Our mission is to serve the Chattanooga community by providing local, national, and international artists a venue for the production of, exhibition of and education through contemporary works of art
Stove Works is to use Contemporary Art as a megaphone in order to foster an environment of exchange and reflection, to provide opportunities to learn from the experiences of others and to give voice. Stove Works seeks to bring outside elements into Chattanooga where creators, their work, and those that witness are engaged in a dynamic process: all three are impacted by the other in an evolving way, enriching outcomes for all. Stove Works aims to draw greater attention to the production of contemporary works in the Southeast, expand and educate an audience outside of traditional art goers, create an active base of arts advocates, and further establishes the Southeast’s (and Chattanooga’s) contribution to the national dialogue surrounding contemporary art.
Our organizational and educational philosophy is guided by the thoughts captured in Anthony Huberman’s essay “Take Care.” We seek not to take on the role of “explicator”, i.e. those who “know” teaching those who “don’t know”. But rather, we seek to engage in dialogue, acting as an intermediary between individuals who know something and those who know something else. We hope to help people navigate the complex and interwoven narratives of existence using contemporary practice as the vehicle, allowing them and us to follow the life of an idea.
Charlotte Caldwell, Founder and Director, returned to Chattanooga after 14 years at large. During that time, she has worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of the art world and received a MA from New York University in Visual Arts Administration. Her skills honed while Residency Director at the Wassaic Project and Project Manager at No Longer Empty.
Mike Calway-Fagen, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, is an artist, writer, and curator based in Tennessee. Recent solo exhibitions include the University of Arkansas, University of Nevada in Las Vegas, the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, with group shows at Dimensions Variable in Miami, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and LAXArt in Los Angeles. Recent reviews and essays have appeared in Art Papers, Temporary Art Review, and BurnAway. Mike’s background as artist and writer gives him a unique perspective in his curatorial practice, allowing him to weave thoughtful yet complex narratives in consideration of the artwork, artist and viewer.
Caroline Gikas, Intern.
Mary Howard Ade, Wes Aull, David Barnes, Whitney Barnes, Katherine Currin, Josiah Golson, John Paul Hennessy, and Alexis Willis
Stove Work's is located at the corner of Holtzclaw and 14th. Built in 1915, the building operated as Tennessee Coffin and Casket Co until the 1950's when it was purchased by Tennessee Stove Works for the assembly and distribution of cast iron stoves. The building has since changed hands many times over, and in the spring of 2017, it changed hands for the final time and now begins it's journey as Stove Works.