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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: December 6, 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

~ Archigram and Opera exhibition by the architectural group Archigram, continues through December 13, 2013, Rouse Gallery, Stuckeman Family Building. The exhibition features black lights, drawings and multi-media technology, and is free and open to the public.
~ The Stuckeman School will continue its lecture and exhibition series for spring 2014 with exhibitions by Darla Lindberg, Caroline O’Donnell, Toru Mitani, and Thaisa Way, and lectures that include Achim Menges, Kyna Leski, Anne Spirn, Leonie Sandercock, and Mary Woods. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and @StuckemanNews) for the latest news.

Department of Art History

No announcements for this week.

Borland Gallery

~ If It Fits, an exhibition featuring works by students in Advanced Sculpture, will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, December 9-13, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. To read the full story, click here.

Center for the Performing Arts

~ Mosaic (School of Music Feature), Sunday, December 8, 4:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ The following lectures are part of the Classical Music Project (CMP) Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. Lectures are held in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
   “The Spectacular Orchestra,” by Emily Dolan, associate professor of musicology, University of Pennsylvania, Wednesday, December 11, 3:30 p.m.
The late eighteenth century witnessed the birth of modern orchestration—the art of assigning melodies and harmonies to the instruments in an orchestra. Delving into the music of Gluck, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, this talk explores what orchestration is and what it meant to composers and listeners in the early Romantic period.

Go to for details about the music, theater and dance presentations.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ American Block and Burin: Wood Engravings from the Permanent Collection, continues through December 8, 2013
~ Recent Acquisitions, continues through December 15, 2013
~ Uncanny Congruencies, continues through December 15, 2013

The Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Musem of Art)

~ “Holiday Music for Handbells,” performed by the Carillon Bells of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, directed by Darrin Thornton, assistant professor of music education, Wednesday, December 11, 12:10 p.m.

Palmer Museum of Art Holiday Art and Ornament Sale
Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art will host the 2013 Holiday Art and Ornament Sale on Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the museum. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Palmer Museum and will be used to extend the education outreach program, help acquire works of arts, and help ensure that the museum will remain a vital and free-admission resource for the community.

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

School of Music

~Mosaic, Sunday, December 8, 4:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium [Tickets required: $25 adult/$10 student]
This annual showcase concert will feature both large and small ensembles as well as the school's most outstanding soloists. Large bands and orchestras give way to individuals, jazz follows 17th-century masterworks performed in the walls and voices resound from the balconies. One performance merges directly into the next, all in a rich mosaic of dynamic and fast-paced sonic color. Be prepared to embark upon an exhilarating sonic and visual musical journey!
~ Campus Band and Campus Orchestra, Monday, December 9, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall [Tickets required: $12 adult/$4 student]
~ “A Night at the Opera,” by the Philharmonic Orchestra, Wednesday, December 11, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium, [Tickets required: $12 adult/$4 student]
Conducted by Gerardo Edelstein, the Philharmonic performs music from the world's most beloved operas in its final concert of the fall semester. Joining the orchestra as guest singers are Penn State students Julia Wolcott and Lisa Rogali, and dramatic mezzo-soprano Amanda Silliker, a resident of Bellefonte, PA. To read the full story, click here.
~ Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Thursday, December 12, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium [Tickets required: $12 adult/$4 student]
Highlights of the Concert Band's program include a transcription of Franz Biebl's famous choral work, "Ave Maria," and a three-movement composition by Gordon Jacob. The Concert Band is conducted by Robert Hickey, a graduate student in wind conducting.
The Symphonic Band presents a program including works by British composer Gustav Holst, and American composers Vincent Persichetti and John Mackey. The ensemble is conducted by Penn State's director of concert bands Dennis Glocke and assisted by wind conducting graduate student Eric Palmquist. For more information, click here.
~ Winterfest ’13: Our Gift in Song, featuring Essence of Joy, Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m., Pasquerilla Spiritual Center [Tickets required: $20 adult/$5 student]
Essence of Joy’s concert, directed by Anthony Leach, will be broadcast live on WPSU-FM. For more information, click here.

