Structured in the form of an artists’ book club, ART 411 Seminar in Contemporary Art explores the book form as a medium, a metaphor, and also conceptually — as a site which simultaneously holds and produces content through original visual and verbal narrative structures and materials — and thus forges alternative forms of writing, of seeing, and of thinking. During an event held as part of the class, "Speed Dating Artists' Books," students and guests browsed through more than 200 artists’ books from Pattee Library's circulating collection, with participants checking out a number of them for later projects.
Arts and Architecture
Arts and Architecture
A simple electronic device found in nearly every smartphone today is helping students learn about the science of earthquakes in one general education geosciences course, GEOSC 109, Earthquakes and Society. Taught by Charles Ammon, professor of geosciences, the course was designed to give students insight into how geoscientists understand earthquakes — and, more generally, what's involved in conducting science.
Penn State alumni Arnold, 1957, and Bette, 1958, Hoffman have a history of making transformative gifts to the University. Along with student scholarships, endowed faculty positions, and support for a variety of University initiatives, the Hoffmans have recently gifted a significant number of works from their impressive collection of contemporary studio glass to the Palmer Museum of Art.
Students in the Penn State School of Visual Arts teamed up with faculty to create a digital game that will help raise awareness about landmine danger in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art will host the museum’s annual gala and auction from 6:30 p.m. to midnight May 19 at The Nittany Lion Inn. This year’s theme, “Kaleidoscope of Glass: A Splash of Color,” was inspired by the remarkable studio glass exhibition on view at the museum.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform its final program of the 2016-17 year at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at Eisenhower Auditorium. The repertoire will include a memorial tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, who passed away in 2016, and Pulitzer composer William Bolcom's "Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Band."
A group of Penn State architecture students competed in CANstruction State College, a design-build challenge and charity art exhibition benefiting the State College Food Bank. Members of the American Institute of Architecture Students comprised one of six design teams that built structures out of cans of food on April 20 at the Nittany Mall in State College.
For the past five months, blue donation bins holding new and gently used books could be seen in the lobby of Eisenhower Auditorium. The ongoing donations were a part of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s book drive benefitting the Mid-State Literacy Council.
The Penn State Symphonic Band will conclude its 2016-17 season with a concert at 8:30 p.m. April 26 in Eisenhower Auditorium. The program includes works by American contemporary composers Frank Ticheli and John Mackey, as well as compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich.
This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master’s, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.
Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal, in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences — applied and basic; physical and computational sciences — applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering. The graduate students were honored during the Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Four Penn State graduate students received the Professional Master’s Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in a professional master’s degree program, in any discipline, based upon the student’s academic record in the graduate program and the quality and impact of the student’s culminating experience, including creative works, performance and projects, conducted in a professional setting.
Three Penn State graduate students -- Vasiliy Lakoba, Andrew Morris and Shanti Nachtergaele -- have been awarded the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. The award recognizes excellence in master’s-level thesis research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences - applied and basic; physical and computational sciences - applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.
The Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra will present its final concert of the school year at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $4 for students.
Blue-White Weekend, the Blue-White Science Expo, the Penn State Model Railroad Club spring open house and a student film festival are some of the cultural events taking place at the University from April 21 to 27.