Category Archives: The Arts

Pellissippi State: Fairy tales topic of Nov. 6 Faculty Lecture Series talk

Trolls and mermaids, elves and giants. Why do fairy tales remain so enduring and endearing to adults? What basic truths do the stories teach?

These are the questions to be discussed at Pellissippi State’s next Faculty Lecture Series presentation, one of many offerings in The Arts at Pellissippi State’s yearlong slate of events. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Marilyn Sue Yamin, an associate professor and the program coordinator of Composition in the English Department, delivers the lecture “Fairy Tales Aren’t Just for Children” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 6. The free event, which takes place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, is open to the public.

“I’ll start with the origin and background of fairy tales,” said Yamin, “and discuss some of the critical and psychological theories that have been advanced about why fairy tales are so persistent—not just in American culture but all over the world—and why they remain so popular with adults.

“What is it about fairy tales that intrigues us, that keeps these stories prevalent in our lives, in the media, as movies and plays and television shows? We use fairy tales in all forms, past childhood.”

Part of the enduring popularity of fairy tales may be linked to their relevance to humanity.

“There is a basic truth in these tales that rings true through all cultures and keeps them forever young,” she said.

In her lecture, Yamin also will discuss the unique art form of fairy tales: how they can be adapted, transformed and rewritten, yet still remain true to the core of their story. She’ll discuss familiar fairy tales and characters, as well as read a short 20th century fairy tale that might be new to the audience.

To learn more about “Fairy Tales” 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.

‘Robber Bridegroom’ bluegrass musical premieres Nov. 1 at Pellissippi State

Broadway’s hit bluegrass musical “The Robber Bridegroom” promises to be a rollicking good time when it comes to Pellissippi State Community College’s stage Nov. 1-3 and 8-10.

“The Robber Bridegroom” premieres at the college at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 8 and 9. Matinee performances begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10. All presentations take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

The musical is a rousing, bawdy tall tale set in 18th century Mississippi. It tells the story of Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the county, and her romance with legendary outlaw Jamie Lockhart.

Proceedings go awry thanks to a case of double mistaken identity, coupled with the machinations of an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund’s demise, the stepmother’s pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head in a trunk.

“There will be singing—bluegrass, country and a little bit of Broadway style—plus lots of dancing, lots of silliness, and, above all, plenty of bluegrass picking,” said Charles R. Miller, Theatre program coordinator and Liberal Arts professor.

Tickets are available online at www.pstcc.edu/tickets or at the Box Office, beginning one hour before the performance’s start. Tickets for seniors and students are $12; tickets for adults are $14. Plenty of free parking is available.

Pellissippi State’s presentation of “The Robber Bridegroom” features an all-student cast of 14 principal actors and singers, in addition to six musicians. The music, composed by Robert Waldman, includes one of the first genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical.

“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.

For more information, contact Pellissippi State’s Box Office at (865) 539-7529 or visit www.pstcc.edu/theatre. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State students featured in Fall Choral Concert

Pellissippi State Community College’s Music Concert Series continues with the Fall Choral Concert Thursday, Oct. 24.

The Fall Choral Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus. The community is invited to the free event.

“The annual Fall Choral Concert will feature the 50-voice Concert Chorale and the 40-voice Variations Ensemble,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator. “These student choirs have been rehearsing since August on a variety of choral selections.

“Expect to hear beautiful Renaissance motets, the Baroque music of Handel, and a few American folk songs and African-American spirituals.”

The Fall Choral Concert is the second of nine musical performances in the 2013-14 concert series. It is followed by the Instrumental Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, in the same location.

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

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 piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

All events in the Music Concert Series are free; however, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. 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 at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

The Arts at Pellissippi State kicks off fall events

Pellissippi State Community College launches a new year of dance, song, culture, art and theatre with the 2013-2014 Arts at Pellissippi State, and the public is invited to take part.

“Participation in the arts isn’t only for the artists,” said Pat Myers, director of community outreach and donor engagement. “Participation engages the audience as well, and it means something a little bit different to each person who studies an exhibit, listens to a vocalist or discusses a film with friends.”

The college encourages the community to participate in The Arts at Pellissippi State’s array of cultural activities. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

New to The Arts at Pellissippi State this year is the Pacific Rim Street Fest: A Celebration of Asian Pacific Rim Heritage, featuring the distinctive food, music, art and dance of the Asian Pacific Rim nations. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Musical performances kick off with the annual Faculty Recital, featuring a showcase of talented Pellissippi State faculty members, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. All musical performances are in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. Additional performances:

  • Fall Choral Concert, featuring student soloists and the student groups Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
  • Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Holiday Spectacular, the perennially popular holiday event, with two shows, 6 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5

Theatre productions begin with “The Robber Bridegroom,” Broadway’s hit bluegrass musical. Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 10, all in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” a fun adaptation of Barbara Park’s Junie. B. Jones books, is a co-production with The WordPlayers. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets for theatre productions at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

