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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: May 4, 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

~ 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
~ 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.

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

School of Music

Boalsburg Concert/Reception to Feed Both Body and Soul
Music at the Boal Mansion, a Centre County tradition for more than 30 years, presented jointly by the Penn State School of Music and the Boal Mansion Museum, will take place Saturday, May 12, 7:00 p.m., at the Boal Mansion. Proceeds from each $75 ticket benefit both Music at Penn’s Woods and the historic preservation of the museum. For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, visit

School of Theatre

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.


Penn State Piano Sale, May 4-6, 2012
The School of Music and School of Theatre are grateful to Yamaha Corporation of America for its support of various programs through the loan of quality pianos during the past year. In return, Yamaha (through their local agent) will offer these pianos for public purchase - along with many other new and used pianos - at a significant savings. Special arrangements have been made for financing, delivery, and warranty service through Ford Music Store, Inc. (Altoona).

There are two ways to purchase a piano at Ford Music Store, Inc., 913 Chestnut Ave., Altoona.
(1) Special pre-sale by appointment on Friday, May 4, or Saturday, May 5, 2012.
(2) Sale for the general public on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from noon – 5:00 p.m.
For more information, directions or to make an appointment, contact (814) 935-4036. 

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.

~ Fabulous at 40 Gala 2012. The Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art are helping the museum celebrate its fortieth year by hosting the museum’s annual gala and auction on Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. — midnight, at the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom.
~ 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.

College of Arts and Architecture Staff Retreat
Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, the College of Arts and Architecture Staff Retreat will be Tuesday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the Founders Room at the Bryce Jordan Center. To register, go to:

When you register for the afternoon mini-masters, you are automatically enrolled in the retreat day. Mini-masters choices include “The Art of Acting,” “House of Cards,” “Landscape Architecture: It’s Your Environment We’re Designing,” and “Symbols of Metaphors: Looking Beneath the Surface.”

Schedule of Events:
10:30 a.m. Arrival
11:00 a.m. Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter—Oh My! by Shannon Ritter
Noon Lunch at BJC
1:00 p.m. Mini-Masters
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Mini-Masters
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Raffle & Wrap Up

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


Faculty and Teaching Assistants to Explore Technologies for Teaching During Summer-Fest
Faculty, instructors, and graduate students are invited to sign up for free workshops during two Summer-Fest sessions developed to target technology as it relates to pedagogy and research. Sessions are scheduled to take place during the week between spring and summer semesters (May 7-11), as well as the week before the start of fall semester (August 13-17). The workshops will highlight the ways instructors at Penn State are using technology to enhance classes and put innovative teaching ideas into practice. For more information, go to and click “Summer-Fest” in the black bar at the top of the page to view all available sessions.

Commission for Women Mentoring Program Accepting Applications for 2012/1013
The Commission for Women’s Mentoring Program is accepting applications for protégés and mentors for the 2012-2013 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 such as career planning, job skills enhancement, and greater university involvement.  Additional information and a promotional flyer are available at or by contacting Sara Brennen at

Full-time Penn State employees may apply online at The application deadline is Friday, May 18, 2012.


Christopher Guzman, assistant professor of music, recently won the Grand Prize and four special prizes in the 10th Concours International de Piano d'Orléans, one of the most exciting and prestigious music competitions in Europe. The competition, held every two years in Orléans, France, emphasizes the performance of modern music, and its winners have gone on to illustrious performing careers in France, the United States, and beyond. Guzman will return to France to record a CD of modern music, and will tour the country, giving performances and masterclasses at several conservatories in France.

William Kenyon, associate professor of lighting design, head of B.F.A. program in design and technology, was appointed vice-chair of the International Organization of Scenographers, Theater Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) Commission at the OISTAT annual meeting in Maastricht, Netherlands, April 2012. He will serve in this capacity for four years.

The Department of Landscape Architecture has two faculty members involved in the following award: The Memorial de l'abolition de l'esclavage (Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery) in Nantes, France by Krzystof Wodizzko (visual artist) and Julian Bonder (architect) was awarded Honorable Mention in the European Prize for Urban Public Space. The Prize "is a biennial competition organized by seven European institutions with the aim to recognize and encourage the recovery projects and defense of public space in our cities. Five projects were honored from several hundred submissions.

Ron Henderson, head and professor of landscape architecture, was a consultant to Wodiczko, and Bonder for the project as was Michael Blier, of Landworks Studio, the firm of which Tim Baird, associate professor of landscape architecture, is a principal. For more information, visit:

Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2012 Graduate Student Summer Residency at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Laura Sivert, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a Wolfsonian--Florida International University Fellowship for spring 2013. This fellowship will allow Sivert to conduct three weeks of dissertation research at the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in South Beach, Florida. Laura is researching and writing a dissertation on "The Cultural Landscape of Hydroelectric Power: The Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-45."  

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, May 18, 2012.

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