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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
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present the Marcellus Shale Tour and Panel Discussion titled "Boom/Bust Cycles of Extractive Industries in Pennsylvania" at the museum on Wednesday, October 29 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Tour the exhibition "Marcellus Shale...
  • Dr. Thyagarajan Subramanian, a professor of neurology and neural and behavior sciences at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, will discuss a disorder that has impacted many musicians -- dystonia, or musician's cramp -- at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in Esber Recital...
  • Judy Chicago invites academics, art professionals, artists and others to join her for “Live with Judy Chicago” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, for a conversation about the state of studio art education and its future. Registration is requested. The...
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...
  • Mike Zaengle, who plans to graduate in spring 2015 with his bachelor of architecture degree, is vice president of design for GreenTowers, an urban agricultural design company that creates edible ecosystems and indoor gardens, started by an interdisciplinary group of Penn State...
  • The Penn State student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS) had a strong showing at the 42nd annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) conference, hosted by the Philadelphia chapter, Oct. 1–5. Chapter members participated in...
  • On a Friday evening during her first semester in the architecture program at Penn State, Lily McCullough went to a department-sponsored lecture by Open Source Ecology founder Marcin Jakubowski. Little did she know that attending his lecture would lead her to Maysville, Missouri...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • En Garde Arts and the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State present “Basetrack Live”—a multimedia contemporary theater production inspired by words and images of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines deployed in Afghanistan—at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct....
  • 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...
  • 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 Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Pavel Kogan and featuring American cellist Joshua Roman, performs music by Saint-Saëns, Brahms and Gounod at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium. A San Francisco Chronicle critic described...
  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canada’s award-winning period-instrument ensemble, performs 17th- and 18th- century music from memory before a backdrop of high-definition images from the Hubble telescope and others at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Penn State’s...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • An artist’s copybook from the 17th century led its donor, visiting Art History faculty member Perkins Foss, and Penn State colleagues to the discovery of an attribution and the debunking of a family myth. When Foss donated the book to The Eberly Family Special Collections...
  • Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State Laureate and associate professor of theater, is taking her "Dignity Tour" to Commonwealth Campuses, high schools and other locations across Pennsylvania, discussing "various languages of creativity,...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Artist, author, educator and activist Judy Chicago has one more milestone to add to her celebratory year as she turned 75 in 2014. Penn State, which acquired her art education archives in 2011, announced the creation of the Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal as a new facet...
  • 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 ...
  • 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,...
  • Miles to Empty, a new exhibition by Shannon Goff, assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics, is installed at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, Loyola University, Chicago, through October 18. Following the Loyola exhibition, the work will be exhibited in Detroit. Miles to...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • A Penn State crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Taylor Watkins Ceramic Award, created in memory of a 2012 Penn State School of Visual Arts alumnus who died of cancer in 2013, kicks off Thursday, Sept. 25 at http://pennstate.useed.net/projects/131/home and...
  • Penn State School of Theatre alumnus Steve Wilson has joined the College of Arts and Architecture as associate director of development. Wilson said he is proud to reunite with the college, where he earned his M.F.A. in acting in 1997 (studying alongside notable Arts and...
  • 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...
  • Thanks to the support of former students of longtime Department of Architecture head Raniero Corbelletti (1968–88), current Penn State Architecture students will be awarded funds to offset their college expenses. The Raneiro Corbelletti Memorial Student Awards Fund was...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Christian Baldini (M.M. '05-orchestral conducting) has been invited to serve as the cover conductor for Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony, and he will make his debut with the symphony in December of this year. After teaching and conducting at the State...

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