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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

The Graphic Design program at Penn State provided me with a solid design foundation that I use on a daily basis to ensure the typography, colors, and layouts we develop create the desired hierarchy for the prescribed interface.
Mále Reguero

Alumni Spotlight

Mále Reguero

B.Des. in Graphic Design 2018

Mále Reguero is a product designer that focuses on creating intuitive and accessible interfaces. Currently at Book of the Month, she works closely with product managers, marketing teams, engineers, and senior stakeholders. She has designed experiences in consumer-facing products across Desktop, Mobile Web, and iOS platforms.

Poster designed by Mále Reguero.
Rent the Runway testimonial page designed by Mále Reguero.
Underground Film Festival design by Mále Reguero.

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.



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Faculty Spotlight

Cristin Millett: The 21st Century Sculptor

Cristin Millett

Professor of Art

Straddling traditional disciplinary boundaries, SoVA Professor Cristin Millett’s investigations of medicine and its history are integral to her artistic process. Her toolkit of sculptural processes incorporates new advances in digital technology along with established methods of sculpture, such as stone carving and bronze casting. The resulting objects and installations prompt a contemporary cultural critique of societal issues surrounding reproduction and gender identity. Millett was awarded a Fulbright to the University of Western Australia in 2020.

Cristin Millet working on marble sculpture in Italy

Blue background with white lettering saying School of Music Bach's Lunch
Oct 28

Bach's Lunch - School of Music Voice Area Noontime Concert - Performance Minors & Majorss

Pasquerilla/Eisenhower Chapel
Performance Minors & Majors A program featuring undergraduate voice performance minors and majors. "Bach's Lunch" is a weekly Thursday afternoon concert series during the school


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Guest Artist Masterclass: Dr. Robyn Costa, Alexander Technique

Music I 121 Esber Rehearsal Hall
Headshot of Robyn Costa, Instructor of Alexander Technique
Oct 28 - Nov 18

Members of the Penn State Horn Society and public attendees will have the opportunity to attend a masterclass with the Penn State School of Music Alexander Technique

Marian Garcia Piano Competition and Festival: Recital featuring Melody Quah, piano

Recital Hall
Headshot of Melody Quah
Oct 28

Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Parking: Parking in the Nittany Deck is available at an hourly rate. Admission Information: Free  Program Information: to be

Art After Hours: 3rd Annual Halloween Spectacular

Palmer Museum of Art
Promotional poster for the Students of Color Welcome Event.
Oct 28

It’s baa-aack! The Palmer’s popular mash-up between art and all things creepy, eerie, and otherworldly continues into its third year. Help cement the tradition and

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News from A&A

“Sesame Street” and “Avenue Q” puppeteer Rick Lyon reflects on time at Penn State

Rick Lyon, puppeteer and a 15-season veteran of Sesame Street credits much of his success to his time at the Penn State School of Theatre.

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? If you ask puppeteer Rick Lyon, a 15-season veteran of the show and creator of the puppets

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Architecture student’s research uses fungi for better building acoustics

Architecture student Natalie Walter researches the use of fungi in creating acoustic panels.
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College of Arts and Architecture to honor Alumni Award recipients on Nov. 5

The College of Arts and Architecture will honor its 2021 Alumni Award winners in an in-person ceremony, open to the public, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Music Recital Hall.
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