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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: April 6, 2012


For a complete schedule of College of Arts and Architecture events, including performances and exhibitions presented by our museum and performing arts units, visit the college's Web Events calendar at

Department of Art History
~ "Indigenous Knowledge in Swaziland: Local ‘Crafts’ Transforming into ‘Global’ Art," lecture by William Dewey, associate professor of art history, Thursday, April 12, noon, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library.
Dewey will discuss his recent research conducted as a Senior Fulbright Scholar with the National Museum of Swaziland. His presentation will describe the transformation of local crafts into global art from the perspective of the traditional artists.

~ “Looking at Looking at Chinese Paintings,” 2011-2012 Harold E. Dickson Memorial Lecture given by Craig Clunas, professor and head of History of Art Department, and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford, Thursday, April 12, 6:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building

Center for the Performing Arts
~ Young Frankenstein, Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ David Sedaris, Friday, April 13, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Diavolo, Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. This presentation is part of the Creative Campus Project: The Secret Life of Public Spaces. Go to for details.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Painting the People: Images of American Life from the Maimon Collection, continues through May 13, 2012
~ Hogarth Restored, continues through May 13, 2012
~ Me, Myself, and The Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection, continues through May 27, 2012

American Art Lecture (unless otherwise noted, talks start in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art):
~ Picturing New Deal America: Visual Art and National Identity, 1933-1945, by Erika Doss, professor of American art history and chair, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame, Tuesday, April 17, 4:30 p.m. Doss’ lecture is co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art, Department of Art History, and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

The Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ An Old-Fashioned Love Song: A Cabaret, performed by Raymond Sage and Mary Saunders-Barton, associate professors of voice, Wednesday, April 18, 12:10 p.m.

Gallery Talks (unless otherwise noted, talks start in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ “Patriotic Pictures”: American Boosterism and the Maimon Collection, by Joyce Robinson, curator, Friday, April 20, 12:10 p.m.

For more information on exhibitions and other events at the Palmer Museum, visit

School of Music


Acting For Singers presents its Opera Workshop: Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti
Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Directed by Robert W. Schneider, who directed this season’s acclaimed All My Sons, Trouble in Tahiti tells the story of a suburban couple whose marriage is held captive by the synthetic world of the 1950s. Sam and Dinah struggle valiantly to express their true feelings but are constantly thwarted by their inability to communicate in a society that demands emotional complacency. As the story progresses, both Sam and Dinah learn about the world they inhabit, how others view them, and what lies underneath their cheery exteriors (ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student). 

Essence of Joy: 20th Anniversary Season
Essence of Joy will present its 20th anniversary Spring Campus Concert, Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m., in the Worship Center, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.  A massed choir of singers from the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers and Essence 2 ltd. will combine with Essence of Joy to perform selections from the Soul and Spirit of Essence CD in observance of this special weekend. An archival compact disc project, Love, Peace, Joy, and a DVD project with campus performances going back to 1994 will be released at this concert (ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student).

Anthony T. Leach, professor of music/music education, founded Essence of Joy in November 1991. He also conducts the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, Essence 2, and the Penn State University Choir. For further information, please contact Dr. Leach at

Penn State Glee Club’s Blue and White Concert
The Glee Club’s annual Blue and White Concert, Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m., Schwab Auditorium, will feature an array of music from Baroque to Broadway, from Bach to Bernstein, as well as music by Morten Lauridsen, Byron Adams and others. The Hi-Lo’s will also perform and the concert will conclude with plenty of Penn State pride as Glee Club alumni join to sing the school songs (ticket required: $12 adult/$4 student).

Call for Auditions: Music at Penn's Woods Choir
As part of the Music at Penn's Woods annual summer orchestral festival, the School of Music plans to form a choir, directed by Christopher Kiver, associate professor of music, to perform several works during a chamber music concert on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus. University and community members are invited to audition for the choir from now through April 20 by contacting Kiver at  To read the full story, click here.

