Liberal Arts
male using potter wheel
Art students drawing


Exhibition Opportunities

Students are provided opportunities to participate in a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. Each spring, the Annual College Art Exhibit, a large exhibition of student work created during the academic year, is displayed in the Bagwell Gallery. In addition to the formal spring show, work created in drawing, painting, printmaking, and design are exhibited in on-going presentations in the corridors outside the art studios.

Students are encouraged to submit their work for local and regional exhibitions. Information regarding calls for artists, potential commissions, exhibition opportunities, assistance in selecting appropriate work for submission, and documentation is provided.

All hallways surrounding the art studios allow continuous informal exhibits of student work in fine art, graphic design, and photography.

Travel Opportunities

Students in Italy

Expanding student's visual environment and personal aesthetic experiences is a primary consideration of Pellissippi State's art program. As time and finances permit, college art faculty coordinate and lead excursions to important art venues in the United States and abroad. Students receive academic college credit by enrolling in specifically designed courses related to the trip destination. Through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS), opportunities are available for students to travel each summer to Italy for Art History as well as other European destinations for Drawing.

In March 2005, a group of 22 students spent nine days in Florence and Rome, Italy, studying Italian Renaissance art. Scheduled activities included the Academia del Arte, the Uffizi Gallery, the Medici Chapels, the Bargello Museum, Brunelleschi's Duomo and Ghiberti's Baptistery doors in Florence.

Students in Rome

Rome provided opportunities to experience the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's, the Pantheon, and other artistically significant offerings. In conjunction with planned activities, free days to explore both cities, meet the Italian people and partake in the Italian culture were provided to enrich the overall adventure.

Previous trips include five days in New York City, where students visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, private galleries of note in Soho, Uptown, and Chelsea, plus a live Broadway theatre production. Shorter regional trips to museums and exhibitions of note in Chattanooga, Nashville, and Atlanta are more frequent and planned as opportunities present themselves.