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Research and Creative Activity - July - September 2011


Patricia Amburgy, associate professor of art education, published “Diversity, Pedagogy, and Visual Culture,” in Art Education (the journal of the National Art Education Association), September 2011.

B. Stephen Carpenter, professor of art education, co-authored with Lauren Cifuentes, director of distance education, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, “Visual Culture and Literacy Online: Image Galleries as Site of Learning,” in Art Education (journal of the National Art Education Association), July 2011.

Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, has published her book review of Katherine Kuenzli, The Nabis and Intimate Moderism, in the online journal 11 (2011), No. 9. To read the review, click here.

Joanne Rutkowski, professor of music education, co-wrote with Keith Thompson, professor emeritus of music education, and Yi-Ting Huang, Ph.D. candidate in music education, a chapter, “Cited Quantitative Research Articles in Music Education Research Journals, 1990-2005: A Content Analysis of Selected Studies,” in the book, Advances in Social Psychology and Music Education Research, published by Ashgate Publishing, 2011.

Jennifer Motter, Ph.D. candidate in art education, published “Public Pedagogy via Postsecret: A Transitional Space Where Private and Public Coincide,” in Art Education, September 2011.



Irina Aristarkhova, assistant professor of women’s studies and art, was a panelist at the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), Washington, D.C., September 15, 2011. DASER, a monthly discussion forum on art and science projects in the national capital region, is a collaboration between Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

Mary Saunders-Barton, head and associate professor of voice for musical theatre, discussed the topic, “Broadway or Bust: Training Young Singers for Today’s Musical Theatre,” at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at the Nittany Lion Inn as part of the 19th season of the “Huddle with the Faculty” series, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association. Breakfast began at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, presented two papers at the 22nd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 22-25, 2011: a plenary on “The Limits of Conservatism in Byzantine Art,” and a round table on the media in art “The Erotics of Materials Distribution.”

Randy J. Ploog, coordinator of international programs and affiliate assistant professor of art history, presented a lecture, "Pablo Picasso and Manierre Dawson:  Separate Paths to Similar Destinations," at the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC , Friday, September 30, 2011.

Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, exhibited and presented a lecture about his photographs on immigrant detention at the 9/11 Effect and its Legacy on U.S. Immigration Laws Symposium, Lewis Katz Building, September 16, 2011. For more information, click here.

Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Framing History:  Presenting Active Accumulation Earthworks and Archaeological Tells to the Public,” at the European Association of Archaeologists Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway, September 14-18, 2011.

Matthew Isner, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Magic in the Social Sphere: The Amuletic Image in Early Byzantium,” at the 37th Byzantine Studies Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, October 21-23, 2011.

James Stone, M.F.A. candidate in new media, presented the Touchstone Audio Exciter, a mobile audio tool disguised as a glove, at a workshop at the International Symposium for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), Istanbul, Turkey, on September 14, 2011. To read the full story, click here.

Melissa L. Mednicov, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Pink, White, and Black:  The Strange Case of James Rosenquist’s Big Bo,” at Text and Texture: The Intersection of Academics and the Arts, the Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Association, Savannah, Georgia, November 9-12, 2011.



Micaela Amateau Amato, professor of art and affiliate professor of women’s studies, newspaper reviews of her exhibition, Micaela Amato, Lynda Benglis & Heather McGill, appeared in “AutoExotic,” Albuquerque Journal, June 2011, and “Art in Review,” Pasatiempo, June 10, 2011.

A. Kikora Franklin, assistant professor of dance, directed “Mojah Fusion Dance Festival: Innovating, Creating, and Pioneering Dance,” held at University Park, July 28-31, 2001. The festival featured workshops, master classes, and performances by local and national artists whose work is focused on the intersection and blending of artistic or cultural elements. For more information, click here.

Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, participated in a group exhibition, A Live Animal, at Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, in July  2011. For more information, visit



Fang Chen, professor of graphic design, was awarded first place for his artwork, Myopia, at the ECOCARTOON 2011 competition. To see winning artwork, visit

Gary Kesler, associate dean for undergraduate studies and outreach and associate professor of landscape architecture, has been appointed to a two-year term as one of three educators on the nine-person Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. His term started July 2011. To read the full story, click here.

James Lyon, professor of music in violin, has been selected as a member of the 2011–12 Schreyer Distinguished Honors Faculty. The Schreyer Honors College (SHC) created the Distinguished Honors Faculty program to increase academic interface between students enrolled as Schreyer Scholars and outstanding, world-renowned faculty often engaged in groundbreaking research. To read the full story, click here.

Norman Spivey, professor of music, has been invited to join the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Founded in 1922, membership in this select group is by invitation only. For more information, visit