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.
The Merry Widow
In addition to their high-caliber singing and costumes constructed for period appropriateness, productions by Lyric Theatre @ Illinois often encompass expert dancing and scenery depicting expansive locales.
The Merry Widow, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, April 2015, photo by Darrell Hoemann.
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.
Mantle with Hummingbird Design
The intricately embroidered wool hummingbirds on this burial shroud suggest that it was made for a high-ranking member of the Nasca society. This brightly colored piece is part of Krannert Art Museum's extensive collection of works from the Americas.
Peru, Nasca (ca. 100 BCE). Mantle with hummingbird design (detail). Cotton, alpaca wool. Gift of Fred Olsen and the Art Acquisition Fund 1967-29-56. Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum.