Q-and-A with Vanessa Stalling: Creating unexpected work in unexpected places

An Experience of Lost Things

M.F.A. directing student Vanessa Stalling used a Friends of the Arts grant to represent Illinois State University at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2013 Conference, held in August in Orlando, Florida. There she organized a panel about the methods she uses to teach students how to create original, site-specific work.

Dance students study in Brazil over summer

Dancers in Brazil

The head of the Illinois State University dance program, Sara Semonis, and College of Fine Arts Assistant Dean Laurie Merriman accompanied 13 dance majors and minors to the Universidade Federal De Vicosa in Vicosa, Brazil, for a little over two weeks this summer. This faculty-led program provided students and faculty with numerous experiences learning about the

Art education students study in Australia

Australia Group

Eleven students and two faculty members–Colleen Brennan and Judith Briggs–from the teacher education area of the School of Art in the College of Fine Arts spent two weeks this summer working with the art education department at Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Sydney, Australia. They went there to examine how New South Wales secondary visual arts teachers implement the unique Frames curriculum model.

College of Fine Arts students intern in Washington, D.C.

For the second year the College of Fine Arts took part in a universitywide initiative to have summer interns in Washington, D.C. Christina Fontenelle, an undergraduate student studying painting, and Molly Briggs, an undergraduate student studying acting/theatre management, were chosen to represent the College of Fine Arts and Illinois State University at the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central and The Studio Theatre, respectively.

Photo gallery: Art takes no break in the summer

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Fine arts at Illinois State University continued throughout the summer, highlighted by the Concerts on the Quad series and the Shakespeare Festival. Below is a sampling of photographs from these events and other College of Fine Arts and Friends of the Arts events held since the beginning of May.