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The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State

The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines.

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The Penn State School of Music

The School of Music’s mission is to inspire and educate performers, composers, scholars, and teachers in an atmosphere that fosters excellence and serves the global and regional community.

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The School of Theatre

The School of Theatre’s goal is to educate and train talented students to compete successfully in professional theatre and the entertainment industry.

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Across the College
  • In honor of Judy Chicago and The Dinner Party, Through the Flower — working with the Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to The Dinner Party K-12 Curriculum or other...
  • Penn State’s third-year architecture students recently received some help in studio from this semester’s clients – high school students from the Norris Square neighborhood in north Philadelphia. The high school students came to the Stuckeman School to have...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture will be part of the World Campus’ first interdisciplinary undergraduate major, a Bachelor of Design in Digital Multimedia Design, to launch in spring or fall 2016. Graeme Sullivan, director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA...
  • When the 1928 Tudor fireplace in the historic Schreyer House, home of Penn State President Eric Barron, needed to be restored, who did his interior designer call? The Penn State Department of Architecture, of course. In late summer 2014, Connie Hayes, interior designer for...
  • With credits as varied as “Northern Exposure,” Sesame Street” and the recent sci-fi thriller “Interstellar,” actor, clown and writer Bill Irwin has a lot of experiences to share. And he will do just that, with Penn State theatre students and in a...
  • Walking into Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art, the air is cool and quiet as you move through the glass doors into the first-floor galleries. Here, richly colored Baroque paintings line the walls before giving way to a room of pristine-looking ceramics, some dating back...
Student Spotlight
  • 2014 Penn State Landscape Architecture alumna Michelle Zucker and Emily Saunders, an architecture student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, have won the AECOM 2014 Urban SOS open ideas competition. Their project, “Restart Tirupur in India,” proposes to reactivate an...
  • Inspiration can be found anywhere, even in a young teenager. Just ask Casey Saline, a sophomore art education major who was inspired by a 13-year-old friend to launch the Lilli Project, a fundraiser to buy art supplies for children being treated at Pennsylvania hospitals. Casey...
  • Dustin Julius, a 2014 B.Arch. alumnus who is now pursuing his M.Arch. at Penn State, has received the Student Silver Award for Design from the Pennsylvania Council Society of American Registered Architects for his project, “Complexity and Reduction: An Apparatus for...
  • Joshua T. Keilholtz, a senior from Mont Alto, Pa., will serve as the student marshal for the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture at fall commencement ceremonies in December 2014. Keilholtz will receive his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture, and he selected Cristin...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • Brazilian band sensation SpokFrevo Orquestra draws inspiration from frevo, the vibrant music of Carnival in its home city of Recife, and the improvisational freedom of jazz to bring its festive sound to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Penn State’s Eisenhower...
  • Penn State Centre Stage will present six powerhouse productions in its 2014–15 mainstage season.   The season opens with Theresa Rebeck’s O Beautiful, October 7–18, in the Playhouse Theatre. Directed by Dan Carter, O Beautiful is a theatrically...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present a series of gallery conversations this fall related to the major exhibition organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," now on view at the museum through Dec. 14. The conversations will...
  • An exhibition of photographs and drawings by New Zealand students revealing their perceptions of social issues in their country will be on display in Borland Gallery on the University Park campus, Nov. 3–Dec. 12, 2014, with a public reception on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. The...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • For Curt Marshall, it’s all about the kids. As coordinator of multicultural and recruitment programs in the College of Arts and Architecture, he not only works to recruit diverse students, but helps them to navigate college life when they come to Penn State. Outside of...
  • Carlos Rosas, associate professor of art and professor-in-charge of the Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (IDS) program, is working with other Penn State faculty and staff on the digital animation of movable books from the 1600s and 1700s -- precursors to today's pop-up...
  • The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elected new officers and members of the board of directors at its annual meeting on Oct. 21, including Joyce Robinson, curator at the Palmer Museum of Art, who will serve as board president, and Sue Haug, director of the...
  • On Monday, November 17, Bill Doan, professor of theatre, got a pie in the face—for THON. During Theatre 100, one of his students threw the whipped-cream concoction at Doan to benefit the fundraising efforts of Apollo, a special interest organization that raises money for...
  • Have you ever seen a friend or acquaintance achieve something and wonder, “Could I do that”? That’s what happened to School of Visual Arts assistant professor Rudy Shepherd, on a fateful day in fall 2011. He was standing at the corner of Bedford Avenue and...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Associate Professor Bonnie Collura will exhibit the sculpture Death of the Virgin II in Disturbing Innocence, a group exhibition curated by artist Eric Fischl at FLAG Art Foundation in New York City. The show will be on view October 25, 2014 – January 31,...
  • Ann Shostrom, assistant professor of art, has a piece, titled "Colony," in the exhibition Freak Flag at Brian Morris Gallery in New York City, Oct. 16-Dec. 13, 2014. The exhibition is a multimedia installation featuring work by nine artists. Freak Flag ...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Livio Ramondelli graduated from the Penn State School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004. Later that same year, he began a graduate school program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. After receiving his master’s in illustration...
  • Jeremy Rubenstein has Penn State degrees in theatre, communications and history, as well as certificates in art education (Long Island University) and eccentric performance (Celebration Barn Theater). So does he teach? Yes. Does he perform? Yes. Does he write? Yes. Is he a man...
  • Penn State graduate Keegan-Michael Key has more than 50 acting credits on his resume, and also co-created and co-stars in the hit Comedy Central show "Key & Peele." Key, a 1996 master of fine arts in theatre graduate of the College of Arts and...
  • On a Friday afternoon in October, art history professors, drawing students and print enthusiasts gathered in the Drs. Albert and Lorraine Kligman Print and Drawing Study Room at the Palmer Museum of Art for the Goodfriends’ annual visit. Jim Goodfriend and his wife, Carol...

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