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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: February 22, 2013


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

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

~ “Less is Less: the Environmental Perils of Thinking Small,” lecture by Dan Willis, professor of architecture, Department of Architecture, Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building. Lecture sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities as part of the City Life/City Living Lecture Series.
Willis will present research that is the subject of his forthcoming book, Architecture and Energy: Performance and Style. The research is part of the on-going Department of Energy-funded Energy Efficient Buildings Hub project, based at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In the lecture he will argue that architects, by focusing on the performance of stand-alone buildings, have been thinking too narrowly, and that it makes no sense to speak of "sustainability" with reference to anything smaller than a geographic region organized around an urban core.

Department of Art History

~ “Rewriting the Narrative: New Re-discoveries and Updates on the Armory Show,” 2012-13 Harold E. Dickson Memorial Lecture given by Laurette E. McCarthy, independent scholar and curator, Thursday, March 14, 6:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building. Lecture co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Borland Gallery

No announcements for this week.

Center for the Performing Arts

~ How I Became a Pirate by the Omaha Theater Company, Sunday, February 24, 2:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Brentano String Quartet:
-Salon Evening, Monday, February 25, 7:00 p.m., Nittany Lion Board Room.  Charles Youmans, associate professor of musicology, will moderate.
-Strings Master Class, Tuesday, February 26, 10:00 a.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I.
-Main Performance: Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium.
The series of performances and presentations is part of the Classical Music Project (CMP) Film Series, a partnership with the Center for the Performing Arts, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and The State Theatre. To read more about CMP, click here.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Lit with Piercing Glances: Linocuts by James Mullen, continues through May 19, 2013
~ “Varied and Untried”: Early Twentieth-Century American Painting from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection, continues through May 5, 2013
~ Drawn to Paint: The Art of Jerome Witkin, February 26-May 5, 2013
This exhibition will feature a major retrospective of Witkin’s work, with nearly 40 paintings and drawings that span more than four decades of his career.

Gallery Talks (Unless otherwise noted, talks begin in the galleries, Palmer Museum of Art. A greeter will be available in the lobby to direct visitors to the appropriate gallery.)
~ Drawn to Paint: The Art of Jerome Witkin, by Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman curator, Friday, March 1, 12:10 p.m.

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

School of Music


~ Guest lectures by Barry Green, artist in residence:
“The Inner Game of Music,” Monday, February 25, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
“Bringing Music to Life,” Tuesday, February 26, noon, Esber Recital Hall
~ Guest Recital: Barry Green (double bass) and Friends, with special guest artists: Tir Na Nog Irish Dance School; Sue Garner, choreographer; Svetlana Rodianova, piano; Naomi Seldman, flute; Rob Nairn, bass; and students from the Double Bass Studio.
Barry Green, a native Californian, served as principal bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years, and more recently as principal bassist of the California Symphony and Sun Valley Idaho Summer Symphony. Former executive director of the International Society of Bassists, he is currently living in San Diego while teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is active as a bass soloist, clinician and motivational speaker. To read the full story, click here. For more information, click here.

Philharmonic Orchestra, Friday, February 22, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium, (Ticket required: $12 adult/$4 student)
~ Graduate Recital: Jeff Kinsey, saxophone, Saturday, February 23, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Graduate Conducting Recital: David Hood, Sunday, February 24, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Senior Recital: Curtis Rainey, viola, Sunday, February 24, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Percussion Studio, Monday, February 25, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Master Class: Barry Green with the double bass studio, Monday, February 25, 8:30 p.m., 128 Music Building II
~ Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Recital: Caroline Ryu, piano, Tuesday, February 26, 8:00 p.m., 122 Music Building I
~ Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Tuesday, February 26, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall (Ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
~ Graduate Recital: Hanni Zhang, piano, Wednesday, February 27, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Friday, February 27, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (Ticket required: $12 adult/$4 student)
~ Bach’s Lunch: Tuba and Euphonium Studio, Thursday, February 28, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Inner and Outer Dimensions Jazz Ensembles, Thursday, February 28, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
Love’s Labour’s Lost, February 22-23, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre

Off Center (formerly called Studio Productions)
~ Dance Concert by the University Dance Company, Friday-Saturday, February 22-23, 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre
For more information, click here.