(Unless listed otherwise, all recitals and performances will take place in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I)
~ Saxophone Studio Recital, Friday, April 6, 5:00 p.m
~ Professional Performance Certificate Recital: Jean Elder and Chewon Park, piano, Friday, April 6, 8:00 p.m.
~ Professional Performance Certificate Recital: Kevin Huhn, double bass, Saturday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.
~ Graduate Recital: Kevin Rockower, baritone, Saturday, April 7, 8:00 p.m.
~ Guest Artist Recital: Marty Nau, saxophone, Tuesday, April 10, 8:00 p.m.
~ Bach’s Lunch: Saxophone Studio, Thursday, April 12, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Dimensions in Jazz: Centre, Inner and Outer, Thursday, April 12, 8:00 p.m.
~ Graduate Recital: Matthew Vickers, tenor, Friday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.
~ Graduate Recital: Elizabeth Jeremica, cello, Friday, April 13, 5:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Waupelani Drive
~ Graduate Recital: Ji Yeon Shin, violin, Saturday, April 14, 3:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
~ Undergraduate Recital: Meghan Hilher, soprano, Saturday, April 14, 5:00 p.m.
~ Junior Recital: Mitchell Schuck, trumpet, and Robert Kamel, clarinet, Saturday, April 14, 8:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Graduate Woodwind Quintet Recital, Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
~ Senior Recital: Louise Moncia, trumpet, Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m.
~ Undergraduate Recital : Ryan Wakefield, jazz, Sunday, April 15, 3:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Senior Recital: Louis Moncla, trumpet, Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m.
~ Undergraduate Recital: Ryan Wakefield, jazz, Sunday, April 15, 3:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Oriana Singers, Sunday, April 15, 4:00 p.m., (ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
~ DMA Chamber Recital: Joanne Yang, piano, Sunday, April 15, 8:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Senior Recital: Eric Malone, double bass, Sunday, April 15, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Senior Recital: Adam Miller, saxophone, Monday, April 16, 5:00 p.m.
~ Graduate Recital: Slavi Savov, double bass, Monday, April 16, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Percussion Ensemble I and Mallet Ensemble, Monday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.
~ Percussion Ensemble II, Tuesday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.
~ Horn Ensemble, Wednesday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.
~ Bach’s Lunch: Hi-Lo’s, Thursday, April 19, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Chamber Music for Strings, Thursday, April 19, 8:00 p.m.
~ Faculty Recital: David Stambler, saxophone, Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.

School of Theatre
Penn State Centre Stage
~ Gizmo, April 10-21, 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre
“When machines do everything for us, what will we do with ourselves?” Inspired by the modern classic R.U.R. by Karel Capek, the new play is written by award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe and directed by Dan Carter, director of the School of Theatre. For more information about Gizmo, click here.

School of Visual Arts
~ “Understanding Korean Painting,” a series of two-hour workshops taught by Yong Taek Lee, professor of art education, CheongJu National University of Education, will be held Friday, April 13 and 20, 11:00 a.m., in 105 Arts Cottage. Lee is a visiting scholar through August 2012. The workshops are free, but registration is required. For further information about needed supplies and to register, contact Yong Taek Lee at or call 814-470-7952.

Zoller Gallery
~ M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition: Kerri O’Neill and Ghislaine Fremaux, April 6-9.
~ M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition: Mike Collins and Ian Brill, April 13-20, with opening reception on Friday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
Robot Weekend: Being Human Gizmos
Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 116 Theatre Building
This innovative IAH symposium begins with the opening night performance of Anthony Clarvoe’s new play Gizmo, which is inspired by Karel Capek’s R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) – the play that introduced the word "robot" (worker) for the first time. Tickets for Gizmo are available through the School of Theatre.

Then on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, IAH will hold a series of conversations about the boundaries of the human, with regard to artificial intelligence, animals, disability, and bioethics. Topics will range from worms to zombies to the history of consciousness, so quite literally, there should be something for everyone. And at the center of the conference, at noon on Saturday, Anthony Clarvoe will lead a lunch session on his play, just before the 2:00 p.m. matinee. Come join us for a weekend of being humans and playing with robots!
The symposium is free and open to the public, but please register at

Resident Scholars and Artists Speaker Series (unless otherwise noted, lectures are in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ “Ancilla: A Reading of Original Poetry,” presented by Erin Murphy, associate professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Altoona, Thursday, April 12, noon.
~ “Peacocks and Pleasure-Domes: The Rebirth of the Pastoral in Charles Griffes’ Music,” presented by Taylor Greer, associate professor of music theory, Thursday, April 19, noon.

For more information on all IAH lectures, click here.


