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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: May 24, 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

No announcements for this week.

Department of Art History

No announcements for this week.

Borland Gallery

No announcements for this week.

Center for the Performing Arts

~ Center for the Performing Arts prepares for the third year of the Classical Music Project. To read the full story, click here.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Suspended Contemplations: Drawings and Watercolors by Leon Kelly, continues through August 11, 2013
Drawn largely from the private collection of Albert and Lorraine Kligman, this exhibition includes surrealist-inspired compositions for which Leon Kelly is best known today, as well as numerous additional sheets that range from his early cubist studies to his neo-baroque experiments of the early 1960s.
~ La Manière Anglaise: Mezzotints from the Permanent Collection, May 28-August 25, 2013
Although the mezzotint process flourished first in the Netherlands, by the 1750s, the technique came to be known as “la manière anglaise”—the English manner. The prints in this exhibition range from Dutch and British efforts from the height of mezzotint production to examples by artists who revisited the process in the twentieth century as a means of generating original images.
~ From Your Town to Ours: Pennsylvania Prints from the O’Connor-Yeager Collection Revisited, June 4-August 11, 2013
From Your Town to Ours will be the first time in more than 30 years that the full scope of the O’Connor-Yeager collection of Pennsylvania prints will be evident. In addition to the panoramic and bird’s-eye views of Pennsylvania towns and cities for which the collection is best known, the exhibition will include an array of images that document historic events, the founding of Pennsylvania, and the growth and development of highways, byways, and railways across the state.

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 now and June 2, 2013, 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 5, 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.

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.)
~ Suspended Contemplation: Drawings and Watercolors by Leon Kelly, by Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman curator, Friday, June 7, 12:10 p.m.

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

School of Music


~ Music in the Garden: Healing the Soul, performed by members of the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, Thursday, June 6 (rain date: June 12), 6:00 p.m., H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, The Arboretum at Penn State. The concert is free and open to the public.
Partnering with Mount Nittany Health and the Penn State Arboretum, Music at Penn’s Woods presents an evening of music performed outdoors within the garden rooms of the H.O. Botanic Gardens.
            6:00 p.m.: Wander the garden pathways, drink in the heady aromas of the summer rose garden, and sit in quiet meditation at the Joel N. Meyers Sundial;
            7:00 p.m.: Listen to a solo violin singing in the Esplanade, wood flute echoing from the Bamboo Alleé, and a plaintive cello nestling under the Hosler Oak;
            8:00 p.m.: Meet back in the Overlook Pavilion for light refreshments, remarks by Maestro Gerardo Edelstein, and a short performance by the members of the Pennsylvania Quintet and Allegria Ensemble.
~ Music at Penn's Woods, the unique summer music festival showcasing Penn State students and alumni and local musicians, returns in June with two festival concerts and two chamber concerts, June 19-29. For more information on the 2013 season, click here.

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
Good People, June 12-22, 7:30 p.m., Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
Sometimes the only thing more frightening than your future is your past.
In South Boston, this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start. In this humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, we see how twists of fate determine our path.

Off Center (formerly called Studio Productions)
~ Broadway on Allen, free summer entertainment in the Downtown Theatre Center June and July 2013, noon.

To read more about the summer productions, click here.

For more information about events and tickets, visit

School of Visual Arts

~ Professional Development Summer Institute: Strategies of Engagement through Contemporary Portraiture, Wednesday-Saturday, June 26-29, 2013, Palmer Museum of Art.
The Palmer Museum of Art and the Art Education Program in the School of Visual Arts will offer an innovative professional development institute and course this summer. Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education at the Palmer Museum of Art, and B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education, will serve as faculty for the institute. The institute and course will focus on intersections between contemporary art and curriculum. The professional development institute is offered in a free four-day experience, June 26-June 29. The graduate course employs an innovative instructional approach in which students attend the four-day on-campus institute experience followed by a five-week online component comprising correspondence, discussion, and a final project. The course and institute are supported by an Incentives and Innovations Grant from the College of Arts and Architecture. To learn more, click here.

Zoller Gallery

The School of Visual Arts has established a new Virtual Gallery. This gallery features exhibitions currently on display in our Edwin W. Zoller and Patterson galleries and other exhibition venues. It also features works previously on display in those spaces. To view the gallery, click here.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions, visit

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

~ After Identity: Mennonite/s Writing in North America symposium, May 28-30, 2013. For more information on lectures and events, visit


College of Arts and Architecture Summer Blood Drive
The college is sponsoring a summer blood drive on Monday, June 17, from 10:00      a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 125 Borland Building (Gallery). To schedule an appointment, go to


Applications Sought for Commission for Women’s Mentoring Program

The Penn State Commission for Women’s Mentoring Program is accepting applications for protégés and mentors for the 2013-14 academic year. The mentoring program promotes professional and personal development for full-time Penn State faculty, exempt and nonexempt staff, and technical-service employees, by pairing protégés with mentors who can provide advice and resources to help them meet their individual and specific professional goals in areas such as career planning, job skills enhancement and greater University involvement.
The application deadline is Saturday, June 1. Full-time Penn State employees may apply online at


Peter Aeschbacher, associate professor of landscape architecture and architecture, will be a Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty Program member, 2013-2015. His project, “Getting to Work: Innovation, Public Scholarship, and Ethics for Schreyer Scholars,” will focus on the practice, ethics, and public purpose of work. To learn more about this program, click here.

Vincent Benitez, associate professor of music theory:
- will present a paper, "The Macca/MacMa Collaboration: Persona and Protagonist in the Songs of Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello," at the International Conference on Analyzing Popular Music (PopMAC), University of Liverpool, UK, July 2, 2013;
- presented an invited paper, "Thoroughbass as Pedagogy in the Teaching of Improvisation in Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint and Music Theory Classes,” at the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) Summit on Improvisation Pedagogy and Community Impact, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, May 24, 2013;
- published two book chapters on two solo albums by Sir Paul McCartney, “Ram (1971)” and “Band on the Run (1973),” in the four-volume series, The Album: A Guide to Pop Music’s Most Provocative, Influential, and Important Creations, ed. James E. Perone.

Studio L has published a book, 2013 The Laskey Award—A Design Challenge, which features design challenges to students by Mehrdad Hadighi, Stuckeman Chair of Integrative Design and head of the Department of Architecture. To read the full story, click here.

Carolyn Lucarelli, curator of visual resources, Department of Art History, has been selected to join the Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) Foundation. She started her two-year term at the VRA annual conference in Providence, RI, April 2013.

Marica Tacconi, professor of musicology, received a 2013 Achieving Woman Award from Penn State's Commission for Women. To read the full story, click here.

James Wines, professor of architecture and founder and president of SITE, will be honored this fall with the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. To read more, click here.

Megan Hill, administrative support assistant, Department of e-Learning, started on 5/2/13.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, June 7, 2013.

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May 23, 2013
Music Alumna Receives Fulbright Award

May 22, 2013
College of Arts and Architecture Recognizes Three Faculty and Staff for Achievements

May 22, 2013
Marica Tacconi Honored by Penn State Commission for Women

May 22, 2013
Palmer Museum of Art Offers Host of Summer Programs, Diverse Exhibitions

May 22, 2013
Town and Gown Performers Showcased in Music at Penn's Woods Summer Festival

May 20, 2013
Busy Summer at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

May 13, 2013
College of Arts and Architecture Celebrates Class of 2013