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The Hunter Museum of American Art cannot evaluate, appraise, or research artwork for you. However, there are many great resources for researching on your own or for seeking an official appraisal.

For general information about an artist, we recommend you start at your local public library. Additionally, there are numerous reliable websites where one can find information about artists. Websites such as ArtNet, AskArt, ArtForum, and Art News provide information about artists, exhibitions, and current events in the art world.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has many useful tips and resources on topics like finding the value of your art, discovering its history, and how to care for it.


The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute provides tips regarding the proper care, handling, and conservation of works of art.


The American Alliance of Museums and the Internal Revenue Service prohibit the Hunter Museum staff from providing monetary valuations or appraisals for works of art.

If you are interested in receiving an official appraisal, please contact a professional appraiser who is a member of a recognized professional society of appraisers.

American Society of Appraisers
Appraisers Association of America
Art Dealers Association of America 
International Society of Appraisers 

You can also compare your art to similar works recently sold at auction.

Donating Art to the Hunter

The Hunter Museum accepts original works of art that fit within the parameters of our mission and collection of American Art from the 1700s to today.

All potential gifts must go through an extensive vetting process with the Curatorial staff, the Director, and the Acquisitions Committee. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Please contact Nandini Makrandi, Chief Curator, with questions about a possible donation or the process.


The Hunter exhibition is set 3-5 years in advance and covers a broad range of American art from the last 200 years. Therefore, opportunities for solo exhibits for contemporary artists are limited. Persons with exhibition proposals or artists interested in exhibiting their artwork at the Hunter Museum of American Art should follow these guidelines. Please note that we prefer digital submissions.

Please email or mail a letter of interest to Chief Curator, Nandini Makrandi. The letter should be accompanied by:

  • 10-20 images of proposed work
  • A resume
  • Any critical reviews
  • A SASE for return of any non-digital materials. You will receive a response in 6-8 weeks.

Staff will critically evaluate the submission packet, conduct independent research, and apply the following criteria:

  • Artists should have national recognition consisting of solo gallery and/or museum exhibitions and critical reviews.
  • Emerging artists will be considered for an exhibition if their work is especially innovative in media or in response to social issues.
  • Artwork should be inventive, challenging, and thought provoking.
  • Other factors that influence an exhibition decision include–but are not limited to–the following:
    • Exhibit offers diversity; both in terms of artists represented and in types of media. For example, film and installations are under represented at the Hunter and the staff is interested in exploring opportunities to work with artists working in those areas.
    • Exhibit brings work to the area that has not been available before.
    • Art coordinates and balances with both the Hunter Museum permanent collection and overall exhibition schedule.

Nandini Makrandi
Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View
Chattanooga, TN 37403

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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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