Category Archives: The Arts

‘A Celebration of Baskets’ exhibit at Pellissippi State starts Sept. 23

Swing Handle Market Basket - Artist Susan Mowan
Swing Handle Market Basket – Artist Susan Mowan

Weave your way to the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State Community College and gain a new appreciation of an Appalachian heritage craft, basket weaving.

“A Celebration of Baskets” by the Foothills Craft Guild Basket Weavers is on display at the Bagwell Gallery Sept. 23-Oct. 15, with an opening reception 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event is free, and the community is invited. The gallery is located on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“The Foothills Craft Guild exhibit will present original work created by guild members, along with examples of work done by a special guest,” said Jennifer Brickey, an art instructor at Pellissippi State. “A Celebration of Baskets” features the work of Pam Parham, a Shaker-basket weaver from Sevierville.

According to Virgil Davis, a Pellissippi State adjunct faculty member and also a guild member, the basket exhibit pays homage to a timeless Appalachian craft, as well as introduces traditional and modern weaving techniques.

2 baskets on a table
Traditional Nantucket basket – Artist Susan Mowan

Like Parham, Davis creates Shaker baskets. Whether baskets, furniture or architecture, Shaker style is intended for longevity and usefulness. The display includes not only Shaker pieces but also nesting baskets, Nantuckets with solid wood bases and lids, and Appalachian berry baskets, which were traditionally made quickly, on site, from carved poplar bark.

Heritage basketry is joined in the exhibit by more modern creations. The display is meant to encourage visitors to be conscious of space and enclosures and to find beauty in everyday items.

“A Celebration of Baskets” 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.

‘The German Way of War’ kicks off 2013-2014 Faculty Lecture Series

Portrait of male with glasses in light blue buttoned shirt and tiePellissippi State Community College’s first presentation of the 2013-2014 Faculty Lecture Series introduces the community to “The German Way of War.” The free event takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12.

Jake Hamric, who teaches history for the college, delivers the lecture, focusing on the influences that he believes have made the German military’s way of war distinctive. The community is invited to attend.

“I’m looking forward to sharing something I have knowledge and passion about,” Hamric said.

“The lecture will argue that the German military has had a distinct way of war that is principally due to Germany’s history, culture and even geography. The lecture also will raise a second, broader issue, that all nations, states and kingdoms fight their own unique ways of war based on these same factors.”

Hamric earned a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, writing his thesis on Germany’s military campaign in Romania in World War I. He has been at Pellissippi State since 2006 and has taught full time since fall 2010. He teaches each of the World, Western and American history surveys the college offers, as well as for the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies study-abroad program.

“The German Way of War” is one of the events that make up “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 additional information about the lecture series or other “Arts at Pellissippi State” events, 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.

Pellissippi State to host Goldenstein art exhibit beginning Aug. 28

Abstract art
Wear Valley, Mixed Media on Paper

Pellissippi State Community College hosts the paintings and mixed media pieces of local artist and educator Marcia Goldenstein in “Everything In Between” Aug. 28-Sept. 19 on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“We are very pleased to have Marcia coming to Pellissippi State,” said Jennifer Brickey, assistant professor of studio art. “We try to get local or regional artists for exhibits in the Bagwell Gallery, as well as artists whose work we can use to educate our students, who can visit the exhibit and discuss the artwork.

Black Oak, Mixed Media on Paper
Black Oak, Mixed Media on Paper

Goldenstein, a professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art, formerly taught Brickey and instructs many of the Pellissippi State students who continue their art education at UT.

“We have great respect for her,” said Brickey. “I’m very much looking forward to taking my painting students to the exhibit so they can look at her work and learn from it.”

“Everything In Between” opens Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art and closes with a reception that takes place 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Normal gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Goldenstein show features mixed media and oil paintings that put a new twist on familiar images.

“Whether looking up at the sky, at a distant panorama, a map or an artifact, my interest is in bringing a moment, a place or a familiar image to new life,” Goldenstein said.

The exhibit will include a series of more traditional landscapes, dominated by the sky and painted with oil on linen, as well as a new series of mixed media paintings, featuring acrylic and colored pencils, on paper maps. The maps are mirror-imaged to create an invented, alternate reality. The landscapes and maps allow the viewer to experience the environment through different but familiar filters.

“All of the pieces have to do with identity and knowing where you are but perhaps not understanding exactly where you are,” the artist said.

Goldenstein earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska in 1973. She has been at UT since 1976. A few of her more recent exhibits include showings in “Art in the Airport” at McGhee Tyson Airport in 2012 and 2013 and in “Artscapes” at the Knoxville Museum of Art in 2011 and 2010.

