Category Archives: The Arts

Pellissippi State hosts inaugural March 18-29 Student Photography Exhibit

Photo credit: Sarah Edens
Photo credit: Sarah Edens

Art exhibits featuring students, faculty and visiting artists are regular occurrences at Pellissippi State Community College. So, too, are photography-related events showcasing the works of guest photographers.

New this year is an exhibit that focuses solely on the work of Pellissippi State’s Photography students. The March 18-29 event is free and open to the public.

Gallery guests have the chance to explore images captured by Pellissippi State students in their travels near and far, in vivid color and in subtle black-and-white. Students who pursue the art of photography at Pellissippi State do so through the Photography concentration in the Media Technologies program. The degree program’s other three concentrations are Communication Graphics Technology, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

The exhibit 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.

An opening reception, also free and open to the public, takes place March 28, 3-7 p.m.

The Student Photography Exhibit and opening reception take place in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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 and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State offers photography-related classes throughout the year. Upcoming courses for summer semester include Photography I (PHO 1000), History of Photography (PHO 1200), Nature and Travel Photography (PHO 2100), and Photoshop Essentials (MDT 2100).

Classes begin on May 28. The application and registration deadline is May 20. For more information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s Annual Student Art Show introduces emerging artists

2012 Student Art Show
2012 Student Art Show

Slated for April 2-19, the Annual Student Art Show at Pellissippi State Community College showcases the best works of students at all levels of art studies. The juried exhibit gives students not only the opportunity to share their works with the community but also the chance to be awarded prizes for their creations.

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“Sea Grid” by Jalana Cooper

This year’s exhibit offers a diverse selection of art, including drawings, paintings, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, and blacksmithing pieces, as well as 2-D and 3-D designs.

Among the prizes to be presented are four Jerry’s Artarama gift certificates for honorable mention designees. The Pellissippi State Purchase Award carries with it up to $500 and inclusion of selected artworks in the college’s permanent art collection.

The exhibit 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.

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“Gas Mask Still Life” by Reston Campbell

The Annual Student Art Show is free, and the community is encouraged to attend. The event is in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

An opening reception and award ceremony, also free and open to the public, takes place in the gallery on April 2, 3-5 p.m.

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 and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State Music scholarship auditions set for March 28, April 4

You might think you have to be a Music major to earn a Music scholarship, but that’s not the case at Pellissippi State Community College. The scholarships are available to both Music and non-Music students, and scholarship auditions take place on March 28 and April 4 for students planning to attend Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester.

Thanks to the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree program, those students who are interested in pursuing a career or four-year degree in music can now earn a two-year degree that concentrates in Music. All credits 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.

Long regarded as having one of the top Music programs in the area, Pellissippi State boasts an extensive and diverse Music faculty that leads freshman and sophomore courses required by most colleges and universities for their music degrees.

Courses include Beginning Conducting; Class Piano; Ear Training I-IV; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Introduction to Music Literature; and Music Theory I-IV. Applied instruction also is offered in the following: brass instruments, contemporary piano styles, guitar, percussions, piano, strings, voice and woodwinds.

For students who are not pursuing an A.F.A., Pellissippi State offers a variety of general music courses as well. They include Class Piano; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Fundamentals of Music; Music Appreciation; Private Instrumental Instruction; and Private Vocal Instruction.

Music scholarships are awarded annually by the Pellissippi State Foundation to recognize excellence in musical performance and academic achievement. The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Scholarship recipients are required to perform in one or more of Pellissippi State’s music ensembles. Two ensembles, Concert Chorale and Variations, focus on vocal performance. Six are instrument-based performing groups: the Bluegrass Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Studio Orchestra.

Many of Pellissippi State’s Music students take advantage of the college’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.

To schedule a scholarship audition appointment on March 28 or April 4, call (865) 539-7178. For additional information regarding Music scholarships, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

To learn more about the A.F.A. degree, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State concert showcases top student performers

The annual Student Honors Recital at Pellissippi State Community College features only the best student performers taking private instruction in voice or instrument. Members of the community are invited to the March 5 recital. The event is free, as is parking.

Each of 18 selected musicians will perform one piece, with musical styles ranging from bluegrass to classical. Selection by a panel of Pellissippi State faculty members is based on the talent and skill level of the students, as well as on the students’ academic achievement in traditional courses.

Singers 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. Pellissippi State 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.

Some of the evening’s performers are also recipients of Music scholarships. The Pellissippi State Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Auditions for students who will be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester and who are interested in pursuing a Music scholarship take place on March 28 and April 4 at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Scholarships are open to Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The student recital is part of the 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series, one component of 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.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Student Honors Recital is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The March 5 performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

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. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State faculty lecture revisits Cold War

David-Key“I grew up in the last throes of the Cold War,” said David Key, who teaches history at Pellissippi State Community College. “It shaped my early worldview.”

The Cold War was more than a political standoff between the U.S. and Soviet Union. It also impacted American culture through sports, television and film, according to Key.

Key gives his perspective on the long-term conflict in “The Cold War,” Feb. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus. The talk is part of the ongoing Faculty Lecture Series, which highlights the talents of faculty members and local experts.

The speaker promises an entertaining discussion that looks at the Cold War’s impact on popular American culture in the U.S. The lecture also covers the conflict’s evolution, from the Berlin Airlift in the 1940s to the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s to the fall of the Berlin Wall beginning in 1989.

“Some of Pellissippi State’s students were born five years after the Berlin Wall fell,” Key said. “That makes it necessary to look back and see how foreign policy in the U.S. has changed as we’ve moved from the policy of containment to a new set of issues in the post-Cold War world.”

Key has taught history at Pellissippi State for 12 years. He currently teaches U.S. History and serves as the assistant director of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which is housed at Pellissippi State. He will lead a history-focused study abroad program in May to Eastern Europe.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of “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 visual arts.

The next lecture in the Faculty Lecture Series is faculty member Maggie Jenkins’ “What Dance Moves?” The event is March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium.

For more information, go to www.pstcc.edu/arts 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.

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.