presented by TVFCU

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 22) — Having your artwork selected for a juried art exhibition is a big deal, especially when you are in high school. Through the 10th Annual Chattanooga Youth Gallery, students from more than 20 high schools from across the region are able to add this accomplishment to their resume.


The community is invited to attend the Youth Gallery on Friday, April 26, at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chattanooga, from 6 to 9 p.m. ET. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Awards will be presented by Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson at 8:15 p.m.


Submitted student works are judged in two separate categories — Visual Arts and Digital Photography. Judges will view all submitted entries and identify the top 125+ in the Visual Arts category and the top three in the Digital Photography category to be showcased during the event. Throughout the judging process, the judges will also award “Best in Show,” second and third place recognition in both the Visual Arts and Digital Photography categories with corresponding cash scholarship awards.

 “The purpose of this project is to encourage and give young artists the experience of a competitive show, as well as the opportunity to learn from a real-life experience,” said Terry Smyth, one of this year’s Chattanooga Youth Gallery coordinators. “We know there is a continued need to create connections between the youth, education, arts and community, and we are excited to be able to build that bridge.” 

In addition to the art exhibition, AVA (The Association of Visual Arts) will lead a student workshop on Saturday discussing art gallery/festival etiquette, the relationship between artist and curator, as well as the various careers available in the arts — specifically in the museum and gallery setting.

“We are honored to support the Chattanooga Youth Gallery for the past decade and to see the impact that it has made in our community,” said Todd Fortner, president and CEO of TVFCU. “We are grateful for volunteer leaders like Jeannie Harper and Terry Smyth for their tireless efforts to organize the exhibition and student workshop as this is the only juried art exhibition for high school students in our area.

 For more information, please visit chattanoogayg.com.


Area High Schools Participating in the Chattanooga Youth Gallery

Baylor School

Bradley Central

Boyd Buchanan School

Chattanooga Christian School

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

Cleveland High School

East Hamilton High School

Girls Preparatory School

Heritage High School



Hilger Higher Learning

Hixson High

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School

McCallie School

Notre Dame High School

Rhea County High School

Sale Creek High School

Signal Mountain High School

Silverdale Baptist Academy

Soddy Daisy High School

STEM School Chattanooga



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About Chattanooga Youth Gallery

Chattanooga’s most prestigious youth art event focused on Youth Development in the Arts offers scholarships, a gallery exhibition and professional development opportunities for area high school students.


About Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU), a not-for-profit financial cooperative, was established in 1936 when 57 Chattanooga TVA employees pooled $500 to create the member-owned credit union. Today, TVFCU serves more than 144,000 members who live, work, worship, volunteer or attend school throughout the 13-county service community. With more than $1.4 billion in assets and 18 branches throughout the area, TVFCU is the largest credit union in the region. For more information about TVFCU, please visit tvfcu.com.

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