The College of Fine and Applied Arts is dedicated to the advancement, practice, and understanding of the arts. The central focus of the college is the synergy between research and the preparation of students for professional careers in the creation and interpretation of the environmental, visual, and performing arts. Deeply related to that focus is the commitment to elevate and sustain the study of the arts as both a necessary mode of understanding and a vibrant expression of human experience within the local, national, and international communities.
We Are FAA
The College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois is singular in the nation for its diversity, innovation, and breadth. Home to creative thinkers in the performing, visual, design, and environmental arts, our college encourages daring collaborations and deeper cultural understanding. Our bold artists, researchers, and educators include Guggenheim Fellows, Doris Duke Award winners, Fulbright Scholars, members of learned societies, decorated educators, and renowned performers. Our dynamic atmosphere motivates us to generate work that pushes boundaries and addresses society's most pressing challenges.
It inspires us, and it helps us inspire the world. We see the arts as a way to understand and express the human experience. We are leaders and explorers. We are problem solvers and builders of a bright future.
We dream big. Then we make it happen.
Paintings by Laurie Hogan
Laurie Hogan, the associate director of the Painting and Sculpture Program, harnesses the vulgarity and emotional intensity of contemporary culture in her animal portraits, which seethe with human impulses and join still life traditions with allegory and commentary.
Unnatural Urges (Blaze Orange), 2008. Habit Bunnies Red, 2016.
Lyric under the Stars
In October 2020 Lyric Theatre @ Illinois lit up Allerton Park's Sunken Garden with selected pieces and scenes delivered from a stone wall and steps with accompaniment from a small masked chamber ensemble. Audience members could have refreshments but otherwise were required to follow safety protocols at their widely spaced tables.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann.
Field Trip to Hoover Dam
For a landscape architecture student at Illinois, fieldwork to identify solutions for site-specific limitations might mean heading to a high-traffic Urbana neighborhood, going to the Sustainable Student Farm, strolling the prairie plantings along Florida Avenue, or gathering ideas from a mammoth project firsthand on a trip to the Hoover Dam.
Photo by Cesar Gomez.