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The Impact of Giving

Kids with Calligraphy at Japan House

A single gift can influence generations. Scholarships can help aspiring teachers touch the lives of a career full of students, while gifts to support performances can bring world-renowned artists to mentoring sessions with undergraduates. Endowed chairs or professorships recognize exceptional artists, researchers, and educators whose groundbreaking work may transform our understanding of the world.

Our friends keep the arts vibrant and vital by helping our graduates shape the future.

Issa Endowed Scholarships
Ogura-Sato Japan House Annex
Virginia Webster Estate

Donor Profiles

  • Nick Offerman
    Alumni Profiles


    Department of Theatre

    When Nick Offerman was studying theatre at Illinois, he brought his woodworking skills to the scenery shop. "That was a great supplement to allow me to earn my keep while I was learning to be a better actor," says the star of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Today, Offerman's woodworking skills are on display on the grounds of Japan House. 

  • Stanley and Judy Ikenberry
    Alumni Profiles

    Stanley Ikenberry
    Judy Ikenberry

    Stanley Ikenberry, who served as president of the university from 1979 to 1995, and wife Judy, an arts advocate and watercolor painter, are loyal Illini and passionate patrons of the arts. The Ikenberry Commons and the Arts partnership between University Housing and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts connects students with the arts right where they live.

Give to FAA

To learn more about ways to support the arts at Illinois, or to make a gift to the College of Fine and Applied Arts, contact the Office of Advancement by email at