Under the artful eye: Meet AVA's new executive director

Ricardo C. Morris is the new director of the Association for Visual Arts. (Photograph by Angela Lewis Foster)

Meet Ricardo Morris

In addition to AVA’s “FRESH 2016 Emerging Artist” exhibit, this year’s Gallery Hop offers a chance to meet Morris. So on Saturday, Sept. 10, be sure to make AVA one of your Hop stops. The citywide annual event invites locals to check out galleries and artist studios — 24 this year — through open house events from 2-8 p.m. Visit avarts.org/gallery-hop for a map and more.

Name: Ricardo Morris

Age: 55 on Dec. 14

Hometown: Chattanooga

Occupation: AVA's new executive director

Ricardo, or Ric as he introduces himself, Morris sees art as an opportunity. Growing up in Chattanooga's Alton Park area, it was an opportunity to channel his energy into something positive. Upon graduating from The Howard School, it offered the opportunity to go to college, his music even paying his way to Tennessee State University through a scholarship, something that likely wouldn't have been possible without the guiding hand of his band director.