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Research and Creative Activity - October - December 2012


B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education, co-edited a special summer 2012 issue of Visual Arts Research, 38(1) titled, “The Graphic Novel and Art Education,” and co-authored the editorial for the journal, “Drawing Together or Reflections on How (Not) to Edit Graphic Novels in Art Education.”

Madhuri Desai, associate professor of art history, published an article, “Interpreting an Architectural Past: Ram Raz and the Treatise in South Asia,” in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Volume 71, Number 4 (December 2012), pp. 462-487.

William Dewey, associate professor of art history, published an article, “The Stone Birds of Great Zimbabwe: An Unending Fascination and Obsession,” in The Travel Chronicles of Mrs. J. Theodore Bent. Volume II: The African Journeys Africa, Gerald Brisch, ed., (Archaeopress of Oxford, 2012), pp. 308-318.

Lisa Iulo, associate professor of architecture, authored two chapters in Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes: Building Envelopes, Renewable Energies and Integrated Practice (Routledge).

Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, published an article, “The Radical Style and Local Context of Cézanne's Mary Magdalen (Sorrow),” in the online journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 11, issue 3 (Autumn 2012). For more information, visit

Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history:
- published a review of La Triennale 2012: "Intense Proximities," Palais de Tokyo and other Venues, Paris, in Artforum (October 2012) p 258;
- published an article, "The Conviction of Shape," in the catalogue Stedelijk Collection Reflections (Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 2012) pp 257-268.

Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, published an article, "A New Trojan Horse: The Hidden Influence of Art and Media on the Archaeological Tourist," in the book, Tourism Research: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013).

Ann Holt, Ph.D. candidate in art education, published an article, “Lowenfeld at Hampton (1939-1946): Empowerment, Resistance, Activism, and Pedagogy,” in the fall 2012 issue of Studies in Art Education, 54(1), 6-20.


Denise Costanzo, assistant professor of architecture, presented a paper, "Revisiting the Caput Mundi: Venturi's Letters from Rome, " at Narratives of Travel Writing and Architectural History, third annual Nomad Seminar, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, November 9, 2012,

Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History:
- chaired a session and provided the "Final Remarks" for the International Colloquium on The Emperor's House:  Palaces from Augustus to the Age of Absolutism, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, October 18-20, 2012 (sponsored by the Istanbul Research Institute, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and the Institutum Archaeologicum Germanicum);
-  presented "The Empire of Things: Gifts and Gift Exchange in Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Early Islam, and Beyond" as the Kurt Weitzmann Lecture to the Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, November 14, 2012.

Anthony Leach, associate professor of music and music education, was the season closing speaker for “Research Unplugged,” Thursday, November 15, 12:15 p.m., Downsbrough Community Room, Schlow Centre Region Library. In its ninth season, “Research Unplugged” is a speaker series that brings Penn State researchers into the community for lively public discussions. To read more, click here.

Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history:
- presented the lecture "Caro and Colour," as a contribution to the Anthony Caro Study Day, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Conn., October 19, 2012, occasioned by their exhibition Caro Close-Up;
- was a participant in the Andrzej Wroblewski Invitational Seminar, held at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, September 28-29, 2012.

Mary Ann Stankiewicz, professor of art education, presented a referred paper, “In the Great Hive: Accountability and Art in Higher Education,” at the History of Education Society annual conference, Seattle, Wash., November 2, 2012.

Kelema Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, gave an invited lecture, "Kingdom, Territory, State: Negotiating Visualities in Hawaii,” to the Department of Art History and Visual Arts, Occidental College, Los Angeles, October 18, 2012. Moses is currently a lecturer in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Irma Carolina Rubio, Ph.D. candidate in art education and women's studies, was part of the Crescendo Cultural Task Force and contributed to the paper, Crescendo Cultural: The Future of Latino Arts in the U.S.  For more information visit

Wendy Bargstadt, M.A. candidate in Musicology, presented a paper, “The Two Worlds of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress,” at The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth, Hockney, Auden, and Kallman conference, University of Colorado-Boulder, October 26-27, 2012. The paper was advised by Maureen Carr, distinguished professor of music theory, and Eric McKee, associate professor of music theory. Bargstadt, a native of Norfolk, NE, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in musicology upon graduation in May 2013.

