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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: January 27, 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

Department of Art History
~ “British Art in the Nuclear Age: Representing Atomic Power at the Festival of Britain,” lecture by Catherine Jolivette, associate professor of art and design, Missouri State University, and 2012 College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award recipient in art history, Thursday, February 2, 6:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building.

Borland Gallery
~ An Intimate Exhibition, photographs by Jenna Ferrarccio (’11 B.A. Integrative Arts), February 6-17. The exhibition is a series of abstract black and white photographs that explore the relationship between the natural and human landscape.

Center for the Performing Arts
~ Chucho Valdés with the Afro-Cuban Messengers, Tuesday, January 31, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Shanghai Chinese Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium
~ Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai: Shanghai Tango, Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

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

Palmer Museum of Art
~ 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.

~ Hogarth Restored, February 7-May 13, 2012
William Hogarth was best known, in the mid-1700s and now, for his satirical engravings. So frequently were his engravings printed that the plates were worn down. In 1795, British printmaker Thomas Cook started the task of re-engraving Hogarth’s entire collection and created a complete edition of Hogarth’s work.

~ Me, Myself, and The Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection, February 7-May 27, 2012
This intimate exhibition of self-portraits from the permanent collection spans more than a century, and allows the audience to see the artists as they explore their profession and their practice.

The Art of Poetry (poetry readings held in the galleries)
~ Readings by William Doan, associate dean for administration, research and graduate studies and professor of theatre, Wednesday, February 1, 12:10 p.m. His first chapbook, orantes linguis, was published by Corrupt Press in fall 2011 and is based on his childhood experiences in southwest Ohio.

Gallery Talks (unless otherwise noted, talks start in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ Let’s Move: Transportation Imagery in the Maimon Collection, by Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, Friday, February 3, 12:10 p.m.
~ Me, Myself, and the Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection, by Kristina Wilson, Ph.D. candidate in art history, Friday, February  10, 12:10 p.m.

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
~ Dark Matter and the Color of Light by Nicole Packard, through January 27

School of Music


The annual Celebration of African American Music Festival, under the direction of Anthony Leach, professor of music and music education, will feature Dr. Raymond Wise, Ohio State University, as guest artist. The festival will be held Thursday-Saturday, February 2-4 in Esber Recital Hall and Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. All performances are free and open to the public.
* Bach’s Lunch: undergraduate and graduate vocalists, Thursday, February 2, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
 *Common Hour Recital: Tuba Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Centre Dimensions, and Raymond Wise, Friday, February 3, 2:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
 *Recital: Scott Joplin Instrumental Ensemble, Undergraduate String Quartet, Friday, February 3, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
* Choral Concert: Essence of Joy, Festival Choir conducted by Raymond Wise, Herbert Jones, soloist, Saturday, February 4, 1:00 p.m., Worship Hall

Penn State Opera presents The Tender Land, Friday-Saturday, February 10-11, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Aaron Copland, perhaps the 20th century's most well known American composer, wrote only one opera.  The Tender Land paints an atmospheric and evocative portrait of an American farm during the height of the Dust Bowl. Inspired by the work of Depression-era photographer Walker Evans, Copland presents a simple and poignant story of a young girl, Laurie, and her family.  Her protective grandfather hires two drifters to help him with the spring harvest, and all of their lives are changed by a chance encounter on the eve of her graduation from High School.

~ Guest Artist: Christy Banks, clarinet, Friday, January 27, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
Christy Banks is assistant chair of the music department at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches clarinet and saxophone.
~ Graduate Conducting Recital: Christopher Ritter, Saturday, January 28, 4:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Christopher Hamberger, trombone, Sunday, January 29, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Guest Recital: Trio Chiaroscuro, Saturday, February 4, 2:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Senior Recital: Laura Chapper, flute, Saturday, February 4, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Percussion Ensemble I and Mallet Ensemble, Tuesday, February 7, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Woodwind Jury Honors, Thursday, February 9, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Guest Artist Master Class: John Moore, double bass and Ron Samuels, clarinet, from the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saturday, February 11, 3:00 p.m., 1221 Music Building II
~ Recital: John Moore, double bass and Ron Samuels, clarinet, from the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saturday, February 11, 7:00 p.m., 1221 Music Building II

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
~ 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."

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), 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), 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, Friday-Saturday, January 27-28, 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre ($3 admission)

School of Visual Arts
The following Anderson Endowment lecture will be held in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art:
~ Lecture by Kim Beck, assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, Wednesday, February 1, 2:45 p.m.

Zoller Gallery
~ M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition I, January 30-February 7, with opening reception on Monday, January 30, 5:00 p.m


College-Sponsored Winter Blood Drive
The college is sponsoring a winter blood drive on Wednesday, February 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Stuckeman Family Building. To schedule an appointment, go to

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

Student Exhibition in Old Main
Phil Lang, senior in the B.A. Art program, is holding a solo exhibition, Città-Italian Cities: Monotype Prints, in 417 Old Main, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., through the end of March 2012. The exhibition consists of twenty prints depicting eighteen of the cities and sites he visited in spring 2011 as a part of the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) study abroad program in Florence, Italy. The exhibition is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held on Monday, January 30, 2:o0-4:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.


Nominations Sought for Achieving Women
The Commission for Women (CFW) annually recognizes women who have achieved and excelled at both Penn State and in their communities. Women selected for the Achieving Women Award will be honored at the commission's luncheon on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. To submit nominations, visit Submissions are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2012. For more information, contact Rose Baker and Cathy Dufour, co-chairs, Awards Committee, and CFW co-chairs-elect at or or call the Commission for Women office at 814-863-8493.


Micaela Amateau Amato, professor of art and affiliate professor of women’s studies:
- is currently participating in two exhibitions: Angles Gallery Booth at the New York Armory Show, which continues through February; and LAX Peace Tower – Political Protest, which celebrates the  role of art activism in 2012;
- participated in group exhibitions at the Art Basel Miami Art Fair and Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

Brian A. Curran, professor of art history, will present a paper, "The Colonna Crocodile and Other Tales of Egyptian Rome in the Renaissance," at the international symposium Beyond Egyptomania:  Appropriations of Egypt in Rome, at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, February 17, 2012.

A research project led by Darla Lindberg, associate professor of architecture, and the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State, will receive special recognition in ARCHIVE, the upcoming Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) online exhibition celebrating 100 years in architecture education. To read the full story, click here.

Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, is participating in a group exhibition, MIE: A Portrait by 35 Artists, at Freight+Volume, New York, NY, which runs through February 25, 2012. To read the full story, click here.

Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “The Art of Tourism: Izzet Senemoglu’s Trojan Horse and the Hidden Influence of Art and Media on the Archaeological Tourist,” at the 2nd Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Conference, Fethiye, Turkey, April 24-28, 2012.

Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Hawaiianness and the Fiftieth State Capitol,” at the Annual Conference of the College Art Association, Los Angeles, February 22-25, 2012.

Laura Sivert, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Visualizing a Romantic Past and Technological Future in the Tennessee Valley Authority,” in Riverscaping: A Multidisciplinary Symposium on the River in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences, sponsored by the Five College Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst), April 19-21, 2012.

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