UIS Visual Arts

Visual Arts majors study the arts in a context that emphasizes the acquisition of skills in various studio disciplines as well as the understanding of historical and philosophical concepts in art.

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As an extension of classroom teaching, the department sponsors exhibitions of both regionally and nationally recognized artists in the Visual Arts Gallery located on the second floor of the Health and Sciences Building. Students attend openings and concurrent workshops to gain exposure to the work and access to the technical expertise of professional artists. Graduating students present their work at the Senior Exhibition held every spring at the Visual Arts Gallery and the Access Gallery.

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In Visual Arts courses, faculty and students work together in a professional and creative learning environment. The Bachelor of Arts curriculum allows students to tailor a course of study suited to their professional and personal ambitions. Students have the option to focus their studies in one media area, or sample a broad range of art and design perspectives. Visual Arts offers a variety of courses in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, digital media, three dimensional modeling, photography, art history, and art.

The Art Students League, a UIS student group, is responsible for organizing exhibitions in the Access Gallery, an exhibition and performance space in the Visual and Performing Arts Building.

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