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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: September 14, 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
~ “Architecture Here and Now," lecture by Álvaro Rojas, architect, founder and president of UTo read the full story, click here.
~ Lecture by Zhu Yufan, professor of landscape architecture at the Institute of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m., Jury Space, Stuckeman Family Building. To read more, click here

Department of Art History
~ “Politics in the Court: Hierarchy and Change Among the Late Classic Maya," 2012-13 Harold E. Dickson Memorial Lecture given by Sarah Jackson, assistant professor of anthropology, University of Cincinnati, Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building

Center for the Performing Ars
~ American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Floating Between Worlds: New Research on Japanese Prints in the Permanent Collection, continues through December 9, 2012
~ Photography at the Palmer: A Selection of Gifts, September 18-December 16, 2012
~ Celebrating Forty Years of Gifts: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, September 25, 2012-January 20, 2013
The Palmer Museum of Art marks its fortieth anniversary with a selection of works on paper that have been given to the museum since its opening in the fall of 1972.

The Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ It Takes Two to Tango, performed by Naomi Seldman, assistant professor of flute, and her husband, Jonathan Dexter, cellist, Wednesday, September 19, 12:10 p.m.

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.)
~ Photography at the Palmer: A Selection of Gifts, by Joyce Robinson, curator, Friday, September 21, 12:10 p.m.
~ Celebrating Forty Years of Gifts, by Joyce Robinson, curator, Friday, September 28, 12:10 p.m.

Jazz at the Palmer
The Palmer Museum of Art is partnering with Penn State Public Broadcasting to present a series of jazz concerts at the museum as part of its fortieth anniversary celebration. The concerts will be recorded live and broadcast later on WPSU-FM as part of the weekly “Jazz Show.”
~ Dan Yoder and the Hallucinations, Thursday, September 27, 7:30 p.m., Palmer Museum of Art
Concert is free but seating is limited. Tickets are required. For ticket information, visit or contact Sue Bryant at 814-863-6635.

~ Community Day celebrating Palmer’s fortieth anniversary, Saturday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Palmer Museum of Art

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

School of Music

~ Mojatuba: Tuba and Dance Fusion, Sunday, September 16, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Mojatuba, which stands for Modern Dance, Original Works, Jazz Styles and African Influence and Tuba will feature Velvet Brown, professor of tuba and euphonium; Kikora Franklin, associate professor of dance; Anthony Leach, professor of music and music education; guest percussionist Jimmy Finnie, and an ensemble of dancers.
~ Chamber Music Concert: A Tribute to William B. Forest, Sunday, September 23, 3:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
The School of Music was the beneficiary of an estate gift by William B. Forest (’51 B.A. Arts and Letters), who had previously endowed a chamber music scholarship. Through his lifetime giving and his estate, he has given more than $1.2 million to the William Forest Chamber Music Endowment.

~ Undergraduate Recognition Recital, Friday, September 14, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building 1
~ Faculty Recital: Timothy Hurtz, oboe, Sunday, September 16, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Langston J. Fitzgerald, III, trumpet, Monday, September 17, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Woodwind Jury Honors, Thursday, September 20, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Guest Artist: Kristin Thelander, horn, with Lisa Bontrager, professor of horn, and Sue Haug, director of School of Music, piano, Friday, September 21, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Daryl Durran, bassoon, Tuesday, September 25, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Guest Artist: Rebecca Rischin, clarinet, Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch, Thursday, September 27, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
~ From Up Here, September 25-October 5, 7:30 p.m., Downtown Theatre Center
The Barretts wish their family could make it through one day unnoticed, but that’s going to be hard now that their son has to publicly apologize to his entire high school for publishing his enemy list. A contemporary new comedy about the highs and lows of family life! 

For more information about From Up Here, click here.

School of Visual Arts
Anderson Endowment Lectures
~ Lecture by Richard Ross, photographer and professor of art, University of California at Santa Barbara, Tuesday, September 18, 11:30 a.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
~ “Portrait of an Artist,” lecture by Julie Heffernan, artist and professor of fine art, Montclair State University, Monday, September 24, 4:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

Zoller Gallery
~ BFA Student Exhibition, September 24-October 5, public reception, Monday, September 24, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
~ Free Film Festival: Back to School – College Films, Penn State and the Meaning of Higher Education. Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30, noon-midnight
IAH will host its third annual film festival. This year’s theme is “College,” a filmic tour of various cinematic campuses in order to meditate on the meaning of higher education in America. For more information, click here.
~ The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce that Nobel Prize-winning writer J. M. Coetzee is the recipient of the 2012 IAH Medal for Distinguished Achievement. In a ceremony at the State Theatre on Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., Coetzee will be awarded the medal and will give a public reading. Born in South Africa, and now a resident of Australia, Coetzee is the author of many translations, nonfictional works, and novels, including Disgrace, Foe, The Life and Times of Michael K, and Waiting for the Barbarians. To read the full story, click here.


