Permanent student art collection coming soon

By Shayna Sharp

Pellissippi State will be creating a permanent art collection this year.

“The college is setting aside $500 a year to purchase a piece of student work that they will keep permanently on display with a tag that says whose it is,” said Anne Kinggard, professor and program chair of Art at Pellissippi State.

This piece of work will come from the annual student art exhibit.

A faculty of three art professors, one of them being Kinggard, will be choosing which piece or pieces of art are going to be considered for the permanent art collection. A committee including Dr. Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State; Dr. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Success; and Kim Thomas, director of Student Life and Recreation, will then approve the selection along with the three art faculty members.

The committee will be installing the art exhibition on March 30 and 31. They will make a selection for the permanent art collection after the exhibition takes place. An announcement will be made on April 1 and 2.

Art students who enter their work into the annual art exhibit will be offered a chance to come up with a price for their art piece.  Kinggard said, “it exposes them (the students) to the business side of art.”

The event will give them experience for selling their work in the future and starting an art career; it will also look good on a resume said Kinggard.

Art pieces will continue to be chosen every year for the permanent art collection. The art pieces will be publicly displayed at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

What about the cracks in the Bagwell Center?

-by Adrienne Lefebvre

Hairline fractures in the floor of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art have led some to question the building’s structural integrity.

No need, says David Walton, director of Facilities, Safety and Security.

“There is no structural concern in regards to the cracks in the concrete,” said Walton. “They are the result of leaving out the normal expansion joints that would be in a large single pour such as this.”

Walton pointed out that the floor’s stained concrete finish is “relatively new” and that the building’s architect neglected to “call for the appropriate control joints” which caused small fractures to appear as the concrete dried.

“Typically, these joints are left out and a floor like this is covered with carpet or vinyl composition tile,” said Walton. “These cracks are completely normal. You just wouldn’t normally see them.”

Walton admitted that the cracks caused “disappointment” but reiterated that the issue is only aesthetic.

“We elected to leave them as they were,” said Walton. “Removal and re-pouring of the floor would have been expensive, problematic and caused considerable delay in completion of the building.”

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Artist Paula Clendenin to Visit Pellissippi

by Jonathon Hash

International artist, Paula Clendenin, will bring her works to be displayed in the Bagwell art gallery.

On Friday, Nov. 6th, Clendenin will be at the Bagwell art gallery for the opening of the exhibit from 5:30pm until            8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Sydney Gingrow, English Professor and Ann Kinggard, Professor of Liberal Arts. The works will continue to be on display until Nov. 19th. Students may visit the gallery during the week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Clendenin’s works are intended to be experienced in conjunction with this semester’s assigned reading, “Storming Heaven.” Anne Kinggard, Liberal Arts Professor, said, “Clendenin’s prints and paintings are evocative of environmental themes implicit in the novel.”

Thursday, November 5th, 2009