Category Archives: The Arts

Pellissippi State hosts high school students in Winter Choral Concert

Pellissippi State Community College’s Winter Choral Concert features performances from two high schools, Hardin Valley Academy and Lenoir City High School.

The Winter Choral Concert is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“We invite different high school choirs to this concert each year to give them an opportunity to be on campus, to meet our students and to learn about our Music program offerings,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator and associate professor.

The event is free and the community is invited. Donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

“The high school choirs will perform along with Pellissippi State’s own Concert Chorale and Variations groups,” said Brewer, “for an evening of fine choral music covering a wide range of styles and tastes.”

The Concert Chorale and Variations groups comprise a cross-section of students from a variety of majors. The Variations Ensemble is preparing for a study abroad and concert opportunity overseas in May 2014, in collaboration with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

The Winter Choral Concert is the latest in a string of performances during Pellissippi State’s yearlong Music Concert Series. The series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State campuses host free Black History Month events

Pellissippi State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with numerous events at its five campuses throughout February. Activities are free and the community is invited.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus starts the month-long activities with “Healthy Pelli: Campus Health Fair,” Wednesday, Feb. 5. Each Friday in February, the site hosts an African Jazz Cafe in the Lobby.

The Division Street Campus offers two films in February: Disney’s “Ruby Bridges” on the 11th and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on the 20th. Both are at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts a “History of African-American Music: Freedom Songs, Blues and Jazz” 10:45 a.m.-Noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Community Room. The presentation features local jazz artist Kelle Jolly.

The Blount County Campus presents the documentary “The Underground Railroad” Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Educational Resources Center.

At the Hardin Valley Campus, Feb. 21 brings “A Celebration of African-American Art, Music and Literature.” The event is in the Goins Building College Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It features an art display, performance by the Vine Middle School African Dancers and Drummers, poetry reading by Oak Ridge poet Rose Weaver, and “Taste of Soul Food.”

Also at the Hardin Valley site, Feb. 27 the community is invited to a Faculty Lecture Series presentation: “John Brown: Maniacal Egotist or Moral Crusader?” by Joy Ingram, an associate professor. The talk is at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium.

Throughout the month, African-American history exhibits will be on display in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, the Lobby of the Strawberry Plains Campus, the Student Lounge of the Division Street Campus, and the Educational Resources centers of the Blount County and Hardin Valley campuses.

The theme of the display at the Magnolia Avenue Campus is “All About That Jazz”; Division Street, “Embrace African-American Heritage Board of Fame”; and Strawberry Plains, “African-Americans of Influence.”

Other ongoing events include African tea and coffee tastings:

  • Hardin Valley, Goins Building Rotunda, 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Division Street, Student Lounge, 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Strawberry Plains, Lobby, 9-10:30 a.m. Mondays

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Poet Dunbar topic of Feb. 6 Faculty Lecture Series talk

portrait of a male in black hat and gray sweatshirtThe enduring poetry of African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar will be the topic of two Faculty Lecture Series presentations at Pellissippi State Community College in February.

Robert Boyd presents “A Salute to Dunbar,” reading selections from “The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar,” on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Thursday, Feb. 20.

“Dunbar was a ‘griot’ [an African tribal storyteller] who told his tales in verse,” said Boyd, an associate professor of English. “Words, rhythms, rhymes and voices became verse, verse that flowed from his imagination and his life on to those of us who read.”

The Feb. 6 presentation is at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium of the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Feb. 20 presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Both events are free. The community is invited.

Boyd’s presentations will include a discussion of Dunbar’s life and selected readings from his works.

Dunbar was an African-American poet, novelist and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Ohio to parents who had been slaves in Kentucky, he was one of the first black writers to establish a national reputation.

“He wanted to be known for his more traditional poetry, but most of his better-known works are written in dialect,” Boyd said.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

To learn more about “A Salute to Dunbar” or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Sculptor Padrón brings ‘Journeyman’ exhibit to Pellissippi State

Raymond Padrón, "Into the Wild," sculpture
Raymond Padrón, “Into the Wild,” sculpture

Sculptor Raymond Padrón brings a one-man show of his far-ranging and eclectic pieces to Pellissippi State Community College in February, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State.

