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.