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.
Tracing You by Ben Grosser, who is a professor in the School of Art and Design and a researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, delivers snapshots of a visitor's whereabouts when they access the project's website. Behind the scenes a program captures the geolocation associated with the IP address and finds related online resources to display that will represent the viewpoint of each user. The images are posted on the site for others to see, and Grosser then tracks the responses to the results and people's ideas about visibility and surveillance.
Les vendanges by François Boucher
In addition to providing the founding gift for Krannert Art Museum, Ellnora D. Krannert and Herman Krannert donated many artworks, including this painting, to this institution recognized for both its collections and its activities that invite the public to learn more about other cultures and the creative process. This work by François Boucher is a model for a section of a large tapestry.
François Boucher (1703–1770), Les vendanges (The Grape Harvest), 1756. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ellnora D. Krannert 1972-12-1. Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum.
Jennifer Monson in Live Dancing Archive
Combining scientific and movement research, Jennifer Monson leads iLAND (the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance), creates site-specific pieces such as The Mahomet Aquifer Project, and investigates media and motion in works including Live Dancing Archive, which incorporates improvisations made at the seashore in response to migrating gray whales and birds.