Quick links to projects connected with the School of Art + Design.
  • Saturday Art School

    The Saturday Art School works on many levels to meet the goals of the Art Education program. Saturday Art School functions as a community outreach program, enrolling approximately 200 children and young adults per semester from throughout East Central Illinois. As a teacher training center, the program supports the efforts of college level teachers in training from undergraduate pre-service teachers to Doctoral candidates. The School also serves as a research lab for curriculum development, artistic development, and innovations in instructional methods and design.

  • Figure One is a laboratory that supports projects, exhibitions and events stemming from all areas of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the School of Art + Design. Figure One is located at 116 N. Walnut, Champaign, IL

    As an off-campus venue, Figure One is a public test bed for new ideas to take shape in the space between the safety of the classroom and the rigor of the professional world. The goal of the space is to fuel critical dialogue between students of the School of Art + Design and the broader University and local communities. As such, all programming of the space seeks to broaden the scope of discourse for student activity at the School.

    Figure One achieves these goals through student-initiated programming and productive synthesis with existing School of Art + Design initiatives such as the Visitors Series and other public programs.
  • Japan House

    The mission of Japan House at the University of Illinois is to provide an academic, cultural, and natural setting for promoting an appreciation of Japanese culture and related Asian cultural concepts. Built around the concept of the Way of Tea, with three separate tearooms, Japan House classes and outreach programs explore traditional Japanese arts and aesthetics.

  • Ninth Letter

    Ninth Letter is an award-winning literary arts journal published in a collaborative effort by students and faculty in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Art + Design and Department of English. The journal and its affiliated web site,, are an interdisciplinary project that explores the intersection of written and visual culture, publishing original work by established and emerging writers and artists.

  • Visual Arts Research

    Published through the Art Education Division at the School of Art + Design, Visual Arts Research (VAR) is now in its 37th year of publication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign. Visual Arts Research provides a scholarly forum for educational, historical, cultural, philosophical, and psychological research in visual arts and aesthetic education. Unusual in its length and breadth of interests, VAR typically publishes two issues per year, each consisting of 10-12 timely scholarly articles, invited papers, book reviews, commentaries, and invited lectures delivered at annual conferences of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Visual Arts Research (VAR) also now publishes annually an invited scholarly paper from the annual recipient of the NAEA Seminar for Research in Art Education Elliot Eisner Dissertation Research Award.

    Frequently cited as one of the premier scholarly journals in art education, Visual Arts Research is mailed to individual subscribers and premier university libraries around the world. Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on all scholarly topics of interest to VAR readers.