Pellissippi State, TnCIS host Mexican art exhibit

Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies will host a special traveling art exhibit from Mexico Aug. 27-Sept. 12. With the presentation of “Masks of Michoacán,” this will be the fourth year the college and TnCIS have worked with the Ministry of Culture of Michoacán to bring an international art exhibit to East Tennessee.

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, and the Ministry of Culture of Michoacán, a Mexican state, are sponsoring the exhibit. TnCIS is dedicated to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education in Tennessee. The consortium offers study abroad opportunities to college students throughout the state.

The Michoacán collection, which includes 40 wooden masks from the Mask Museum in the Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita in Pátzcuaro, brings to life the attitudes and values of those whose culture the pieces represent. According to early chroniclers and historians, Mesoamerican cultures used masks in rituals and indigenous ceremonies. The masks were made in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and were used in secular and religious celebrations, dances, and pantomimes.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Group tours from schools, art classes or artist groups are welcome and may be arranged with advance notice. An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27, at 3:15 p.m. in Pellissippi State’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art lobby.

“Masks of Michoacán” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s new 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.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The showing is in the Bagwell Center gallery at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For additional information or to schedule a group tour, contact Linnette Legg at (865) 539-7064 or llegg@pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Additional information about TnCIS is available at www.tncis.org. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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