Seth Fein

Seth Fein

Illinois Arts Award

Seth Fein was born in Urbana, came up in public schools, and attended Parkland College before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric in 2002. After performing in touring bands for a decade, he founded Pygmalion—a multidisciplinary event going into its 18th year. He is the founder and publisher of Smile Politely, an online culture magazine that has been devoted to covering the communities of Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois since 2007. He is the poppa of two young children, Ellis and Ira, and lives most of the year in Champaign.