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

  • March 10, 2014 The National Art Education Association has named Mary Ann Stankiewicz, professor of art education, to receive the 2014 National Art Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary...
  • March 25, 2014 The commissioned play 'Blood at the Root' explores issues of race, class, sexuality and discrimination — and the all-student cast seized the opportunity to share important conversations with peers at campuses ... and others around the world. When...
  • Denise Costanzo, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Penn State, is the recipient of a 2014-15 Rome Prize Fellowship in Modern Italian Studies from the American Academy in Rome. Her Rome Prize project proposal, “Eternal City, New Lessons: Architects...
  • March 4, 2014 Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, has been named the Penn State laureate for the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds 2013-14 Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of English and integrative arts...
  • On May 2, two Penn State School of Music faculty members and six students will embark on a trip that will undoubtedly change their lives and their music-making forever. Professors Mark Lusk (trombone) and Dan Yoder (jazz studies) will lead a delegation of...

Student Spotlight

  • Jessica Paholsky, a senior majoring in visual journalism in the College of Communications and photography in the College of Arts and Architecture, has been awarded the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for undergraduate students. The award recognizes...
  • On Friday, April 4, second-year architecture students competed in the 2014 National Construction Masonry Association competition. This year's winner is Rebecca Lefkowitz, who will receive a financial scholarship as well as the opportunity to present her project at the NCMA...
  • Many professional artists dream of the opportunity to create a commissioned work of art for permanent public display. For Oliva Calef, that opportunity came before she even graduated from Penn State. Calef, a bachelor of fine arts candidate in sculpture who will graduate this...
  • Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received a Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award. Considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students, the award provides funding to full-time doctoral students who have passed...
  • Graduate trumpet student John Maurer has been accepted to the 2014 OperaMaya Orchestral Summer Festival, hosted in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The festival runs June 2-June 16, and offers masterclasses, daily language studies, and opportunities to work with leading professionals in...
  • Ellie Skrzat, a senior in the Schreyer Honors College, is an experienced storyteller — but she tells stories in ways you might not expect. Give Skrzat the story of Joe Paterno’s life and she’ll create a colorful portrait with pastels that gets...

Performances and Exhibitions

  • The Palmer Museum of Art is delighted to present Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades, a major exhibition charting the remarkable—and ongoing—career of the indefatigable Judy Chicago. One might add intrepid, controversial, and inspirational to the list of adjectives...
  • In the years following World War II, one of the ways Japan attempted to reshape its world image was by presenting an idea of modern Japanese culture rooted in tradition. This effort took place both in Japan, where individual artists were encouraged to develop new approaches to...
  • Looking for a great concert this weekend? We've got two: the Symphonic Wind Ensemble's final concert of the year on Friday, April 25, and the Glee Club's 125th anniversary concert on Saturday, April 26. Both concerts are at 8 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium. The...
  • The exhibition, British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection, celebrates the so-called Golden Age of British watercolors, the period spanning roughly from 1750 to 1850, when the medium reached its pinnacle in the hands of artists such as John Varley, Francis Towne, David...
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of the visual art exhibition Digital Hand, featuring works created by students participating in a course exploring the sculptural possibilities of digital fabrication taught by Tom Lauerman, assistant...

Faculty Spotlight

  • March 19, 2014 Fusion, a solo exhibition of works by Ann Shostrom, assistant professor of art, will open at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York on March 27 and run through May 3, 2014. The show is the second solo exhibition of Shostom's to be held at the gallery....
  • March 25, 2014 Penn State School of Visual Arts' assistant professor of art, Rudy Shepherd, will participate in a group exhibition, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, at the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York, March 27 - June 29, 2014. The...
  • March 24, 2014 Peter Aeschbacher, associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Award for Engagement with Students. The award recognizes faculty members for their “special efforts to engage and encourage...
  • When Christopher Guzman, assistant professor of music, won the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans (Orléans International Piano Competition) in 2012, he won more than international recognition for himself as a pianist. He gained international visibility for...
  • People walk through contemporary art galleries daily, liking some exhibits, disliking others, often without understanding the work. Reading reviews by noted art historians such as Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history, might help those who want to add some depth to...
  • March 11, 2014 The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Women’s Caucus has named Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women’s studies, recipient of the June King McFee Award, which honors an individual who has made distinguished contributions to...
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts alumna Ghislaine Fremaux, visiting assistant professor of art at the University, is one of a select group of international guest artists exhibiting in the Ninth Biennial of Visual Art of Nicaragua, Recycling Memory: Recapturing the Lost City,...

Research Spotlight

  • Open City, painter and SoVA professor John Bowman's recent solo show at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, received a positive review in the April issue of the prestigious national art journal ARTnews. "Having spent much of his time in Manhattan, painter John Bowman...

Alumni and Donor Spotlight

  • March 12, 2014 Alex E. Hill ('97 M.M.-Conducting) conducted the world premiere of his original choral motet Notas mihi fecisti vias vitae at a principal Mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in Rome on Sunday, November 3, 2013. That evening, he conducted this and several...
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) alum Lindsey Landfried (’11 B.F.A. Art), recent Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient, curated a traveling exhibit, RR&P: Repetition Rhythm and Pattern, featuring works by ten artists, including SoVA professor Helen O’Leary...
  • Caroline Bowman (’10 B.F.A. Musical Theatre) is the recipient of a 2014 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award, which honors alumni age 35 and younger. Bowman is currently performing the lead role of Eva Peron in the national tour of the musical Evita. She...
  • Seven College of Arts and Architecture graduates were honored with Alumni Awards at the college's annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 4. Recipients included: Richard Arentz (Landscape Architecture) Harlan Hoffa (Visual Arts - Art Education) Bob Holland (Architecture)...
  • In 2004, ten years after the Rwandan Genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in 100 days, William Snyder III (’06 M.F.A. Art) was inspired to create an installation commemorating the horrific event, one he felt had been omitted from the history books. Today, 20...
  • Volunteering has always been a big part of Christine Lichtig’s life. When her sons were growing up, she could frequently be found chaperoning a school field trip or working the concession stand at a sporting event. Like many parents, her volunteer efforts revolved around...

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