Faculty Members Receive Special Honors
Congratulations to Chris Staley, distinguished professor of art, and Brian Orland, professor of landscape architecture and director of research operations for the college, who recently received prestigious recognition from the University. 

Chris was named the Penn State Laureate for 2012-13 (click here for full story). Brian was named a Distinguished Professor (click here for full story).

Collaborative Creative Resistance
Collaborative Creative Resistance is a day-long public performance in response to the global water crisis, led by B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education, with assistance from members of reservoir studio, Friday, April 13, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Palmer Museum Plaza. Using clay, sawdust, colloidal silver, and a ram press, the performance demonstrates the production of ceramic water filters. The event is free and open to the public.

A temporary exhibition of ceramic water receptacles created by School of Visual Arts students will be on display. Visitors will learn about the global water crisis and the production of affordable approaches to render bacteria-contaminated water potable.

The performance is supported by an individual faculty grant from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, reservoir studio, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program, the School of Visual Arts, and the College of Arts and Architecture.

Multimedia Concert, “Cross Currents,” Set for April 14
Cross Currents," a multimedia concert, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in the Stuckeman Family Building's Forum North space (on floors three and four). The performance will be free and open to the public. "Cross Currents" is a digital media variety show, consisting of works created by guests, and Penn State faculty and students.

To read the full story, click here.

The Secret Life of Public Spaces Culminates with Festival of Events
Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts, faculty and students in two Penn State colleges, and Los Angeles dance theater Diavolo have been collaborating for 18 months on a Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program called The Secret Life of Public Spaces. The culminating events for the project take place April 10 to 20, and the public is invited to experience each of the mostly free offerings. For more details, go to

College’s Staff Advisory Council Seeks Nominations for Staff Recognition Award
The college’s Staff Advisory Council is seeking nominations for the Staff Special Recognition Award for the spring semester. The award recognizes individuals who went above and beyond their routine work to complete a task or assist someone. The recipient will be recognized at the next All-College Meeting, held in the fall and spring of each year. 

Recipients are to be chosen with majority vote by the A&A Staff Advisory Council. This semester’s deadline date for submitting a nomination is Friday, May 11. For the spring 2012 nomination form, visit

Save the Date: College Staff Retreat
The College of Arts and Architecture Staff Retreat will be Tuesday, May 15, Founders Lounge, Bryce Jordan Center. More details will follow.



Penn State Laureate Jubilee Set for April 24
Linda Miller, Penn State Laureate 2011-12, invites students, faculty, staff and the community to the Penn State Laureate Jubilee, a reception and program to be held Tuesday, April 24, 3-5 p.m., at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. The opening reception at 3:00 p.m. will include light refreshments in the Frizzell Room of the Center, followed by a 4:00 p.m. program in the Worship Hall.  Miller will introduce the program by discussing (and illustrating through vintage photos) how the arts came alive in 1920s France, an artistic interchange among the painters, writers and musicians that Ernest Hemingway saw as a “Fiesta.” Miller will be joined in the program with a performance by Essence of Joy, directed by Tony Leach (2009-10 Laureate), along with a Bach performance by cellist Kim Cook (2008-09 Laureate) and a poetry reading by Robin Becker (2010-11 Laureate). The introduction of ceramic artist Christopher Staley, who was just selected as the 2012-13 Penn State laureate, will conclude the program. Everyone is welcome to attend this event to celebrate Penn State’s commitment to the arts and humanities through its laureate program.

Blood Battle
This spring, Penn State and Ohio State will compete in a battle to save lives. The two universities will face off in their second annual Fight for Life, a competition to see which school can collect the most blood through April 27.  Last year Penn State fell short by only 44 units of blood. Presenting donors will receive coupons from local businesses. To sign up, visit

Film Highlights Work of Graphic Novel Pioneer
Penn State University Libraries will host the world premiere of 217 Films’ new documentary on Lynd Ward (1905–1985), the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art, on Friday, April 20, 2:30 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park (click here for full story).