She has been a visiting artist in venues around the nation, as well as in the United Kingdom, Slovakia and China. Goldenstein’s work is in public collections at New York Life Insurance, KMA, UT and General Motors Corp., among many others.

The closing reception Sept. 19 will be a good opportunity for visitors and students to ask questions of Goldenstein.

“Everything In Between” 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 additional information about the exhibit 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.

Pellissippi State puts out cast call for ‘Robber Bridegroom’ bluegrass musical

Bring your musical instruments and singing voices to Pellissippi State Community College. Community-wide auditions get under way the end of this month for “The Robber Bridegroom,” Broadway’s hit bluegrass musical.

Auditions are open to everyone. They take place 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28-29, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

“The Robber Bridegroom” will be presented “Doyle style,” with actors playing instruments and singing throughout. For auditions, performers should bring their own instruments, if possible, to accompany their vocal tryouts.

The play is told in “story theatre” fashion—in a style that lies somewhere between storytelling and an acted-out play. Nine principal actors will appear on a unit set, thus providing extreme flexibility in staging and production and allowing each actor his or her moment to shine. The musical includes a score by composer Robert Waldman to be played by a small onstage band.

Rehearsals are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-10:30 p.m., as well as occasional Wednesday evenings.

“The Robber Bridegroom” is a rousing, bawdy Southern fairy tale set in 18th-century Mississippi. The play tells the story of Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the county, and her courting by rascally robber Jamie Lockhart.

Affairs go awry by way of an unconventional case of double-mistaken identity, compounded by the machinations of an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund’s demise, a pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head in a trunk.

The play includes one of the first genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical, giving this unusual tale a distinctive sound reminiscent of the Natchez Trace Band. “The Robber Bridegroom” book and lyrics are by Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Driving Miss Daisy.” The story is based on a 1942 novella of the same name by Eudora Welty.

Pellissippi State presents “The Robber Bridegroom” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1-2 and 8-9. Additional performances are set for 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3 and 10.

For more information, call (865) 694-6400.

Choral music featured at Pellissippi State’s season-ending free concert

Rows of choral students in pews at a church stage.

The Music Concert Series presented by Pellissippi State Community College comes to a close for the 2012-13 season on May 2 with an evening of choral music. Free and open to the public, the Spring Choral Concert features performances by the student groups Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

Included in the concert is a multimedia presentation of the Variations Ensemble’s Spring Break 2013 tour in Barcelona, Madrid and Segovia, Spain. As the choir sings, the audience will experience the tour through video and still photography. The concert’s piano accompaniments will be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School.

The nine-day Variations tour included concerts in Barcelona at three public schools and in the Sagrada Família, a church designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí. The choir also sang in such venues as the Segovia Cathedral and the Municipal Auditorium in Madrid. While touring the historic city of Salamanca, the group gave an impromptu concert in the town square as well.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of 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.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Spring Choral Concert is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

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 exhibit features art of graphic design students

wall with framed artwork hanging on it in black frames. There are two younger females at the left side looking and pointing to some artwork.

Andy Warhol is arguably the most famous commercial illustrator-turned-artist. His iconic early images of Campbell’s soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles went on to become some of the most expensive art ever sold.

An upcoming student exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College celebrates the art of commercial design, displaying the real-world artistry behind communication graphics. Scheduled for April 22-May 10, the Communication Graphics Technology Student Design Exhibit is free and open to the public.

Just as Warhol earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, students displaying their work in the exhibit are pursuing a degree—an Associate of Applied Science in Media Technologies with a concentration in Communication Graphics Technology.

Pellissippi State students who pursue the CGT concentration learn the visual fundamentals and visual/verbal concept developments for application in advertising, graphic design, and illustration. In addition to the CGT concentration, Pellissippi State’s Media Technologies program offers concentrations in Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

The exhibit is one component of 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.

The CGT Student Design Exhibit will be on display in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Regular exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The community is also invited to the free CGT Student Design Showcase on April 25, 4-8 p.m. During the showcase, Pellissippi State students completing their studies in Communication Graphics Technology display their portfolios for invited industry professionals. The event, also in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, is like a graduation, celebration and potential job interview all rolled into one evening. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this event, visit www.pstcc.edu/cgt_showcase/.

For additional information about the CGT Student Design Exhibit 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.

En garde! Dueling takes center stage in Pellissippi State’s Faculty Lecture Series

Two men dueling on stage

Charles R. Miller, head of theatrical productions and a Theatre faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College, is throwing down the glove, so to speak. He defies anyone to fail to enjoy his upcoming presentation, “The History of the Duel.”

The lecture, the last in the spring 2013 Faculty Lecture Series, takes place April 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Miller’s lecture encompasses the origin of the duel and how it has changed throughout history. He also covers weapon styles and how they have changed, as well as the reasons duels were fought.

portrait of man with goatee in a dark gray striped shirt.“I will be giving some examples of very unusual duels,” he said, “because, historically, there have been some very odd things that happened.”

