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.
Garden Design by the Prince de Croÿ
David L. Hays of the Department of Landscape Architecture examines how maps revolutionized garden designs in a 2017 article in Site/Lines. In his 15-year project Détail des nouveaux jardins à la mode—a popular and widely disseminated collection of garden prints—publisher and mapmaker Georges-Louis Le Rouge displayed his own surveys and helped reframe the design approach during the late 18th century.
Ikebana at Japan House
Japan House is dedicated to preserving and sharing ancient art forms such as ikebana, which involves selecting the appropriate flowers to work in harmony with the container, striking a balance between elements and the surrounding space, and arranging petals and leaves to showcase a bloom's beauty.
Jon Michael Hill
You may recognize Illinois Theatre alumnus Jon Michael Hill from the TV show Elementary or productions at the Steppenwolf Theatre, where he was the youngest actor to become a company member when he joined just after graduation in 2007. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Franco in Superior Donuts, has been on Broadway, and employed his rich baritone to play Puck in the Houston Opera Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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.