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.
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, photography, and art history.
The UIS Arts & Artifacts Collection is managed by Art Faculty and University Staff and is composed of works of art and historical and cultural artifacts of quality and inherent value that exemplify the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment, and public service.