Miller will draw on his experience choreographing fights, and he will have support from students and colleagues when they demonstrate duels, weapon styles, and duel etiquette.

Given his background and interests, the duel is a natural lecture topic for Miller. He also says that he felt compelled to present something visual and theatrical after seeing some of the other faculty lectures given this academic year by his peers.

“Everybody has been doing theatrically based lectures—from Tyra Barrett’s ‘Economics: the Musical’ to Keith Norris’ lecture where he had fellow musicians and singers,” Miller said. “I had to try to do something very theatrical.”

As one of the Faculty Lecture Series presentations, the April 23 event is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State series. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For additional information about “The History of the Duel,” call (865) 694-6400. To learn more about 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.

Community invited to Pellissippi State’s April 25 Student Design Showcase

A brunette female showing her portfolio to a man with red hair and glasses in a hallway.

It’s not often that graphic designers get to display their work and potentially receive multiple job offers during one four-hour event at one location.

That’s the scenario at the annual Communication Graphics Technology Student Design Showcase scheduled for April 25 at Pellissippi State Community College. Community members are invited to attend the free event, which showcases the work of Pellissippi State students completing their graphic design coursework this spring.

This year, 22 students present their portfolios for viewing and evaluation by invited area design professionals. Each student has his or her own table display, business cards and resumes for the industry professionals to view.

The event is like a graduation, celebration and potential job interview all rolled into one evening. This year’s theme is “Point to Point.”

The showcase is one component of 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.

The CGT Student Design Showcase is 4-8 p.m. in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. For more information about the showcase, visit www.pstcc.edu/cgt_showcase.

For additional information about 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. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Mark your calendar for Pellissippi State’s next to last concert of the season

A group of students and instructors with various musical instruments playing and being led by a conductor.

The Music Concert Series presented by Pellissippi State Community College offers free musical events throughout the academic year. They range from jazz and bluegrass concerts to choral performances and holiday celebrations.

The first of the series’ last two offerings for 2012-13 is around the corner. The Instrumental Concert features the Studio Orchestra, an evening of purely instrumental music, on April 18.

Selections from a variety of musical styles will be presented, among them, classical, blues, jazz and folk. In addition to the Studio Orchestra, ensembles of brass, guitar and percussion also will perform. Attendees can expect the concert’s piano music to be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School.

The 2012-13 Music Concert Series is one component of 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.

The other remaining performance in this season’s Music Concert Series is the Spring Choral Concert on May 2.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Instrumental Concert is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

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. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State hosts award-winning poets to celebrate National Poetry Month

Photo of woman looking to left with sunglasses on and resting her chin on her hand.
Poet Marilyn Kallet

Her “Fireflies” poem has been read for listeners by Garrison Keillor, the popular public radio personality.

His first book of poems, “Elegy on Independence Day,” was awarded the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

Collectively, poets Marilyn Kallet and Arthur Smith have published more than 20 books and have received numerous awards. On April 10, the two are special guests of Pellissippi State Community College, where they will read from selected works as the college celebrates National Poetry Month.

Though their poetic styles differ, Kallet and Smith have much in common. Both are English professors at the University of Tennessee, where Kallet also serves as the director of the Creative Writing Program. And, they both have newly released collections: Kallet’s “The Love That Moves Me” was released this month, and Smith’s “The Fortunate Era” has been available since February.

Kallet, the author of personal essays, translations, and children’s books, has been a featured poet in “Prairie Schooner,” “New Letters,” “Denver Quarterly,” and other publications. In 2010, The New York Times paired her “Fireflies” poem with an environmental story of a firefly research project in its weekly “Poetry Pairing” series.

In addition to her duties at UT, Kallet also teaches poetry workshops in Auvillar, France, for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Photo of older man in black turtleneck, with a gray suit jacket and glasses. He also has short hair with a gray goatee and is looking forward and smiling.
Poet Arthur Smith

A Pushcart Prize recipient, Smith has published his poetry in “The New Yorker,” “The Nation,” “The Kenyon Review,” “Hunger Mountain” and other outlets. He is a 1984 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship that honors the best among American writers.

Smith’s poetry collections are released through his longtime publisher, Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has served as an English professor at the University of Tennessee since 1986.

National Poetry Month, established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, takes place each year in April. Organizations around the world celebrate poetry with readings, festivals, workshops, book signings and other special events.

The National Poetry Month event is one component of 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 fines arts. The poetry event is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s English Department.

Readings by Kallet and Smith take place 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus. Attendance is free. Both poets will conduct a book signing of their newest releases after the event, and books will be available for purchase.

For additional information, 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.