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.
Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Haiti
When disasters strike, urban planners join teams that analyze recovery efforts by documenting the institutions and organizations involved, identifying funding sources for aid, and assessing the effectiveness of governance. Rob Olshansky traveled to Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake to evaluate the short-term steps taken to restore basic services and consider how the country and its institutions would need to change to make long-term improvements.
Photo by Rob Olshansky.
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.
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.