Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art

Since 1930, the Taft Lectureship Fund endowment has supported the intellectual mission of FAA. The Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Committee awards modest funds to faculty members in the College of Fine and Applied Arts to sponsor lectures in the arts. The amount of funds available varies each year and depends on the interest generated by the endowment.

Up close shot of female statue with closed eyes, looking down

View of a Daughter of Pyrrah statue, part of The Taft Collection, at the Main Library.



The funds are to be used for a guest lecturer (scholar or artist) with demonstrated professional expertise. The proposed lecture needs to have a potential breadth of appeal and be open to the public. Awards of up to $1,500 are available for guest lectures occurring during academic year 2024/2025.

This acknowledgement should appear on all printed materials and in public advertising for the event: “Lectureship supported by the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts.”


Proposals should contain these items:

  1. A narrative that specifies the following:
    —the lecture topic, title, and intellectual significance,
    —the proposed date of the lecture,
    —the background and credentials of the proposed lecturer,
    —the relationship of the proposed lecture to curricula in the college and its cross-disciplinary relevance,
    —a planned publicity strategy with a timeline that will ensure the attraction of audiences from both inside and outside the sponsoring unit.
  2. An itemized budget that includes all income and appropriate expenses associated with the lecture. Expenses may include travel, lodging, per diem, publicity, an honorarium, and other expenditures deemed appropriate. Guidelines for paying the visiting artist/lecturer are available.
  3. Relevant supporting documents (e.g., the lecturer’s vita).


Complete and submit the Lorado Taft Lectureship request form. Use your Enterprise ID (this may be identical to your NetID) and your Enterprise password to access the form. Your Enterprise ID and password are what you use when accessing applications such as Banner, Ethics Reporting, and Travel and Expense Management and for submitting grades and class roster applications.

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is January 31.

Additional Information

Committee Members

  • TBD

The Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Committee is appointed by the dean. Each year, the committee determines the guidelines under which the funds are to be awarded for the current year.

About Lorado Taft

Lorado Taft, an American sculptor, was born in Elmwood, Illinois, in 1860. He spent his boyhood in Champaign-Urbana, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1879, received his master’s degree in 1880, and from 1880 to 1883 studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1886 he became an instructor at the Art Institute in Chicago, lecturing there, at the University of Chicago, and elsewhere in the United States. He is the author of an exhaustive and authoritative publication, The History of American Sculpture (1903). Among his works, in addition to much portraiture, are Sleep of the Flowers and Awakening of the Flowers, both made for the Columbian Exposition; Despair (1898); Solitude of the Soul (1900); and Fountain of the Lakes (1903).

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