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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
  • During a recent lunchtime session on the ground floor of Borland Building, theatre faculty member Andy Belser shared his efforts to improve cross-generational communication and combat age-based stereotypes through a project where participants study...
  • The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ John M. Anderson Endowment Lecture Series welcomes the Yes Men for a lecture at 6 p.m. Wed., April 1, in the John Bill Freeman Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center. In addition, the Yes Men will lead a...
  • “Digital Aesthetics, Art, Life and Museums,” a conversation with Metropolitan Museum of Art digital asset specialist Neal Stimler and some of Penn State’s most progressive thinkers in this field, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art continues this popular series of one-day exhibitions highlighting works on paper from the museum’s permanent collection. They will be on display the last Friday of each month this semester in the Drs. Albert and...
Student Spotlight
  • College of Arts and Architecture undergrads Jerrie Johnson, a theatre major, and Melanie Ray, an architecture major, participated on a student panel during the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity’s (CORED) 25th anniversary symposium on...
  • Congratulations to second-year graduate student Emily Karosas, who won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Eastern Division Young Artist Competition on January 11, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Emily has also won the Young Artist String Prize...
  • Music education major Erin Trautmann has been selected to present her honors thesis, "Pennsylvania Elementary Band Directors' Methods for Student Instrument Selection" at the Eastern Division conference of the National Association for...
  • Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received a 2015–2016 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. The fellowship will support her research on the architectural history of Hawaii,...
  • James Rogers, an MFA student in Theatre Technology, will receive the Bernhard R. Works, Frederick A. Buerki Scenic Technology Award, known as “The Golden Hammer Award,” from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)....
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Palmer Museum of Art invites you to surround yourself in visual and verbal imagery at the museum while poets and storytellers from the Penn State community read their latest work in a feast for the eyes and ears. Cameron Conaway, 2014...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art is proud to present the tenth-anniversary season of this popular music series featuring faculty and student performers from the Penn State School of Music and the community, and invites you to come enjoy beautiful chamber...
  • On February 6, 1799, an advertisement appeared in the Diario de Madrid announcing “a collection of prints of imaginary subjects, invented and etched by Don Francisco Goya.”  The notice goes on to explain that the artist “has...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present the exhibition Song of Myself, works on paper drawn from the permanent collection, through May 10.             I celebrate myself, and sing myself,  ...
  • Hidden Mother, an exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art through April 26, presents a survey of the nineteenth-century child portraits known as “hidden mother” photographs. Emerging in recent years as popular collectibles, these...
  • 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...
  • Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, for “In the Mood,” a brassy, upbeat celebration of America’s greatest generation through the music and dance of the 1940s. The Artbeat, Inc., presentation—featuring the String...
  • Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, accompanied by her band, will make her Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere in a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Eisenhower Auditorium concert of music from her Grammy Award-winning album “The...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Steve Broadnax, head of Penn State’s M.F.A. Acting program and accomplished actor and director, has been elected to the University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) Board of Directors for a three-year term. The URTA Board of Directors...
  • Dr. Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, has been appointed a Professorial Research Associate in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, for a...
  • The Penn State speaker series Research Unplugged launches its spring season on March 19 with six speakers poised to share their expertise with local residents. Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, will present “Seeing...
  • Landscape architecture professor Tim Baird is the 2015 recipient of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Excellence in Design Studio Teaching – Senior Faculty Award. CELA confers this award to recognize the development and...
  • Gregory Drane, assistant director of athletic bands at Penn State, has been named director of athletic bands at the University -- including the Marching Blue Band -- for a two-year term, effective July 1, 2015. Drane, who holds a master’s...
  • Lisa Iulo, associate professor of architecture, is part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers who received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to fund their research on resilient and sustainable building design. The goal of the...
Research/Creative Activity
  • A game-changer. That’s what Penn State art education professor B. Stephen Carpenter II calls the approximately 50-pound portable filter press designed by engineering students during the spring 2014 semester. The A-frame-like contraption, small...
  • The reactions were intense. Some of the participants cried, some got angry and some stood in shocked silence. The television screens loomed in front of them, displaying images of their distorted and unrecognizable faces. “That’s not me,...
  • Music technology professor Mark Ballora's work in sonification -- the process of taking large data sets and translating them into musical audio files -- is helping researchers studying subjects ranging from squirrels to Antarctic ice. The...
  • Bonnie Collura, Penn State associate professor of art, will be one of 40 artists exhibiting at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, March 12–April 12, 2015, in New York City. The artists were chosen from a pool of 200...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • When Chris Kiver, director of the Penn State Glee Club, revealed his dreams for the club during its 125th anniversary celebration in 2014, he never thought those dreams would become a reality. But former Glee Clubber Mike Helms (’68 B.S.,...
  • What do a Boeing intellectual property leader, a lighting designer and a handful of entrepreneurs have in common? They all graduated from Penn State before launching their careers. These 12 prominent alumni, 35 years of age and younger, are the...
  • Mary Stokrocki (’81, Ph.D., Art Education), Professor of of Art at the Katherine K. Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University, was selected as one of the first 2015 United States Society for Education Through Art (USSEA)...
  • “Everything Not Made by Nature Is Design,” an exhibition from the Chip Kidd Archives, on display Jan. 12 through April 24 in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, features the archives of award-winning graphic designer and Penn...
  • The cast of the Penn State School of Theatre’s production of Blood at the Root is returning from the most recent stop on its international tour—the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia—with several honors, including the...

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