We're always doing amazing things. These are some of the projects connected with the School of Art + Design.

Fresh Press

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Fresh Press is an Agri-Fiber Paper Research Lab which focuses on the better utilization of crop residue (agricultural residue) to create more sustainable commercial paper products (paper and/or packaging). Its collaboration of farmers, designers, engineers, and academics aims to revitalize the manufacturing industry in the Midwest using sustainable and renewable natural resources.

Japan House

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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

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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.