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Hunter Museum of American Art

Contact Name: Christine Bespalec


10 Bluff View
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
United States

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Phone: (423) 752-2053

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Hunter Museum of American Art www.huntermuseum.org

Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. This panorama is equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art inside, recognized as one of the country’s finest. The collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, furniture and studio glass from the 18th century to the present day. Our mission is to engage our diverse audiences in active dialogues about the importance, meaning, and relevance of American art. We believe that art and creativity are forces for personal growth and positive community change; therefore, education is at the heart of all that we do. We offer curriculum-linked guided tours, hands-on studio tours, outreach offerings for after-school programs in under-resourced communities and student gallery showcase opportunities for schools incorporating the Hunter collection into their art project development.

Contact Adera Causey at acausey@huntermuseum.org

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Studio Tours

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

During a Studio Tour at the Hunter, students will be able to create art and tour the Hunter in one visit. Studio Tours are led by docents and usually take around 90 minutes for most groups.

Our Studio Tours are organized thematically and by age. Below are the types of Studio Tours that we offer, which pair a discussion on works of art and its language with curriculum and a chance for the student to express their own creativity in the studio.
$7/student, Maximum 40 students per visit. 1 adult per 10 students required and free of charge. Additional adults $15/person

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Program Title: Docent Tours

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Our trained tour guides lead school groups through the Hunter Museum’s galleries for approximately 1 hour.

Our discussion of works of art always begin with a dialogue about the object’s formal elements, such as color, line, size, texture and shape. From there, we transition our students to explore how the form of the work may affect its content. This process, which is similar to the analysis of written texts, has proved to be very effective for generating skills in visual literacy, as well as critical thinking.
$4/student, must be reserved 21 days in advance. 1 adult per 10 students required and is free of charge. Additional chaperones $15/each

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Program Title: Title 1 School Outreach Offerings

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Thanks to a special grant from Unum, the Hunter is able to partner with a select number of Title 1 Schools in a 50 mile radius of the museum to jointly develop and offer extended project based learning experiences free of charge, inclusive of supplemental transportation support. Title 1 school teachers interested in developing an extended tailored experience for their students are encouraged to contact acausey@huntermuseum.org

The students work with Hunter curators to use the collection to sharpen their creative writing, critical thinking, and public speaking skills. They choose works of art, explore it through research, write stories about it, create artworks inspired by it, and ultimately present mini tours of the permanent collection to their fellow students.

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