Category Archives: The Arts

Powell, Seymour high-schoolers to sing at Pellissippi State’s winter concert

For the fourth consecutive year, singers from two area high schools will be featured as guest performers during the Winter Choral Concert staged by Pellissippi State Community College. This year’s guests represent high schools in Powell and Seymour, and they will be joined by Pellissippi State’s two student choral groups, the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

Scheduled for Feb. 26, the Winter Choral Concert continues a tradition started during the 2009-10 academic year by Bill Brewer, the college’s Music program coordinator. Brewer began at that time inviting choral groups from two area high schools, and new ones are invited each academic year.

During the hourlong concert, each of the younger groups will perform a 15-minute set of selections. Also presenting 15-minute sets are Pellissippi State’s Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble. The evening’s finale brings the high school performers onstage to join Pellissippi State’s musical groups.

The choral groups will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of Pellissippi State’s performers are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Students who are interested in performing in choral or instrumental groups and who plan to be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester may wish to attend upcoming scholarship auditions. Set to take place on March 28 and April 4, the auditions are for Music scholarships provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year. Scholarships are open to both Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The Winter Choral Concert begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available, and admission is free. Donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

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

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or the arts series, 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.

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

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 Art.

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 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 hosts art exhibit featuring Jason Stout

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Pellissippi State Community College is currently hosting “Quiet Histories and Futures From the Republic,” a 15-day exhibit by artist Jason Stout, at the Hardin Valley Campus. The event runs through Feb. 6.

Stout’s vivid and political work deals primarily with variations of past, current and future narratives, almost always concerning our identity or history. He is known for his Southern interpretation of American culture. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art at the University of Tennessee at Martin and earned his Master of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Stout is an assistant professor of art at UT, Martin.

The exhibit and a closing reception, both of which are free and open to the public, take place in the Bagwell Center Gallery. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The closing reception is Feb. 6, 4-6 p.m.

The_Inability_of_at_Ease_to_Please-jpg“Quiet Histories and Futures from the Republic” 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 continues free concert series

The popular and free music concert series hosted by Pellissippi State Community College throughout the academic year presents five more performances for the 2012-13 season. Concerts in the series include offerings ranging from instrumental ensembles to choral performances to jazz/bluegrass “jams.”

All performances in the series are offered at no charge. However, donations are welcome at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of The Arts at Pellissippi State. The new arts series offers opportunities for the community to enjoy events presenting everything from music and theatre to cultural celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The series showcases the talents of Pellissippi State students and faculty, as well as those of guest performers. The Arts at Pellissippi State offers special sponsorship opportunities and benefits for the Music Concert Series and other arts-related events, including invitations to receptions and preferred seating at concerts.

Pellissippi State’s Music program presents concerts as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation successfully conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the program to world-class status. The community college boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Concerts take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus in Knoxville. Plenty of free parking is available. Early arrival at the performances is suggested for the best seating.

The remaining performances in the 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series are:

Feb. 26, 7 p.m.—Winter Choral Concert

March 5, 7 p.m.—Student Showcase Honors Recital

March 28, 7 p.m.—Jazz Band and Bluegrass Concert

April 18, 7 p.m.—Instrumental Concert

May 2, 7 p.m.—Spring Choral Concert

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.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. For information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits available for the arts series, contact the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6525.

Pellissippi State and The WordPlayers present family-friendly Christmas show

Pellissippi State Community College and The WordPlayers get in the holiday spirit by presenting “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the school’s Clayton Performing Arts Center on Dec. 14-15.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15. There is also a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

This family-friendly presentation is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an ongoing opportunity for the community to enjoy cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the visual arts.

The WordPlayers is a company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. In this hilarious tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

The Clayton Performing Arts Center is located on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Cost of admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for youth (age 12-17), and $5 for children under 12.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.pstcc.edu/arts or by calling (865) 694-6400. They also may be reserved by phone at (865) 694-6684 or by email at foundation@pstcc.edu.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers two free Holiday Spectacular concerts

The traditional Holiday Spectacular concert staged annually at Pellissippi State Community College is so popular that two performances will be presented again this year. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early for the event, which features all of the student ensembles in a fast-paced, high-energy show.

Part of the 2012-13 music series, the Holiday Spectacular takes place on Dec. 6 at 6 and 8 p.m. The theme for this year’s performances is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Included in the program are seasonal favorites in traditional and contemporary styles.

The concerts’ pianists will perform on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign year before last to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status.

The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues. This is the second season that Pellissippi State’s Music program presents concerts as an All Steinway School.

Many of the student performers are pursuing the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. Through the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, all credits from the degree transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a TBR college—and the University of Tennessee.

Both Holiday Spectacular performances take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Plenty of free parking is available. Admission is free; however, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

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

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 professor presents ‘A Hobbit’s Holiday’

Before Harry Potter, “Game of Thrones” and “The Lord of the Rings,” a timid, yet surprisingly resourceful hobbit set out on a series of adventures. Along the way, he fought trolls, spiders, orcs, and an ancient dragon, and ended up learning quite a bit about himself.

