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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: March 9, 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

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
~ “Wild Urban Plants,” lecture by Peter Del Tredici, senior research scientist, Arnold Arboretum, associate professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Thursday, March 22, 6:00 p.m., 112 Forest Resource Building. Del Tredici’s lecture is sponsored by the John R. Bracken  Lecture Series.

Center for the Performing Arts
~ Spirit of Uganda, Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Brentano String Quartet, Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium

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

The Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ Selections from Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land,” performed by Penn State Opera Theatre, Wednesday, March 21, 12:10 p.m.

Gallery Talks (unless otherwise noted, talks start in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ Carnival Barkers, Beach Acrobats, and Elephant Acts: Circus Imagery in the Maimon Collection, by Joyce Robison, curator, Friday, March 16, 12:10 p.m.

The Art of Poetry (poetry readings held in the galleries)
~ Readings by Rachel Mennies, 2011 M.F.A. in creative writing and reviews editor for AGNI Online, Wednesday, March 14, 12:10 p.m. She was a featured poet at Poets for Living Waters, a poetry action in response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

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

School of Music


Come spend St. Patrick's Day with "The Three Baritones" - Ted Christopher, Raymond Sage, and Norman Spivey, with Tony Leach accompanying, Saturday, March 17, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall. Enjoy a fun program of songs, duets, and trios from opera and musical theatre - including works by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and Gilbert and Sullivan. Shamrocks optional.

~ Graduate Recital: Steven Eddy, percussion, Wednesday, March 14, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Bach’s Lunch: Bass Studio, Thursday, March 15, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Common Hour: Wright Brass (United States Air Force Band of Flight), Friday, March 16, 2:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Alumni Guest Recital: Meredith Mecum, soprano, and Justin Dougherty, cello, Friday, March 16, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Professional Performance Certificate Recital: Kimberly J. Prins Moeller, mezzo-soprano, Saturday, March 17, noon, Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Conducting Recital: Caleb Rebarchak, conductor, Saturday, March 17, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Three Baritones – Ted Christopher, Raymond Sage, Norman Spivey, Saturday, March 17, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Matthew Vickers, tenor, Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Angelina Blank, flute, Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Trombone Choir, Monday, March 19, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Guest Artist: Dan Burdick, tuba, Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Baroque Ensemble, Thursday, March 22, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Penn State New Music Ensemble, Thursday, March 22, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Research Exhibition, Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

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
The following Anderson Endowment lectures will be held in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
~ Lecture by Beth Campbell, New York artist, Tuesday, March 13, 11:30 a.m.
~ Lecture by Dave MacKenzie, Brooklyn artist, Tuesday, March 20, 11: 3o a.m.

Zoller Gallery
~ M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition: Bob Jenkins and Brook Simmons, March 12-19, with opening reception on Monday, March 12, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
Cities: Rome Lecture Series
“The Colonna Crocodile and Other Tales of Egyptian Rome,” presented by Brian Curran, professor of art history, Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m., Alumni Lounge, Nittany Lion Inn.

For more information on all IAH lectures, click here.


Palmer Museum Announces Lecture by Chief Art Critic for The New Yorker
Palmer Museum of Arts announces A Conversation with Peter Schjeldahl, a lecture given by Peter Schjeldahl, chief art critic for The New Yorker, Thursday, March 22, 4:30 p.m., 117 HUB-Robeson Center.  A staff writer at The New Yorker magazine since 1998 as well as a published poet, Schjeldahl will share his thoughts on the art world. Co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art, School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Art History, the lecture is free and open to the public.

A&A Faculty Research Forum
The Associate Dean for Administration, Research and Graduate Studies announces the third in a series of informal gatherings where A&A faculty discuss their research ideas and interests for the purpose of seeking collegial feedback, advice, and support, Tuesday, April 3, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 121 Borland Building. Open to all A&A faculty, the topic of this forum is using photography to achieve greater social/political/environmental aims, and will feature Ken Tamminga, professor of landscape architecture, and Lonnie Graham, associate professor of art. Both also produce large-scale, composite images of sensitive and/or endangered landscapes. 

Tamminga had been using low altitude aerial photography (LEAP) for landscape analysis and research before graduating to gigapan technology about three years ago to image soil profiles and landscape features.  Tamminga has been experimenting with tying LEAP and gigapan together by merging aerial images as gigapixel mosaics and uploading them to the gigapan website (  The implications for resource management and community planning are phenomenal. 

