CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 14, 2014)  Avant-Art, the Hunter Museum’s young-minded contemporary group, works together with the Museum to bridge Chattanooga's vibrant art and social scenes and make the arts accessible to the community through a lively mix of events. Members of Avant-Art enjoy access to Hunter Museum events, gallery walks, members-only parties and other events throughout the year.

On Saturday, February 21, at 8:00 p.m., Avant-Art will host its premier annual event, Hunter Underground, for the eighth consecutive year. Sponsored by Lawson Winchester Wealth Management, Hunter Underground provides guests the chance to party in the Hunter Museum’s basement, which will be converted into a night club. The party will feature music by local DJ New Planet, great food catered by Alleia, and beverages.

The event also offers a silent auction of art geared toward the new collector. The silent auction will feature unique works by local artists such as Scott Hill and from Birmingham and Chattanooga area galleries. A preview of the silent auction items will be available at

“Underground offers a fun and exciting way to explore the variety of art being created in our region and a great way to show your support for the Hunter Museum,” said Leah Meulemans, Avant-Art Committee Chair.


One of the most popular elements of Hunter Underground is the Smash & Grab gallery, which will include several unique works hand-selected by Avant-Art’s Art Selection Committee.  With every $25 donation or more, Hunter Underground attendees will have the chance to be called into the Smash & Grab gallery. Attendees whose tickets are drawn will have 30 seconds to enter the Smash & Grab gallery to grab a work of art to add to their personal collections.

Hunter Underground tickets will be available online beginning January 16th and must be purchased in advance by clicking here or by calling 423.267.0968 by February 20th. Tickets are $40 per person for members of Avant-Art, $50 for non-Avant-Art members, and $60 at the door (if still available). Smash & Grab tickets are $25/each or $100/5 and must be reserved by calling 423.267.0968.  Tickets include event admission, food, and drinks. Must be 21 or older to attend.


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