~ Graduate Woodwind Quintet Recital, Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Student Recital: Lucas Klirsfeld, saxophone, Friday, December 6, 7:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Student Recital: Michael Marini, flute, Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church
~ Student Recital: Joseph Borell, trombone, Saturday, December 7, 6:00 p.m., 128 Music Building II
~ Graduate Recital: Nicole Cusano, saxophone, Saturday, December 7, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Horn Juries Recital, Monday, December 9, 3:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Recital: Jared Trudeau, tenor, Monday, December 9, 7:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Senior Recital: Brian Sugrue, euphonium, Monday, December 9, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Student Recital: Kate Anderson, saxophone, Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Doctor of Musical Arts Lecture Recital: So Young Jun, piano, Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Liszt Society Recital, Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Trombone Choir with Santa conducting, Thursday, December 12, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Graduate Student Recital: Joanne Yang, piano, Thursday, December 12, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Leonid Finkelshteyn, double bass, Thursday, December 12, 8:00 p.m., 128 Music Building II
~ Student Recital: Brennan Lagan, saxophone, Friday December 13, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bass Bash, Friday December 13, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Ryan Meyer, cello, Friday December 13, 8:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church

Bring the concert hall to you by experiencing performances via livestream! Click here.

School of Theatre

No announcements for this week.

School of Visual Arts

See Zoller Gallery

For more information on exhibitions and other events in the School of Visual Arts, visit

Zoller Gallery

~ School of Visual Arts Second Annual Foundation Students Exhibition, December 9-13, with an opening night reception on Monday, December 9, 5:00 p.m.

For more information about upcoming Zoller Gallery exhibitions, visit

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

~ “Depicting the Father’s Son: The Baptism of Adeodatus in the Church of the Augustinian Hermits in Padua,” by Katie Guida, 2013/14 IAH Committee for Early Modern Studies Junior Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in art history, Monday, December 9, 11:45 a.m., 121 Borland Building.

For more information on lectures and events, visit


President's Fund for Undergraduate Research
The College of Arts and Architecture has once again been granted $2,000 from the "President's Fund for Undergraduate Research," allowing for small grants ($500-700) to support undergraduate research/creative activity across the college during the spring 2014 semester. Interested faculty may submit one-page proposals to their unit directors/heads. (Please inquire as to the internal deadline set by your unit's administrative office.) Unit heads shall forward proposals along with their recommendations in digital format to Linda Wheeland (  in the Undergraduate Studies Office by 5:00 p.m., December 11, 2013.  Notice of awards will be distributed by December 20.


Nominations Sought for Outreach Awards
The University Council on Engaged Scholarship and the Faculty Senate invites nominations for the 16th Annual Penn State Faculty Outreach Award and the 6th Annual Penn State Community Engagement and Scholarship Award. These awards underscore Penn State’s deep commitment to outreach and engaged scholarship in partnership with our communities.

The Faculty Outreach Award recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to engaged scholarship through outreach at Penn State. Fifteen distinguished faculty have received this award since its inception.

The Community Engagement and Scholarship Award recognizes outstanding Penn State engaged scholarship initiatives conducted in partnership with communities. The project selected as the winner of the Community Engagement and Scholarship Award goes on to represent Penn State in the regional W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award and the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award competitions sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Penn State had the honor of winning the national or regional award in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013 for four outstanding engaged scholarship initiatives, resulting in national visibility for the University and the projects.

The Call for Nominations, application, and additional information may be found here. Deadline for submissions is December 16, 2013.

Nominations Open for International Award
Nominations are open for the 2013-14 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Awards, which recognizes individuals who make extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the international mission of the University.

Four awards are given annually in the categories of undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member, and faculty member. Criteria for the awards include leadership and support for international education, service to the international community, and research with a significant international component.

For information about the awards including previous winners and instructions for preparing a nomination, please click here. Deadline for submission of nomination/application materials is January 8, 2014.

Rock Ethics Institute Seeks Nominations for 2014 Stand Up Awards
The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State is seeking nominations for its 2014 Stand Up Awards honoring undergraduate students at Penn State's campuses who have demonstrated ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause, or belief. The goal of the award is to recognize courageous individuals and to inform the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances. For example, in 2013, The Rock honored seniors Taryn Noll and Gizelle Studevent. Noll created a support group at the University Park campus to help students cope with family illnesses or crises. Studevent organized a group to help young people learn about and address the problem of bullying. Click here to see profiles of other recent award recipients.

Any faculty, staff, student, or community member at any Penn State campus may nominate undergraduate students who are ethical leaders and have accomplished much during their time at Penn State. Selected honorees will receive an award of $1,000 each, be recognized at a spring 2014 ceremony and in a short video, and highlighted in traditional and digital publicity throughout the University. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2014. Nomination information and forms are available here (

Celebrate the Holiday Season with WinterFest - A Week of Free, Online Technology Workshops
Information Technology Services (ITS) Training Services has designed a special, week-long training event, January 6-10, with an all-star lineup of training on teaching technologies and on the technology tools you use everyday. Explore technologies including Clickers, Yammer, Sites at Penn State,, Doceri, and ANGEL, and discover how they can be used in the classroom.

