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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

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

Metropolitan Opera design director Karin Satrom.

Alumni Spotlight

Karin Satrom

B.Des. in Graphic Design 2001

Karin Satrom leverages her degree in graphic design and photography as the design director at the Metropolitan Opera, where she oversees and creates the concepts and designs for all print and digital materials for each season. To improve efficiency, she reorganized the design team to create an “in-house agency,” the Met Opera Studio.

Billboard poster for Metropolitan Opera's 'Voices Rise' by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.
Metropolitan Opera's 'Black Voices at the Met' environmental signage by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.
Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Season Book cover by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.

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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Faculty Spotlight

Book cover: The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender
Book cover: The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender

Alexandra Staub

Professor of Architecture; Affiliate faculty member: Penn State Rock Ethics Institute

Sandra Staub’s research focuses on how our built environment shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of culture. As a member of the Department of Architecture’s Culture, Society and Space Research Cluster, Staub has supervised research projects that have examined cultural aspects of housing and urban spaces in countries as diverse as the United States, Russia, China and Iran. Her recent book, “The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender,” looks at modernity in various cultural contexts, how this concept is expressed spatially through architecture and urban form, and how this has affected women in their everyday lives.

Sandra Staub

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Jun 19 - 21

"Juneteenth: A Fierce Urgency Celebration!"

Virtual
Juneteenth: A Fierce Urgency Celebration! Hosted by Michael Mwenso Featuring performances, reflections, and contributions from Black artists and Penn State faculty Produced by Electric Root

Events

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Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso and Sita Frederick

Virtual
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Jun 23 - 30

Meeting the Momentwith Michael Mwensoand guest Sita Frederick Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. It will be available for streaming until


DMA Solo Recital: I-Lin Tsai, piano

Music I 121 Esber Rehearsal Hall
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Jun 29


2021 Architecture & Landscape Architecture Summer Camp

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High school summer camp students.
Jul 12 - 15

The Penn State Architecture and Landscape Architecture Summer Camp offers high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the kinds of activities that take


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News from A&A

Director Sita Frederick shares passion for belonging in ‘Meeting the Moment’ June 23–30

Center for the Performing Arts Director Sita Frederick will discuss her raison d’etre in a special episode of “Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso,” from June 23–30.

Center for the Performing Arts Director Sita Frederick will discuss her raison d’etre in a special episode of “Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso.” The free prerecorded discussion starts at


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Architecture and Landscape Architecture Summer Camp returns virtually

Due to lingering concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its variants, Penn State’s 2021 Architecture and Landscape Architecture Summer Camp will be held remotely July 12-15.
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Artists, Penn State faculty to participate in virtual Juneteenth celebration

The Center for the Performing Arts will present the free virtual presentation “Juneteenth: A Fierce Urgency Celebration!,” starting at 7:30 p.m. June 19.
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