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2014 Spring

Remnants: A Collection of Recent Works by Marc L. Burnett
art exhibit

kelle jolly and will boyd project

Marc Burnett's remarkable mastery of color seeps through his original paintings of the past century of African-American life. The fine-inked lines mixed with broad watercolor and oil paint strokes define his style. The subjects, often personalities and memories from Mr. Burnett's predominately African-American neighborhood in the foothills of East Tennessee, are characterized by blank faces. But Mr. Burnett's ability to capture movement and mannerisms in the physique of his subjects clearly identifies each personality.

The Remnants theme came as a natural description of Mr. Burnett's works. He describes his eclectic collection of paintings and sketches as a quilt created as he pieces together bits of his southern African-American heritage. One of his favorites is "Marm", which is a depiction of a teacher in a one room school house and is a tribute to his former teachers. Several of the works reflect Mr. Burnett's curiosity of art form and painting styles. One painting in particular, "Fusion", represents his dabbling with a form of Picasso-inspired abstractism, with a depiction of a one man band.

His works, "Brothers in the Spirit" and "Sisters in the Spirit" encapsulate his spiritual observation of the "Black Church" experience, which is an integral part of his heritage. The truth about viewing his art is that it is, or was, a place that existed, a time that existed, a memory or legacy of how and why people have merged and integrated into what we are, without idealizing humanity. That is why his created works are intriguing and captivating.

Marc Burnett's painting career began as the result of a car crash 12 twelve years ago. His injuries rendered him homebound for a month and his friends sought to soothe his restless nature by bringing him a paint set from Wal-Mart (six colors, one small brush). Always doodling, Burnett began to draw and paint on 4 X 6 watercolor cards provided by his wife Tammie and the evolution began. Initially his subjects were often personalities and memories from Mr. Burnett's predominately African-American neighborhood (Halls Community) in the foothills of East Tennessee (Alcoa).

His latest work has revolved around rural life scenes, and he has a fondness for barns of any sort. Those in a great state of disrepair are his favorites.

He's currently painting "The Color of Despair" a series of paintings depicting people during the Haiti earthquake tragedy.

Marc Burnett is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Tennessee Tech University, where he earned a bachelor's, master's and specialist in education degree and played on the Golden Eagles basketball team. While he has no formal art education, Mr. Burnett has been experimenting with painting techniques for several years. His artwork has been on display at Art & Images in Nashville's Bellevue Center Mall, First Tennessee Bank and Poet's in Cookeville, Roane State Community College, Motlow State Community College, Columbia State Community College, the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, the Joan Derryberry Gallery at Tennessee Tech University, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also Associate Minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee. He has been married for 30 years to Tamelyn (Whitted) Burnett. They have two children, Mario 28, and Bianca 24.

The collection will hang in the Catron Gallery of the R. Jack Fishman Library from January 27 through February 14, 2014. A reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday February 7 at 1:00 pm in the upper lobby of the Library where there will also be a performance by local jazz musicians Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project.

January 27 – February 14
Remnants Collection on Exhibit
6:00 pm :: Catron Gallery :: R. Jack Fishman Library
Morristown Campus
February 7
yellow ticket event
Remnants Artist Reception
Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project performance
1:00 pm :: Library Upper Lobby
free admission, open to the public
Morristown Campus

Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project

kelle jolly and will boyd project

Jazz vocalist Kelle Jolly and her saxophonist husband, Will Boyd are young leaders in the jazz world who share their love of song with classic styles. Their sound honors Southern roots while embracing musical expressions from all over the world. Together with their band they will bring you an unforgettable performance of soul-stirring jazz!

While they are local favorites at venues like the Knoxville Museum of Art and area nightclubs, they have also been the darlings of the Mururon Jazz Cruise in Japan, where they were also married in 2008. Their latest album "Dreams of Muroran" was inspired by their travels to Japan and was presented to the people of Muroran in appreciation for their wedding. They will share photos of their traditional Japanese wedding as well as perform their music.

February 6
Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project
6:00 pm :: Room 104 CAPE
Sevier County Campus
February 7
yellow ticket event
Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project
Reception for the Artwork of Marc L. Burnett
1:00 pm :: Library Upper Lobby
free admission, open to the public
Morristown Campus

The WordPlayers
A Woman Called Truth

woman called truth

A Woman Called Truth by Sandra Fenichel Asher – A one-act play with music celebrating the life and achievements of Sojourner Truth. A Global Connections Yellow Ticket event with free admission and all are welcome to attend.

The play begins at the 1851 women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio. We then go back in time to 1797 and travel with Sojourner as she remembers some of the extraordinary experiences that shaped her life. We get a glimpse of her highly cruel and unjust treatment as a slave. We experience how she bravely took her freedom and how she fought to free her son. At the end of the play, we learn how she became "Sojourner Truth" and get a taste of her dynamic spirit as an orator as she delivers her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech.