Pellissippi State’s Faculty Lecture Series features daytime lectures by the college’s faculty on topics as varied as literature, historical figures and current events. All lectures take place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. Fall lectures:

  • “What They Know: Privacy in the Age of Digital Tracking” by Lisa Bogaty at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3
  • “Fairy Tales Aren’t Just for Children” by Sue Yamin at 2 p.m. Nov. 6

The Bagwell Gallery on the Hardin Valley Campus shares the Foothills Craft Guild Basket Show through Oct. 15, featuring basket artistry by local and regional artisans. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Arts at Pellissippi State continues with events throughout the winter and spring. Highlights of spring 2014 include the Seventh Annual Festival of Cultures, an art exhibit featuring sculptor Raymond Padrón and the modern theatre production “Unnecessary Farce.”

For more information about a specific event in The Arts at Pellissippi State or for a full listing of the year’s events, 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. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State’s Oct. 4 Pacific Rim Street Fest highlights Asian cultures

Pellissippi State Community College hopes a look at new cultures will prompt the community to look at the world from a new perspective.

Pacific Rim Street Fest: A Celebration of Asian Pacific Rim Heritage is slated for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. The free event takes place in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“Each semester, we have events that focus on different cultural experiences,” said Gayle Wood, the college’s director of Access and Diversity. “We’ve spotlighted cultures as diverse as Mediterranean, Hispanic, African and Native American in the past. We hope each event encourages our students, faculty, and staff members and the community at large to look at the world from a new cultural perspective.

“The idea to focus on Pacific Rim countries—including China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan—came from a student who also is a military veteran. He had amazing stories about serving in some of those Pacific Rim countries and the cultural experiences he had there.”

Pacific Rim Street Fest is one of the events that make up this academic year’s The Arts at Pellissippi State. The arts series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Pacific Rim Street Fest features Wah Lum Kung Fu of Knoxville performing a traditional lion dance, a Japanese dancing troupe from Atlanta and a Japanese tea ceremony. Other tentative activities include a Chinese fine artist and personal booths set up by Pellissippi State students native to Pacific Rim countries.

The Access and Diversity Office will give away chopsticks, Chinese and Japanese folding fans, and fortune cookies. Asian teas will be served as well. The Pacific Rim Street Fest also allows attendees to sample traditional foods, including Taiwanese Kong Bao chicken, Japanese wasabi pork shumai and Vietnamese dau phong, or boiled peanuts.

For more information about Pacific Rim Street Fest, call Access and Diversity at (865) 539-7160 or visit www.pstcc.edu/diversity. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, 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 kicks off 2013-14 Music Concert Series

Pellissippi State Community College’s Music Concert Series for the 2013-14 academic year gets under way Thursday, Oct. 3, with a showcase of musical talents performing in the annual Faculty Recital.

The Faculty Recital, which normally runs about 90 minutes, begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus. The event features the talents of the Music program’s faculty. It is free and the community is invited.

“It’s a good way to showcase the faculty’s talents to the community and the college,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator and an associate professor. “Attendees will hear musical genres ranging from classical to jazz and opera to Broadway. It’s an eclectic, very fun program.”

The Faculty Recital is the first of nine concerts to take place throughout the academic year. Close on its heels is the Fall Choral Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, and also in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

The Faculty Recital features performances by 17 faculty members, solo and in small ensemble, with voice and various instruments, including piano, guitar, violin, and flute. All piano performances and accompaniments will be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

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 series events are free, but donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. All performances are also open to the public, and plenty of 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: Online privacy topic of Oct. 3 Faculty Lecture Series talk

Personal privacy rights have been a national hot topic recently, and Pellissippi State Community College’s next Faculty Lecture Series speaker has them on her mind.

Lisa Bogaty, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, delivers the lecture “What They Know: Privacy in the Age of Digital Tracking” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. The free event, which takes place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, is open to the public.

“There’s a huge debate going on about people’s right to privacy following various leaks about information gathering by businesses and governmental entities such as the NSA,” Bogaty said.

“The issue is, should we be collecting this level of data about the public when people have not been charged with a crime or are not the subject of an investigation, and how long should this information be stored?”

Bogaty, who teaches business administration and e-commerce courses at Pellissippi State, will focus on behavioral online tracking—tracking an internet user’s shopping patterns, search queries, online friends, social media behavior, and other information—and how businesses and marketers use that information. Bogaty will touch briefly on government online tracking.

“There was a time when almost everyone got junk advertisements in their emails,” she said, “but that doesn’t happen often anymore. Your online experience now involves very focused advertising based on your real shopping and searching patterns. These ads can only be this targeted by knowing you—and they do know you.”

Bogaty says she hopes her lecture leaves listeners with more questions than answers, since the debate about online privacy is an ongoing one.

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 “What They Know” 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.

‘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.