ARC + CFF Featured Exhibiting Artist

We are proud to announce a special short-term residency in our continued partnership with the Chattanooga Film Festival.


The selected artist for this residency will live in Chattanooga 2-4 weeks leading up to the Festival to create a new exhibition or installation to be displayed for the duration of the fest, April 5-8. Lodging, studio, and a stipend are provided to the artist courtesy of ARC + CFF. Find out more information on the Application page!

Announcing Spring 2018's Featured Artist in Residence


We are proud to announce our next resident artist, Laura McMillian, who will be in Chattanooga for the month of March and part of April.

Drawing influence and inspiration from costumes for parties and folk celebrations, McMillian's work is “a complex pastiche of source material including field notes, drawings, video, and sound. I consider storytelling a highly political act where we remember the ways humanity is ceaselessly connected instead of divided...Creating a specific time and place through artistic means was discovered in childhood through my first visit to Mother Goose Village at Rock City and rekindled as an adult when I entered New York’s underground party scene."

McMillian will be using her time in Chattanooga to craft a 'love letter' to Chattanooga with an installation complete with sound, performance, and costume to express her artistic journey that began as a child on Lookout Mountain. Sounds promising! More news coming soon!

View more of McMillian's work at her website.

Spring 2018 Applications Now Open



We currently have two opportunities available for artists:

1) Our quarterly program that hosts an artist for one month and culminates in an exhibition. This requires the artist to provide a workshop, exhibition & lecture, acting as a cultural ambassador during their time in Chattanooga. Find more information here. We cover the cost of studio + exhibition space, lodging, and documentation.

2) En Root Mini Residency. Our good pals at this local Chattanooga Hostel are looking to beautify their establishment with some murals--see what it's all about here.

The En Root mini residency will be an on-going project until all of the fence panels have been painted or until En Root is satiated with visual art! (Of course, we'll do our best to keep artists contributing to this effort for as long as possible.) What a great opportunity to get a taste of Chattanooga! 

ARC/En Root Mural Reveal Party

Artist Jeff Niesen showed up on En Root's doorstep one day ready to paint. As the first resident artist for the mural exchange program in partnership with ARC + En Root , he's been sweating away creating some mural magic in the backyard (30 foot long fence). We're going to celebrate the completion and showcase his work to all y'all. After spending some time in this rad city, Jeff is highly considering laying his roots in Chattanooga, so come show him some love and meet a new friend. 

See more of Jeff's work on his Instagram.

We'll have drinks and live music by local pop-punk sensation The Handsome Grandsons @ 7:00 PM . 

Find out more about our mural residency here :

Ride a bike and get a free treat.

Dana Lynn Harper: Cultivating Light

Please join us and ARC: Artist Residency Chattanooga's visiting artist Dana Lynn Harper for the opening of her exhibition of work made specifically for the Swine gallery inside the The Palace Picture House. At 6:30 we'll move up to the communal area on the second floor of The Tomorrow Building for a multimedia lecture by the artist on her work, process, inspirations, and time here at the residency.

RSVP at our Facebook event page

Dana Lynn Harper: Open Studio + Workshop

FREE & Open to the Public
First Friday, September 1st, 4:00 - 8:00pm @ LIT Gallery 4015 Tennessee Ave

Delve into Harper’s sculptural process of crafting neon flowers, plants, and other foliage in this casual workshop. Attendees will learn how Harper transforms everyday (and some not-so-everyday) materials into forms that, together, will create a larger installation. The doors to her studio and exhibition space at LIT gallery will be open during the afternoon and we welcome community members, artists, and everyone to stop by, say hello, and maybe contribute a plastic neon flower or two to the garden!

RSVP on our Facebook event page

Dana Lynn Harper: Garden Party Opening Reception


Join us for an opening reception of Dana Lynn Harper's ARC culminating environmental installation "Garden Party," Friday, September 8th, from 6-10pm.

Entry is $5, tickets NOW available online, or cash will be accepted at the door. This includes a free drink at the Mad Knight Brewing Co downstairs!

In addition to our visiting artist's work, there will be local artists' work (artists listed below) on display throughout the building, live music on the loading dock by Tryezz Official, and the artist will be in attendance to chat.

About Harper and her work:
"I enjoy making bright, beautiful work that explores moments of self-transcendence, where time is slowed down and the outside world is forgotten, a place where the spirit rises and pre-conceived realities dismantle. Equally inspired by vast landscapes and infinitesimal plankton and pollen, the installations simulate the feeling of size and perspective fluctuation. Simultaneously referencing multiple places, my work becomes a portal to warm feelings and childhood fantasy."

Local artists on view:
Ashley Hamilton, Aaron Cowan, Matthew Dutton, Claire Bloomfield, Alecia Vera Buckles, Meri Wright, Toni Mcnelly, & Brianna Bass

RSVP on our Facebook event page

2017 Summer/Fall Residency selected artist: Dana Lynn Harper


The time has come! We are ecstatic to announce our next resident artist, Dana Lynn Harper! Harper will be in Chattanooga starting mid-August.
Using overpowering color, inviting textures and playful forms, her works are a portal into a new invented world. Often mimicking nature in form, they provide a place of comfort, a safe space, and ultimately a moment of relief. 
Dana will be using her time in Chattanooga to build a new environmental installation inspired by botany, both microscopic images and large leafy greens to create a bountiful garden of blooming color. We can't wait! More news coming soon!

View more of Harper's work at her website.

Applications Closed


The deadline has passed and we're really excited about our applicants this year. Stay tuned for our announcement of the next ARC visiting artist, and thank you to everyone who applied & supported this program! Our application fees go directly into the program to make it as great as it can be!

Happy 4th of July from all of us at ARC + Swine!