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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
  • Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA, Penn State Landscape Architecture faculty member since 1989, has been appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University for a two-year...
  • 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
  • Going from a New York City ghetto to an Ivy League law school to a quirky florist shop, it’s obvious Brinie Wallace gets around. And pumps up her résumé in the process. The incoming junior in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program has gained extensive professional experience...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Congratulations to Norman Spivey, who became the president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on July 9, 2014. Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • 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...
  • Eric Sanders ('95 B.S, percussion) has served on the faculty of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media (AIMM) since 2009. A percussion student named Jason Barnes enrolled at the school in 2013, functioning without a right forearm and hand and playing drums with an...
  • Ivan Hodge (’98 B.M.) was a featured violinist on the PBS special, A Capitol Fourth, performing with recent American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips. Hodge is an elementary string teacher in Prince William County, Virginia, and a freelance violinist in the...
  • 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...

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