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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
  • Penn State Centre Stage’s production of Blood at the Root, which toured to South Africa and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, won the highly coveted Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Fringe Award and will be performed at the Adelaide (Australia) Fringe Festival,...
  • Eliza Pennypacker, ASLA, professor of landscape architecture, has been appointed head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State. Since January 2014, she has served as interim department head. Pennypacker has taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at...
Student Spotlight
  • 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...
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts senior Andrew Reiff is the 2014 recipient of the PGAV Destinations Spot Experiential Scholarship for his design of a waterpark. The first-of-its-kind scholarship was launched in spring 2013 and challenges U.S. college students to design a...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State a $400,000 grant to support the continuation of the Classical Music Project through June 2017. The goals of the Classical Music Project -- entering its fourth season -- are to raise the...
  • In partnership with WPSU-FM, the Penn State School of Music is pleased to announce that its performances will be featured in a monthly one-hour radio program titled "In Performance at Penn State." Using a similar format to the popular "Performance Today"...
  • 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...
  • Violinist Regina Carter and her band perform music from “Southern Comfort,” her acclaimed 2014 album that offers a contemporary take on traditional music, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Schwab Auditorium. “On Southern Comfort, her bracing new album, she...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • 2014–15 Penn State Laureate Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, has created a website, dignity.psu.edu, to facilitate conversations among Penn Staters and individuals worldwide about the topic of “dignity,” which is the ongoing theme in her...
  • 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...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities has received a $260,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a two-year project, “The Boundaries of the Human in the Age of the Life Sciences.” The project will support a wide-ranging series of...
  • 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...
  • Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, an installation by Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, is on display at First Park, Manhattan, through November 2014. The public art exhibition is sponsored by NYC Parks and First Street Green, a community organization devoted to...
  • 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
  • Recent SoVA alumna Katie Hovencamp ('14 M.F.A.) received the prestigious 2014 International Sculpture Center's (ISC) Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. The ISC is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the...
  • John M. Mason Jr., Ph.D., and Michelle R. Mason of Auburn, Ala., have created The Meghan R. Mason Program Endowment for the Center for the Performing Arts. The $25,000 endowment is named in honor of their daughter because of the role the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn...

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