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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: February 10, 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

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

Palmer Museum of Art
~ Painting the People: Images of American Life from the Maimon Collection, continues through May 13, 2012
~ Hogarth Restored, continues through 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, continues through 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 Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ Selections from the American Songbook, performed by musical theatre students, Wednesday, February 15, 12:10 p.m.

Gallery Talks (unless otherwise noted, talks start in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ Photography Past and Present, by Lonnie Graham, associate professor of art, Friday, February 24, 12:10 p.m., Print Study Room

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.
~ Photography Past and Present, selected by Lonnie Graham, associate professor of art, Friday, February 24, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

School of Music
Penn State Opera presents 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.  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 high school graduation.

~ Guest Artists Master Class: John Moore, double bass, and Ron Samuels, clarinet, from the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saturday, February 11, 3:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Guest Artists Recital: John Moore, double bass, and Ron Samuels, clarinet, from the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saturday, February 11, 7:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra, Sunday, February 12, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Brass Chamber Music, Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Brass Chamber Music, Thursday, February 16, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Faculty Recital: Christopher Guzman, piano, Friday, February 17, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Jennifer Trost, soprano, and Sue Haug, piano, Sunday, February 19, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Percussion Studio Recital, Monday, February 20, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Flute Ensemble, Thursday, February 23, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Symphonic Wind Ensemble, featuring James Lyon, violin, Thursday, February 23, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Eufonix – Tuba and Euphonium Quartet, Friday, February 24, 5:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

School of Theatre
The Art of Music:
Selections from the American Songbook, performed by musical theatre students, Wednesday, February 15, 12:10 p.m., Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art

Cultural Conversations:
The upcoming 2012 season of Cultural Conversations entitled Difficult Differences will focus on public and private identities, and each festival presentation will offer views and viewpoints from inside and outside a very specific conversation. For  more information, click here.

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:
~ Grand Hotel Pre-Show Dinner, Friday, February 17, 5:00 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn RSVP to 814-865-7586 ($40)
~ Grand Hotel Pre-Show Discussion, Friday, February 17, 5:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre (free)

School of Visual Arts
The following Anderson Endowment lecture will be held in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art:
~ Lecture by Valerie Hegarty, Brooklyn artist, Tuesday, February 21, 11:30 a.m.

Zoller Gallery
~ M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition 2, February 13-21, with opening reception on Monday, February 13, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
~ “)Abs( traction: Ellsworth Kelly’s Torsos,” lecture by Sarah Rich, associate professor of art history, as part of QVC: Queer Visual Culture symposium addressing sexuality and the arts, Friday, February 17, 12:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.


Palmer Museum Announces Lecture by Former Senior Investigator and Founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team
Palmer Museum of Art announces Frauds, Fakes, and Forgeries, a lecture given by Robert K. Wittman, former Senior Investigator and Founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, Monday, February 20, 7:00 p.m., 117 HUB-Robeson Center. Wittman will speak about his FBI career, notorious art heists, and daring undercover recoveries. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Community Mural Open Idea Sessions
The Community Arts Collective, directed by Natalia Pilato (’07 B.F.A. Art), M.F.A. candidate in art education, is hosting brainstorming sessions for Colors of Music, a new collaborative multi-media mural project to be installed on the corner of Garner Street and College Avenue, next to Bar Bleu. All sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room, State College Borough Building on S. Allen Street. Upcoming dates are Tuesday, February 14 and 21. The project is sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State School of Visual Arts and Friedman Real Estate Group.

College’s Scholarship and Awards Committee Seeking Golumbic Nominations
The College of Arts and Architecture Scholarship and Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2012 Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award, which recognizes students who have demonstrated superior design, humanistic, and performance records and who have proven their potential for significant contribution to the arts and humanities. Deadline for submission of nomination form is Friday, March 2. For more information, contact Ted Christopher, assistant professor of music and committee chair,, or call 865-1252.

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.


Summer at Penn State Fair
The Penn State Office for Summer Session is hosting the Summer at Penn State Fair, Wednesday, February 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the HUB Alumni Hall. This fair will be the first at Penn State to give students an opportunity to see what our university has to offer in the summer, from summer classes to on-campus job and internship opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges, on-campus jobs and internship programs and volunteer organizations, and they will be provided with complimentary gift bags, courtesy of the Penn State Office for Summer Session. For more information, contact

Library of Congress Offering Summer Fellowships
The United States Library of Congress is offering paid summer fellowships to college students, which provide students with an opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, spanning the social sciences, music, recorded sound, etc. Numerous positions will be available. Within your area, please distribute via whatever means may place this information in the hands of interested students. Deadline for applications is February 27, 2012. For more information, click here.



The sky is empty, a newly commissioned work, will be performed by ETCH Dance Co. at Dance New Amsterdam in New York, as part of the 2012 season. Choreographed and directed by Elisha Clark Halpin, associate professor of dance and artistic director of ETCH, this work features performances by Michele Dunleavy, associate professor of musical theatre, and Megan Moore (’08 B.A. Integrative Arts), adjunct instructor of dance. For more information, click here.

Ute Poerschke, associate professor of architecture, has published an article, “Architecture as a Mathematical Function: Reflections on Gottfried Semper,” in Nexus Network Journal, Architecture and Mathematics, Vol. 14, Nr. 1, 2012. The article can be downloaded at no cost through the University Libraries.

Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history:
- has published an essay, “Soto and You,” in Soto: Paris and Beyond 1950-1970, edited by Estrellita B. Brodsky  (NY: Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 2012), pp. 45-53
- published “Les échanges artistiques entre la France et les États-Unis, 1950-1968,” in Perspective:  La revue de l'INHA (2010/2011-3):  535-554
- published a review on Cathy Wilkes in Artforum (February 2012)

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;
- has had work in a group show included in a review by Art in To read the review, click here.

Christopher Schulte, Ph.D. candidate in art education, has been awarded the 2011-12 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award and will be recognized at the Student Awards Ceremony, Sunday, March 18, at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present two papers:
- “Waiting for Arrival:  Mass Transit in American Art from the 1930s and 1940s,” at Art and Struggle, OCAD University Graduate Student Symposium, Toronto, Canada, March 8-9, 2012;
“Artists, Commuters, and America in Transit,” at The Art of Travel, Rutgers University Graduate Student Symposium, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 23, 2012


NOTE:  The Newsline is published weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, February 24, 2012.

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February 9, 2012
Brooklyn Artist Devastates Her Artwork

February 8, 2012
Hogarth Restored

February 8, 2012
Me, Myself, and the Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection

February 8, 2012
Palmer Museum of Art Announces Frauds, Fakes, and Forgeries, a Lecture Given by Robert K. Wittman, Former Senior Investigator and Founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team

February 1, 2012
Penn State Centre Stage Presents Grand Hotel

February 1, 2012
“Outside Looking In” Series Continues with University of Houston Architecture Professor

January 31, 2012
Black and White Photography Exhibition in Borland Gallery

January 31, 2012
Smash-Hit Musical American Idiot Comes to Penn State February 28 and 29

January 31, 2012
Pianist Brian Zeger and Vocalist Lacey Jo Benter Perform February 10 at Esber Recital Hall

January 31, 2012
Shanghai Chinese Orchestra Chamber Ensemble to perform Two Schwab Concerts