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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: August 17, 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

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
~ “Earth Forms as Landscape Architecture: The Practices of A.E. Bye and Contemporaries," lecture by Thaïsa Way, ASLA, inaugural A.E. Bye/Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture, Thursday, September 6, 6:00 p.m., Stuckeman Jury Space, Stuckeman Family Building. Way is a landscape historian currently teaching history, theory, and design at the University of Washington, To read the full story, click here.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Color My World: Color Photographs from the Permanent Collection, continues through August 19, 2012
~ American Quilts from the Terasaki Collection, continues through August 26, 2012
~ Protecting Paper at the Palmer, continues through September 9, 2012
~ Floating Between Worlds: New Research on Japanese Prints in the Permanent Collection, August 28-December 9, 2012
Over the last several decades, Dr. William Harkins donated a sizable number of Japanese woodblock prints to the Palmer Museum of Art. Researching and contextualizing this collection became the basis for a joint internship between the museum and the Asian Studies program, under the direction of Charlotte Eubanks, assistant professor of comparative literature, Japanese, and Asian studies. This exhibition features a selection of prints researched by undergraduate interns and curated by Dr. Eubanks.

Gallery Talks (Unless otherwise noted, talks begin in the galleries, Palmer Museum of Art. A greeter will be available in the lobby to direct visitors to the appropriate gallery.)
~ The Mother of Invention: Quilt Designs in the Terasaki Collection, by Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education, Friday, August 24, 12:10 p.m.
~ Protecting Paper at the Palmer, by Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman curator, Friday, August 31, 12:10 p.m.

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

School of Music

In a competition that featured a professor, doctoral candidates, and a professional musician as finalists, junior Eddie Sundra played his clarinet to a second place win in the Orchestral Excerpt Competition at the International Clarinet Association Conference, held in Lincoln, Nebraska, August 1-5, 2012. To read the full story, click here.

~ Fall Faculty Favorites: Voice Faculty, Thursday, August 30, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Trombone Days, Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, Esber Recital Hall

College of Arts and Architecture All-College Meeting
In order to avoid conflicts with classes, the All-College meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, beginning at 8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude with a luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. The luncheon will end at 1:00 p.m. All new faculty and staff will be introduced, along with the most recent class of new tenured and promoted faculty members. College offices may be closed so all faculty and staff have the opportunity to attend the meeting.  

Please note, the breakfast and meeting will be held in President’s Hall 1 and 2, and the lunch will be held in Dean’s Hall 1 and 2.

A response is required so that adequate arrangements can be made for the meal functions and seating. Responses are due by Monday, August 20. To RSVP, click here.


Vincent Benitez, associate professor of music theory:
- presented a paper on French composer Olivier Messiaen's famous analysis of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at the 19th Congress of the International Musicology Society in Rome, July 2012,
- presented a paper on the music of Dieterich Buxtehude at the 15th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music at the University of Southampton, England, July 2012,
- will present a paper on Messiaen as an improviser at the Perspectives on Musical Improvisation conference at the University of Oxford, England, September 2012,
- will give an expanded version of this paper at the 2012 meeting of the American Musicological Society in New Orleans, November 2012.

This past March, in addition to examining Messiaen's birdsong notebooks at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, Benitez was able to play on the famous Cavaillé-Coll organ that Messiaen performed on at the Église de la Sainte-Trinité.

Madhuri Desai, assistant professor of art history and Asian studies, will co-chair the session, “Identity and the Built Environment in Colonial South Asia,” at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin, October 14, 2012. Desai will also present a paper, “Constructing and Defending an Architectural Terrain,” in this session.

Charles R. Garoian, professor of art education, published "Sustaining Sustainability: The Pedagogical Drift of Art Research and Practice," in the summer 2012 issue of Studies in Art Education, 53(4), 283-301.

Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history:
- has been awarded a $2000 Center for Global Studies Career Development Award from Penn State for the fall 2012 semester. This will assist in the research on her dissertation, “From Michelangelo to Mussolini: Attribution and Appropriation in the Palestrina Pietà,
- has received a Renato Cevese Scholarship to participate in a seminar on Andrea Palladio: linguaggio, ordini, techniche, at the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, Italy, September 1-8, 2012.

Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been selected to be a McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern at the Dallas Museum of Art from September 2012 to May 2013. She will divide her hours between the Curator of American Art and the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. Her assignments will relate to the installation and records of the museum's permanent collections, researching upcoming exhibitions on jewelry and early twentieth-century painters, and assisting in the reorganization of their American galleries. 

Kimberly Musial, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Travail de panneau: The Effects of Early Film on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Au Cirque Series,” at the Third International Conference on the Image, Higher School of Humanities and Journalism, Poznan, Poland, September 14-16, 2012.

Kevin Slivka, Ph.D. candidate in art education, published "Disequilibrium in Arts and Arts Education: Sustainability as Loss Through Giving," in the summer 2012 issue of Studies in Art Education, 53(4), 302-316.


The College of Arts and Architecture New Faculty and Staff Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 121 Borland Building.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, August 31, 2012.

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