Points of Pride

Faculty Scholarship

Visual Arts Gallery

Professor Jeff Robinson, UIS Instructor of Art and Director of the Visual Arts Gallery, held two exhibits this fall showcasing his paintings, which are almost more like constructions than paintings, mashing together materials and found objects to create new and meaningful connections between previously unconnected items.

  • Find and Found” was held at the Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois from August 30 to September 17.
  • Filler” was held at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, Illinois from August 25 to September 18. The exhibit was partially funded by an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

To read more, visit Jeff Robinson’s Faculty Page.

Student Highlights


Name: Mandy Smith

Hometown: Fillmore, IL

Degree from UIS: B.A. in Visual Arts; Minor in Communications

Current job: Graphic Designer for HPR Marketing, Springfield, IL

How did UIS prepare you for your career/job? Thanks to UIS I was ready to face the challenges of finding a job even before I had completed my degree… The Visual Arts program doesn’t only teach you the skills, the professors help you apply those skills in ways you would never imagine. I always had professors who would challenge and encouraged me in all types of ways, which in turn has helped made become designer I am today.

News Archive

April 2015: UIS Visual Arts Department seniors present two distinct art and design exhibitions. Read More.

March 2015: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “BIO-fied: Perspectives on Genetic Engineering”. Read More.

February 2015: UIS Visual Arts Gallery to feature Decatur artist. Read More.

January 2015: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Awkward & Urgent Objects” by Chicago artist Kelly Kaczynski. Read More.

December 2014: UIS Visual Arts Gallery Silent Auction features artwork by local and national artists. Read More.

October 2014: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Copy Shop”, an exhibition of 3D printed & digitally fabricated objects. Read More.

September 2014: Visual Arts Gallery presents group exhibition featuring over 30 national artists. Read More.

August 2014: Visual Arts Gallery begins Season with “Filler” exhibition by Springfield native Jeff Robinson. Read More.

April 2014: UIS students, including Visual Arts Major Robert Elmers IV, to present their research at the Illinois State Capitol. Read More.

March 2014: Student Arts & Research Symposium gives students a chance to showcase their work. Read More.

February 2014: Visual Arts Gallery presents “Sup?” featuring the work of Brooklyn-based artist Sean Fader. Read More.

January 2014: Visual Arts Gallery presents “Paintings” featuring the work of local artist Kevin Veara. Read More.

November 2013: Visual Arts Gallery hosts annual Silent Auction Benefit featuring original works of art. Read More.

September 2013: Visual Arts Gallery hosts “New Springfield” exhibit inspired by Vachel Lindsay. Read More.