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Explore. Create. Design. Perform. Succeed.

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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

Live performances are scheduled to return to Eisenhower in January 2021, but even now, Center for the Performing Arts is hosting an Up Close and Virtual event series as well as mindful making student workshops. Find out more!


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

Brian Kappel

Alumni Spotlight

Brian Kappel

B.A. in Art 1998

Brian is a Portland, Oregon-based artist, graphic designer and a self-described “tinkerer.” After a more than 15-year career with Nike, he founded Space Monkey Designs, a firm that is responsible for numerous high-profile designs including VIP event space for ESPN, set design for the Dew Tour and the College Football Playoff suites.

Illustration of robot in the jaws of a monster, by Brian Kappel
Man looking at futuristic robotic insect. Work by Brian Kappel.
Faceted illustration of woman and flowers by Brian Kappel.

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

Four musicians are seated on a stage while they play their instruments.
Oct 22

"Front Row: National"

Virtual event
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’sFront Row: NationalSummer Evenings III Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22. It will be available for streaming

Events

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Bach's Lunch: Acting for Singers

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Oct 22

Acting for Singers Students from the Acting for Singers class present a showcase of their work. "Bach's Lunch" is a weekly Thursday afternoon concert series


"Front Row: National"

Virtual event
Four musicians are seated on a stage while they play their instruments.
Oct 23 - 26

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’sFront Row: NationalSummer Evenings III Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22. It will be available for streaming


Stuckeman Lecture Series: Mark Jarzombek

Zoom
Black and white headshot of Mark Jarzombek with an example of 1990s architecture at right.
Oct 28

Mark Jarzombek is a professor of the history and theory of architecture at MIT. He works on a wide range of topics, both historical and


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News from A&A

School of Music leans on science to find harmony during pandemic

Faced with unique, unprecedented challenges the School of Music takes a science-based approach to pedagogy during a pandemic.

As the spring 2020 semester was winding down in unprecedented fashion, School of Music administration pivoted to the 2020-2021 academic year. But as the science around virus spread within the


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College offers full slate of virtual events for fall 2020

We may not be able to safely gather in person right now, but the College of Arts and Architecture is offering a full slate of virtual events and opportunities this fall.
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Graphic design professor curates two exhibitions this fall

Emily Burns, assistant professor in the Stuckeman School’s Department of Graphic Design, recently curated two art exhibitions this semester.
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