February 11
A Woman Called Truth
6:00 pm :: Room 104/105 CAPE
Sevier County Campus
February 24
A Woman Called Truth
11:30 am :: Room 100
Greeneville / Greene County Campus
A Woman Called Truth
6:00 pm :: Auditorium
Claiborne County Campus
February 28
A Woman Called Truth
2:00 pm :: International Lyceum
Morristown Campus

Festival of Nations

The International Education Fee Oversight Committee will sponsor a day at Dollywood's Festival of Nations in Pigeon Forge, TN on Saturday, March 29, 2014.


Ticket and Admission Information

Admission Fees

Current Students
Free Admission
Walters State Employees, Retirees and Alumni
Discounted Rate for a One Day Pass:
$40.00 :: Adults
$34.00 :: Children (age 4-11)

Students and employees may purchase additional passes for family members at a discounted rate.

Everyone obtaining a pass to Dollywood for this day will be expected to attend at least one of the entertainment shows being offered during Festival of Nations. The titles, places and times will be chosen from a predetermined list at the time tickets are distributed. Attendance will be taken at each show.


Everyone planning to attend, must purchase a voucher that will later be exchanged for a Dollywood One Day Pass.

February 24 – March 7
Vouchers for a Festival of Nations Dollywood Pass will be available at any cashier's office

One Day Pass

Late March – Voucher Exchange Schedule
Vouchers must be exchanged for actual tickets by visiting Eileen Bowers during the following schedule:

Morristown CCEN 100

  • Thursday, March 20
    12:00 pm (noon) – 2:30 pm
  • Monday, March 24
    9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 25
    9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 26
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm (noon) &
    2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 27
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon) &
    1:30 pm– 4:30 pm

Claiborne Room 112

  • Thursday, March 20
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Greeneville Room 117

  • Monday, March 24
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sevierville MMH 119

  • Tuesday, March 25
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Vouchers must be exchanged at Walters State for a Dollywood One Day Pass. A voucher will not gain you entrance to the park.
The one day pass can be converted to a season pass at Dollywood. Additional fees may apply

March 29
Festival of Nations
Prior Registration is Required

American Shakespeare Center


In this magnificently complex study of extremes, Shakespeare pairs his most loving and trusting leading man with his most conniving and ruthless villain in a dangerous dance of deceit and revenge. The radiant language of love transforms into delirious ravings as his characters descend into jealousy, fear, and rage. Both expansive and claustrophobic, Othello is Shakespeare at the height of his creative power— a ravishing and unforgettable classic.

Ticket Information

To reserve a ticket for the performance or workshop, please send an email with your name & W# to

Seating is limited. Please cancel the reservation if circumstances change so someone else may attend.

Must be a current student to attend—one ticket per student for performance

Admission is free

April 1
Othello Performance
7:00 pm :: Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
Morristown Campus

Rhetoric Workshop

Much of Shakespeare's powerful command of language stems from his ability to use rhetorical devices: certain ways of structuring his characters' speech to achieve a desired result. Certain devices may underscore intelligence, expose buffoonery, express a conflicted state of mind, or demonstrate wily manipulation. This workshop demonstrates how students can use five main types of rhetorical devices — Repetition, Omission, Addition, Direction, and Substitution — as clues for character in Shakespeare's plays, both for acting cues and for analytical purposes. Excellent for both English and Drama classes

April 1
Rhetoric Workshop :: "Sweet Smoke of Rhetoric"
10:00 am :: Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
Morristown Campus


Verse Workshop

The ASC actors will take students through the basic steps involved in acting Shakespeare at The American Shakespeare Center. Explore tools of rehearsal such as scansion, understanding the importance of meter, and paraphrasing, all of which help take Shakespeare's words from the page to the stage. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Excellent for both English and Drama students

April 1
Verse Workshop :: "That's a Certain Text"
1:00 pm :: Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
Morristown Campus


Swan Lake
Moscow Festival Ballet

swan lake

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

Leading dancers from across Russia have forged, under Radchenko's direction, an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Swan Lake.

Since its inception, the Moscow Festival Ballet has completed multiple tours throughout the world to enthusiastic audiences.

Swan Lake, Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–1876. The scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.

Ticket Reservations
Ticket reservations are required.  Last day to reserve a ticket is Thursday April 17, 2014

One Free ticket for current WS Students - $20 each additional ticket

To reserve a ticket, please send an email with your name & W# to

Please Note:
Students wanting to sit together during the performance should state this when making the reservation.  Seats will not be in a block, they will be scattered throughout the theater.

Reserved tickets will be available at the ''will call' window
Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC)
212 Tusculum Blvd.
Greeneville, TN

Plan to arrive at the theater no later than 7:15pm. 

April 21
Swan Lake Performance
7:30 pm :: Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Greeneville, TN



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