For more information about events and tickets, visit

School of Visual Arts

See Zoller Gallery.

Zoller Gallery

~ Meet Me Right Here, exhibition by Dana Harper and Gabe Kenny, second-year M.F.A. candidates, February 25-March 1, 2013. A free public reception will be held on Monday, February 25, 5:00 p.m. in the gallery. To read the full story, click here.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions, visit

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

No announcements for this week.

For more information on lectures and events, visit


College’s Scholarship and Awards Committee Seeking Golumbic Nominations

The College of Arts and Architecture Scholarship and Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award, which recognizes students who have demonstrated superior design, humanistic, and performance records and who have proven their potential for significant contribution to the arts and humanities. The amount of each scholarship award for 2013 will be approximately $5,700. Deadline for submission of nomination form is Friday, March 1. For more information, click here.

Arts and Architecture Hosts Faculty Research Forum

The Office of the Associate Dean for Administration, Research and Graduate Studies announces the fifth in its series of informal gatherings, Monday, March 18, noon, 121 Borland Building. The forum will consist of a panel discussion exploring the innovative use of materials and will include Bonnie Collura and Tom Lauerman of the School of Visual Art and Shadi Nazarian and Daniel Cordosa-Llach of the Department of Architecture. Chris Staley will moderate the discussion in his role as Penn State Laureate. 

Collura and Lauerman produce drawings, sculpture and installations. Collura manipulates materials as varied as cast plastic, expandable foam, polymers, and balloon film, while Lauerman’s work is a synthesis of digital fabrication and traditional craft techniques.  Nazarian explores the intersection of architecture, art and emergent materials – particularly light emitting fibers and polymers. Cardoso-Llach studies the social and political aspects of technology, such as issues of authorship in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD). 

The forum is where faculty can discuss their research and creative interests for the purpose of seeking collegial feedback, advice, and support. The objective of the series is to foster camaraderie across the college so all faculty are encouraged to attend regardless of departmental affiliation. The goal of each forum is to share information on methods, resources and funding sources with the possibility of revealing previously unknown intersections in research interests.

All faculty and guests are invited to attend the Faculty Research Forum. Bring your lunch, hear about your colleagues’ latest projects, and share your thoughts. Beverages will be provided.

For more information contact:  Randy Ploog,

Coursera Now Offering Penn State Courses Online

The College of Arts and Architecture has taken an active role in Penn State’s initial offering through Coursera, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform that makes it possible for the University to provide courses on a vast scale and open higher education to thousands more students than was previously possible.
The college's course, Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques, is one of five Penn State offerings that also include Maps and the Geospatial Revolution; Creativity, Innovation and Change; Energy, the Environment and Our Future; and Epidemics: The Dynamics of Infectious Diseases. The Penn State Coursera offerings are open for immediate enrollment at For the full story, click here.

College Featured as Part of New Penn State Website Launch

An article on Ken Tamminga's Pittsburgh Studio was featured on the new Penn State website when it was launched on Feb. 14. You can view the story here.

A&A Faculty/Staff Offers for College’s 50th Anniversary

As announced at the all-college meeting in December, several special offers are being made to faculty and staff who would like to participate in the 50th Anniversary activities of the College of Arts and Architecture, April 4-7, 2013.

Waiver of $25 Registration Fee
Alumni and friends of the College have been invited to register for a fee of $25. Arts and Architecture faculty/staff members may attend and have the $25 registration fee waived. You will only need to pay for individual events that carry a cost, like the Friday luncheon or Saturday afternoon reception. There are many free events.  The registration site can be accessed via, and click on the Register tab in the lower left corner.  After selecting the events you wish to participate in, on the final page, enter the group code (discount code) 20psudiscount13 to have the $25 registration fee deducted from your total. One discount per person, please.

Group Rate for Tickets to Leonard Bernstein’s MASS Performances
A group rate of $31.05 (no processing fees) has been established for faculty and staff who are interested in attending either of the performances on April 5-6. Seats are located in the orchestra for both performances between rows F-I. You may purchase online, or go directly to any of the CPA box offices (Eisenhower, Penn State Downtown Theatre, HUB) to buy in person. If buying in person, you may select from the Orange seats on hold, or choose any open available seats. Reference A&A Faculty and Staff Discount to make sure you receive the discount.

