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.