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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: September 6, 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

~ “Materiality and the Sacred. Relics and the Rhetoric of Enshrinement,” 2012-13 Harold E. Dickson Memorial Lecture given by Holger A. Klein, professor and chair, Department of Art History, Columbia University, Thursday, September 19, 6:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building

Borland Gallery

No announcements for this week.

Center for the Performing Arts
Botanica by Momix, Thursday, September 12, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ The Wind Horse by Anda Union, Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

Go to for details about the music, theater and dance presentations.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ American Block and Burin: Wood Engravings from the Permanent Collection, continues through December 8, 2013
~ Recent Acquisitions, continues through December 15, 2013
~ Uncanny Congruencies, September 10-December 15, 2013
This exhibition investigates the uncanny spaces between the two diametric points of formal abstraction and the narratives of representation, shown through the works of 18 alumni of the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

The Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Musem of Art)
~ The Three Baritones, performed by Penn State faculty Ted Christopher, Raymond Sage, and Norman Spivey, Wednesday, September 18, 12:10 p.m.

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.)
~ Uncanny Congruencies, by Joyce Robinson, curator, Friday, September 20, 12:10 p.m.

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

School of Music


~ Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais, Thursday, September 19, 2013, all day, various locations
The Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais is a Brazilian youth orchestra that has existed for seventeen years. The orchestra has performed 200 concerts in Brazil and 70 concerts internationally. To read the full story, click here.

~ Undergraduate Recognition Recital, Friday, September 6, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Graduate Recognition Recital, Saturday, September 7, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Guest Artist Recital: Davis Brooks, violin, Sunday, September 8, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Steven Smith, piano, Sunday, September 8, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Daryl Durran, bassoon, Monday, September 9, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Piano Jury Honors, Thursday, September 12, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Faculty Recital: Langston Fitzgerald, trumpet, Thursday, September 12, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ The Art of Music: The Three Baritones, Wednesday, September 18, 12:10 p.m., Palmer Museum of Art
~ Youth Orchestra of Contagem, Thursday, September 19, 7:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Rob Nairn, double bass, Saturday, September 21, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Tim Hurtz, oboe, Sunday, September 22, 3:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Three Baritones, Friday, September 27, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
No Place to Be Somebody, October 1-10, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre
You think you have a corner on soul? In the middle of the Civil Rights era, a black bartender matches wits with a white mobster in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

School of Visual Arts

~ A Legacy of Creative Endeavors, exhibition of works by School of Visual Arts alumni of Centre County, Bellefonte Art Museum, continues through September 29, 2013.
~ Anderson Endowment Lecture Series (Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art):
     - Christa Assad, visiting artist, Monday, September 9, 4:30 p.m.,
    - Judith Bernstein, artist, “Keep Your Timber Limber,” Tuesday, September 10, 4:30 p.m.
    - Mark Sheinkman, artist, “Between Gesture and the Void,” Wednesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m
    (Co-sponsored by Palmer Museum of Art and School of Visual Arts)

Zoller Gallery

~ 2nd Year MFA Graduate Exhibition, Part 1, September 16-27. Reception is on Monday, September 16, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

~ “Meet Eyal Press, author of Beautiful Souls,” led by Steven Herb, director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and head, Education and Behavioral Sciences Library, Penn State University Libraries, Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m., Schlow Centre Region Library. No ticket is required but RSVP requested at
Event co-sponsored by IAH, Penn State Reads Program, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, University Libraries, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Schlow Library.
~ IAH Open House, Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 p.m., Ihlseng Cottage

For more information on lectures and events, visit


Brazilian Youth Orchestra to Visit
The School of Music and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra welcome the Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais on Thursday, September 19 for a full day of activities, culminating in a public performance.

The collaboration begins at 10:00 a.m. with a viola masterclass offered by guest soloist Carlos Reis Aleixo. The masterclass occurs in 112 Music Building I, and is open to the public. During the day, the Brazilian youth orchestra members will be hosted by members of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and members of Penn State's Brazilian community, including a joint rehearsal, shared dinner, and a visit to The Berkey Creamery.

The Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais will present a full concert at 7:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. They will be joined on two pieces by members of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra. Soloists are Carlos Reis Aleixo (viola), Cenira Schreiber (piano), and Nabila Dandara (soprano). The Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais is conducted by Renato Almeida and Rosiane Reis. To read the full story, click here.

All-College Meeting Recap/Links to Presentations and Survey
At the all-College meeting on August 20, 200 faculty and staff welcomed the new members of the College of Arts and Architecture who have joined us to work with the talented students now on campus for fall semester. 

In addition to providing a convivial atmosphere for new faculty and staff, we discussed ways that working together with respect and empathy can lead to new solutions.  Often, as exemplified by our table discussions and the energizing and encouraging comments of Professor Susan Russell, “the answer may often be found in the room.” 

For those who attended the meeting, please fill out a very quick survey at

An overview of the meeting, including the pictures and slides used to introduce new faculty and staff and speakers' remarks, may be found at  Please mark your calendar for December 10, 2013 and for next year, Wednesday, August 20, 2014, when we’ll gather for college-wide celebrations and recognitions.


Educational Gaming Brownbag on Gamification
Penn State’s Educational Gaming Commons is offering a free brownbag session, “Gamification and Word Puzzles in a Linguistics Course” on Wednesday, September 18, noon-1:oo p.m., 202K Rider Building. Elizabeth Pyatt, instructional designer and instructor of linguistics, will discuss the results of two gamification experiments in a linguistics course. The session will cover a review of gamification and educational gaming concepts, a discussion of the use of "participation points" in the class, and a demo of select puzzles used in the course and the pedagogical rationale for their use.

To register for the session, visit The Educational Gaming Commons is a service of Information Technology Services.


Curtis Craig, assistant professor and head of the undergraduate sound design program in the School of Theatre, was named an exhibition finalist in World Stage Design 2013, a festival of international performance design in theatre, opera and dance that takes place every four years. Craig is one of 117 designers—and only 17 from the United States—selected for the exhibit. He is exhibiting his sound design from Gizmo, which was produced by Penn State Centre Stage in spring 2012. World Stage Design 2013 is hosted by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, September 5–14, 2013.

Lauren Kooistra (’13 Ph.D. music education) has accepted an appointment as assistant director, Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities, a post-doc position awarded by the college, which started fall semester 2013.

Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art, is participating in a group exhibition, Urban Environments, at Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, September 6-28, 2013. Lauerman and Fabio Fern├índez will show a collaborative body of work, “Sculptures in Love with Architecture” (SiLwA), which explores architecture from the perspective of two artists interested in the reductive forms of early modernist constructions. They employ an array of techniques ranging from inked lines drawn on a moving train to laser cut wooden parts assembled atop folded paper geometry. To learn more, click here.

Bonnie Levinthal, associate professor of visual art, Penn State Abington, is participating in a traveling exhibition, Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints/Libros Y Grabados de Artistas Cubanos: 1985-2008, at Corridor Gallery, Woodland Commons and Dean’s Dining Room in the Lares Building, all at Penn State Abington, which continues through December 1, 2013.

Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, is participating in a group exhibition, Fertile Imagination: Art & Agriculture, at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, which continues through October 13, 2013. The exhibition features 84 works of art by 28 artists, focusing on the impact of regional agriculture through visual expression. The exhibition highlights artwork inspired by our region’s agriculture, including themes of farming, agri-business, land, environment, community and more. To learn more, click here.

Amara Solari, assistant professor of art history and anthropology:
    - has organized and will chair the panel, “Reassessing the Friar and the Maya: Diego de Landa and his Account of the Things of Yucatan,” and
    - will present a paper, “Landa’s Relaci├│n and his Multivocal Reading of Maya Sacred Space,”
at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ethnohistory, New Orleans, September 11-15, 2013. 

Kimberly Musial Datchuk, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has published "Travail de panneau: The Effects of Early Film on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Au cirque Series" in The International Journal of the Image, volume 3, issue 2 (2013), pp. 53-71.

Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Alternative Speculation: Chicago’s Business District in the 1880s,” at the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, September 20, 2013.

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