To purchase tickets online for April 5 at 7:30 p.m., click on the link below:

To purchase tickets online for April 6 at 2:00 p.m., click on the link below: 


  • Select link and follow instructions to create an account, if you have never purchased online with the Arts Ticket Center.
  • Use Promo Code:  A&A MASS
  • Use your PSU domain (
  • Using the above online links, you can only purchase and print adult discounted tickets ($31.05 with no processing fees).

For questions related to the group rate for Mass tickets, contact Sherren McKenzie at


ITS Offers Electronic Security Workshop Series

Penn State’s Information Technology Services and Security Operations are offering a free monthly “Security Series” of workshops for all faculty, staff and students. Each workshop is offered at 3:30 p.m. either face-to-face in 508 Rider Building or via a Meeting@PennState desktop videoconference.

Each month, topics will alternate between those of interest to a general audience and those targeted to IT professionals. The series is designed to help a general audience gain a better understanding of safe computing and how to protect their personal and professional online information and identities. IT professionals will learn how to apply specific technology-based security solutions to their network infrastructures.

To learn more about each workshop and to register, click here.


Lonnie Graham, associate professor of art, and Marcus Shaffer, assistant professor of architecture, will speak at “Yesterday’s Frontiers and Tomorrow’s Horizons,” TEDxPSU’s third annual conference, March 17, 2013, in Schwab Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Shannon Goff and Stephanie Snider, assistant professors of art, are participating in a group exhibition, Let’s Talk About Love Baby, at Printed Matter, Inc., Chelsea, NY, which continues through March 14, 2013. For more information, click here.

Tom Lauerman and Shannon Goff, assistant professors of art, are participating in a group exhibition, I Like You and I Together, at Butter Projects, Detroit, Mich., which continues through March 16, 2013. For more information, click here.

Helen O’Leary, professor of art, is participating in The Middle Kingdom: A Celebration of Poetry, Song and Visual Art, at the Irish Art Centre, New York, February 28, 2013. With poet Vona Groarke, musicians Irene and Annette Buckley and other artists, O’Leary celebrates women’s youth and age, innocence and experience, and the expected and unforeseen of the in between.

Lindsay Wells, double major in art history and classics and Mediterranean studies, will present a paper, “Details of Grandeur: How the Pre-Raphaelites Influenced American Landscape Painting,” at the Central Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Art History Symposium, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, April 5, 2013.


Dependent Verification Program
A letter concerning the new Dependent Verification Program was recently mailed to all faculty and staff who have enrolled dependents on their University benefit plans. The Dependent Verification Program began January 2013. Aon Hewitt, Penn State's business partner in this process, is requesting that all faculty and staff provide documentation that substantiates the relationship to you of any dependent who is covered by your University group medical, dental and/or vision plans or participates in the tuition discount program.

All dependent verifications must be completed by March 31, 2013. For all questions regarding this program, please contact Aon Hewitt’s Dependent Verification Center at 1-888-223-3338. The Verification Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

The Office of Human Resource also has a website with frequently asked questions and pertinent details concerning the Dependent Verification Program:

The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, March 8, 2013.

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February 22, 2013
California Bassist is Artist in Residency

February 22, 2013
College of Arts and Architecture Offers Course to the "Masses"

February 21, 2013
Zoller Gallery Hosts Meet Me Right Here Exhibition

February 21, 2013
Faculty Members Involved in MASS Share Their Thoughts on the Production

February 20, 2013
Art Education Professor Publishes New Book

February 19, 2013
Edwin W. Zoller Gallery Hosts Dana Harper MFA Thesis Exhibition: Bloom Bloom

February 18, 2013
Controlling a Puppet with the iPad

February 18, 2013
Associate Dean Doan Co-Authors Chronicle Article: Sustaining the Doctorate in Theatre

February 18, 2013
School of Visual Arts Online Gallery Features Student, Alumni Work

February 18, 2013
2013 Concerto Competition Winners

February 18, 2013
Probing Question: Can a Shy Person Be an Actor?

February 12, 2013
Penn State Dance Company Presents The Sky is Empty and Tales from My Body

February 12, 2013
Brentano String Quartet Performs Works by Beethoven February 27 at Schwab

February 11, 2013
Theatre Alum Writes Best-Selling Book, Donates Portion of Sales to THON