The journey of Bilbo Baggins, the hero of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” is the subject of the upcoming Faculty Lecture Series presentation at Pellissippi State Community College. Faculty member Keith Norris’ talk—“A Hobbit’s Holiday: The Extraordinary Journey of Bilbo Baggins”—is Nov. 29, 7-8 p.m., in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Norris focuses on Bilbo’s journey, performing original stories, poems and musical compositions to evoke the magic of Tolkien’s novel. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Norris will retell Bilbo’s adventures in five parts: “Drinking With Dwarves,” “The Trouble With Trolls,” “Matching Wits With a Monster,” “Songs for Spiders” and “Dueling With Dragons.”

Even though “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” was published as a children’s novel in 1937, Norris says it also can teach adults a thing or two.

“Bilbo runs into a series of foes, and he learns enough to make sensible decisions,” said Norris. “He becomes the perfect person to stand between powerful people as a negotiator. As we grow up and learn to deal with our own bullies, enemies, monsters and villains, we learn to use creativity to effectively oppose them.”

Norris has read “The Hobbit” at least once a year since he was 12 and says the book has taught him that people can talk their way out of almost any unpleasant situation. More than that, he credits the book with influencing him to become an English professor and poet.

The next lecture is faculty member David Key’s “The Cold War,” Feb. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of Pellissippi State’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State,” which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the visual arts.

For more information about the Faculty Lecture Series, email Keith Norris at knorris@pstcc.edu or Rob Lloyd at rtlloyd@pstcc.edu, or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State highlights instrumental music in Nov. 15 free concert

The free 2012-13 Music Concert Series at Pellissippi State Community College continues on Nov. 15 with a performance focused exclusively on instrumental music. The event promises to offer a wide variety of selections and musical styles.

Music at the Instrumental Concert will include separate ensembles of brass, guitar and percussion. A mixed small instrumental ensemble and a bluegrass ensemble perform as well. The groups are set to present a variety of musical genres, including classical, blues, jazz and folk.

Pianists will perform on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in 2010 in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of the student performers are pursuing the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. Through the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, all credits from the degree transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions and the University of Tennessee.

The Instrumental Concert begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available, and admission is free. Donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

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

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

For additional information about the arts series, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

Pellissippi State faculty speaker addresses fighting heritage of East Tennesseans

Scottish and Irish immigrants poured into America in the 1700s and 1800s, many of them migrating to this region. Their impact on the culture of East Tennessee is still felt today, says Pat Riddle. Riddle is a faculty member and program coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering concentration in Engineering Technology at Pellissippi State Community College.

In a Nov. 15 presentation at the college titled “Born Fighting,” Riddle discusses the waves of emigration from the British Isles and how the thinking and behavior of native Tennesseans are still influenced by their ancestral heritage. The discussion is part of the 2012-13 Faculty Lecture Series, which showcases the expertise of Pellissippi State faculty members. The series lectures are designed to be informative and entertaining.

Riddle, who has Scottish blood coursing through his own veins, speaks at 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus. The event is free, and the community is invited to attend.

“Red hair and quick tempers are stereotypes of people of Scots-Irish descent,” said Riddle. “There’s a lot of truth in those stereotypes. The Scots are wired to fight.

“The Scots and Scots-Irish have always had to fight, and have long been known as the best fighters. The border region that includes Scotland and England has been in a constant state of war. The Normans and Saxons couldn’t conquer the locals. The Romans couldn’t conquer them, and ultimately they were sent to America to serve as a buffer between the ‘civilized’ colonies and Native Americans.”

The propensity to fight persists, Riddle says: The majority of the Marines come from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia. Fighting is in East Tennesseans’ DNA and is a pivotal element of our regional culture. The challenge we have today, he says, is to direct that impulse and energy in positive ways.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of Pellissippi State’s new arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the visual arts.

The next lecturer is the English Department’s Keith Norris. Norris speaks on “A Hobbit’s Holiday: The Extraordinary Journey of Bilbo Baggins,” on Nov. 29, 7-8 p.m., in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about the Faculty Lecture Series, call 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 and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6607 or humanresouces@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts art exhibit featuring student study abroad perceptions

Scott McGugin's "Tracks of Confusion"

A dictionary definition of “paper trail” explains that it is “documentary evidence of one’s actions … a track record of opinions that tells, literally, where one is coming from.”

For art and culture enthusiasts, “Paper Trail” is an exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College that offers attendees the chance to experience cities such as Vienna and Rome through the eyes of student artists.

Slated for Nov. 6-23, “Paper Trail” features drawings, photos and sketchbooks created by Pellissippi State students who studied abroad in Austria and Italy during the summer 2012 Tennessee Consortium for International Studies programs. The collection explores landscapes, people, food, and cultures the students encountered while studying photography, drawing, art history, and economics.

TnCIS is sponsoring the exhibit. The consortium, which is headquartered at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. The organization provides affordable, high-quality study abroad opportunities to students enrolled at Pellissippi State and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.

More than 400 students and 50 faculty from Tennessee—183 students and 22 faculty from Pellissippi State—participated in this past summer’s study abroad. TnCIS has planned 18 study abroad programs for summer 2013.

“Paper Trail” 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.

An opening reception is scheduled for Nov. 8, 3-5 p.m. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The showing is in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Group tours from schools, art classes or artist groups are welcome and may be arranged with advance notice.

To learn more or to schedule a group tour of the exhibit, call (865) 694-6400 or email Linnette Legg at llegg@pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.