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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: January 13, 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

Center for the Performing Arts
~ Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate  with Guy Braunstein, violinist, Thursday, January 19, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Seussical, presented by Theatreworks-USA, Sunday, January 22, 2:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Mike Daisey: The Island at the Birth of the World, Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium

For more information on performances and other events at CPA, visit

Palmer Museum of Art
~ Seriality: Photographs from the Permanent Collection, continues through January 15, 2012
~ Recent Acquisitions, continues through January 22, 2012
~ Painting the People: Images of American Life from the Maimon Collection, January 31-May 13, 2012
Painting the People features selections from the impressive collection of American Scene painting amassed by Lee (1956 Liberal Arts) and Barbara Maimon, and reflects a diverse array of Depression-era figurative paintings by some of the best-known artists of the period, as well as notable works by painters whose names may be less familiar.

Paper Views:
Held the last Friday of each month in the Print Study Room, Paper Views is a series of one-day exhibitions that highlight works on paper from the permanent collection.
~ Urban America, selected by Craig Zabel, associate professor and head of the Department of Art History, Friday, January 27, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Patterson Gallery
~ Seeing is Believing: Mixed Art Exhibit by Michael Crawford, January 16-24, with opening reception on Tuesday, January 17, 5:30 p.m.

School of Music


Mark Lusk, professor of trombone, will present his fiftieth faculty trombone recital on Sunday, January 15, 6:00 p.m., in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I. He will be joined by his friend and former teacher, Dr. John Marcellus, Distinguished Professor of Trombone at the Eastman School of Music. 

Steven Herbert Smith, professor of piano, will complete his three-year performance cycle of all of the Beethoven piano masterworks on Sunday, January 22, 8:00 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. Smith has performed as a concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Britain, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

~ Graduate Recital: Daniel Twenty, trombone, Friday, January 13, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Graduate Recital: Christopher Brown, trombone, Saturday, January 14, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Renata Ribeiro, viola, Saturday, January 14, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Undergraduate Recital: Bryan Powell, trombone, Saturday, January 14, 4:00 p.m., 128 Music Building II
~ Graduate Recital: Ryan Rongone, trombone, Saturday, January 14, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Honors Recital, Saturday, January 14, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Undergraduate Recital: Luke Gall, euphonium, Tuesday, January 17, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Voice Jury Honors, Thursday, January 19, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ BBQ: Low Brass Quartet, Thursday, January 19, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Lecture Recital: Jamie Rousak, voice, Friday, January 20, 5:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Undergraduate Honors Recital, Friday, January 20, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Horn Fest, Sunday, January 22, all day, Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Brass Quintet, Monday, January 23, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Brass Jury Honors, Thursday, January 26, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Guest Artist: Christy Banks, clarinet, Friday, January 27, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Christy Banks is assistant chair of the music department at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches clarinet and saxophone.

School of Theatre
~ Grand Hotel, February 14-28, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre
Based on the novel by Vicki Baum and subsequent MGM feature film, this seamless musical captures the high life and optimism of Berlin in 1928 through a powerful and sweeping score.  The world's most expensive hotel brings together a collection of rich characters, both wealthy and poor, where "one life ends while another begins," and "one heart breaks while another beats faster."

Penn State Centre Stage
Studio Performances/Events (unless noted, events are free, no RSVP required):
~ Taboo Plays in Repertory (adult content), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center ($3 admission):
Race (by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Mamet), Monday, January 23, and Thursday January 26, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, January 27, 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 28, 9:00 p.m.
A riveting play in which three attorneys, two black and one white, are offered a chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman.
    Frozen (by Bryony Lavery), Tuesday-Wednesday, January 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, January 27, 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 28, 5:00 p.m.
Angry, humane, and compassionate, Frozen is an extraordinary play that entwines the lives of a murderer, the mother of one of his victims, and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness, remorse, and change after an act that would seem to rule them out entirely.

~ Dance Concert, Thursday-Saturday, January 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre ($3 admission)

Zoller Gallery
~ The New Sauce: First-Year M.F.A. Student Exhibition, January 13-24, with opening reception on Friday, January 13, 5:00 p.m.


