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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: May 18, 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

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Me, Myself, and The Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection, continues through May 27, 2012
~ Color My World: Color Photographs from the Permanent Collection, May 22-August 19, 2012
This exhibition looks at the impulse to color the black-and-white world of photography from the very earliest days of the invention through the gradual embrace of color photography as an artistic medium beginning in the 1970s. A wide range of processes will be included, from hand-tinted tintypes to dye-transfer prints to more recent chromogenic methods.
~ American Quilts from the Terasaki Collection, June 12-August 26, 2012
This exhibition features nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American quilts from the private collection of Etsuko Terasaki. Sophisticated in design, they testify to the timeless human impulse to create order and beauty in our surroundings, with whatever resources available, for utility and for pure visual pleasure.

Support the Palmer Museum of Art’s Upcoming Events
~ Dining at Harrison’s Wine Grill. Simply mention your support of the Palmer Museum of Art when you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Harrison’s inside the Hilton Garden Inn between May 21 and June 3, 2012, and 20 percent of the check before taxes and gratuity will directly benefit the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.
~ Purchase Party, Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m. Members of the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art will have an opportunity to learn about three new works of art that would enhance the museum’s permanent collection. After a presentation from the museum’s curators, guests will vote on which piece the Friends will purchase for the permanent collection.

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

School of Music

Essence of Joy Alumni Singers at the State Theatre
Essence of Joy Alumni Singers will present selections from God’s Trombones, Crossings, and St. Louis Blues, among others, on Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., at the State Theatre. Admission is free.

Music at Penn’s Woods
2012 Music at Penn’s Woods Summer Orchestra Festival, directed by Maestro Gerado Edelstein, Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
Chamber Music, Wednesday, June 13 and 20, 7:30 p.m.
Festival Orchestra, Saturday, June 16 and 23, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.)

For more information, visit

School of Theatre

Sneak Preview of New Dance
Michele Dunleavy, associate professor of dance, and visiting guest artist Suparna Banerjee will perform a sneak preview of their newest choreographic collaboration, FRACTALS, on Thursday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m., in Esber Recital Hall. Also performing on the program are special guests, tap dancer Sarah Mason and Elisha Clark Halpin, associate professor and artistic director of ETCHdance. The performance is free and open to the public.

Dunleavy and Banerjee will perform FRACTALS as part of CROSS-RHYTHMS: An Evening of Tap Dance and Jazz Music at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street in Philadelphia. Produced by tap dancer and choreographer Pamela Hetherington, the concert will feature--in addition to Dunleavy and Banerjee--Hetherington, Germaine Ingram, and Darrell Williams, along with Philadelphia-based modern dancer Leah Stein. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by the Jon Katz Quartet and other special musical guests. CROSS-RHTYHMS will also feature a rare re-staging of a classic Manhattan Tap piece by legendary tap dancer Heather Cornell. Tickets are $20. For advance purchase, go to

Penn State Centre Stage

10th Anniversary of Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
Penn State Centre Stage, in its twenty-seventh year of professional theatre, will feature two of its best-selling shows this summer to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center.

The summer season begins with the return of Beehive, June 6–23. Centre Stage first produced Beehive in 2001 in the Playhouse Theatre, on the University Park campus, to sold-out audiences. To round out the summer, Penn State Centre Stage is bringing back another hit: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, July 18–August 4. I Love You . . . was one of the first-produced shows in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center in 2003. Cary Libkin directed the 2003 production and he will direct this summer’s production as well.

For more information about upcoming Centre Stage productions, click here.


The May 10, 2012 article about Lafayette 148’s building in Shantou--designed by Mehrdad Hadighi, head of the Department of Architecture, and Tsz Yan Ng--was selected as one of the week's best news stories in Domus: “By building upon local traditions of construction, the architects have created an elegantly wrapped building that does more than simply make a fashionable reference.” To read the full story, click here.

Brian Orland, distinguished professor of landscape architecture, was named the 2012 Outstanding Administrator by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture at the CELA annual meeting.

Assistant Professor of Art Steven Rubin’s solo photography exhibition Vacationland, chronicling rural life in Maine from the 1980s through the early 2000s, is on view at the drkrm gallery in Los Angeles, April 28 - May 26, 2012. For more information, visit and - 1.

Lea Asbell-Swanger, assistant director of the Center for the Performing Arts, was awarded the honorary title of Fellow of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology at the 2012 annual conference in Long Beach, Calif. Asbell-Swanger was one of five to receive this honor. Fellow of the Institute is the honorary designation bestowed for life upon those members deemed to have made a truly outstanding contribution to both the profession of theatre and the work of the Institute. To read more about the award, click here.

Kristin M. Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has published “A New Trojan Horse: The Hidden Influence of Art and Media on the Archaeological Tourist,” in 2nd Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Conference Proceedings Book, ed. Metin Kozak et al. (Ankara, Turkey: Detay Anatolia Akademik Yayıncılık Danışmanlık Org. Turz. Ltd. Şti., 2012), pp 74–85.


New Hires
Julie Benson
, director of development, started 5/07/2012.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, June 1, 2012.

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