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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

Penn State alumnus and McMaster University professor Michael Schutz.

Alumni Spotlight

Michael Schutz

B.M. in Music 2002

Michael Schutz, who combined a B.M in Music with a B.S. in Computer Science at Penn State, now is associate professor of music cognition/percussion at McMaster University, where he conducts the percussion ensemble and teaches courses on music perception and cognition. He was named a University Scholar in recognition of his innovative work bridging music performance and music perception.

Penn State alumnus Michael Schutz playing a Glockenspiel.

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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Stephen Mainzer points at a student's pinned up work while she watches at right.

Stephen Mainzer

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Stephen Mainzer’s research focuses on how human and natural systems intersect to inform how we govern, plan, and access natural resources, particualrly energy resources. As a key collaborator to the E+D (Ecology + Design) research initiative, he is leading the DDREAM (Deep Decarbonization and Renewable Energy in the Appalachian Mountains) project, which attempts to explore how the socio-ecological structure of Pennsylvania might inform a transition from fossil fuels to renewable solar energy, especially in post-coal Appalachian areas.

Portrait of Stephen Mainzer

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Apr 22

Earth Day Panel Discussion

Virtual event
Virtual event Free and open to the public, registration is required Penn State students and “Small Island Big Song” artists will talk about ocean conservation,

Events

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Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Youtube Live
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Apr 22

Available Online: School of Music Media


"The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown

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Apr 22 - 25

“The Last Five Years,” by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Jennifer Delac, and music directed by Jordon Cunningham, April 22–25, 7:30 p.m. EDT at www.showtix4u.com.


Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Youtube Live
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Apr 22

Available Online: School of Music Media


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News from A&A

Earth Day talk April 22 to feature artists from world-music film

Two artists featured in the project “Small Island Big Song” will join Penn State students in a free discussion about climate change and the arts.

The Center for the Performing Arts and Sustainability Institute will partner to host two of the artists featured in the musical film “Small Island Big Song: An Oceanic Songline.” The


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Musicians in ‘Small Island Big Song’ film highlight climate challenges in free stream April 23–30

More than 100 artists representing 16 island nations in the Pacific and Indian oceans unite for the free cinematographic event “Small Island Big Song: An Oceanic Songline.”
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Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones to join next live ‘Meeting’ April 28

The next “Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” live conversation will feature Tony Award-winning choreographer and innovative dance artist Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong.
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