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The Arts at Pellissippi State

At Pellissippi State, we’re all about providing opportunities to all. The Arts at Pellissippi State — through free and inexpensive theatre and musical productions, art exhibits and faculty lectures — ensures everyone can experience the transformative power of the arts.

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All events take place on the Hardin Valley Campus.





All performances take place in the beautiful Clayton Performing Arts Center.


Vance Thompson and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
September 6, 8 p.m.

Paul Hayes (percussion) & Amy Humberd (clarinet)
September 17, 7 p.m.

Knoxville Opera Preview
September 27, 7 p.m.

Faculty Recital
October 4, 7 p.m.

Fall Instrumental Concert
October 30, 7 p.m.

Fall Jazz & Bluegrass Concert
November 15, 7 p.m.

Holiday Spectacular
December 6, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.



Faculty Lecture Series

All faculty lectures take place in the Goins Building Auditorium.


Caroline Covington presents Viewers to Doers: When the Audience Becomes the Artist
September 18, 12:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor Caroline Covington examines the unstable boundaries between the audience, the artist and art.


Claude Hardy presents Black Power: Funk and Heavy Music from the 1970s
October 3, 11:50 a.m.

Associate Professor Claude Hardy presents the sounds of Africa through the lens of war, protests and military-funded bands. This is the music of the people. This is the music of revolution! Black Power!


Shaquille Marsh and Anita Maddox present O No U Ditin’: Levels of Abstraction and Perception in Communication Choices
October 31, 11:50 a.m.

Instructor Shaquille Marsh and Associate Professor Anita Maddox explore ladders of abstraction, language choices and perception checking to help you make effective choices to avoid pain.



Visual Arts

Exhibits will be on display in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


Aggie Toppins Recent Work
August 27-September 14

Unique prints and graphic works from graphic designer Aggie Toppins


American Miniature by Nancy Daly and Kim Llerena
September 17-October 5

Souvenirs from various sites across 47 states are presented against brightly colored backdrops using the visual language of photography


Ashley Addair and Terra Madre Ceramics Collective
October 8-26

Colorful collage paintings from Ashley Addair and handbuilt ceramic work from Terra Madre


Amanda Swanson Photography
October 29-November 16

Intriguing cosplay portrait photography from a Pellissippi State alumna


Inaugural Tennessee Intercollegiate Juried Student Exhibition
November 19-December 7

Student work from across Tennessee’s community colleges




All events take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be obtained at the box office beginning 1 hour before the performance. Read more information about the performances & get your tickets.


Soft Animals by Erin Mallon
A world premiere produced in conjunction with New York City’s Farm Theater

This play, which explores the perceptions we have about people’s physical appearance and our relationships with our bodies, is being developed with the playwright and the Farm Theater’s College Collaboration Project.

November 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
November 11, 18 at 2 p.m.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
A co-production with the Word Players

A much loved children’s fantasy novel, written by C.S. Lewis, comes to life on stage with talking animals and mythical creatures from the land of Narnia. And, oh yes … that magic wardrobe!

December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
December 15, 16 at 2:30 p.m.


Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer

It begins in the dark at a dinner party. Suddenly all of the lights come on and someone says, “The lights have gone out.” Now, all of the characters are in the dark but we, the audience, can see everything as lovesick and desperate Brindsley Miller must impress his fiancée’s father while trying to return “borrowed” antiques from his next door neighbor, who has suddenly shown up at his darkened door. Produced and performed by the Pellissippi Players.

January 25, 26 at 7 p.m.
January 27 at 2 p.m.

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Pat Myers
Director, Community Outreach & Donor Engagement