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Spring Break Safari: Budding Artist

Art Explorer-HeaderWhat if you could. . .

. . . be a Budding Artist and create your own work of art inspired by the exhibitions, collections, and architecture throughout the Hunter Museum of American Art?

Kids can pick-up their very own Spring Break Safari Guide and special Paper Sculpture Artist Kit at Visitor Services and start exploring the paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photography, mixed media, and contemporary studio glass covering a range of styles and periods. The current exhibits include Southbound: Photographs of and About the new South, Baggs McKelvey: Indigo and Ashley V. Blalock: Bridging the Hunter.


  • Southbound: Photographs of and About the new South, Jan. 31-April 26
  • Baggs McKelvey: Indigo, March 6, 2020-March 7, 2021
  • Ashley V. Blalock: Bridging the Hunter, March 29, 2020-April 4, 2021
  • Free Spring Break Safari Guide: Available at Visitor Services or online after March 6
  • Cost: $20 per adult; 17 and under free (with adult admission); free to members
  • Hours: Mon., Tues., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed., Sun., 12-5 p.m. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


Go on a Scavenger Hunt at the Hunter Museum of American Art!

Southbound: Photographs of and About the new South

Jan. 31-April 26
Southbound is comprised of fifty-six photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the twenty-first century. Accordingly, it offers a composite image of the region, ranging from stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition to a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising realities. The many works in the exhibition are the result of these artists’ long, hard, sustained thinking about, looking at, journeying to, and discovery of this multifaceted New South, and speak to the history, complexity, and ongoing transformation of our region. Organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

Baggs McKelvey: Indigo
March 6, 2020-March 7, 2021
Inspired by the Robert Rauschenberg painting Opal Reunion, one of the works in the Hunter’s permanent collection, Chattanooga artist Baggs McKelvey will create a site-specific, year-long installation constructed primarily of denim. Denim is iconic in the U.S., with connotations ranging from slavery in the production of cotton and indigo dyes, to Americana and the working class, and most recently to ecological concerns as clothing is quickly made and discarded. Through her installation in the Hunter’s East Wing Art Lounge, McKelvey will help guests explore various facets of the Rauschenberg painting as well as give them an opportunity to consider environmental issues as they view her work against the backdrop of the Tennessee River flowing below.

Photography Workshop with Neely Hyde: Photo Stories
March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Capture your unique perspective in this photography workshop! Local photographer Neely Hyde will guide you in learning composition, lighting, motion, and various photo techniques while following your unique vision. Finally, you will finish the day with a photo that tells your creative story. Please bring a digital camera (DSLR or point-and-shoot) with you.

String Theory at the Hunter
March 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m
We invite you to join us on an Eastern European adventure with our Bohemian program featuring the sounds of Suk, Kodaly and Smetana. Virtuosic violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky returns with brilliant cellist Clive Greensmith who will be making his String Theory debut.

Ashley V. Blalock: Bridging the Hunter
March 29, 2020-April 4, 2021
San Diego-based artist Ashley V. Blalock is best known for her enormous crocheted red doilies. Her works fuse craft and fine art and are inspired by everyday artifacts from the domestic sphere. Responding to the Hunter Museum’s architecture and considering how people walk through the space, Blalock’s large-scale, site-specific, year-long installation will welcome museum visitors at the intersection of the East Wing and the Douglas Fir Gallery and lead them up the staircase to the Hunter Mansion.


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