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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

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

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DK Osseo-Asare

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design

Fulbright scholar, TED Global Fellow, and Africa 4 Tech Digital Champion, DK Osseo-Asare is assistant professor of architecture and engineering design, facilitating collaboration among the Stuckeman School, the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs, and the Materials Research Institute. He is also the director of the Humanitarian Materials Lab (HuMatLab), affiliate to the Materials Matters and Stuckeman Center for Design Computing research clusters, and associate director of Penn State’s Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa (AESEDA). Outside the University, he is cofounder and principal of architecture and integrated design at Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas, and Tema, Ghana.

DK Osseo-Asare

Cathal Breslin
Oct 29

Marian Garcia Piano Competition and Festival: Recital featuring Dr. Cathal Breslin

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Events

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Guest Artist Recital: Sam Suggs, double bass

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Sam Suggs
Nov 1

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Sam Suggs Q&A bass students

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Sam Suggs
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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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