Also, the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and ITS Training Services have collaborated to offer a Designing Assessments Series as a special WinterFest training event. The series is made up of four trainings sessions that ground the technical "how to" of building assessments in ANGEL inside a larger pedagogical framework. You can sign up to attend any one or more of the Designing Assessments Series sessions, meaning that you can pick and choose the ones the ones you want or sign up for the entire series.   
Best of all, all of the WinterFest sessions are completely free and online, meaning that you can participate from the comfort of your own home with a mug of hot chocolate in your hand and no worry of the weather in your head. 

Click here for registration and additional information.


John Bowman, professor of art, and Ann Shostrom, assistant professor of art, are participating in a group exhibition, Holiday Delights, at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY, through December 21, 2o13.

Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, presented a paper, "The Quarry in the City: Charles Marville's Landscapes of the Carrières d'Amérique," at the Old Topographics: Photography and Urbanization in Nineteenth-Century Paris Symposium at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., December 6, 2013. The symposium followed a study day for scholars on December 5, and was held in conjunction with the exhibition, Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris.

Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history, presented a paper, “The Bourbon Theatre of State and Architecture of Eighteenth-Century Naples,” at Princeton University, December 5, 2013.

Amy Albert Bloom, Ph.D. candidate in art education, published a chapter, “We are careful not to make too much noise: An infomercial disruption,” in Liminal Spaces and Call for Praxis(ing) (Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC), pp. 107-115.

Alphonso Walter Grant, Ph.D. candidate in art education, published a chapter, “A curricular exploration of The Boondocks for art education: A philosophical interpretation of black visual culture through the critical lens of double consciousness,” in Liminal Spaces and Call for Praxis(ing) (Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC), pp. 39-59. Grant received honorable mention for the James T. Sears Award, given to the top graduate student chapter published in the book.

The following faculty and Ph.D. candidates in art education presented papers at the 14th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference, New Orleans, November 6-9, 2013:
B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education, and Lillian Lewis: “A Public Intervention/Performance by Potters Water Action Group and Reservoir Studio”

B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education, Alphonso Grant, and Jessica Baker-Kee: "Curriculum, Race and Representation in Undergraduate Art Education Programs: A Comparative Analysis"
Christine Thompson, professor of art education, Daniel Thompson and Kristine Sunday: “Talking Back: The Educational Romantics of the 60s and the Crises of the Moment”

Sarah Abu Bakr: “Dis/placed bodies: Performance as Embodied Pedagogy in Places of Conflict”

Amy Bloom: “Questioning the Aesthetics of Grading”

Ju-Chun Cheng: "The Multi-Spatial Pedagogies of the Mattress Factory Art Museum"

Alphonso Grant: "A Curricular Exploration in Black Visual Culture: A Philosophical Theoretical Examination of the Image of the Black Male Through the Paired Dimension-Thread Lenses of Double Consciousness and Visual Culture"

Jessica Baker-Kee: "The Haunted Curriculum: Memory, Pedagogy and Trauma"

Natalia Pilato: "Beyond the Classroom Walls"

NOTE: The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, December 20, 2013.

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December/January Holidays

This year, Dec. 25 will fall on a Wednesday, as will Jan. 1, 2014. The official University holiday period begins Monday, Dec. 23 and ends Wednesday, Jan. 1. Weekdays during that period are official University holidays – with the notable exception, however, of Tuesday, Dec. 31, which is not a University holiday. However, in order to provide a generally more desirable and efficient application of time off, University offices and facilities, except for essential services, will be closed Dec. 31 as well. Staff will need to account for the time appropriately, e.g., with vacation or no pay. Therefore, the University will be closed from the end of normal operations on Friday, Dec. 20, and will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2.


December 6, 2013
Japanese Master Gardeners Work with Landscape Architecture Department to Save Maple Tree

December 6, 2013
If It Fits Brings an Eclectic Mix of Sculptures to Borland Gallery

December 6, 2013
Work by First-Year School of Visual Arts Students on Display Dec. 9-13

December 5, 2013
Penn State Art Education Well-Represented at International Conference

December 5, 2013
Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Band Performances

December 4, 2013
School of Music to Present Annual Showcase Concert, "Mosaic," on Dec. 8

December 4, 2013
Landscape Architecture Students Bring New Eyes, Ideas to Pittsburgh Neighborhood

December 4, 2013
Penn State Alumnus, Celebrity Photographer Gary Bernstein to Give Lecture

November 22, 2013
Graduate Students Meld Science and Art Together in Borland Gallery Exhibition

November 20, 2013
Penn State School of Theatre’s Susan H. Schulman Elected President of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

November 19, 2013
Edwin W. Zoller Gallery Showcases Saturday Art School Exhibition

November 18, 2013

Scholarship Winners Named