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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: January 11, 2013


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

~ Event: A Celebration of Central Pennsylvania Architecture and the Work of A. William Hajjar, Sunday, January 13, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m., 104 Paterno Library
A series of activities, sponsored by the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library and the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, to celebrate the gift of Hajjar drawings and the public release of a new database documenting local architecture. To read the full story, click here.

Department of Art History

No announcements for this week.

Borland Gallery

No announcements for this week.

Center for the Performing Arts

~ Shuffle.Play.Listen with Christopher O’Riley, pianist, and Matt Haimovitz, cellist, Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium
~ Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, introduced by Christopher Guzman, assistant professor of piano, Sunday, January 20, 2:00 p.m., State Theatre. The film is part of the Classical Music Project (CMP) Film Series, a partnership with the Center for the Performing Arts, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and The State Theatre. To read more about CMP, click here.
~ Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, Saturday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.,

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Celebrating Forty Years of Gifts: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, continues through January 20, 2013
~ Lit with Piercing Glances: Linocuts by James Mullen, continues through May 19, 2013
This exhibition offers a retrospective look at printmaker James Mullen’s preferred medium, the linoleum cut, which he has found particularly suitable for the linearly abstract still lifes and portraits that have marked his fifty-year career.
~ “Varied and Untried”: Early Twentieth-Century American Painting from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection, January 13-May 5, 2013
This exhibition highlights many of the ashcan realists and modernists, including Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keefe, and John Sloan, who were willing to pursue subjects and styles both “varied and untried.”

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.
~ Rome, selected by Brian Curran, professor of art history, Friday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

School of Music

~ The Unforgettable One, Johannes Brahms, Saturday, January 19, 1:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Featuring Jane Cox (Iowa State University) as Marie Schumann, daughter of Robert and Clara Schumann; Sue Haug, director of the School of Music and professor of piano, as Clara Schumann; and James Lyon, professor of violin, as Joseph Joachim.
A music drama, which tells the story of the young Johannes Brahms as he knocks on the door of Robert and Clara Schumann in Dusseldorf and becomes forever connected to the Schumann family. The Unforgettable One is a moving portrayal of a touching and memorable relationship between these great artists of the 19th century.

~ Undergraduate Recognition Recital, Friday, January 11, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Graduate Recognition Recital, Saturday, January 12, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Mark Lusk, trombone, Sunday, January 13, 8:00 p.m., St.Paul’s United Methodist Church
~ Guest Masterclass: Matt Haimovitz, cello, Thursday, January 17, 11:30 a.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Guest Masterclass: Christopher O’Reily, piano, Thursday, January 17, 1:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Marian Garcia Piano Competition, Friday-Saturday, January 18-19, all day, Esber Recital Hall. Events are free but registration required. Click here.
~ Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital: Ira Gold, double bass, Sunday, January 20, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Master Class: Ian Zook, horn, Sunday, January 20, 5:00 p.m., Room 122, Music Building II
~ Senior Recital: Matthew Ross, viola, Sunday, January 20, 6:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Bach’s Lunch: Voice Jury Honors, Thursday, January 24, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ String Quartet Chamber Music Festival, Saturday, January 26, all day, Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Conducting Recital: Eric Greco, Saturday, January 26, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Graduate Recital: Justin Robinson, trumpet, Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
Love’s Labour’s Lost, February 12-23, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre

Off Center (formerly called Studio Productions)
~ The All-Night Strut, Wednesday-Saturday, January 23-26, 7:30 p.m., Downtown Theatre
Audiences will thrill to this swinging musical revue of jazz, swing, bebop, and classic standards from the 1930s and 1940s.

For more information about events and tickets, visit

School of Visual Arts

Anderson Endowment Lecture
~ Lecture by Joshua Mosley, professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Thursday, January 17, 6:00 p.m., Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space. A Maya workshop will be held on Friday, January 18, 1:30-5:30 p.m., 151 Stuckeman Family Building. The lecture and workshop are free and open to the public.

Zoller Gallery

~ Imperfect Ten: First Year M.F.A. Student Exhibition, January 14-18, with public reception on Monday, January 14, 5:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature interactive works of art, installation art, ceramic and photographic series, and more. Ten first-year M.F.A. students, including Margaret Kinkeade, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Roberto Lugo, Kevin Mercer, Nouf Alhamdan, Gabriel Ibias, Jenna Ferraraccio, Charles Mankey, Cassandra Berringer, and Steven Read, will showcase their works created throughout their initial year in their major media area. For more information, click here.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

~ “Design Urbanism: Cape Town Scenarios,” by Raymond Gastil, chair and visiting professor of design innovation, Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., Alumni Lounge, Nittany Lion Inn. Lecture is part of the Cities of South Africa Lecture Series.
~ “Religion and the Built Environment in Early Modern Banaras,” by Madhuri Desai, assistant professor of art history and Asian studies, as part of Sacred Places: A Discussion of Art and Religion, Wednesday, January 23, 4:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building.

For more information on lectures and events, visit


A&A Faculty/Staff Offers for College’s 50th Anniversary

As announced at the all-college meeting in December, several special offers are being made to faculty and staff who would like to participate in the 50th Anniversary activities of the College of Arts and Architecture during the April 4-7 time period.

Waiver of $25 Registration Fee
Alumni and friends of the College have been invited to register for a fee of $25. Arts and Architecture faculty/staff members may attend and have the $25 registration fee waived. You will only need to pay for individual events that carry a cost, like the Friday luncheon or Saturday afternoon reception. There are many free events.  The registration site can be accessed via, and click on the Register tab in the lower left corner.  After selecting the events you wish to participate in, on the final page, enter the group code (discount code) 20psudiscount13 to have the $25 registration fee deducted from your total. One discount per person, please.

