Structure set up in the Bagwell gallery
Bagwell art gallery with student artwork
Art exhibit featuring flowers and pieces made of paper

Visual Arts

Visual Arts graphic

Share the joy of the visual arts when you take part in our exhibits, offered in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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A Look in Both Directions

August 25-September 12

Pellissippi State’s inaugural alumni art exhibit features the work of invited artists who have attended the College and have displayed a commitment to pursuing higher education opportunities or have become working artists in their communities. Artists include Sharon Bachleda, Paige Burchell, Jessica Burleson, Pete Hoffecker, Daniel Huxtable, Steven Kempster, Jamie Schneider, Pamela Simpson, Bill Warden, Elliott White and Dean Yasko.


Abstraction: Three Painters

September 15-October 3

Three area painters are brought together in a study of the many different outcomes under the moniker of “abstraction.” The works of John Bissonette, Jennifer Brickey and Heather Hartman capture the winnowing of information through a particular view, then the expansion, exploration, structuring, and meditation that follows. This event is curated by Art faculty member Herb Rieth.


Annual Art Faculty Show

October 6-October 24

This exhibit highlights recent works by Pellissippi State’s Art faculty.



January 19-February 6

Crystal Wagner invites us to “fast forward to 2050, where plastic grows by itself!” for a viewing of her one-of-a-kind art. This exhibit explores the space between the plastic, artificial environment of everyday experiences with man-made materials, consumerism, and technology and the exotic landscapes that occupy the surface of our earth. Wagner illustrates the increasingly severe divide between humans and the natural world through her pieces, which “grow” like life forms through the gallery.


Elissa Graff, Recent Work

February 9-27

Elissa Graff’s work in enamel draws on nature in both functional and spiritual ways. For each enamel piece, Graff’s art is drawn twice with wire—first fused into fired silica and then drawn as an abstraction of the enamel image for the pendant setting. Each piece is then set like a stone into a related metal and hung from chains, and each encapsulates a moment and memory forever within glass.


Annual Juried Student Art Show

March 30-April 17

This exhibit incorporates a cross-section of media: drawings, paintings, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, blacksmithing, as well as 2D and 3D designs, all by Pellissippi State’s Art students.