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.
Oak Park Public Library
Alumnus Donald McKay has focused on public buildings in his career, with many centered on service, education, and culture. Constructed in 2003 and designed by his firm Nagle Hartray Architecture, the Oak Park Public Library boasts a green roof, floors made from recycled rubber, LED lighting in the parking structure, and materials selected to fit into the naturescape and reduce energy use.
School Tour at Krannert Art Museum
As part of its outreach programs, Krannert Art Museum invites children to tour a gallery, where they typically examine a handful of paintings and sharpen their observational skills and critical thinking. The museum also partners with local school systems for longer and deeper explorations of art.
Tracing You by Ben Grosser, who is a professor in the School of Art and Design and a researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, delivers snapshots of a visitor's whereabouts when they access the project's website. Behind the scenes a program captures the geolocation associated with the IP address and finds related online resources to display that will represent the viewpoint of each user. The images are posted on the site for others to see, and Grosser then tracks the responses to the results and people's ideas about visibility and surveillance.
The Cherry Orchard
Morgan Holbrook has been active on Broadway since he graduated with a BFA in stage management. His credits include productions of Blackbird starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, The Gin Game with James Earl Jones and Cecily Tyson in 2015, and The Cherry Orchard by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2016.
John Glover, Joel Grey, Diane Lane, and Chuck Cooper in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Cherry Orchard, 2016, photo by Joan Marcus.