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

  • March 4, 2014 Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, has been named the Penn State laureate for the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds 2013-14 Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of English and integrative arts...
  • March 10, 2014 The National Art Education Association has named Mary Ann Stankiewicz, professor of art education, to receive the 2014 National Art Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary...
  • Denise Costanzo, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Penn State, is the recipient of a 2014-15 Rome Prize Fellowship in Modern Italian Studies from the American Academy in Rome. Her Rome Prize project proposal, “Eternal City, New Lessons: Architects...
  • March 25, 2014 The commissioned play 'Blood at the Root' explores issues of race, class, sexuality and discrimination — and the all-student cast seized the opportunity to share important conversations with peers at campuses ... and others around the world. When...
  • In May 2014, two School of Music faculty members and six students will embark on a trip that will undoubtedly change their lives and their music-making forever. Professors Mark Lusk (trombone) and Dan Yoder (jazz studies) will lead a delegation of Penn State students on a...

Student Spotlight

  • Graduate trumpet student John Maurer has been accepted to the 2014 OperaMaya Orchestral Summer Festival, hosted in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The festival runs June 2-June 16, and offers masterclasses, daily language studies, and opportunities to work with leading professionals in...
  • On January 22, the Department of Architecture at Penn State held its thirteenth annual William and Anne Bortz Hajjar Memorial Scholarship Design Competition in the Stuckeman Family Building. This year’s prompt was to design a cabin/studio for a landscape painter in State...
  • Aaron Wertman wants to save the world and plans to save it with Apparatus X, his thesis project for his master of architecture degree at Penn State. Apparatus X is a recreational vehicle fitted with a solar power system and water collection and purification system that makes it...
  • Ellie Skrzat, a senior in the Schreyer Honors College, is an experienced storyteller — but she tells stories in ways you might not expect. Give Skrzat the story of Joe Paterno’s life and she’ll create a colorful portrait with pastels that gets...
  • Jessica Paholsky, a senior majoring in visual journalism in the College of Communications and photography in the College of Arts and Architecture, has been awarded the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for undergraduate students. The award recognizes...
  • Many professional artists dream of the opportunity to create a commissioned work of art for permanent public display. For Oliva Calef, that opportunity came before she even graduated from Penn State. Calef, a bachelor of fine arts candidate in sculpture who will graduate this...
  • On Friday, April 4, second-year architecture students competed in the 2014 National Construction Masonry Association competition. This year's winner is Rebecca Lefkowitz, who will receive a financial scholarship as well as the opportunity to present her project at the NCMA...

Performances and Exhibitions

  • In the years following World War II, one of the ways Japan attempted to reshape its world image was by presenting an idea of modern Japanese culture rooted in tradition. This effort took place both in Japan, where individual artists were encouraged to develop new approaches to...
  • The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present Out of Here, an exhibition of works produced in a special topics course incorporating Judy Chicago’s feminist art teaching methodology, in Art Alley, March 19-April 27, 2014. A reception will be held in Art Alley on Saturday, April 5...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art is delighted to present Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades, a major exhibition charting the remarkable—and ongoing—career of the indefatigable Judy Chicago. One might add intrepid, controversial, and inspirational to the list of adjectives...
  • The exhibition, British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection, celebrates the so-called Golden Age of British watercolors, the period spanning roughly from 1750 to 1850, when the medium reached its pinnacle in the hands of artists such as John Varley, Francis Towne, David...

Faculty Spotlight

  • March 24, 2014 Ute Poerschke, associate professor of architecture, was one of six faculty members chosen to receive the 2014 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. Noted for her work in sustainability in architectural and environmental design, she mentors students...
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts alumna Ghislaine Fremaux, visiting assistant professor of art at the University, is one of a select group of international guest artists exhibiting in the Ninth Biennial of Visual Art of Nicaragua, Recycling Memory: Recapturing the Lost City,...
  • March 11, 2014 The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Women’s Caucus has named Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women’s studies, recipient of the June King McFee Award, which honors an individual who has made distinguished contributions to...
  • March 24, 2014 Peter Aeschbacher, associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Award for Engagement with Students. The award recognizes faculty members for their “special efforts to engage and encourage...
  • People walk through contemporary art galleries daily, liking some exhibits, disliking others, often without understanding the work. Reading reviews by noted art historians such as Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history, might help those who want to add some depth to...
  • March 19, 2014 Fusion, a solo exhibition of works by Ann Shostrom, assistant professor of art, will open at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York on March 27 and run through May 3, 2014. The show is the second solo exhibition of Shostom's to be held at the gallery....
  • March 25, 2014 Penn State School of Visual Arts' assistant professor of art, Rudy Shepherd, will participate in a group exhibition, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, at the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York, March 27 - June 29, 2014. The...

Research Spotlight

  • Open City, painter and SoVA professor John Bowman's recent solo show at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, received a positive review in the April issue of the prestigious national art journal ARTnews. "Having spent much of his time in Manhattan, painter John Bowman...
  • A reference book including chapters written by five College of Arts and Architecture faculty members and two alumni has been named to the 2014 Outstanding Reference Sources list by the American Library Association. Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs,...

Alumni and Donor Spotlight

  • Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) alum Lindsey Landfried (’11 B.F.A. Art), recent Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient, curated a traveling exhibit, RR&P: Repetition Rhythm and Pattern, featuring works by ten artists, including SoVA professor Helen O’Leary...
  • Volunteering has always been a big part of Christine Lichtig’s life. When her sons were growing up, she could frequently be found chaperoning a school field trip or working the concession stand at a sporting event. Like many parents, her volunteer efforts revolved around...
  • March 12, 2014 Alex E. Hill ('97 M.M.-Conducting) conducted the world premiere of his original choral motet Notas mihi fecisti vias vitae at a principal Mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in Rome on Sunday, November 3, 2013. That evening, he conducted this and several...
  • In 2004, ten years after the Rwandan Genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in 100 days, William Snyder III (’06 M.F.A. Art) was inspired to create an installation commemorating the horrific event, one he felt had been omitted from the history books. Today, 20...
  • Caroline Bowman (’10 B.F.A. Musical Theatre) is the recipient of a 2014 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award, which honors alumni age 35 and younger. Bowman is currently performing the lead role of Eva Peron in the national tour of the musical Evita. She...
  • Seven College of Arts and Architecture graduates were honored with Alumni Awards at the college's annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 4. Recipients included: Richard Arentz (Landscape Architecture) Harlan Hoffa (Visual Arts - Art Education) Bob Holland (Architecture)...

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