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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
  • "Keep in mind that it is what lies BETWEEN the lines of your vita document that becomes your real vita—your real life. The entries on the document are markers along the journey you have begun and that will unfold over the years, but they...
Student Spotlight
  • The goal of the Jared Box Project is to uplift the spirits of children in the hospital. The boxes themselves—as well as the project website and related materials—recently got a “lift” of their own, thanks...
  • Chase Weaver and Xinxin Li spent a week working with fellow students twisting thin, black wire by hand to create the more than 2,000 miniature magnolia, American beech and other trees that populated their 3-by-8 foot landscape...
  • Cali Buckley and Tess Kutasz, Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Art History, have both been awarded 2015–16 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Buckley will spend next year in Germany, while Kutasz will be in Sweden. They...
  • Penn State’s H4: Heritage Homes Team, composed of more than 25 architecture and engineering students, strongly impressed the judges of the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition. Penn...
  • Christopher Ballentine, a senior majoring in music education in the School of Music, is one of five recipients of the 2015 John W. Oswald Award, in the field of creative and performing arts. The John W. Oswald Award, established...
  • Alexis Arra, a sophomore in the Graphic Design program, has won the Betreff Gentner Prize at the 2015 “Water is Life” International Student Poster Competition in Berlin. Arra received a 1500 Euro prize for her design...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Penn State School of Theatre will present the 2015 Broadway On Allen series in collaboration with FUSE Productions and the NU. Musical Theatre Festival in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center this summer. This season’s series includes...
  • Dates have been announced for the Penn State engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing at Eisenhower Auditorium for eight performances. The musical will...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Tim Baird’s project, “Urban Arboreta: Tree Nurseries Transform Vacant Lands,” has been chosen as a winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge. Baird, professor of...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Kim Cook, Penn State professor of music in cello, is the solo cellist on a recently released MSR Classics CD recording, featuring Cook performing concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns and Édouard Lalo and the Elegy by Gabriel Fauré with the Philharmonica...
  • The reactions were intense. Some of the participants cried, some got angry and some stood in shocked silence. The television screens loomed in front of them, displaying images of their distorted and unrecognizable faces. “That’s not me,...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Penn State alumnus and College of Arts and Architecture supporter Rich Smukler will have a solo exhibition of his photographs at La Rodine Gallery, in the Tuscan village of Ponte a Serraglio, June 6–14, 2015. Smukler is a...
  • When Barbara Palmer and her late husband, James, made the lead gifts for the Palmer Museum’s expansion and subsequent renovation, their goal was to ensure Penn State’s art museum would serve as a cultural treasure and...

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