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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: March 8, 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

~ Lecture by Fran Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, founders of Escher GuneWardena Architecture, Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 p.m., Jury Space, Stuckeman Family Building.
~ Lecture by John Dixon Hunt, Eleanor R. Stuckeman Chair in Design, Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 p.m., Jury space.

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

~ Beethoven Orchestra Bonn:
    - Master Class with Louis Lortie, pianist, Tuesday, March 12, 3:00 p.m., Esber  Recital Hall, Music Building
    - Main Performance: Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Mozart and the Brain, lecture by Craig M. Wright, the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music, Yale University, Tuesday, March 19, 2:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
The series of performances, films and presentations is part of the Classical Music Project (CMP), 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.
~ Yoko Hiraoka:
    - Guest Lecture, Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
    -  Main Performance: Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium
~ Hitler’s Daughter by Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

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, continues through May 5, 2013

The Art of Poetry (poetry readings held in the galleries)
~ “Shift,” by Alyse Bensel, lecturer in English, Wednesday, March 13, 12:10 p.m.
A native of York, Bensel received her M.F.A. in poetry from Penn State in 2012.\

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.)
~ American Modernists: 100 Years Since the Armory Show, by Laurette McCarthy, independent scholar and curator, Friday, March 15, 12:10 p.m.
~ Perspectives Unbound Gallery Talk: The Act of Judith, by Christian Brady, dean, Schreyer Honors College, associate professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies and Jewish studies, Friday, March 22, 12:10 p.m.

The Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Musem of Art)
~ The Classical Saxophone: From Historic to Modern, performed by David Stambler, associate professor of saxophone, Wednesday, March 20, 12:10 p.m.

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

School of Music


~ Jazz Festival, Friday-Saturday, March 22-23, various times, Esber Recital Hall. Music Building I (Ticket required for evening concerts only: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
The Penn State Jazz Festival features guest artists Marko Marcinko, Josh Davis, Steve Rudolph, and the legendary saxophonist Phil Woods. For more information, click here.

~ Trombone Choir, Monday, March 11, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Graduate Recital: Caroling Ryu, piano, Monday, March 11, 8:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Bach’s Lunch: Voice Area, Thursday, March 14, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Guest Artist Recital and Master Class: Nina Assimakopoulos, flute, Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Junior Recital: Manuel Santos, saxophone, Friday, March 15, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Hope Licciardello, clarinet, Saturday, March 16, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Composition Senior Recital: Josh Laughner, Saturday, March 16, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Nicola Hicks, viola, Sunday, March 17, 1:00 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Graduate Recital: Laura Clapper, flute, Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Junior Recital: Eddie Sundra, clarinet, Sunday, March 17, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: George Carpten IV, trumpet, Sunday, March 17, 7:00 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
~ PPC Recital: Daniel Glessner, piano, Sunday, March 17, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Andre North, saxophone, Monday, March 18, 5:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Senior Recital: Michael Fries, horn, Monday, March 18, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Renpeng Dong, piano, Tuesday, March 19, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Flute Studio Recital, Tuesday, March 19, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Double Bass Ensemble, Thursday, March 21, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Graduate Recital: Michael Hanley, voice, Thursday, March 21, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Conducting Recital: Matthew Sheppard, Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: David Stambler, saxophone, Friday, March 22, 5:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

School of Theatre

No announcements for this week.

For more information about events and tickets, visit

School of Visual Arts

Anderson Endowment Lecture Series, Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
~ Michael Barnes, professor and head of printmaking program, School of Art, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Tuesday, March 12, 11:30 a.m.
~ Mary Neubauer, head of sculpture, Arizona State University, Tuesday, March 19, 11:30 a.m.

Zoller Gallery

~ MFA Graduate Thesis Exhibitions:
-Hyunji Lee, March 11-15, reception, Monday, March 11, 5:00 p.m.
-Matthew Hall, March 18-22, reception, Monday, March 18, 5:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions, visit

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

~ “A Week with the Legendary Sonia Sanchez,” March 11-15, 2013.
Sonia Sanchez, poet, activist, scholar, is the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books. For more information and a schedule of events, click here.
~ “Under the Surface, Under the Skin; The Body and Its Vital Fource in Seventeenth-Century Spain,” by Nicolás Fernández-Medina, assistant professor of Spanish, Tuesday, March 12, noon, 7A Sparks Bldg. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series.
~ “An Evening of Traditional Irish Storytelling,” by Clare Murphy, performance storyteller, Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m., Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
~ “The uses and abuses of material evidence: Religion at the origins of Islam,” by Jonathan Brockopp, associate professor of religious studies and history, Tuesday, March 19, noon, 7A Sparks Bldg. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series.

For more information on lectures and events, visit


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.

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

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.

Marcus Shaffer, assistant professor of architecture, has co-authored a book, “Rise Tectonic Machines!” Examples of his work will be on display in “An Exhibition of Architectural Machine Work,” at BEB Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, March 9-27, 2013.

Amara Solari, assistant professor of art history and anthropology, presented a paper, "A Moveable Fiesta: Theorizing locative sacrality in seventeenth-century Yucatan," at the Yucatan in Pennsylvania Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, March 1, 2013.


Jerry Bierly, arts production specialist, School of Visual Arts, effective February 13, 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:

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