Mission statement

LIT is a modern and contemporary art gallery that shines light on creativity that might otherwise be left in the dark. We aspire to be an exhibition/event space where any genre of diverse and engaging art forms can co-exist. An active location that hosts exciting and innovative experiences for the viewer, and an unrestricted open space for the artists.

 About us  Adam and Leah are both working artists who are advocates for the arts. Believing in Chattanooga Tennessee as the next big art city, they wanted to do what they could, by providing a space where anything can happen.  Leah Dalton has her B.F.A from Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in Fashion/Textile Design. She worked four years Designing in the field of Fashion and working on her painting career. She started an after school art enrichment program offering art classes for students in Atlanta Georgia and began focusing full time on her painting and passion for working with youth and art. She now lives in Chattanooga Tennessee with her son, two hamsters and her loving partner. She enjoys travel, teaching art, and working on her paintings and being a part of the art community abroad and locally, she is currently working on her masters.  Leah has been in group exhibitions locally and internationally. Her artwork has showcased in group as well as in solo exhibitions. Leah was awarded the Fall Artist Fellow by Art Rise Savannah, she spends time at Awarded Art Residencies including trips and art residencies to Amsterdam, Mexico and India. She was awarded the Arts Honors Scholarship and Special Honors Scholarship by SCAD, and continues to use her past and current experience and achievements to help others and to cultivate her own passion for art.   She hopes to continue to invest in the arts and bring exciting new exhibitions and opportunities through the LIT gallery. You can find out more and see her work  here .   Adam Kirby has a B.F.A from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, with studies in sculpture and ceramics. His education enhanced his natural appreciation for craft and theory, and introduced him to local ceramic artist Shadow May, whom pushed his skills and education with an extended apprenticeship. Adam began creating work and gaining notice in the art community, being awarded Best New Exhibitor Award by Nashville Tennessee Craft Spring Fair, and a vast number of group and solo exhibitions. He started along with his business partner an Art Residency program in Chattanooga, bringing artists in to be a part of the arts community and to enrich the arts and culture of Chattanooga. Adam also continues to expand his personal body of work during awarded Art Residency and studio space in India,  and within programs and programs locally. Recently partnering with the Hunter Museum of American Art as one of their Artists Series and Artists Talks.  Adam is actively invested in his community through his art and ability to help others thrive. He wanted to create a space that brings more art venues to Chattanooga for exploration, exciting exhibitions and a place to call home for contemporary and daring artists looking for space to have their work shown. More about his current body of work and on his achievements can be found  here . 

About us

Adam and Leah are both working artists who are advocates for the arts. Believing in Chattanooga Tennessee as the next big art city, they wanted to do what they could, by providing a space where anything can happen.

Leah Dalton has her B.F.A from Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in Fashion/Textile Design. She worked four years Designing in the field of Fashion and working on her painting career. She started an after school art enrichment program offering art classes for students in Atlanta Georgia and began focusing full time on her painting and passion for working with youth and art. She now lives in Chattanooga Tennessee with her son, two hamsters and her loving partner. She enjoys travel, teaching art, and working on her paintings and being a part of the art community abroad and locally, she is currently working on her masters.

Leah has been in group exhibitions locally and internationally. Her artwork has showcased in group as well as in solo exhibitions. Leah was awarded the Fall Artist Fellow by Art Rise Savannah, she spends time at Awarded Art Residencies including trips and art residencies to Amsterdam, Mexico and India. She was awarded the Arts Honors Scholarship and Special Honors Scholarship by SCAD, and continues to use her past and current experience and achievements to help others and to cultivate her own passion for art. 

She hopes to continue to invest in the arts and bring exciting new exhibitions and opportunities through the LIT gallery. You can find out more and see her work here

Adam Kirby has a B.F.A from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, with studies in sculpture and ceramics. His education enhanced his natural appreciation for craft and theory, and introduced him to local ceramic artist Shadow May, whom pushed his skills and education with an extended apprenticeship. Adam began creating work and gaining notice in the art community, being awarded Best New Exhibitor Award by Nashville Tennessee Craft Spring Fair, and a vast number of group and solo exhibitions. He started along with his business partner an Art Residency program in Chattanooga, bringing artists in to be a part of the arts community and to enrich the arts and culture of Chattanooga. Adam also continues to expand his personal body of work during awarded Art Residency and studio space in India,  and within programs and programs locally. Recently partnering with the Hunter Museum of American Art as one of their Artists Series and Artists Talks.

Adam is actively invested in his community through his art and ability to help others thrive. He wanted to create a space that brings more art venues to Chattanooga for exploration, exciting exhibitions and a place to call home for contemporary and daring artists looking for space to have their work shown. More about his current body of work and on his achievements can be found here