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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.




Emi Kagawa guest pianistMusic

Longfellow famously said that music is the “universal language of mankind.” Music unites each of us in the power and emotion of the human experience, and allows us a deeper understanding of one another.

Emi Kagawa (guest pianist)
Thursday, January 31, 7 P.M.

Faculty Recital
Thursday, February 7, 7 P.M.

Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra
Thursday, February 21, 7 P.M.

Winter Choral Concert
Thursday, February 28, 7 P.M.

Hardin Valley Thunder bluegrass bandHonors Recital
Tuesday, March 5, 7 P.M.

Spring Instrumental Concert
Thursday, April 11, 7 P.M.

Spring Jazz & Bluegrass Concert
Tuesday, April 16, 7 P.M.

Spring Choral Concert
Thursday, April 25, 7 P.M.



Faculty Lecture Series

All faculty lectures take place in the Goins Building Auditorium.


Grechen Wingerter
Bold, Black and Badass: The Evolution of Black Theatre in America
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 12:30 p.m.

Theatre Associate Professor Grechen Wingerter explores black theatre in America — from its earliest roots to its present day impact, influence and importance in our culture.

Terri Whisenhunt
Zebras, Unicorns and Dragons - Oh My! Finding Commonalities in the Rare
Thursday, Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m.

In honor of Rare Disease Awareness Day, Nursing Assistant Professor Terri Whisenhunt discusses rare disease research and how it can benefit those suffering from more common issues.

Dave Vinson
Because 7 8 9: Mysteries of Math (and Other Stuff)
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 11:50 a.m.

In his inimitable style, Math Associate Professor Dave Vinson teases out the mysterious side of math.



The art work of Matt TullisVisual Arts

The visual arts explore the nature of beauty and connect us to the intricacies of the past and the uncertainties of the future. Explore the rich visual textures of amazing paintings, sculptures and other artistic mediums on exhibit.

Interlaced: Jamey Grimes and Charlotte Wegrzynowski
January 14-February 1
Drawings and sculpture from University of Alabama art instructors

Matt Tullis
February 4-February 22
Work from graphic designer, sculptor, raconteur and professor at Western Kentucky University

Annual Photography Student Exhibition
February 25-March 15
Showcase of Pellissippi State Photography students

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
March 27-April 17
Work by Pellissippi State Studio Art students

CGT Design Showcase
April 25, 4-8 p.m.
Showcase by Pellissippi State Communication Graphics Technology students

Interior Design Technology Showcase
April 29-May 3
Charrette and interior design concepts by Pellissippi State IDT students



Black Comedy Play ImageTheatre

Nothing compares to the magic of live theatre performances. Experience the thrills and emotions of the actors; share laughs and tears with your fellow audience members. Read more information about the performances & get your tickets.


Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer
The lights have gone out at a dinner party, but the audience can see everything as lovesick and desperate Brindsley Miller must impress his fiancee’s father while trying to return “borrowed” antiques from his next-door neighbor, who has shown up at his darkened door. Produced and performed by the Pellissippi Players.

January 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m.
January 27 at 2 p.m.

These Shining Lives PlayThese Shining Lives
by Melanie Marnich
Based on a true story, “These Shining Lives” chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day. Catherine and her friends are dying, but they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits — or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

April 5, 6, 12, 13
Friday & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
APRIL 7 & 14
Sundays at 2 p.m.

Dominion by Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio
Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio presents its 8th annual Circus Extravaganza, a spectacle of aerial arts, acrobatics, towering stilt walkers, humor and music. Dominion is a family-friendly show sure to amaze you, make you laugh and give you something to think about.

March 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m.
March 23 & 24 at 2 p.m.



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Julia Wood
Director, Marketing and Communications