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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

Luke Nosal

Alumni Spotlight

Luke Nosal

Bachelor of Music 2018

Luke Nosal is the assistant conductor of the Queer Urban Orchestra in New York City. As a conductor and queer advocate, Nosal is known for leading ensembles with an eclectic style, dynamic interpretation, and deep passion while always using their platform to give visibility to issues in the LGBTQA community. In addition to a Bachelor of Music, Nosal earned a P.P.C. Orchestral Conducting in 2019.

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

Students around a piano, working alongside Simpkins and playwright Joe Iconis.
Students around a piano, working alongside Simpkins and playwright Joe Iconis.

John Simpkins

Head of Musical Theatre

John Simpkins is head of Musical Theatre and the Nagle Family Endowed Chair at Penn State. He is also a professional director who recently directed the world premiere of Tony-nominated Joe Iconis’ Love in Hate Nation, which was commissioned by Penn State Musical Theatre as part of its New Musicals Initiative.

His recent new musical credits include the World Premiere of Legendale (music by Andrea Daly, words by Jeff Bienstock) at Fredericia Teater in Denmark and the subsequent American Premiere at Human Race Theatre Company. Recent new plays include the World Premieres of Raging Skillet (by Jacques Lamarre) at Theaterworks Hartford, The Bus (by Jim Lantz) at 59E59 Theaters and For Better, For Worse (by Reed Arnold). Regionally, he has directed at Sacramento Music Circus, Lyric Theatre Oklahoma, North Carolina Theatre, the Engeman Theatre, and Sharon Playhouse (where he also served as Artistic Director).

John Simpkins

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Jan 24

2022 Stuckeman School Career Day

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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

Events

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

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Jan 24

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


Museum Conversation - A Way Through: Abstract Art of the 1940s

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Adam Thomas
Jan 25

Join Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art, for an online conversation and in-depth look at paintings, drawings, and prints from pivotal artists who worked in


Calidore String Quartet

Recital Hall
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Jan 26

Calidore String Quartet 7:30 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2022 Recital Hall Experience this concert in person, or livestream it for the same price. Calidore String


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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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