Graham addresses social and political concerns by advocating community and cultural activism through his photography.  From inner city Pittsburgh, to a small farming village in Kenya, to the forest of Papua, New Guinea, he uses his camera to empower the disadvantaged.  In conjunction with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Lonnie initiated the African/American Garden Project that enabled single mothers and elderly African-Americans in Pittsburgh to create urban subsistence gardens but also served as a cultural exchange with farmers from the small village of Muguga, Kenya.  Lonnie has also documented the harvest of the Woowoosi tree by the indigenous Maisen people of Papua, New Guinea.  The Maisen successfully blocked the efforts of foreign logging companies in favor of traditional and sustainable resource management. 

Bring your lunch and share your ideas with your colleagues. Beverages will be provided. Anyone with an interest in the quality of life, sustainability, public policy, and the individual good is especially encouraged to attend this forum. 

For more information, contact Randy Ploog at

Spring Awards Ceremony
All academic units in the College of Arts and Architecture are preparing to recognize outstanding students and alumni at the college’s annual Spring Awards Ceremony, on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. Among the awards to be presented are the Creative Achievement medals, which recognize outstanding achievement by students in their final year (graduate and undergraduate) of study. In addition, the recipients of the Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarships will be recognized, for outstanding work in the fields of performance, design, and humanistic achievement. The presentation of the Alumni Society Scholarships and the 2012 Arts and Architecture Alumni Awards rounds out the one-hour program, which is free and open to the public.

Sixth Annual Arts Crawl
The Sixth Annual Arts Crawl, an open house-style event in the College of Arts and Architecture, will take place Friday, March 30, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, it will feature exhibits of student work, music by local bands, hands-on activities, demonstrations, dance performances and refreshments. Sponsored by the Students Organizing the Multiple Arts (SOMA) and the Visual Art Student Alliance (VASA), events will be held in the Visual Arts, Patterson, Stuckeman Family and Borland Buildings, as well as the Palmer Museum of Art.

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


Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment Honors Human Resource/Financial Office
In January 2012 the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment began the third generation of a format to recognize, celebrate, and share information about the work of Penn State’s quality improvement teams.  The College of Arts and Architecture’s Human Resources/Financial Office was recognized for its Reorganization/Restructuring Initiative. To read more, click here.

University Policy SY37
There is a very important change in the PA Law (SB314) concerning Distracted Driving, which went into effect on March 8, 2012.  “Texting,” among other uses of interactive wireless communication devices, will no longer be allowed while driving a vehicle in Pennsylvania.  The change in the law will further enhance University Policy SY37 that was established in April 2010 ( For more details, contact Dave Will,

Educational Gaming Commons Hosts Free Brownbag Session
Penn State’s Educational Gaming Commons is offering its second free brownbag session of the semester, “Preview of ECON 102 Campus Simulation Game,” Friday, March 16, 12:30-1:3o p.m., 202K Rider Building. Dirk Mateer and David Brown of the Department  of Economics will preview a "Sims"-like game developed for ECON 102: Microeconomics in which students attempt to build an economically viable college campus. To register for the session, visit The Educational Gaming Commons is a service of Information Technology Services.


B. Stephen Carpenter, II, professor of art education:
- presented a paper, "Artistic Intervention, Curriculum, and Public Pedagogy," as part of the Artists Now! lecture series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, February 22, 2012.;

- published a chapter with Marissa Muñoz, "In Search of Clean Water and Critical Environmental Justice: Collaborative Artistic Responses Through the Possibilities of Sustainability and Appropriate Technologies," in the book Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons, edited by Therese Quinn, John Ploof, and Lisa Hochtritt, published by Routledge (2012), pp. 124-130.

Natalie Harris, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Ever Contained, Always in its place: the ancestors of the medieval garden in the art of Antonio Vivarini,” at Nature and the Natural in the Middle Ages, 6th Annual Medieval Graduate Symposium, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, April 12-13, 2012.

Kimberly Musial, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Dangerous Positions or The Cultural Is Political: Gérard Fromanger’s Souffles and May 1968,” at Ritualistic Experience: The Making and Viewing of Art and Art History, Conference of the Council of Graduate Art Historians, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, on March 30, 2012.

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