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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
  • On Saturday night, a group of Penn State Concert Choir members proved you CAN get what you want—and what millions of other rock music fans want, too—when they sang with the iconic Rolling Stones during the band’s Zip Code tour stop...
  • Landscape Architecture faculty member Tim Murtha and fifth-year student Chris Frey recently shared their expertise with the Department of Anthropology’s archaeological field school, which concluded this week at Foster Farmstead, a 19th-century...
Student Spotlight
  • Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, and two graduate students, Sarah Daiker and Andrea Middleton, have been chosen to present papers at the 2015 Byzantine Studies Conference in New York City, October 23–25...
  • 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...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present a new exhibition, Luminous Allure: Studio Glass from the Collection of Audrey and Norbert Gaelen, from June 23 through August 16, 2015. Audrey and Norbert (’47 Engineering) Gaelen have been acquiring studio glass...
  • 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...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • A game-changer. That’s what Penn State art education professor B. Stephen Carpenter II calls the approximately 50-pound portable filter press designed by engineering students during the spring 2014 semester. The A-frame-...
  • In the summer of 2014, Brian Curran, Penn State Department of Art History Professor of Italian Renaissance Art, was officially diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His diagnosis came after...
  • 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...
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...
  • Reformat: Digital Fabrication in Clay, a group exhibition of ceramics from Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art, along with Andy Brayman, Del Harrow, and Mie Kongo, is on display through July 15 at Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago,...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Penn State Art History alumnus and College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award winner David A. Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, has been appointed director of the...
  • 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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