The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State

The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines.

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The Penn State School of Music

The School of Music’s mission is to inspire and educate performers, composers, scholars, and teachers in an atmosphere that fosters excellence and serves the global and regional community.

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The School of Theatre

The School of Theatre’s goal is to educate and train talented students to compete successfully in professional theatre and the entertainment industry.

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Across the College

  • Professor Emeritus D. Douglas Miller envisions creating a Choral Music Center of Excellence at Penn State that will become a significant depository for researchers of historic choral music—a place where collectors who share his passion for choral music of past masters can...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art offers much more than air-conditioned comfort during the summer months. In addition to a variety of exhibitions, the museum offers workshops for both children and adults, gallery talks featuring museum curators and concerts on the plaza. Summer...
  • Douglas N. Cook, head of theatre at Penn State from 1970 to 1988, died on May 31 in San Diego, following a battle with stomach cancer. He was 84. During his tenure at Penn State, he oversaw the evolution of University Theatre into the University Resident Theatre Company, which...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will hold summer workshops for children, youth, adults and teachers. Workshops are free, but participants must preregister by contacting the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu. Space is limited, so register early. Remaining...
  • Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA, Penn State Landscape Architecture faculty member since 1989, has been appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University for a two-year...
  • Most Penn State students may be gone for the summer, but the classrooms, studios and rehearsal halls of the College of Arts and Architecture are still bustling—with high school students. During the week of July 13, the college is hosting three immersion opportunities for...
  • Stephen Sobotta has been named director of information technology for the College of Arts and Architecture, effective July 1. Sobotta brings executive-level management experience and strong skills in strategic leadership and project management in information technology to the...

Student Spotlight

  • The Foreman Competition, an annual competition for architecture students at the end of their third year, was held on May 6 in the Jury Space of the Stuckeman Family Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. This year, the eight best projects out of 40 were selected...
  • Samantha Bachman, who graduated in May with both a B.F.A. and a B.S. in Art Education, was recently awarded the Windgate Fellowship. Each year the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (CCCD), located in Asheville, N.C., awards ten graduating seniors working in craft medium...
  • Going from a New York City ghetto to an Ivy League law school to a quirky florist shop, it’s obvious Brinie Wallace gets around. And pumps up her résumé in the process. The incoming junior in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program has gained extensive professional experience...

Performances and Exhibitions

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State a $400,000 grant to support the continuation of the Classical Music Project through June 2017. The goals of the Classical Music Project -- entering its fourth season -- are to raise the...
  • The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2014–15 season features 28 performances from around the globe, including the touring Broadway musicals “Mamma Mia!,” “Camelot” and “Sister Act.” The five-time Tony Award-winning...

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

  • Kim Cook, professor of music in cello, embarked on a ten-day trip to Croatia in May 2014, where she was hosted by her former students Mihovil Karuza ('05 M.M. cello) and Hillary Vaden Karuza ('05 M.M. cello) for a series of performances and masterclasses in the cities...
  • Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, an installation by Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, will be on display at First Park, Manhattan, May 27 through November 2014. The public art exhibition is sponsored by NYC Parks and First Street Green, a community organization...
  • Wanda B. Knight, associate professor of art education and women’s studies, has been named a Penn State Administrative Fellow for 2014–15. In this highly selective program, Penn State faculty and staff work with senior University officers to gain knowledge and...
  • Congratulations to Norman Spivey, who became the president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on July 9, 2014. Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United...
  • Carol Falke needed some help. Falke, a State College community member, was planning her fourth mission trip to Rwanda, where she works with the Urunkundo Learning Center, a non-profit organization focused on providing education for orphaned and poor children. The center...

Research/Creative Activity

  • When Christopher Guzman, assistant professor of music, won the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans (Orléans International Piano Competition) in 2012, he won more than international recognition for himself as a pianist. He gained international visibility for...
  • Ann Tarantino’s site-specific installation, Full Bloom, is on view now at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and will be up through September. It was commissioned by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in commemoration of the 2014 centennial of its Children's Garden. The piece...

Alumni and Donor Spotlight

  • Penn State alumnus and longtime donor John Leone has committed to give Penn State $2 million for Intercollegiate Athletics and the College of Arts and Architecture, including $500,000 to increase the Willie Leone Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music Theatre. The Willie Leone...
  • It has been a goal-smashing year in raising funds “for the future.” When Penn State’s seven-year fundraising campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, ended on June 30, the University had exceeded its $2 billion goal by over $100 million...
  • Eric Sanders ('95 B.S, percussion) has served on the faculty of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media (AIMM) since 2009. A percussion student named Jason Barnes enrolled at the school in 2013, functioning without a right forearm and hand and playing drums with an...
  • Ivan Hodge (’98 B.M.) was a featured violinist on the PBS special, A Capitol Fourth, performing with recent American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips. Hodge is an elementary string teacher in Prince William County, Virginia, and a freelance violinist in the...
  • It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle at an undeniably large school such as Penn State. But if you’re like Laura Brown (’14 B.A. Music and Russian, ’M.A. Musicology), you’ll recognize the University is much more than a sea of students looking out...

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