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.
Shozo Sato and Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman—Illinois Theatre alumnus, actor, comedian, writer, and producer best known for his roles on Parks and Recreation and Fargo—is also a carpenter and mentee of Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato. Offerman credits Sato with the discipline, mindfulness practice, and training in kabuki theatre that have enabled him to thrive as a creator and performer. In 2013 he constructed a gazebo (azumaya) on the grounds of Japan House to honor his mentor.
In the Next Room
To accurately capture the setting of a play, costume designers, set designers, and properties masters extensively research appropriate clothing styles, materials, furniture, and accessories. Some pieces are sourced and purchased, some are created in production shops inside Krannert Center, and others are located among the thousands of items in storage. For In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, which takes place in 1888, the Studio Theatre was outfitted with rugs in different complex patterns and furniture with plush fabrics, while the costumes featured multiple layers, bustles, and feathers.
Berthe Morisot by Édouard Manet
Krannert Art Museum's holdings include more than 10,000 pieces ranging from contemporary works to those dating to 4000 BCE. This lithograph by Édouard Manet is part of its permanent collection of European art.
Édouard Manet (1832–1883), Berthe Morisot, 1872. Lithograph. Gift of James Russell Vaky 2002-1-1. Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum.
Landscape Architecture Class
Critiques—from both instructors and other students—play a crucial role in landscape architecture courses. This type of feedback not only helps to refine ideas but also allows students to practice how to field questions from future clients and draw up new plans that incorporate their input.
Trumpet Lesson with Ronald Romm
Faculty members—including Ronald Romm, a core member of the Canadian Brass for 30 years and a prolific recording artist—regularly meet one-on-one with students majoring in a performance-focused discipline. Undergraduates hone technical skills, master tone, develop their artistic voices, and gain insight into how to succeed as professional musicians in today's demanding environment.
Photo by Natalie Fiol.