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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 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...
  • Scott Wing, RA, AIA, associate professor of architecture at Penn State, has been named associate dean for academic affairs and outreach in the College of Arts and Architecture, effective July 1, 2015. A member of the...
  • Partners in Music, a program that pairs Penn State students in the School of Music with elementary-age students, has received the 2015 Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship, an award that recognizes a project...
Student Spotlight
  • School of Music second-year graduate student and violinist Emily Karosas has won First Place in the Strings Division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Competition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March...
  • Christopher Ballentine, a senior majoring in music education in the School of Music, is one of five recipients of the 2015 John W. Oswald Award, in the field of creative and performing arts. The John W. Oswald Award, established...
  • Alexis Arra, a sophomore in the Graphic Design program, has won the Betreff Gentner Prize at the 2015 “Water is Life” International Student Poster Competition in Berlin. Arra received a 1500 Euro prize for her design...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • 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...
  • The Nile Project, which uses music to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along Africa’s mighty river, comes to Penn State for a residency the week of April 20. The highlight of the visit is a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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—...
  • 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...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Robert Nairn, Distinguished Professor of Music, is the recipient of the University's 2015 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities. The medal was awarded at a luncheon on April 15. Nairn,...
  • 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...
  • The Blue Band Building will be renamed the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building in a special ceremony during the 2015 Homecoming weekend, October 9-11. The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the facility for the...
  • 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 ...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Tim Baird’s project, “Urban Arboreta: Tree Nurseries Transform Vacant Lands,” has been chosen as a winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge. Baird, professor of...
  • 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...
Research/Creative Activity
  • 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. “...
  • Theatre professor Bill Doan's play, Drifting, about how siblings -- one in a coma -- communicate beyond the mind and the senses, will be performed Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at the Hershey Area Playhouse, 830...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • With two weeks left in the Glee Club’s Dream Matching Challenge, former Glee Club member Mike Helms (’68 B.S., ’74 M.S. Business) is offering an incentive to fans and other former members of the much-loved male...
  • “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...
  • Noted Broadway costume designer and Penn State alumna Carrie Robbins (’64 A&A) will give a talk and participate in a Q&A, open to the public, on Tuesday, April 21, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., in the Playhouse...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture will honor seven accomplished alumni during its annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. Honorees include Douglas N. Dow (Art History), Christian Baldini (...
  • Penn State alumnus and College of Arts and Architecture supporter Rich Smukler will have a solo exhibition of his photographs at La Rodine Gallery, in the Tuscan village of Ponte a Serraglio, June 6–14, 2015. Smukler is a...
  • When Barbara Palmer and her late husband, James, made the lead gifts for the Palmer Museum’s expansion and subsequent renovation, their goal was to ensure Penn State’s art museum would serve as a cultural treasure and...

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