The Patten Performances series was inaugurated by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
in 1980 as the Dorothy Patten Fine Arts Series, in honor of one of Chattanooga’s most
famous performing artists. Ms. Patten appeared in over 30 Broadway plays, countless
touring and summer stock productions, television shows and the movie Botony Bay ,
with Alan Ladd and James Mason.
The series celebrated the opening of the then-new UTC Fine Arts Center and continues
to bring nationally and internationally renowned artists to the University community
and the Chattanooga area. Over the years the Fine Arts Center has hosted the finest
talent in music,dance and theater, including Dave Brubeck, Isaac Stern, Wynton Marsalis,
the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance, Ladysmith Black
Mambazo, Pilobolus Dance, The Tokyo String Quartet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet,
the Vienna Boys Choir, The Acting Company, Diavolo, and SFJazz Collective, among many,
many others. In keeping with our mission to present the highest quality artists available,
this season includes performances from Ramsey Lewis, Dave Mason, Rioult Dance, Mummenschanz,
Rory Block, and Montana Repertory Theatre.