Female metalworking artists exhibit at Pellissippi State

Fe Exhibit Artwork
The “Fe” exhibit at Pellissippi State spotlights female metalworkers.

Celebrate women in art at Pellissippi State Community College during the “Fe: Women Working in Iron, Bronze, Aluminum and Steel” exhibit, Feb. 5-23.

The free exhibit will showcase regional female artists who work in processes that use metal, including forging, casting, welding and assemblage. The community is invited to attend the exhibit, held in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

A reception to meet the artists — Allison Baker, Caroline Covington, Jacqueline Fisher, Cassidy Frye, Holly Kelly, Stephanie Loggans, Erica Mendoza, Marisa Mitchell, Karly Stribling and Erin Tucker — will be 3-5 p.m., Feb. 5. “Fe” is curated by Covington, who is also a faculty member at Pellissippi State.

“The chemical symbol for iron is ‘Fe,’ and one of the basic classifications of metal is whether or not it contains iron — whether it is ferrous or non-ferrous. Thus, ‘fe’ is an elemental component of all of these works, as is being female,” Covington said.

“Each artist brings her own conceptual presence to the show. Metal has endless possibilities; so does our definition of femininity,” she added.

Works in the show range from large-scale abstract assemblages to intimate cast iron garments and figurative bronze castings.

“Fe” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts Michael Shirtz for musical performance

Michael Shirtz
Michael Shirtz

Pellissippi State Community College will host jazz singer, producer and composer Michael Shirtz for a special concert, “America, Our Way: An American Songbook Story” on Feb. 3.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“America, Our Way” features highlights and tributes of the great composers and legendary performers in American entertainment — from Irving Berlin to Gershwin, from rock and roll to the singer and songwriter era. The show celebrates 100 years of musical stylings in 90 minutes.

The performance is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, lectures and fine arts exhibits. “America, Our Way” is co-sponsored by Pellissippi State Student Life, the Common Academic Experience and the Theatre program.

In addition to his performance for the community, Shirtz will conduct a workshop for students at Pellissippi State.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for this concert, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts Bob Booker for African American Read-In Week

Pellissippi State Community College will celebrate African American literature during a read-in week Feb. 12-16 at each of its campuses.

Local historian Robert J. “Bob” Booker will discuss the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville during a special presentation at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 15, in the Magnolia Avenue Campus community room. The presentation is free to attend and open to the community.

Booker is a prominent Civil Rights activist who organized downtown Knoxville sit-ins as a student. He was the first African American elected to the Tennessee state legislature from Knoxville in the twentieth century and was instrumental in establishing the Beck Cultural Center. He is currently a Knoxville News Sentinel columnist and the author of the recently-published “An Encyclopedia: Experiences of Black People in Knoxville, Tennessee 1844-1974.”

At all five Pellissippi State campuses, students and employees will share their favorite texts by African American authors during read-ins — essentially a collection of marathon reading events:

  • Blount County Campus — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 14, lobby
  • Division Street Campus — 9:40 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 15, lobby
  • Hardin Valley Campus — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Goins Building rotunda
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 12, lobby
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 13, lobby

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these events, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Artist Tatiana Potts’ work on display at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College kicks off its spring 2018 season of The Arts at Pellissippi State with an exhibit by artist Tatiana Potts.

Potts is an artist, instructor, printmaker, bookmaker and ceramist who pulls influence from her travels and her Slovakian heritage. The free exhibit is Jan. 16-Feb. 2 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A reception to meet Potts will be held from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16.

In the exhibit — Magic in Folds of Tajtania — Potts constructs, reinvents and combines environments, revealing shadows of memory, imagination and even architectural structures.

Magic in Folds of Tajtania is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information and a full schedule of upcoming exhibits and performances, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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