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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 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...
  • Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State Laureate and associate professor of theater, is taking her "Dignity Tour" to Penn State campuses, high schools and other locations across Pennsylvania, discussing "various languages of creativity...
  • Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art is one of several museums across the Commonwealth to have been invited to lend works to an exhibition organized by Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s Inaugural Committee. The exhibition will feature the work of...
  • 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...
Student Spotlight
  • 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. Mitchell was twice...
  • 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'...
  • 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...
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...
  • 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...
  • Diavolo, a dance-theater company that performs works it calls “architecture in motion,” combines movement, ballet, contemporary dance, acrobatics, gymnastic, martial arts and hip-hop. The Los Angeles company performs two works, “...
  • 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...
  • 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 powerhouse musicians of Zap Mama and Antibalas bring international vocal harmonies and polyrhythmic funk to a Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets are $38 for an...
  • The touring Broadway musical comedy “Sister Act”—produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Troika Entertainment and Sister Act on Tour, LLC—makes its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State debut at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in...
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...
  • Congratulations to School of Theatre faculty member Richard Robichaux, who was part of the 2015 Golden Globe-winning cast of Boyhood. The movie won the Golden Globe for Best Drama, as well as Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Please join Penn State School of Music and School of Theatre faculty member, Mark Ballora, on Monday, January 26 for the first in a new brown-bag Lunchtime Lectures series featuring innovative projects that integrate arts and design research with...
  • 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...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • “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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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