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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
  • In April, the steps of Old Main will be used as more than an entrance into Penn State’s administrative home. The School of Theatre will stage a production of “Julius Caesar” on the steps, with three performances April 15–17...
  • 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...
  • In fall 2015, the Art Education program will start offering a dual-title Ph.D. degree in Art Education and African American and Diaspora Studies, joining the existing dual-title degree program in Art Education and Women’s Studies. The Penn...
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) will host a Portfolio Day at the University Park campus on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. SoVA offers degrees in art and design disciplines and art education, giving students the...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Fifth-year Penn State architecture student Danielle Mitchell was elected president of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) at the organization's national meeting over the New Year holiday in Nashville. She will serve...
  • 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 will now advance to the national finals, to...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,  ...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Gary Kesler, associate dean for academic affairs and outreach in the College of Arts and Architecture and associate professor of landscape architecture, has been elected a fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), one of...
  • Brian Alfred, Penn State School of Visual Arts assistant professor and alumni award winner, opens his solo exhibition, It Takes a Million Years To Become Diamonds So Let's All Just Burn Like Coal Until The Sky Is Black, at Ameringer McEnery...
  • Professor Christine Marmé Thompson, coordinator of the Art Education graduate program at Penn State, has been named a National Art Education Association (NAEA) Distinguished Fellow, joining University colleagues Mary Ann Stankiewicz, B. Stephen...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education at the Palmer Museum of Art and affiliate assistant professor of art education at Penn State, has been named National Museum Division Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association (...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Ann Tarantino’s “Water Lab,” an exhibition of her work using water as both medium and subject, will be on display in the Borland Project Space, March 2–6, with a public reception and artist’s talk on Thursday, March 5,...
  • Center for the Performing Arts staff member Medora Ebersole is using her experience as an education and community programs manager to develop an interdisciplinary project aimed at increasing knowledge of pollinator behavior—from bees and bats...
  • 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...
  • TEDxPSU 2015 has selected Penn State’s Stuckeman School Chair of Design Innovation and Professor of Architecture Darla Lindberg as one of the speakers for the Sunday, March 1, 2015 exposition of ideas. Lindberg actively engages broad challenges...
  • WATER LAB, a pop-up artist’s studio and creative laboratory, will unfold in the Borland Project Space over the course of five weeks, from February 2 through March 6. During this time, Ann Tarantino will undertake research and studio work in support...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Penn State students had the opportunity to learn from alumnus Jacob Stephens (B. Arch. ’96) when he returned to campus last week to share his experiences creating digital visual effects for Avatar, The Hobbit trilogy, and many other projects...
  • Paige L. (’03 Honorary) and Arthur J. (’61 B.A. Arts and Letters) Nagle have created a $2 million endowment to establish the Nagle Family Endowed Chair in Musical Theatre. Cary Libkin, longtime head of Penn State’s musical theatre...
  • Annie Burridge ('00 B.M.) has been named managing director of Opera Philadelphia. In this new position, she joins the artistic planning team and assumes responsibility for implementing the company’s business plan. Equipped with degrees in...
  • “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...
  • 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.,...
  • Since graduating from Penn State, Philip Adiutori (B.L.A., ’02) has been working as a landscape architect and planner on a variety of international projects ranging from civic design to luxury hospitality and resort planning. He is currently...

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