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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,...
  • The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is excited to announce its Saturday School Art Classes for fall semester, beginning September 27. One of SoVA’s treasured gems, Saturday School is an opportunity for local children and teens to come together to explore ideas and...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • UNIVERSITY PARK (Thursday, Sept. 18)—Aspen Santa Fe Ballet—with its contemporary vision, global choreographers, groundbreaking works and virtuoso dancers—introduces its modern pioneering spirit to central Pennsylvanians in its Penn State debut at 7:30 p.m....
  • 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...
  • 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"...
  • 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...
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...
  • 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...
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...
  • This summer, a team of Penn State landscape architecture faculty and students won the top award for their entry for the 10th China (Wuhan) International Garden Expo. Christopher Counts Studio's Happy Valley Garden received first place at the expo and will be constructed,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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