“Journeyman,” featuring the artist many may know from his public art installations in Chattanooga, exhibits at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery Feb. 10-28, with an opening reception 4-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.

Some of the pieces Padrón will display were done specifically for this exhibit. According to Brian Jobe, a Liberal Arts adjunct faculty member, the sculptor uses a variety of techniques for his work, including casting and woodworking.

Raymond-Padron_head-shotThe Bagwell Gallery is located at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Both the opening reception and the exhibit are free and open to the community. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ample parking is available on campus.

“Journeyman” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, contact Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State puts out casting call for ‘Unnecessary Farce’

Comedic actors and actresses: Try out your talents at Pellissippi State Community College. Auditions get under way at the end of this month for the play “Unnecessary Farce.”

Auditions are open to everyone. They take place 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27-28, in Room 156 of the Alexander Building on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

“Unnecessary Farce” is the tale of a police sting gone awry after a bumbling mayor, a pair of lusty civil servants and a Scottish hit man are thrown together. This is a fast-paced, physical comedy that will require performers to have perfect timing and boundless energy.

Rehearsals will be 7-10:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Pellissippi State presents “Unnecessary Farce” at 7:30 p.m., April 4, 5, and 11 and at 2 p.m., April 6 and 13. Tickets will be available at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

“Unnecessary Farce” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400.

The Arts at Pellissippi State: Spring events range from art exhibits to theatre productions

More chances to enjoy dance, song, culture, art and theatre abound this spring as the 2013-2014 Arts at Pellissippi State, a series of events celebrating arts and culture, continues. Many of the presentations are free, and all are open to the public.

Participation in the arts does not mean just creation or performance by the artists. It can mean something a bit different to each individual who studies an exhibit, listens to a vocalist or discusses a film with friends.

Pellissippi State Community College invites members of the community to find their own ways to participate in The Arts at Pellissippi State’s array of activities.

Kicking off the new year is the “Art Histories” exhibit, featuring the works of S. L. Dickey and Tom Wegrzynowski. The exhibit runs Jan. 16-Feb. 6 at the gallery in the Bagwell Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Other visual arts events include an exhibit of the art of Raymond Padrón in February, the Pellissippi State Frame-by-Frame Student Media Competition in March and the annual Student Art Show in April.

In recognition of Black History Month, Pellissippi State presents the Celebration of African-American Art, Music and Literature, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event takes place in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

The college hosts the Seventh Annual Festival of Cultures 4:30-8:30 p.m., April 11, also in the Goins Building. This multicultural celebration allows attendees to sample foods and dance to music from a diverse selection of nations.

Theatre productions, both in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, include “Freedom Circus” Feb. 21-23 and “Unnecessary Farce” April 4-6 and 11-13. Admission to “Freedom Circus” is free. Tickets to “Unnecessary Farce” are available at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

Musical performances include the Winter Choral Concert on Feb. 25, the Student Honors Recital on March 6, the popular Jazz and Bluegrass Concert on March 27, the Instrumental Concert on April 24, and the Spring Choral Concert on May 1.

Rounding out the spring Arts at Pellissippi State calendar are three Faculty Lecture Series events—two in February and one in March—presented by Pellissippi State faculty members Robert Boyd, Joy Ingram and John May. Lecture topics include poet Laurence Dunbar, abolitionist John Brown and indie wrestling.

For more information about a particular event in The Arts at Pellissippi State, or for a full listing of the spring events, dates and times, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

Unique collaboration on ‘Art Histories’ comes to Pellissippi State

painting of knight with bear head on a horse with football players in front
Tom Wegrzynowski’s “Lucky’s Triumphant Entry Into Rome.”

The Arts at Pellissippi State kicks off the new year with a special art exhibit, “Art Histories,” featuring the work of S. L. Dickey and Tom Wegrzynowski, in January and February.

