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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

You’ve gotta work hard to play hard. Sure, some people can skirt by without working as hard as others, but that will only take them so far.
Penn State Musical Theatre alumna Brinie Wallace

Alumni Spotlight

Brinie Wallace

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre 2016

Brinie Wallace is currently an ensemble member in the North American tour of The Book of Mormon after premiering the musical in Australia. She says her Penn State education reinforced in her the need to be “present and persistent” in the musical theatre profession, so you are ready to take on whatever challenges come your way.

Brinie Wallace, second from the right, performs as a member of the ensemble in the nationally touring Broadway production of “The Book of Mormon.” Wallace is a 2016 Penn State School of Theatre graduate. IMAGE: The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 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

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"Light," a Ben Radatz/Brian Alfred collaboration.

Brian Alfred

Associate Professor of Art

Brian Alfred received a B.F.A. from Penn State in 1997, studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1999. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in locations ranging from New York City to Tokyo to London, as well as group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He is the host of the podcast “Sound and Vision,” featuring conversations with contemporary artists, which recently celebrated its 200th episode. His work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Denver Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Brian Alfred faculty spotlight portrait

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PWMF: Festival Orchestra

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Jun 18

Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Admission Information: Purchase Tickets Available Online: School of Music Media Program Information:The Wasps Overture | R. Vaughn Williams (1872–1958)Concertpiece for


PWMF: Festival Musicians

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Jun 22

Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Admission Information: Purchase Tickets Available Online: School of Music Media Program Information:3 Odelettes anacréontiques, Op.13 | Maurice Emmanuel (1862–1938) Au


Palmer Museum Community Day: Exploring Art and Abstraction

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Artwork by Community Day artist Erin Bolger Welsh
Jun 25

The Palmer marks its 50th anniversary in 2022! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the museum’s birthday with art, gallery tours, and hands-on


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News from A&A

Stuckeman School researcher leads study of building emissions in cities

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rahman Azari, associate professor of architecture in the Stuckeman School, is leading an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers that is studying the emissions associated with


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New Roberto Lugo exhibition pays tribute to Penn State mentors

SoVA alumnus Roberto Lugo dedicates part of his current exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture to his mentors, including several Penn Staters.
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Interactive art installation highlights power of interdisciplinary collaboration

The new Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building is now home to “Augmented Encounters,” a quilt-like, interactive art installation.
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