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Arts Entrepreneurship Program Presents Startup Week Events

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Arts Business Idea Competition

The College of Arts and Architecture’s Arts Entrepreneurship program will host three public events as part of Penn State Startup Week, which kicks off March 26.

Penn State alumnus and Brooklyn-based artist Jonathan Cramer will speak on Monday, March 26, 6–7:30 p.m. in the Arts & Design Research Incubator, 16 Borland Building. Cramer won a national competition for the commission to design the “We Are” sculpture, located at the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive. He will speak on “Applying Art Techniques to Business Creation Development.”

A panel discussion on “Design and Design Thinking in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will be held Tuesday, March 27, 10:30–11:45 a.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. Panelists include Frank Baseman, creative director and principal of Baseman Design Associates; Maggie Hansen, visiting assistant professor of landscape architecture at Penn State; and Dan Rowland, director and owner of Rowland Creative. The discussion will be moderated by Kelleann Foster, director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Also on March 27 is the final round of Arts Business Idea Competition. The competition was open to any Penn State student as long as the student’s business idea or concept was arts-based. Finalists Andrew Marshall, Elizabeth Andrzejewski, Stevie Fealtman, and Joonyeon Kim will present their ideas to a team of judges in the Arts & Design Research Incubator (16 Borland), 5–7 p.m. This year’s judges are Steven Wasser, former owner and CEO of Powell Flutes; School of Theatre alumnus Mike Karns, founder and CEO of Marathon Live Entertainment; Peter Whalen, Penn State clinical associate professor of entrepreneurship; and College of Arts and Architecture faculty members Lonnie Graham and Ryan Russell.

Steven Wasser, former owner and CEO of Powell Flutes, will speak on Wednesday, March 28, 6–7:30 p.m. in the Arts & Design Research Incubator, 16 Borland Building.

Penn State Startup Week, now in its seventh year, brings some of the leading minds in entrepreneurship and innovation to the University Park campus. By connecting students with innovative alumni and pioneers who are achieving success in a variety of disciplines — through startup initiatives of their own or with new ventures in already established organizations — the event inspires students to go beyond what is expected of them and expand their minds to think more broadly in whatever career path they choose. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit