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Penn State College of Arts and Architecture


Under Eric Walker, twelfth president of Penn State, the University system experienced a revival in the importance of the humanities and fine arts, which culminated in the creation of the College of Arts and Architecture by action of the Board of Trustees in 1962. The College was formed by joining the School of Fine and Applied Arts, formerly within the College of the Liberal Arts, with the Department of Architecture, formerly within the College of Engineering.[1] Jules Heller, then the director of the School of Fine and Applied Arts, was named the first Dean of the College.[2]


Schools and departmentsEdit

  • Department of Art History
  • H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • School of Music
  • School of Theatre
  • School of Visual Arts

Outreach programsEdit

In addition to its academic mission, the Penn State and greater State College area is supported by cultural outreach programs administered by the College:

  • Center for the Performing Arts
    • The Center for the Performing Arts is the successor to the Penn State Artists Series, founded in 1957 to present a variety of artistic performances on Penn State's campus.[3] The Center hosts a series of musical and theatrical events annually.
  • Palmer Museum of Art
    • The Palmer Museum of Art, opened in University Park in 1972, hosts a permanent collection of approximately 8,200 works, in addition to periodic rotating exhibitions and educational programs.[4]
  • Penn State Centre Stage
    • Penn State Centre Stage is the professional arm of the School of Theatre and has its origins in the late 1950s, when theatre department head (and, later, second Dean of the College) Walter H. Walters established a program for current students and professionals to present plays at the on-campus theatre, the Pavilion.[5]
  • Penn's Woods Music Festival
    • The Penn's Woods Music Festival (or Music at Penn's Woods) was established in 1986 to present a summer professional orchestral and chamber music festival organized by the School of Music.[6]

List of deans of the College of Arts and ArchitectureEdit

Source: Penn State[7]

Tenure Name
1963 - 1968 Jules Heller
1969 - 1982 Walter H. Walters
1982 - 1983 William J. McHale (acting)
1983 - 1986 Robert W. Holmes
1986 - 1987 Raniero Corbeletti (acting)
1987 - 1993 James C. Moeser
1993 - 1994 Lyle C. Merriman (acting)
1994 - 2000 Neil H. Porterfield
2000 - 2007 Richard W. Durst
2007 - Barbara O. Korner


  1. ^ Bezilla, Michael (1985). "Penn State: an illustrated history". Penn State University Libraries. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  2. ^ Rafacz, Sarah (July 12, 2016). "'Visionary' printmaker celebrated with Palmer exhibition". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  3. ^ "Nina Brown, founding director of the Penn State Artists Series, dies". Penn State. April 5, 2010. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  4. ^ "About the Museum". The Palmer Museum of Art. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  5. ^ Marshall, Amy. "The Evolution of Penn State Centre Stage". Penn State School of Theatre. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  6. ^ "Penn's Woods Music Festival to Celebrate Anniversary". Centre County Gazette. May 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  7. ^ "College of Arts and Architecture records, 1950-2006". Penn State University Libraries. Retrieved 2017-06-12.

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