About Visual Arts
UIS Visual Arts is dedicated to providing excellent visual arts education through personal attention 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.
UIS Visual Arts faculty consists of experienced educators and artists dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise with students in a collaborative environment. Faculty includes artists working in ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, and digital media. Please feel free to contact a faculty member directly about your visual arts interests. Biographical information is available for each faculty member through the Faculty and Staff link.
UIS Visual Arts courses, gallery shows, and Art Students League activities appeal to students from a variety of majors and skill levels. Small class sizes allow students to benefit from individualized attention from their professors. Check out our Student Info page for information about scholarship opportunities, the Arts Student League, and the Access Gallery, our student run gallery space.
The UIS Visual Arts program is located in the Visual and Performing Arts Building. This facility offers numerous classrooms equipped with whiteboard technology; a ceramics lab; a printmaking lab; studios for drawing and painting; a sculpture lab complete with tools; a Macintosh computer lab with digital media programs; a printing lab; and two photography studios. Additionally, the Visual Arts Program maintains a photography classroom and darkroom within the Human Resources Building. For information on student use of the Visual Arts’ facilities, check out our Student Info page.
Visual Arts Gallery
The department extends learning beyond the classroom and studios by sponsoring exhibitions in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery located on the second floor of the Health and Sciences Building. Students attend openings and workshops and gain experience in viewing works by a variety of local, national and international professional artists. Graduating students will present their senior exhibitions in the gallery.
The University of Illinois Springfield is located on the Southeast side of Springfield near Lake Springfield. Its 746-acre campus is located in the thriving capital city of Springfield, the proud home of Abraham Lincoln. Springfield offers a vibrant visual arts scene including the Springfield Art Association, Prairie Art Alliance, and Demo Projects.