Things to Do at Penn State: Jan. 20-27

What’s going on at Penn State? Here’s a look at some of the cultural events – in-person and virtual – taking place across the University:


“Bach’s Lunch: Concert du midi de l’Espace Voix de l’Ecole de Musique – Distinctions of the Voice Jury” 12:10-12:45 p.m., January 20, Pasquerilla/Eisenhower Chapel, University Park Campus. Voice students sing a program of the best songs and arias. To free.

dinosaur world live4 p.m., Jan. 23, Bottle Center, Pennsylvania, York. Dinosaur World Live is an interactive show for the whole family.

Calidore String Quartet 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26, Recital Hall, University Park Campus and via live stream. The foursome are making their long-awaited Penn State debut in person and via livestream.

Paul Taylor Dance Company7:30 p.m., Jan. 27, Mukund S. Kulkarni Theater, Penn State Harrisburg. The performing arts ensemble will feature many dances as part of its performance.

Classic Cafe: Calidore String Quartet 8 p.m., Jan. 27, Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park Campus. The Calidore String Quartet will give a mini performance and engage in discussion. To free.


Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture Series: John Quiñones7 p.m., Jan. 24, State Theater, State College Downtown and via live stream. Author, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker and host of “What Would You Do?” from ABC. will present “A 20/20 Vision for Our World: Building Bridges, Not Walls”. Free, but registration required.

Behrend Lecture Series: Ovilee May7:30 p.m., Jan. 24, McGarvey Commons, Penn State Behrend. Esports broadcaster Ovilee May will talk about the growth of esports. To free.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day CommemorationsJan 14-21, various campuses. The Penn State community celebrates the work and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with events such as a day of service, conversations, film screenings and trivia across multiple campuses. To free.

Virtual exhibitions

“The World According to Doyle: Editorial Cartoons from the Jerry Doyle Papers at Penn State” — This digital exhibit from Penn State University Libraries examines Jerry Doyle, one of the preeminent editorial cartoonists of the 20th century. To free.

“African Brilliance and the Purpose of Art” — This interactive virtual tour accompanied the Palmer Museum of Art’s Spring 2020 special exhibition “African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting” and will remain available throughout the current academic year. Explore the exhibition installation, images of selected works, videos for a guided tour and suggestions for related artistic activities. To free.

“Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights and Lived Experiences at Penn State” – The Virtual University Libraries Exhibit explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement’s impact on the Penn State community. To free.

“Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundations” — This interactive online program from the Palmer Museum of Art offers guided video tours of selected artists from the exhibition in addition to an introductory overview by the curator. Discover the “Global Asias” concept of personal and cultural identity in a contemporary world. Featured artists include: Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Lê, Hung Liu, Takashi Murakami, Roger Shimomura, Do Ho Suh and Rirkrit Tiranvanija. To free.

“Pandemic Spaces (1918 Edition)” — University Libraries Virtual Exhibit explores architecture related to the devastating 1918 flu epidemic. Free.

“Who am I? Art and Identity” — This interactive, self-guided online tour presents a selection of objects from various areas of the Palmer Museum of Art’s collection, linked by a common exploration of personal or cultural identity. To free.

“Women in Art: Activism + Resistance” — This self-directed, interactive online tour of the Palmer Museum of Art is intended for college-level courses and features a selection of objects by female artists from the museum’s collection. To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of mediums during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. To free.

In-person exhibitions

“Design for life” Until January 26, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Work by faculty and students from the Stuckeman School illustrating the influence of design on a wide range of social issues will be on display. To free.

“Lost Bird Project” Until January 26, exhibition windows, HUB-Robeson galleries, university park campus. The “Lost Bird Project” consists of five sculptural monuments of extinct bird species. Conceived by artist Todd McGrain, the “Lost Bird Project” acknowledges the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing the five most recently extinct North American birds. To free.

“Why biodiversity is important” Until January 26, exhibition windows, HUB-Robeson galleries, University Park campus. “Why Biodiversity Matters” includes bird research and educational materials from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and Penn State’s Wildlife and Fisheries Program. To free.

“Altar” Until January 30, exhibition windows, HUB-Robeson galleries, University Park campus. Kiana Honarmand’s installation in the display cases uses the text of the poem “Gift” by Iranian feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad to pay homage to the history of concealment of critical commentary in Persian poetry and visual arts.

Rosemarie Fiore Until January 30, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park Campus. Smokey murals by artist Rosemarie Fiore celebrate the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity’s 20th anniversary. To free.

Lehigh Art Alliance Winter Juried Exhibition 2022 — From January 29 to March 15, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley. The campus will host for the first time a local exhibition of original works in various media. To free.

“A Way Through: Abstract Art of the 1940s”Until May 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of mid-century abstraction in Palmer’s history. To free.

“COSTS” Until May 17, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park Campus. “FRESH” invites viewers to research what makes someone unique as an individual and to celebrate each person’s journey, and features works by Harrison Boden, Emily Furr and Sydney Lee. To free.

“In the Frames” Until May 17, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park Campus. The exhibit addresses the intricacies of body image and eating disorders, and promotes body positivity and acceptance. To free.

Zombie ant experienceThrough May, School of Science Complex, Penn State Behrend. An interactive sculpture mixing art and science models the interactions between spores and ants. To free.

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