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Educators are invited to the Hunter Museum for free on Educator Gallery Nights! Enjoy access to hands-on activities and classroom resources during the Education Workshop starting at 4pm, then stick around for the opening of our newest exhibition at 6pm. The workshops qualify for professional development credits and offer educators an opportunity to plan field trips, develop curriculum with museum staff and enjoy time in the museum with each other!

Upcoming Educator Nights & Workshops:

  • Networked Nature: Thursday, January 25, 2024
  • Art Deco Glass: Thursday, May 23, 2024

If you are interested in ways to connect your classroom to artwork at the Hunter or integrate art into your curriculum, please contact cbespalec@huntermuseum.org.


ArtsBuild Imagine! program continues to evolve to serve Hamilton County Schools students, connecting them to the arts for more than a decade.
Imagine!, an arts education program created by ArtsBuild in 2010, gives students an early, systematic introduction to the arts and local arts organizations. Through the program, all public elementary schools in Hamilton County can send their students (grades K-5) on a field trip to experience the arts at no cost to families or the school. The 2022-2023 school year is the first full year that Fifth Grade will participate in the program.

Each grade level is paired with the following program partners:

  • Kindergarten – Creative Discovery Museum
  • First Grade – Chattanooga Theatre Centre
  • Second Grade – Chattanooga Ballet
  • Third Grade – Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
  • Fourth Grade – SoLit Theatre Express
  • Fifth Grade – Sculpture Fields at Montague Park
  • Fifth Grade – Hunter Museum of American Art

Teachers appreciate participating in the Imagine! program because the arts experiences integrate well with state standard curriculum to enhance learning in the classroom. Kelly Shimel, Fine Arts Coordinator for Hamilton County Schools, says, “Arts education and programming helps students develop vital communication and problem-solving skills. Through the support of ArtsBuild, all Hamilton County School elementary school students have access to arts programming which provides equitable access to arts experiences that help our students thrive and experience a future without limits! We are also excited that field trips will resume this year, as nothing can quite replace experiencing the arts in a hands-on or physical performance setting.”


Showcase Student Artwork in our Education Studio Hall!

The Hunter Museum of American Art has space set aside for young artists to showcase their talents. Our Studio Hall is just off the main lobby and has 2 walls measuring approximately 12ft x 3ft on which to hang 2-dimensional artworks. 

Each wall can be reserved by a group or school for the full month, for a total of two groups a month. Reservation requests are accepted through the link below. Filling out the form does not guarantee a reservation — our Manager of School and Community Programs, Kris Bespalec, will reach out to let you know if your reservation has been approved. Priority is given to art works that respond or are connected to works or themes in the Hunter permanent collection or temporary exhibitions. 

2023-2024 School Year

August: Open

September: Walnut Street Publishing Youth Showcase (and Sunday Studio) 

October: Open

November: Open

December: Open

January: Open

February: Open

March: Open

April: Signal Mountain Middle High School and Brainerd High School

May: Open



Enjoy these printable educator resources that focus on lessons in the classroom utilizing artwork from the Hunter Museum.

Beyond the Frame: Celebrating 70 Years of Collecting

Beyond the Frame: Celebrating 70 Years of Collecting Beyond the Frame: Celebrating 70 Years of Collecting features some of our guests’ favorite pieces, as well as many of the Hunter’s newest acquisitions. Beginning in 1952, the same year the museum opened its doors,...

Art, Animals, and Ecosystems

Art, Animals, and Ecosystems Animals, both real and imaginary, have played an important role in art. From scientific illustrations documenting native wildlife to raven rattles* used in important ceremonies, art helps us understand and connect with the natural world....

Noel W. Anderson: American Symbols

Noel W. Anderson: American SymbolsSymbolic imagery can be a subtle and very effective means of communicating ideas in both art and literature. After exploring examples of symbols in the Hunter's permanent collection and viewing the symbolic imagery in Noel Anderson’s...

Collage and Print Media Text


Exploring collage through layering, overlapping, and combining disparate elements to create new meanings.


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Create and Play

Enjoy art activities, puzzles, coloring pages, and Zoom backgrounds inspired by art from the collection.


Get art smart with articles, videos, lectures, and explore the Hunter’s permanent collection online.


Watch art demonstrations, art performances, or listen to a concert from the Hunter at home.

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The Hunter is your community art museum. We strive to be accessible to as many people as possible. Your unrestricted, 100% tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund supports our commitment to giving free admission to:

- All children age 17 and under
- Active military and their families
- Families who attend our “Family Fun Days” offered three times a year
- All visitors on the first Thursday evening of each month


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