April is Autism Awareness Month
In support of April is Autism Awareness Month, the college is co-sponsoring the following event:
~ Showing of the film, Wretches and Jabberers that will include a question and answer session with Tracy Thresher, and Larry Bissonnette, two men with autism who are the focus of the film, in which they travel internationally to change attitudes about disability and intelligence, Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon auditorium. A reception will follow the film in Zoller Café. For details about the film:

Educational Gaming Commons Hosts Free Brownbag Session
Penn State’s Educational Gaming Commons is offering its third free brownbag session of the semester, “Create Personal ‘Epic Wins’ with ‘SuperBetter’ to Improve Your Quality of Life” Thursday, April 19, noon, 202K Rider Building. Educational Gaming Commons staff member Hannah Inzko will review the "SuperBetter" game by Jane McGonigal, keynote speaker at the 2012 Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology. "SuperBetter" is an online social game designed to build personal resilience in the face of a serious challenge. To register for the session, visit The Educational Gaming Commons is a service of Information Technology Services.



The following faculty and staff were recognized for outstanding service to the College of Arts and Architecture at the Spring Awards Ceremony, held on Friday, March 30:
Norman Spivey, professor of music, voice: Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching;
Linda Thornton, associate professor of music education: Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring;
Kathy Walker, administrative support coordinator, School of Music: Staff Award for Outstanding Service;
Deanna Heichel, financial coordinator, Center for the Performing Arts: Staff Excellence Award.

William J. Dewey, associate professor of art history, will be a panelist in the themed discussion session, “Sub-Saharan Iron Smelting as Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Question of Recognition of Past Cultural Achievements under the 2003 UNESCO Convention,” at the Society of Africanist Archaeologists 11th Biennial Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 20-23, 2012.

Lisa Iulo, assistant professor of architecture, with Ali Memari, professor of architectural engineering and Steve Grossenbacher (’11 M.Eng. Architectural Engineering), published an article, "Comparative Evaluation of Structural and Water Penetration Performance of Three Different Masonry Wall Types for Residential Construction," in Journal of Civil Engineering and Science, Vol. 1, No.1.

Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Junior Scholar Award in Early Modern Studies for 2012-13.  Kulpa will spend fall semester 2012 working on her dissertation, “From Michelangelo to Mussolini:  Attribution and Appropriation in the Palestrina Pietà.”  Kulpa has also just been awarded Penn State’s $14,000 Waddell-Biggart Fellowship for 2012-13 to assist her dissertation research.

The following Art History students have been awarded summer 2012 internships in the Palmer Museum of Art:
Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internships:
Melissa Mednicov, Ph.D. candidate in art history
Anna Stein, M.A. candidate in art history
Kristina Wilson, M.A. candidate in art history

Annie Goodings Sykes Internship:
Emily Dice, undergraduate art history major


Integrative Arts Program Coordinator Position
The college is currently looking for a program coordinator to direct the Integrative Arts degree program from the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.  The announcement is available on the college website at: For more information, contact Gary Kesler, FASLA,

New Hires
Teresa Lang
, research associate, Department of Landscape Architecture, started 4/01/2012.
Lorraine Reitz, administrative support coordinator, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, starts 4/09/2012.

Barbara Cutler
, proposal award generalist, will start her new position on 4/16/2012. She previously served as administrative assistant in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


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April 5, 2012
University of Oxford Professor to Give Dickson Memorial Lecture in Art History

April 5, 2012
Chris Staley Named Penn State Laureate for 2012-13

April 4, 2012
Department of Landscape Architecture Bracken Fellow Tom Leader to Give Lecture

April 4, 2012
University Dance Company Honored at American Dance Festival

April 4, 2012
Music Technology Professor Creates Sounds of the Universe for Grateful Dead Drummer

April 3, 2012
Film Highlights Work of Graphic Novel Pioneer

April 2, 2012
Three Musicians Sing to Victory at the National Association of Teachers of Singing

March 29, 2012
Institute for the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor Gives Series of Talks

March 29, 2012
Art History Student Receives Dissertation Fellowship

March 29, 2012
Penn State Centre Stage presents Gizmo

March 29, 2012
Multimedia concert, 'Cross Currents,' set for April 14

March 28, 2012
Art Education Graduate Student Wins Teaching Award

March 27, 2012
Internationally Known Artist to Headline Architecture Lecture Series

March 26, 2012
Wesleyan University Professor to Give Dickson Memorial Lecture in Art History\

March 26, 2012
Grammy-Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Performs at Schwab April 24

March 26, 2012
The Secret Life of Public Spaces Culminates with Festival of Events