2012-13 Competition for Faculty Research Grants
The College Committee on Creative Accomplishment and Research announces the competition for the 2012-13 academic year with a deadline for receipt of proposals in 124 Borland Building by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012.  The committee operates within a mandate to distribute the limited resources at its disposal to projects that promise a high degree of national and international visibility and recognition for the applicant and that hold the greatest possible significance to the applicant, the discipline, the college and the University. 

For more information on the competition and application, click here.

Arts Showcase Duplicate Copies
If you are on the Arts Ticket Center's mailing list, you may have received copies of the Arts Showcase at both your home and your campus address. If you do not need duplicate copies, please return one to the Communications Office, 107 Borland, so we can fulfill other requests. Thank you.


Information Technology Offers Training
Information Technology is offering numerous technology training opportunities this fall for faculty and staff, including Technology Learning Assistant (TLA) program, where a technology-savvy student provides one-on-one assistance. Students may provide tutoring in PowerPoint, Excel, file management, email, web page development, electronic grade book software, and other tools and applications. TLAs are also qualified to demonstrate the use of Penn State services such as ANGEL, iTunes U podcasting, Adobe Connect desktop videoconferencing, ITS Streaming Services, and the Blogs at Penn State.

Faculty requests are now being accepted for TLA appointments during the fall 2012 semester. To make a request and to learn more about the TLA program visit

Educational Gaming Brownbag on Story-Based Astronomy Course
Penn State’s Educational Gaming Commons is offering a free brownbag session, “Turning an Astronomy Course into a Mission to Mars,” Wednesday, September 19, noon-1:oo p.m., 202K Rider Building. Jane Charlton, professor of astronomy, will lead a discussion on how the general education course ASTRO 001 was designed as a story-based series of missions, and has been taken by more than 7,000 students over the past five years.

To register for the session, visit The Educational Gaming Commons is a service of Information Technology Services.

New Version of eLion Website to be Unveiled October 2
On Oct. 2, a new version of eLion will be unveiled for students at Penn State. All students will have access to the newly redesigned eLion platform, which features many updates, including a more user-centered interface and better visual layout. Since both versions access the same student record database, the original version will continue to operate simultaneously with the new version until it is decommissioned in early January 2013. However, students are encouraged to use the new eLion on a permanent basis.  read more...


Micaela Amateau Amato, professor of art and women’s studies, will present a paper, "Dematerializing Petro-Pharma Culture," at the Edmonton Canada- Petro-Culture Conference, University of Alberta, September 2012. The paper is co-authored by Cara Judea Alhadeff (’95 B.Ph., magna cum laude-Schreyer Honors College).

Sculptures in Love with Architecture, an exhibition by Tom Laureman, assistant professor of art, and Fabio J. Fernández, will continue through October 6, 2012 at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex in Chicago.  The exhibition explores the sculptural aspects of architecture and its details, and consists of more than 100 small objects developed using a wide range of ceramic materials and processes, like hands and sandpaper, to advanced prototyping and mold making. For additional information on this exhibition, visit Sculptures in Love with Architecture.

Renee Kredell, assistant professor of art education, has developed a partnership, Why Should We Care? : Connecting the Public to Public Art, between Penn State art education students and Darla Cravotta, project manager, Allegheny County Executive Office. The partnership will engage in a collaboration to produce identification and on-line programming for public works of art in Allegheny County.

Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, is participating in a group exhibition, Noir Clair, at Galerie Vanessa Quang in Paris.  This exhibition focused primarily on drawing and the work Shepherd is creating is in collaboration with long time friend and collaborator Frank Olive.  For their project in the exhibition Shepherd and Olive will be faxing drawings to the gallery on a weekly basis and these drawings will installed on the gallery walls. For more information, visit


No announcements for this week.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, September 28, 2012.

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September 14, 2012
Penn State Centre Stage Presents From Up Here

September 14, 2012
Internationally Renowned Photographer Richard Ross to Visit Penn State

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"Architecture Here and Now" Lecture by Álvaro Rojas

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Fabric Workshop and Museum Master Printer to Lead Farm to Fashion Symposium

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Can Anyone Be Taught to Sing?

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Arthitectural Features Work by Darla Lindberg

September 5, 2012
In the Mood, a 1940s Music and Dance Revue, Comes to Eisenhower October 16

September 5, 2012
Celebrating Forty Years of Gifts: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

September 4, 2012
Art History Alumna’s Unique Career Path Leads to Coastal Louisiana Restoration Efforts

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Animated Filmmaker, Writer and Artist Gives Lecture