Free Arts and Architecture 50th Anniversary T-Shirt
Current faculty and staff members may request a free 50th anniversary t-shirt. Between now and February 1, 2013, request your shirt via the web form located at:
One shirt per faculty/staff member, please. The shirts will be available around the end of February, and those who have requested one will be notified when they are in.

Group Rate for Tickets to Leonard Bernstein’s MASS Performances
A group rate of $31.05 (no processing fees) has been established for faculty and staff who are interested in attending either of the performances on April 5-6. Seats are located in the orchestra for both performances between rows F-I. You may purchase online, or go directly to any of the CPA box offices (Eisenhower, Penn State Downtown Theatre, HUB) to buy in person. If buying in person, you may select from the Orange seats on hold, or choose any open available seats. Reference A&A Faculty and Staff Discount to make sure you receive the discount.

To purchase tickets online for April 5 at 7:30 p.m., click on the link below:

To purchase tickets online for April 6 at 2:00 p.m., click on the link below: 


  • Select link and follow instructions to create an account, if you have never purchased online with the Arts Ticket Center.
  • Use Promo Code:  A&A MASS
  • Use your PSU domain (
  • Using the above online links, you can only purchase and print adult discounted tickets ($31.05 with no processing fees).

For questions related to the 50th registration or the t-shirt requests, contact Joyce Hoffman at

For questions related to the group rate for Mass tickets, contact Sherren McKenzie at

Interdisciplinary Event Initiated by Studio|Lab

Playing the Archive: Experiencing Data Through Visual and Sonic Immersion, Monday, February 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Bio Behavioral Health Building.
Playing the Archive is an year-long, interdisciplinary project initiated by Studio|Lab, with a core group of researchers from the College of Arts and Architecture, College of Health and Human Development, invited collaborators Simone Osthoff, professor of art, and Mark Ballora, associate professor of music, and visiting percussionists Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron. For more information, click here. The project is co-sponsored by Studio|Lab, the College of Arts and Architecture, College of Health and Human Development, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, John M. Anderson Lecture Series, and the Social Science Research Institute.

College Seeks Nominations for Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Arts and Architecture is seeking nominations for the Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring, Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Staff Award for Outstanding Service.  All nominations are due to the Dean's Office by February 4, 2013.  For more information, please visit (College Awards for Excellence) for more details and the nomination form.


Educational Gaming Brownbag on Digital Badges

Penn State’s Educational Gaming Commons is offering a free brownbag session, “Badges? We Don’t Need no Stinkin’ Badges!” on Wednesday, January 23, noon-1:oo p.m., 202K Rider Building. Brett Bixler, lead instructional designer, Information Technology Services, will present an overview of what digital badges are and may become. The session will cover the components of a digital badge; the roles of badge issuer, earner, and displayer; and several organizations currently developing badging infrastructures. Open discussion will be encouraged throughout the session.

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

Nominations Sought for Mentoring and 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 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award and the Achieving Women Award will be honored at the commission's luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2013, 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 18, 2013.


Stuckeman School faculty members Peter Aeschbacher and Marcus Shaffer have received the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Creative Achievement Award for the Secret Life of Public Spaces, a two-year action-research project that employed design as a means of reinvigorating public space. To read the full story, click here.

Heather McCune Bruhn, instructor of art history, will present a paper, “Minor Changes with Major Results: Improving Student Motivation and Performance in an Online Art History Survey,” at the 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, March 4-6, 2013.

Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, is participating in a group exhibition, 100 Little Deaths by Tom Sanford, at BavinLee, New York, N.Y., which continues through February 9, 2013. For more information, click here.

Amara Solari, assistant professor of art history and anthropology:
- presented a paper, “Maya Maps as a Colonial Cosmology: The Emergence of Cartographic Discourse in Early Colonial Yucatán,” at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, January 3-6, 2013;
- has co-organized and will co-chair (with Charles Cody Barteet) the session, “What is Yucatecan about Yucatán: Art Historical Discourse in Yucatán’s Visual Culture, Precolumbian through Contemporary,” at the annual conference of the College Art Association, New York, N.Y., February 13, 2013.

Craig Zabel, head of the Department of Art History, has published an article, “William Penn’s Philadelphia: The Land and the Plan,” in Nature’s Entrepôt: Philadelphia’s Urban Sphere and its Environmental Thresholds, eds. Brian C. Black and Michael J. Chiarappa, (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), chapter 1, pp.17-34, 294-298. 

Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Time, Tourism and Politics of Maya Architecture: Modern Development at Chichén Itzá and its Relationship to Yucatán Cultural Identity,” at the annual conference of the College Art Association, New York, N.Y., February 13-16, 2013.

Joshua Keilholtz, B.F.A. candidate in sculpture, has been awarded the LGBTA Alumni Interest Group Scholarship for his volunteer work at the LGBTA Student Resource Center. He is currently the programming and events intern, responsible for creating advertisements for all center events and working with guest speakers, including Chaz Bono and Hudson Taylor. Keilholtz’s sculptures focus on LGBTA themes, including sexuality and gay marriage. He has participated in the campus Straight Talk programs and worked with Altoona campus resident assistants to create a greater understanding of LGBTA issues at one of the Commonwealth Campuses.

No announcements for this week.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, January 25, 2013.

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January 11, 2013
Secret Life of Public Spaces Honored by ACSA

January 8, 2013
Drawn to Paint: The Art of Jerome Witkin

January 7, 2013
“Varied and Untried”: Early Twentieth-Century American Painting from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection

January 7, 2013
Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca Perform Spanish Dance and Music January 26

January 7, 2013
Lit with Piercing Glances: Linocuts by James Mullen

January 4, 2013
Classical Music Project Lecture Series Begins January 10

January 3, 2013
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