College of Fine & Applied Arts – With Illinois: The Campaign for Illinois
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With Illinois Campaign

College of Fine & Applied Arts

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

The College of Fine and Applied Arts is incredibly grateful for the contributions of our passionate alumni and friends. The With Illinois Campaign generated significant increases in giving across the college, along with the establishment of several new scholarships, that will provide support to our faculty, staff, and students. Each gift is as unique as our supporters. I encourage you to read more about just some of the stories of impact that were made possible by our donors over the course of this campaign. I am pleased to share that thanks to FAA’s generous alumni and friends, we raised over $87 million over the course of this campaign, surpassing our $65 million goal back in September of 2020. The Office of Advancement finished this past fiscal year with its best fundraising year in the history of FAA, raising over $20 million. On behalf of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone across the college and our arts community for their generosity, support, collaboration, and partnership.

Jon Salvani
SignatureJon Salvani
Assistant Dean for Advancement

With Illinois Impact

As we mark the end of the With Illinois Campaign, the College of Fine and Applied Arts has been transformed by donor support.

Alma87454620 Dollars Raised

Donors13454 Campaign Donors

Gifts41265 Campaign Gifts

Puzzle Piece223 New Funds Supporting Scholarships, Fellowships, and Faculty Positions

Party3248 First-Time Donors

EarthDonors from 50 States and 26 Countries

With Illinois Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

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Illinois Planning Equity and Inclusion Scholarship

Drew and Jen Awsumb are fully aware of the advantages their education provided them in their careers. They wanted to help others get that same advantage by providing financial support to students interested in Urban Planning at Illinois, so they established the Illinois Planning Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Fund. This fund supports scholarships for students that contribute to the diversity of the student body as well as first-generation college students. Drew and Jen believe that a person’s career aspirations should not be stymied by race or socioeconomic status, so they took action to help break down these barriers. Read more.

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Japan House Ogura/Sato Annex

The roots of Japan House go back to 1964, when Shozo Sato, then artist-in-residence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and now professor emeritus of the School of Art and Design, began a series of courses focusing on the art and culture of Japan. Over the past 21 years, Japan House has continued to grow and welcomes students and the general public to academic courses, workshops, public and private tea ceremonies, ikebana classes, shodo (calligraphy) classes, and a vast number of events centering on Japanese Arts and Culture. Thanks to Dr. George Ogura and other generous donors, Japan House will be adding on an annex to accommodate the growing interest in the community. Read more.

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Honoring the Legacy of Celebrated Professor and Gifted Architect Jack Baker

School of Architecture alum, Bill Tucker (BS Arch ’78, M.Arch ’81) committed to a generous five-year pledge donation to the Jack S. Baker Memorial Fund in support of the Erlanger House. This gift will allow the School of Architecture to renovate and maintain this piece of University of Illinois history that has hosted numerous arts professionals and scholars.

Erlanger House was designed by former Illinois School of Architecture professor Jack Baker in 1964 for Professor Margaret Erlanger. Margaret bequeathed the Erlanger House to the University of Illinois following her death in 1975 to be used as a space for visiting artists and scholars to stay. Read more.

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Graduating 50 Years After She Started, Rita Bass is Paving the Way for Other Non-Traditional Students

The Rita F. Bass Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students was established to support students who either went directly into the work force out of high school and later decided to pursue a higher education degree, or students who started college and had to drop out before completing their degree program. Rita Bass returned to the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois more than 50 years after initially beginning her education. Now she’s paving the way for other non-traditional students with the establishment of this new scholarship in her name. Read more.

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Krannert Center Lyric Theatre Student Excellence Fund

Lyric Theatre at Illinois and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts established the Krannert Center Lyric Theatre Student Excellence Fund. This joint fundraising initiative provides unrestricted support for student scholarships enabling Lyric Theatre to recruit and retain the most talented students. Scholarships allow Lyric Theatre at Illinois to recruit a diverse cast of performers and maintain a competitive advantage over other programs. The fund also helps the center maintain the highest level of production value to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff have continued access to the most advanced media technology and facilities.

With Illinois Moments

Take a look at a few of the moments that have shaped the culture and character of the College of Fine and Applied Arts during the With Illinois Campaign.

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Krannert Center for the Performing Arts celebrated 50 years of bringing students, faculty, staff, and community members together. In the over five decades since its opening, the center has welcomed hundreds of thousands of patrons.

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The newly created Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design offers an innovative, interdisciplinary course of study in design, with a focus on creating sustainable communities. Read more.

Rochelle Sennet

School of Music Professor Rochelle Sennet was appointed as FAA’s inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. Read more.

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Arts Impact, an interdisciplinary research initiative within FAA, was established to foster understanding of the role of arts and artists in community development and promoting social well-being to guide arts practice and policy. Read more.

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The Illinois School of Music commemorated its 125th anniversary with a weekend of celebrations, student performances, and special concerts.

Cesar Pelli

The César Pelli Distinguished Lecture Series was established through the generous estate gift of world-renowned architect and celebrated Illinois School of Architecture alumnus César Pelli. Read more.

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Your continued support ensures the College of Fine and Applied Arts remains a place where progress and innovation can flourish. Find your passion and help us dream even bigger!

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Philanthropy has benefited students, faculty, and staff in many ways. Browse the list below to learn more about how the With Illinois Campaign’s impact can be felt across campus.