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.
Krannert Center Interior
Covering two square blocks, Krannert Center was designed by Max Abramovitz, a graduate of Illinois Architecture who also was responsible for the domed State Farm Center (known as Assembly Hall when Krannert Center was completed in 1969) and the columnar David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall and originally Philharmonic Hall) at Lincoln Center in New York.
To celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus Beverly Blossom, her piece Brides was reconstructed by alumna Mei-Kuang Chen for November Dance: Attachment in 2015. This version included both male and female brides to commemorate the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
Photo by Natalie Fiol.