FAA Legacy Awards

FAA Legacy Award Recipients 2019

In celebration of both past legacies and emerging voices in the arts, the College of Fine and Applied Arts sponsors the FAA Legacy Awards.

These awards recognize college alumni and friends who have demonstrated courage, curiosity, and passion in their work. We are honoring lifelong learners and advocates, individuals who have impacted their fields in transformative ways—catalysts with distinguished service to the arts. 

2021 Recipients

Sarah M. Bassett

Emerging Legacy Award

Catherine M. Bleck

Distinguished Legacy Award

Dina Griffin

Distinguished Legacy Award

Ralph Johnson

Distinguished Legacy Award

Daniel J. Perrino

Illinois Arts Legacy Award

Shozo Sato

Illinois Arts Legacy Award

Juri Seo

Emerging Arts Legacy Award

John Charles Wustman

Illinois Arts Legacy Award

Watch the 2021 Virtual Ceremony

See the 2019 Recipients

View Photos from the 2019 Awards Dinner

See the Previous Recipients

Nominations Are Closed

Legacy Award winners will be honored this fall on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign.

Distinguished Legacy Award

Awarded to FAA alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life's work and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on, or bring honor to, the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the University of Illinois. Distinguished Legacy Award guidelines

Emerging Legacy Award

Recognizes FAA alumni early in their careers who have made outstanding professional contributions to their field since graduating. Emerging Legacy Award guidelines

Illinois Arts Legacy Award

Recognizes volunteers, staff, loyal performers, affiliated artists, etc. who are not necessarily graduates of FAA but whose contributions have made a significant impact in the arts at Illinois. Illinois Arts Legacy Award guidelines

We invite faculty, alumni, and friends of the college to submit nominations for Legacy Awards. Please note: we encourage nominators to keep their submissions confidential from the nominees. Nominations are now closed.

Fall 2021: Awards presented

During the Legacy Award ceremony, the college also inducts new members of the Guild, a group of alumni, faculty, and friends of FAA who are recognized posthumously for their distinguished contributions.