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The Arts at Pellissippi State

At Pellissippi State, we’re all about providing opportunities to all. The Arts at Pellissippi State — through free and inexpensive theatre and musical productions, art exhibits and faculty lectures — ensures everyone can experience the transformative power of the arts.

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All events take place on the Hardin Valley Campus.



All performances take place in the beautiful Clayton Performing Arts Center.


Faculty Recital 
February 1, 7 p.m.

America, Our Way! with Michael Shirtz 
February 3, 7:30 p.m.

Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra 
February 15, 7 p.m.

Winter Choral Concert 
February 22, 7 p.m.

Student Honors Recital 
February 27, 7 p.m.

Jazz & Bluegrass 
March 27, 7 p.m.

Instrumental Concert 
April 5, 7 p.m.

Spring Choral Concert 
April 26, 7 p.m.



Faculty Lecture Series

All faculty lectures take place in the Goins Building Auditorium.


Annie Gray presents The American Transcendentalists and Life’s Open Secret
February 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

English Professor Annie Gray explores the philosophy of America’s Transcendentalists, who emphasized intuition in their comprehension of the divine in daily life.

Kate O’Meara presents Lost in Translation
March 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instructor Kate O’Meara investigates the cultural and social misunderstandings that occur when people make incorrect assumptions based on their own experience and culture of origin.

Stephanie C. Gillespie presents You Should Have Bought a Squirrel! Fake News and the Price of Information
April 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The latest apps, customer reward cards, news, scientific studies – they’re free! Or are they? Pellissippi State librarian Stephanie Gillespie discusses how information is bought and sold, what it means for credibility, and what we can do to fight fake news.



Visual Arts

Exhibits will be on display in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.


Magic in Folds of Tajtania
Artist: Tatiana Potts
January 16-February 2, Artist reception: January 22, 3-5 p.m.

Potts is an artist, instructor, printmaker, bookmaker and ceramist. She pulls influence from her travels and her Slovakian heritage. Forever inspired by drawing, she is very much interested in a “world of making.” She constructs, reinvents and combines environments—revealing shadows of the self—using composites of memories, imaginations and architectural structures.


Fe: Women working in iron, bronze, aluminum and steel
February 5-23, Artists reception: February 5

Fe is a sculptural exhibition showcasing female artists that work predominantly in cast, welded and forged metals.


Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 
March 26-April 13

This annual juried exhibition features student paintings, drawings, sculptures, metalworkings and ceramics.


CGT Student Design Showcase
April 19, 4-8 p.m.

Sponsored by the College’s Communication Graphics Technology program, the Student Design Showcase will feature student portfolios. The portfolios are the original work of candidates for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Media Technologies with a concentration in Communication Graphics Technology.


Media Technologies Design Exhibit
April 16-April 27

This exhibit is a display of Media Technologies student design projects completed during the 2017-2018 academic year from the Communication Graphics and Design for Web and Print concentrations. The exhibit will showcase an extensive range and variety of visual communication solutions.


2018 IDT Showcase
May 1, 7-9 p.m.

The IDT Showcase provides a visual exploration of interior design study through the student experience. Students work through extensive coursework and design studios to earn their Bachelor of Science in Interior Design through East Tennessee State University or an associate degree through Pellissippi State Community College, both taught entirely on the Hardin Valley Campus.




All events take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be obtained at the box office beginning 1 hour before the performance. Read more information about the performances & get your tickets.


The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Hailed as “one of the best dramas of modern theater,” The Seagull is a story about the interplay between love and art set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century.

April 13-14, 7:30 p.m. 
April 15, 2 p.m. 
April 20-21, 7:30 p.m. 
April 22, 2 p.m.

7th Annual Circus Extravaganza Dragonfly Aerial Arts

This year’s theme is Outta Space. Explore this family-friendly inter-planetary circus spectacle with astronauts, aliens and distant destinations. Join our aerialists, stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats, wire walkers and clowns for laughter and daring adventures in outer space.

March 9-10, 7:30 p.m. 
March 10-11, 2 p.m.

Contact Us

Pat Myers
Director, Community Outreach & Donor Engagement