Artist Tom Lee brings ‘truth of absurdity’ to Pellissippi State

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Rabbit-(3)Although his home and studio are in Coldwater, Miss., artist Tom Lee is known throughout the South and across the nation for his “lessons of the truth of absurdity.” Pellissippi State Community College hosts a collection of Lee’s work at an exhibit scheduled Feb. 8-March 1.

“It’s What You Get….” kicks off on the 8th with an opening reception honoring the artist. Reception hours are 3-5 p.m. The reception and exhibit, both of which are free and open to the community, take place in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Since 1989, Lee has served as a professor of fine arts at Memphis College of Art, where he teaches sculpture and foundations. He is the recipient of artist grants from Mississippi and Tennessee, and his art has been exhibited nationally. His community work includes designing sets and props for Ballet Memphis, Opera Memphis and Theatre Memphis. Lee also conducts docent training for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Artparty jumpers for sale.

rabbit-deer-merged“It’s What You Get….” 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 To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.