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From Pulitzer Prize winners to designers of iconic buildings to Tony Award winners, our alumni shape and inspire our world. They are creating a future filled with promise that holds the arts at its core.

Alumni Profiles

  • Judy J. Lee

    Judy J.

    School of Art + Design

    BFA 2010

    Even though conservatories can produce great artists, Judy J. Lee was interested in a more well-rounded education. At Illinois, Judy not only developed her technical skills but also studied art as a business and gained hands-on design experience abroad.

  • Jessica Dean Turner

    Jessica Dean

    Illinois Theatre

    BFA 2012

    Jessica credits Illinois for making her transition into professional acting so seamless. "My training is crisp and clear," she says. "The Acting Program makes you into the most coachable, agreeable performer, and having a solid foundation is what lets you make choices and become a collaborator in the work."

  • Eric Wall


    Illinois School of Architecture

    BSAS 2012

    A graduate-level design studio with a two-week residency in Japan gave Eric a completely different perspective on his field. "That studio shook up what I thought defined architecture. I was looking at it from a whole new lens."

  • Aaron R. White

    Aaron R.

    Dance at Illinois

    BFA 2011

    Aaron attributes his professional success to the skills he cultivated as a student with Dance at Illinois. "I became a smart artist."

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