Laura Brown, M.A. candidate in musicology, B.A. candidate in music and Russian, presented a paper, “The Little Russian:Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony in a Divided Russian Music Scene,” at the fall meeting of the American Musicological Society, Allegheny Chapter, West Virginia University, October 6, 2012. The paper, advised by Charles Youmans, professor of musicology, was also the winner of the Presser Award in the School of Music's scholarship competition in spring 2012.

Peter Graff, M.A. candidate in musicology:
- presented a paper, “Hidden Symbols in the Sixteenth-Century Office of St. Zenobius,” at the fall meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Musicological Society, Philadelphia, October 6, 2012. The paper was advised by Marica Tacconi, professor of musicology;
- presented a paper, “Erno Rapée's Recovered Score to 'The Iron Horse' (1924),” at the Silent Film Sound: History, Theory and Practice conference, Kiel, Germany, February 22-23, 2013. Charles Youmans, professor of musicology, was serving as thesis advisor.

Jennifer Sawhill, M.A. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Lower Saxony to Stavelot: Questions of Origin for the Canon Page from a Sacramentary in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,” at the Texas Medieval Association Conference, University of Houston, October 12-13, 2012.

Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented two papers:
- “Expansion Underground, Destruction Overhead: New York City in the 1930s,” at the Southeastern College Art Conference, Durham, North Carolina, October 17-20, 2012;
- “Unsettled Masses: Transportation in American Art During the 1930s and 1940s,” at American Art: The Academy, Museums, and the Market, the Association of Historians of American Art Symposium, Boston, October 11-13, 2012.


Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, traveled to New Orleans to assist in a feature event held at the AARP's 2012 Life@50+ National Event & Expo on September 22. The presentation, titled "Life's Rhythms Reimagined," was given by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neurologist at UCSF, and musical icon Mickey Hart, a percussionist, ethnomusicologist. The two traded presentations on brain function, memory, and music as an important influence in maintaining brain function. Gazzaley spoke from a medical perspective, Hart from a musical and cultural perspective. The presentation culminated with Hart wearing an Emotiv neuro headset, which tracks EEG activity. The headset's signals were simultaneously translated into a visual rendering of the brain, with areas of activity illuminated by different colors, as well as a sonic rendering of the alpha, theta, and gamma wave activity, which Ballora provided. To read the full story, click here.

“Night Vision” for oboe and piano, composed by Stephen Hopkins, assistant professor of music, and commissioned by Tim Hurtz, professor of oboe, had its world premier performance in Esber Recital Hall on September 16, 2012. To watch the performance on YouTube, click here.

Sculptures in Love with Architecture, an exhibition by Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art, and Fabio J. Fernández, ran through October 6, 2012 at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex in Chicago. The exhibition explored the sculptural aspects of architecture and its details, and consisted of more than 100 small objects developed using a wide range of ceramic materials and processes, like hands and sandpaper, to advanced prototyping and mold making. For additional information on this exhibition, visit Sculptures in Love with Architecture.

Bonnie Levinthal, associate professor of visual arts, and Yvonne Love, senior lecturer of art, both from Abington Campus, are participating in a group exhibition, Mitos and Realidades: Inspiraciones de la Republica de Cuba (Myths and Realities: Inspirations from the Republic of Cuba), at Arcadia University, through January 6, 2013. The exhibition is part of Arcadia University’s Global Faculty Development Program in Havana, Cuba, that was held during summer 2012. To learn more, visit Love’s blog at or

Katarin Parizek, assistant professor of art, participated in a group exhibition, The Decade Show, at the HUB-Robeson Gallery, September 28-November 18, 2012. The exhibition demonstrated 30 years of State College Area School District alumni art and included several Penn State School of Visual Arts alumni. For more information, click here.

Dan Riddle, associate professor and music director of School of Theatre, is featured in Theatre Music Directors. To read the full story, click here.

Topographies of Wind and Power, an one-person exhibition of photographs by Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, ran through November 30, 2012 at the 5.4.7 Arts Center, Greensburg, Kan. Greensburg was the small Kansas town that was wiped out by a Category 5 tornado in 2007, but rebuilt itself as a model “green” town. The 5.4.7 Arts Center, which is powered by its own solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal heating and cooling system, makes for an exceptionally suitable venue to display photographs examining the impact of wind power on the Kansas land and social landscape.

