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We are a vibrant community of artists, performers, researchers, designers, and educators committed to making meaning, learning, traveling, experiencing, and sharing. We collaborate. We build. We act and play.

We impact lives – your life.

Pursue your passions.

The College of Arts and Architecture offers more than 30 undergraduate and 15 graduate degrees in a resource-rich setting with world-class faculty and facilities, coupled with diverse arts, performance, and design programs, all in one of the Best College Towns in America. Our alumni get amazing jobs and make a difference.

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Engage with the arts!

Penn State Arts and Architecture is a comprehensive college of arts and design, presentation, and performance. Supporting and elevating our extensive academic programs, the college also holds important collections and hosts powerful performances.

A full-house crowd spread across all three levels of the Center for Performing Arts' Eisenhower Auditorium
Two groups of visitors gathered around paintings in the Palmer Museum of Art.

The Palmer Museum of Art and the Center for Performing Arts, as well as other A&A engagement units, foster significant partnerships and connections across the University, enrich the student experience, and expand the impact of arts, design, and performance at Penn State and within the broader community.

From welcoming world-class performers and premiere performances to housing globally relevant art collections and featuring contemporary exhibitions, the College of Arts and Architecture marshals the power of art, performance, and design to deeply investigate the most significant challenges of the times. And our invitation is open to all – visit, explore, experience. Engage with the arts!


Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State is unable to present public performances by artists at University Park during spring semester 2021, but the center’s series of streaming presentations, Up Close and Virtual, continues free of charge to patrons.

Learn about the evolving lineup of Up Close and Virtual presentations.


Center for the Performing Arts website

Explore the Palmer

In addition to its growing collection that spans world cultures and centuries of art, the Palmer Museum of Art – a leading cultural resource for the region – is providing a diverse array of online programming and events, plus virtual tours and exhibitions. It’s a fantastic time to experience the Palmer.


Visit the Palmer Museum website

Alumni Spotlight

View your education as an opportunity to explore...get weird and fail a few times – it’s a great way to learn.
Penn State Graphic Design alumna Colleen Wade

Alumni Spotlight

Colleen Wade

B.Des. in Graphic Design 2019

Soon after graduating, Colleen Wade landed her dream job at Burton Snowboards, where she is a production designer. She credits her Penn State education with preparing her well for this position, which has given her the opportunity to combine her passion for snowboarding and love of design.

Arena app design by Colleen Wade shown on three smartphones.

The student experience matters here.

The College of Arts and Architecture prioritizes experiences inside and outside of the classroom, through opportunities to engage with a thriving arts community.

Engage. Learn. Grow.

Thrive.

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100% of people are creative and have the potential to make massive impact on the world. We are here to help you realize your potential.

Faculty Spotlight

Felecia Davis

Associate Professor of Architecture

Felecia Davis combines art, technology, and science in her work with computational textiles: soft materials that can sense and respond to the world around them through computer programming, electronics, and sensors. Director of SoftLab, she holds the Agnes Scollins Carey Memorial Early Career Professorship in the Arts for 2018–21, using the funds to lead a multiphase, collaborative research project that involves constructing a 1:1 scaled demonstration prototype for a solar photovoltaic fiber tension shade. Her work was featured in Penn State’s recent campaign highlighting the national and international impact of select faculty’s research.

Professor of Architecture Felecia Davis

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Jun 15

PWMF: Festival Musicians

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PWMF: Festival Orchestra

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PWMF: Festival Musicians

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Jun 22

Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Admission Information: Purchase Tickets Available Online: School of Music Media Program Information:3 Odelettes anacréontiques, Op.13 | Maurice Emmanuel (1862–1938) Au


Palmer Museum Community Day: Exploring Art and Abstraction

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Artwork by Community Day artist Erin Bolger Welsh
Jun 25

The Palmer marks its 50th anniversary in 2022! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the museum’s birthday with art, gallery tours, and hands-on


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News from A&A

New Roberto Lugo exhibition pays tribute to Penn State mentors

SoVA alumnus Roberto Lugo dedicates part of his current exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture to his mentors, including several Penn Staters.

In a testament to the power of mentorship, Penn State School of Visual Arts alumnus and nationally known ceramicist Roberto Lugo is dedicating part of his current exhibition at Grounds


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Interactive art installation highlights power of interdisciplinary collaboration

The new Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building is now home to “Augmented Encounters,” a quilt-like, interactive art installation.
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Architecture student draws from musical background to win thesis award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Xi Jin, who recently graduated from the Stuckeman School at Penn State with a bachelor of architecture degree, was named the winner of the Department of


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