Faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts pursue a range of methods in scholarship and creative practice that offer models for creative, collaborative, interdisciplinary work. Whether the work of designers, arts practitioners, social scientists, or humanists, our research is theoretically expansive and practically engaged. In labs and studios, in seminars and symposia, onstage, and in the built and shaped environment, we have developed critical modes of analysis and problem solving. We celebrate the accomplishments of the past and chase unknown futures.
This two-day symposium offers us a chance to reflect on what makes our work unique and uniquely valuable. It gives us an opportunity to articulate what our scholarship and creative practice offer to a university seeking ever more social, cultural, and intellectual creativity and to a community searching for the human spark that illuminates the darkness.
The conference symposium will take place in three panels and a closing roundtable over two days. Each of the panels will bring local faculty and graduate students into dialogue with distinguished visitors to explore elements of our widely varied methods in the college. The closing round table will engage faculty from the Urbana campus in a discussion aimed at envisioning the future of arts and design research for our college and the campus at large.
All sessions will take place on the Fourth Floor of Levis Faculty Center, 919 West Illinois Street, Urbana.
- Terry Irwin, Carnegie Mellon University
- Georgina Born, Oxford University
- E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University