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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
  • Partners in Music, a program that pairs Penn State students in the School of Music with elementary-age students, has received the 2015 Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship, an award that recognizes a project...
  • Scott Wing, RA, AIA, associate professor of architecture at Penn State, has been named associate dean for academic affairs and outreach in the College of Arts and Architecture, effective July 1, 2015. A member of the...
Student Spotlight
  • 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...
  • Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received a 2015–2016 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. The fellowship will support her research on the architectural...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • School of Music second-year graduate student and violinist Emily Karosas has won First Place in the Strings Division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Competition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • On February 6, 1799, an advertisement appeared in the Diario de Madrid announcing “a collection of prints of imaginary subjects, invented and etched by Don Francisco Goya.”  The notice goes on to explain that the...
  • 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—...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present the exhibition Song of Myself, works on paper drawn from the permanent collection, through May 10.             I celebrate myself, and...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Landscape architecture professor Tim Baird is the 2015 recipient of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Excellence in Design Studio Teaching – Senior Faculty Award. CELA confers this award to recognize...
  • 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...
  • Robert Nairn, Distinguished Professor of Music, is the recipient of the University's 2015 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities. The medal was awarded at a luncheon on April 15. Nairn,...
  • The Blue Band Building will be renamed the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building in a special ceremony during the 2015 Homecoming weekend, October 9-11. The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the facility for the...
  • Ann Clements, associate professor of music education, was named the winner of Penn State’s first Open Innovation Challenge for her idea to create a 3D virtual reality lab that would help teachers to refine and improve their...
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...
  • On Earth Day—April 22—Penn State School of Visual Arts Assistant Professor Shannon Goff and students in her “Pulp Fictions” sculpture special topics course put the spotlight on plastic through a mobile...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • 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...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture will honor seven accomplished alumni during its annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. Honorees include Douglas N. Dow (Art History), Christian Baldini (...
  • 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...
  • At first glance, the bright colors, lines and geometric shapes seem, well, like an assortment of colors, lines and shapes. But each circle, each triangle, each slash of fire engine red or sunny yellow has meaning behind it,...

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