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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.

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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

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Alumni Spotlight

J. Ryan Ulsh

B.Des. in Graphic Design 2012

J. Ryan Ulsh is a New York City-based photographer, art director and entrepreneur. He started his own successful business specializing in art direction, photography, and prop styling for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle clients, including Elle and GQ magazines, Carolina Herrera, and Urban Outfitters.

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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

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Marriott was featured on the “10 Streets That Changed America” episode of the PBS heritage program "10 That Changed America."

Paul Daniel Marriott

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Paul Daniel Marriott is national leader in historic preservation and a global expert in historic roads. As a licensed landscape architect, he has advanced heritage recognition and planning policy for cultural landscapes around the world. His views on heritage and preservation have been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio and Radio National in Australia. He serves on the advisory board for the PBS heritage program “10 That Changed America” and was featured on the “10 Streets That Changed America” episode. His research was featured at the “Repton Revived” exhibition at the Garden Museum (London) in 2018 and he was invited to present on the history of scenic roads in the Highlands at the National Library of Scotland in 2019.

Portrait of Paul Daniel Marriott

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Encore Performance: Professor Lusk's 68th Faculty Recital

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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BM Junior Degree Recital: Carter Houston, voice

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Admission Information: Free  Program Information: to be announced COVID Disclaimer: Please review our Health and Safety Guidelines before attending


School of Music presents: Diversity in 3D - Director’s Diversity Discussions

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Admission Information: Free Available Online: School of Music Media Program Information: This inaugural event will be featuring Dr. Anthony Leach, Professor


2022 Stuckeman School Career Day

HUB-Robeson Center
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The Stuckeman School Career Day is a vibrant event that enables professional firms to interact directly with the School’s award-winning students. The event presents a


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News from A&A

Doan’s award-winning animated film ‘Sticks and Stones’ confronts toxic masculinity

“Sticks and Stones” has been accepted into five film festivals so far and in January 2022 was named the winner of the Art with Impact Short Film Competition.

With the animated short film “Sticks and Stones,” William Doan, director of the College of Arts and Architecture’s Arts and Design Research Incubator, explores his relationship with his stepfather and


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Mural artist Hamilton Glass to discuss “Mending Walls” project

“Mending Walls: The Documentary” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the School of Music Recital Hall, followed by a talk-back session with artist Hamilton Glass.
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Faculty Recital: Christopher Guzman, piano

UNIVERITY PARK (Jan. 21) – Pianist Christopher Guzman will present a faculty recital on Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 PM in the Recital Hall of the Penn State School of


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