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.
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.
Mantle with Hummingbird Design
The intricately embroidered wool hummingbirds on this burial shroud suggest that it was made for a high-ranking member of the Nasca society. This brightly colored piece is part of Krannert Art Museum's extensive collection of works from the Americas.
Peru, Nasca (ca. 100 BCE). Mantle with hummingbird design (detail). Cotton, alpaca wool. Gift of Fred Olsen and the Art Acquisition Fund 1967-29-56. Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum.
Urban Data Analytics
For Urban Data Analytics—a project sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy—Bev Wilson and Arnab Chakraborty created visualization tools to show which Chicago neighborhoods have people most susceptible to the adverse effects of a heat wave. They considered characteristics including age, disability, and income level and developed interactive mapping tools that allow projections to 2030 under different greenhouse gas concentrations.