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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
  • Walking into Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art, the air is cool and quiet as you move through the glass doors into the first-floor galleries. Here, richly colored Baroque paintings line the walls before giving way to a room of pristine-looking...
  • As students in Penn State’s School of Music prepare for end-of-semester concerts and recitals, they’ll engage in the same rituals as musicians hundreds of years before them. They’ll clamp new reeds in their clarinets, run bars of...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture will be part of the World Campus’ first interdisciplinary undergraduate major, a Bachelor of Design in Digital Multimedia Design, to launch in spring or fall 2016. Graeme Sullivan, director of the Penn...
  • Penn State’s third-year architecture students recently received some help in studio from this semester’s clients – high school students from the Norris Square neighborhood in north Philadelphia. The high school students came to the...
  • In honor of Judy Chicago and The Dinner Party, Through the Flower — working with the Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to The Dinner Party K-12...
  • When the 1928 Tudor fireplace in the historic Schreyer House, home of Penn State President Eric Barron, needed to be restored, who did his interior designer call? The Penn State Department of Architecture, of course. In late summer 2014, Connie...
Student Spotlight
  • Joshua T. Keilholtz, a senior from Mont Alto, Pa., will serve as the student marshal for the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture at fall commencement ceremonies in December 2014. Keilholtz will receive his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture...
  • Inspiration can be found anywhere, even in a young teenager. Just ask Casey Saline, a sophomore art education major who was inspired by a 13-year-old friend to launch the Lilli Project, a fundraiser to buy art supplies for children being treated at...
  • Emily Paskewicz, a fifth-year student majoring in landscape architecture and geography, was one of two winners of Penn State Education Abroad's Annual Writing Contest, which is open to students across the University. Emily studied in Mang'...
  • Dustin Julius, a 2014 B.Arch. alumnus who is now pursuing his M.Arch. at Penn State, has received the Student Silver Award for Design from the Pennsylvania Council Society of American Registered Architects for his project, “Complexity and...
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...
  • 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...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Randy Ploog, coordinator of international programs in the College of Arts and Architecture, completed a visiting scholar residency at the Institute of American Universities (known as IAU College), a study abroad consortium based in Aix-en-...
  • For Curt Marshall, it’s all about the kids. As coordinator of multicultural and recruitment programs in the College of Arts and Architecture, he not only works to recruit diverse students, but helps them to navigate college life when they come...
  • On Monday, November 17, Bill Doan, professor of theatre, got a pie in the face—for THON. During Theatre 100, one of his students threw the whipped-cream concoction at Doan to benefit the fundraising efforts of Apollo, a special interest...
  • Wanda B. Knight, associate professor of art education and women’s studies, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Art Educator in Higher Education by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). “Dr. Wanda Knight stands out as a...
  • For most faculty members at Penn State, the Golden Globes are an awards show they might watch or read about the next day. For theatre professor and actor Richard Robichaux, however, the 2015 awards mean much more. Robichaux appears in the critically...
  • Blue Band Director O. Richard Bundy directed his last home performance in Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29. Bundy, who will retire in May 2015, is completing his final marching band season in a career that began in 1980, when he was a...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Associate Professor Bonnie Collura will exhibit the sculpture Death of the Virgin II in Disturbing Innocence, a group exhibition curated by artist Eric Fischl at FLAG Art Foundation in New York City. The show will be on view October...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Violinist Lin He (M.M. '00) performed at Carnegie Hall on November 22, 2014, playing a full program of the music of Dinos Constantinides with Margaret O’Connell, mezzo-soprano; Robert DiLutis, clarinet; and Michael Gurt, piano. The...
  • Fouad Fakhouri ('97 M.M. Composition/Theory, '01 M.M. Orchestral Conducting) has received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Methodist University (North Carolina). As part of that honor, he delivered the fall commencement...
  • Jeremy Rubenstein has Penn State degrees in theatre, communications and history, as well as certificates in art education (Long Island University) and eccentric performance (Celebration Barn Theater). So does he teach? Yes. Does he perform? Yes....
  • With the recent announcement that Penn State Musical Theatre alumna Caroline Bowman (’10) would take over the starring role of Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked starting December 16, Penn State has three Musical Theatre B.F.A. alumni...

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