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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 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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Across the College
  • In Cuba, music is everywhere. So says Mark Lusk, professor of music, who for the last two years has taken School of Music students to the Caribbean island country. This year he led the trip with faculty colleagues Velvet Brown and Dan...
  • The Penn State College of Arts and Architecture will present artsUP—a free, appropriate-for-all-ages celebration of the arts—on Sunday, Sept. 20, noon– 5 p.m., in the Arts District on the University Park campus. Performances,...
Student Spotlight
  • Aaron C. Wertman, son of Gary and Patricia Wertman of Danville, has been named the student marshal for the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture for summer 2015. A student in the integrated Bachelor of Architecture/Master...
  • There's more to experience in Pittsburgh than you might think.  A team of Penn State students, along with collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Chatham University, are working to connect eighteen North...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • 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 first Friday of each month this semester in the Drs. Albert and Lorraine...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art is pleased to announce Archipenko: A Modern Legacy, which offers a fresh assessment of Alexander Archipenko, a pioneer of modern sculpture. The exhibition is on view from September 22 through December 13, 2015. Featuring more than...
  • The Feminine Eternal Project, an initiative of dance professor Elisha Clark Halpin and colleague Megan Moore, is on display in the Borland Project Space through September 26. The project is a physical exploration of female archetypes, goddesses, saints and...
  • The Penn State School of Music is pleased to announce “Music and Dance: Exploring Connections Between Two Art Forms” as its theme for the 2015-16 year. The idea of a unifying theme resulted from in-depth faculty discussions concerning how to...
  • 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 make its...
  • The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2015–16 lineup of 32 music, theater and dance presentations from around the world features eight performances of touring Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” husband-and-wife banjo duo Béla...
  • The Penn State School of Music is proud to introduce the Spotlight Concert Series, five performances throughout the school year featuring its outstanding faculty performers collaborating in varied and intriguing combinations of instruments and repertoires....
  • A diverse selection of work by Penn State School of Visual Arts students will be featured in an exhibition, New Directions, at the Fraser Street Gallery in downtown State College, Sept. 4–28. The exhibition is curated by Brian Alfred, Penn State...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Helen O’Leary, professor of art, has been selected as an artist-in-residence for the inaugural year of a new program at the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. O’Leary is one of...
  • Visual journals chronicling Penn State art education professor Brent Wilson’s four decades of journeys across North America, Europe, Egypt, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Brazil will be on display through Sept. 13 in...
  • Christopher Staley, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Art, has been appointed president-elect of the 5,000-member National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He will serve as president-elect until the March...
Research/Creative Activity
  • When the State College Community Land Trust (SCCLT), a local nonprofit housing assistance organization, approached Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture about designing an affordable, eco-friendly duplex for two local families, a team...
  • Associate Professor of Music Education Ann Clements will travel to England in September 2015 to present her research at the "Designs for eLearning Conference" hosted by the University of London. Clements will be joined by Penn State...
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts Associate Professor Cristin Millett was a resident artist at the 2015 Digital Stone Project (DSP) in Gramolazzo, Italy, this summer, one of only 17 professional artists, university educators and students from across...
  • Denise Costanzo, assistant professor of architecture in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, has released her first book, What Architecture Means: Connecting Ideas and Design. Published by Routledge, the book introduces...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Penn State has recognized John Leone, Penn State alumnus and longtime supporter, as its 2015 Philanthropist of the Year for the support that he and his late wife, Willie Leone, have offered to programs across the University. The...
  • Christian Baldini (M.M. '05-orchestral conducting) has released a CD with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and soprano Emma Watts. Titled "Mozart: Arias and Overtures," the CD was named "Recording of the Month...
  • "We Are...Penn State!" This chant, for many, encapsulates what it means to be a "Penn Stater"and part of an interconnected community that is recognizable around the world. Now that iconic phrase has taken on a...

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