Association for Visual Arts Supports Art and the Artists who make it

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

AVA was established in 1986 to promote, advocate and support original, visual art and artists in Chattanooga.    AVA has a new Executive Director named Anne Willson.

Willson earned a BA in Communications, a second BA with a double concentration in Museum Studies and Art History, and an MA in Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, as well as a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Duke University, Durham, NC. Willson’s twenty+ years experience in the arts sector includes management and leadership positions with UNCG, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Greensboro Artist League. In addition, she co-founded a multi-use visual art gallery/studio space in downtown Greensboro and was the founding director of Bricolage, a Piedmont Triad, NC nonprofit arts organization that supported the creation of art works by local artists and arts organizations.  With a professional interest and strong background in community arts, her strengths include community collaborations and connecting artists to the community at large. Willson assumed the executive director role with AVA in December 2010.

With a membership of over 600 and a staff of 7 people, this non-profit organization produces the annual 4 Bridges Arts Festival, the Gallery Hop and offers visual art classes, a photographic studio and a digital media lab for citizens.

The above photo was taken from, an article featuring lots of photos from the 4 Bridges Arts Festival.

Listen to the Story with AVA’s Executive Director, Anne Willson:


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