A&A Faculty Research Forum
The Associate Dean for Administration, Research and Graduate Studies announces the second in a series of informal gatherings where A&A faculty discuss their research ideas and interests for the purpose of seeking collegial feedback, advice, and support, Wednesday, February 1, noon-1:00 p.m., 121 Borland Building. Open to all A&A faculty, the topic of this forum is water conservation and will feature Steven Carpenter, professor of art education, and Barry Kew, assistant professor of landscape architecture.      

Carpenter has founded the Reservoir Studio, whose mission is the research, development and distribution of ceramic water filters at the point of use. To learn more about the Reservoir Studio’s efforts, view this online video:

Kew is leading a team of A&A and Engineering faculty who are trying to determine how storm water can feed and support a living wall while testing various systems of irrigation. Dubbed “The Greenwall,” a prototype of the living wall can be seen in the Stuckeman Family Building work yard.   

Bring your lunch and share your ideas with your colleagues. Beverages will be provided. Anyone with an interest in the quality of life, sustainability, public policy, and the individual good is especially encouraged to attend this forum.

For more information, contact Randy Ploog at

Stuckeman School to Co-Sponsor "Architecture and Energy" Symposium
Dan Willis, professor of architecture and interim director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, is co-organizing a symposium, "Architecture and Energy,” to be held Friday, January 27, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.  Co-sponsored by the Stuckeman School, the symposium will address whether energy consumption influences architectural style. Willis and 11 other experts will present and discuss working papers on this theme, which will be collected in a book published later in 2012. The symposium is part of the Penn State-led Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) grant, which is funding the development of the Energy Innovation Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Stuckeman School faculty members Brian Orland, Mallika Bose, Katsu Muramoto, and Stuart Echols are also part of the interdisciplinary Penn State team involved in the grant.


Educational Gaming Commons Hosts Free Brownbag Session
Penn State’s Educational Gaming Commons is offering its first free brownbag session of the semester, “Amazing Race to Geographic Literacy,” Wednesday, January 25, noon-1:oo p.m., 202K Rider Building. Laura Guertin, associate professor of earth science, will discuss the Amazing Race game and how participants can learn how to promote geographic literacy through games. To register for the session, visit The Educational Gaming Commons is a service of Information Technology Services.

Updates to Adobe Connect Include Guest Accounts, License Change, and New Website
Information Technology Services (ITS) recently upgraded Meeting@Penn State to Adobe Connect. Now all faculty and staff are able to create their own meeting rooms. Other enhancements include accessibility improvements for users with disabilities. In addition, users outside of Penn State no longer have to get a Friends of Penn State account to be able to join in a meeting. They can now log on to public meetings using the Guest log on, greatly simplifying their participation.

To learn more about the new features or schedule a demonstration session, go to, the new landing page for Adobe Connect at Penn State.


Bonnie Collura, associate professor in the School of Visual Arts, will show the sculpture “Prince (2)” in the show End of Days at Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY, January 11-February 12, 2012. End of Days is a group exhibition that explores the notion of revelation—both apocalyptic and transcendent. Each artwork functions as a moment of suspended time, capturing the world in a state of silent reflection, imagined ecstasy, mangled deterioration, or a complicated combination of all three.  

Madhuri Desai, assistant professor of art history, has published her book review of Indian Art History: Changing Perspectives, edited by Parul Pandya Dhar, in the Journal of Art Historiography, no. 5 (December 2011). To read the review, go to

Charlotte Houghton, associate professor of art history, will present a paper, "On the Down-Low: The Double Life of Michelangelo's Doni Tondo," as a speaker at the Queer Visual Culture Symposium, addressing sexuality and the arts. Sponsors of the symposium include the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Palmer Museum of Art.

Gary Kesler, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach, has been invited by WPSU to participate in a "design charrette" for an upcoming public service media project titled Water, Naturally.  The day-long event will be held January 23 in the Washington D.C. headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects, one of the partner organizations for the project.

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