In the eastern Indian state of Mizoram live approximately 100,000 Chin refugees, who fled the neighboring country of Burma to escape ethnic, political and religious persecution under a brutal military regime. Despite their stark financial situation and depressing living conditions, the Chin maintain a quiet dignity. And that is what Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, hopes to capture when he spends January–May 2013 in Mizoram photographing the Chin, supported by a Fulbright-Nehru grant. Rubin’s project, “Borderline Existence: Burmese Chin in Mizoram State,” is an interdisciplinary documentary project incorporating photography, audio and narrative text. To read the full story, click here.

Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art:
- participated in a group exhibition, Noir Clair, at Galerie Vanessa Quang in Paris, which ran through November 10, 2012. This exhibition focused primarily on drawing and Shepherd’s exhibited work was created in collaboration with longtime friend and collaborator Frank Olive. For their project in the exhibition, Shepherd and Olive faxed drawings to the gallery on a weekly basis that were then installed on the gallery walls. For more information, visit or;
- participated in a group exhibition, The Ergotist, at GrizzlyGrizzly in Philadelphia, November 2-December 2, 2012.  For more information, click here.

Stephanie Snider, assistant professor of art, has a solo exhibition, Thresholds, at Schmidt and Handrup, Cologne, Germany, November 17-December 21, 2012.

A Line Around an Idea, a retrospective of the architectural drawings of James Wines, professor of architecture and president of SITE, is being held at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, through April 3, 2013. The exhibit covers the years from 1972 to 2012. The main intent is to show the value of hand drawing for idea development—from first sketch to final rendering. The focus is on calligraphic content, graphic signification, and conceptual process. To read the full story, click here.

The new Denny’s Restaurant Las Vegas, flagship restaurant for Denny’s Neonopolis Network Project which opened in November 2012, was designed by SITE, an architectural firm founded by James Wines, professor of architecture and president of SITE.


Sue Haug, director of the School of Music, has been elected vice president of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines. Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 644 accredited institutional members. She will serve as vice president for three years, followed by a three-year term as president.

Joyce Robinson, curator, Palmer Museum of Art, has been elected to serve as vice-president on the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ Board of Directors.

“3000 miles of acid mine drainage in my backyard,” the entry by Katarin Parizek, assistant professor of art, was awarded Honorable Mention in the Editorial-Environmental category of the 2012 International Photography Awards Competition.

Daniel Glessner, Professional Performance Certificate candidate in music, was named the winner of the Young Artist Competition in the piano category at the Music Teachers National Association's Pennsylvania State Competition at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pa., on October 28, 2012. As a state winner, Glessner will advance to the regional competition to be held in January 2013 in Columbia, Md. To read the full story, click here.

Andre North, M.M. candidate in music and teaching assistant, was named the winner of the Young Artist Competition in the woodwind category at the Music Teachers National Association's Pennsylvania State Competition on October 28, 2012. To read the full story, click here.

Eight Penn State voice majors were singing notes of success at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Allegheny Mountain Chapter) Student Auditions, held at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., October 27, 2012. The singers are students of Jennifer Trost, associate professor of music, Norman Spivey, professor of music, and Ted Christopher, assistant professor of music.

Lindsay McGinnis, M.M. candidate in performance (voice), won the Advanced Lower Graduate level;
Julia Wolcott and Sarah Baumgarten, B.M. candidates in performance (voice), won the Senior Women division;
Lisa Rogali, B.M.E. candidate, won the Freshman Women category;
Jarrett Smith, B.M. candidate in performance (voice), won the Music Theater division for Juniors/Seniors;
Kiena Williams, B.A. candidate in music, and Kelsey Hendler and Christa Schimitsch, B.M.E. candidates, were semi-finalists in their respective divisions.

The Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship, created in memory of Marjorie Jane Brewster (’61 B.A. Arts) by her father, the late R. Wallace Brewster (’28 B.A. Arts and Letters and ’30 M.A. Political Science), is awarded based on competition to selected undergraduates in their final year of study who wish to pursue advanced degrees. This year winners are:

Brooke Miller, B.M.E. candidate, and a clarinetist, won in the performance category. She will graduate in May 2013 and plans to continue to build on her passion for clarinet, teaching, and music while pursuing a master’s degree in clarinet performance;
Laura Brown, M.A. candidate in musicology, B.A. candidate in music and Russian, won the scholarship category with her paper "Renard:  Stravinsky, Afanasyev, and the Russian Folk Tale Idiom."  Upon graduation in May 2013, she plans to pursue musicology at the doctoral level, focusing her research on Russian music.