“Art Histories” is on exhibit at the Bagwell Gallery Jan. 16-Feb. 6, with an opening reception set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The artists are showing together for the first time for this unique exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College. Dickey, chair of the department of art and design at the Mississippi University for Women, is known for creating dimensional screenprints and for “The Piedmont Sideshow,” performance art that explores perceived conflict.

Wegrzynowski is a painter and instructor at the University of Alabama. His work deals with the nature of myth and symbolism as a foundation for identity.

“S. L. Dickey’s work is more informed by a pop history, and Tom Wegrzynowski’s work, while it does come from history, has an alternative narrative to it,” said Herb Rieth. Rieth is the curator of the exhibit, as well as an assistant professor of Liberal Arts at Pellissippi State.

painting of a man with black hair, black suit, and red background.
S.L. Dickey’s “The Match King”

“They’re very complementary styles. They each take a historical narrative and individualize it through their work.”

The Bagwell Gallery is located in the Bagwell Building on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The “Art Histories” exhibit and reception are free, and the community is invited to enjoy both. Plenty of parking is available.

“Art Histories” is one of the many events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts and cultural series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, contact Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State, WordPlayers present ‘Junie B.’ holiday production

Elf legs with presents below

Pellissippi State Community College and The WordPlayers will present “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” Dec. 13-14, in a theatre production that promises fun for the whole family.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. All performances take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for youth ages 12-17, and $5 for children under 12. Order tickets by visiting www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

Written by Allison Gregory and based on the extremely popular “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park, this fast-paced play is filled with over-the-top characters, witty dialogue, and hilarious situations.

“Junie B. will learn to cope with her challenged holiday spirit, will struggle to find the right gift and will brighten your holiday spirits,” said Charles R. Miller, Theatre program coordinator.

“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. For more information about the troupe, visit www.wordplayers.org.

For more about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Popular Holiday Spectacular launches complimentary tickets to ensure seating

Group of ballerinas in white tutus
The popular Holiday Spectacular at Pellissippi State Community College features the talents of more than 140 Pellissippi State students and faculty in eight different musical ensembles, as well as other performers, such as these ballerinas from Holiday Spectacular 2012.

Enjoy holiday cheer and entertain your hopes for a white Christmas at Pellissippi State Community College’s hugely popular Holiday Spectacular musical concert, offered in two performances, 6 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5.

Part of Pellissippi State’s Music Concert Series, the Holiday Spectacular is free and the community is encouraged to attend.

Because space is limited, the college is asking that guests arrive 30 minutes before each performance to receive a complimentary ticket. Tickets will be issued at the door to the first 485 guests, and having a ticket guarantees a seat.

The Holiday Spectacular, centered this year around the hopes of many East Tennesseans for a white Christmas, takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The concert features the talents of more than 140 Pellissippi State students and faculty in eight different musical ensembles.

“The choirs and instrumental ensembles will offer traditional holiday music coupled with some beautiful contemporary settings,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator.

“Besides the festive sounds of the season, the audience will experience a visual spectacle of lights and multimedia, along with graceful holiday dancers. Every audience member will leave the show with a taste of holiday cheer.”

The Music Concert Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

While all events in the series are free, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State presents Nov. 7 Instrumental Concert

Pellissippi State Community College’s Music Concert Series continues Thursday, Nov. 7, with a performance that includes musical stylings for every palate.

The Instrumental Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus. The free concert features the talents of Pellissippi State students, and the community is invited to attend.

“The fall Instrumental Concert offers a wide variety of musical styles and genres,” said Bill Brewer, program coordinator of Music and an associate professor in Liberal Arts. “This concert typically offers the most variety for the audience of all the programs in our Music Concert Series.”

The performance will include 15-minute sets from the student brass, guitar, percussion and bluegrass ensembles, as well as from the studio orchestra. Each ensemble will perform some of the best music associated with its unique instrumentation.

“There should be something for every taste at this concert,” Brewer said.

The Music Concert Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

All events in the Music Concert Series are free; however, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

For additional information about Pellissippi State’s Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.