MSA was founded in 2006 as a membership based non-profit arts organization by sculptors residing in Chattanooga, TN who wanted to invigorate the culture for sculpture and sculptors within their community. The founding members strove to create exhibition, networking and educational opportunities for sculptors funded by its membership. Since its inception MSA has broadened its reach to include not only sculptors, but educators, gallerists, architects, art lovers, universities, museums, galleries and vendors working in and with sculpture. MSA has hosted conferences, confabs, symposiums, exhibitions and workshops in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Lexington. Venues have included Georgia State University Welch School of Art and Design, Eyedrum Arts Organization, Fulton County Arts & Culture, AVA Chattanooga, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga State Community College, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State University and Riverwalk Chattanooga. Past Keynote speakers and jurors have included Valerie Fletcher, Carol Mickett, Robert Stackhouse, James Surls, Jesus Moroles, Claudia DeMonte, Ed McGowin, Albert Paley, Joseph Becherer, and Joyce J. Scott.
Since 2006 MSA has seen a surge in membership, and now boasts over 200 members residing throughout the nation. MSA is proud to be celebrating its 10th year anniversary and looks forward to continued growth as we spread our wings, creating opportunities for sculptors and lovers of sculpture in Chattanooga and beyond. We hope you will support our efforts through joining MSA as a member today.