Points of Pride

Faculty Scholarship

Associate Professor Shane Harris teaches Ceramics and Sculpture courses ranging from introductory ceramics, Advanced ceramics, Ceramic Technology, Flatpack Design, Sculpture, and 3-D design here at UIS. He is a Professional Artist, working with small-scale ceramic sculptures, which explore concepts of connection, intimacy, body language and relationships. His work has been acquired for multiple private collections, published and shown nationally in both solo and group exhibitions. A few are highlighted below:

  • Biomorphic” was held at the American Museum Of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA in 2016.
  • “5 x 5 x 5” was held at Red Lodge Clay Center Gallery, Red Lodge, MT in 2016.
  • “Vignettes” was held at the Perkinson Art Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL in 2016.
  • “Eye Candy” was held at the MCC Ray Frederick Gallery, Marshalltown, IA in 2016.
  • “The Best of 500 Ceramics Celebrating a Decade in Clay” Lark Books, in 2012.

To read more, visit Shane Harris’ Faculty Page.


Assistant Professor Brytton Bjorngaard teaches Digital Media & Photography courses ranging from introductory design technology, Print Design, Web Design, Typography, Animation, to Film & Digital Photography here at UIS. She is a freelance graphic designer, working with a variety of clients, and an exhibiting artist, in which her work investigates the myriad of ways we miscommunicate.

  • Otto Cricket Hits” was held at the LLCC James S. Murray Gallery, Springfield, Illinois from August 22 to September 15, 2016
  • Let the Words Fall Out” was held at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, Illinois from August 24 to September 17, 2015.

To read more, visit Brytton Bjorngaard’s Faculty Page.

Student Highlights

Abbi McKinnie with her art, small squares

Abbi McKinnie

Hometown // Morrisonville, IL

Degree Pursuing // B.A. in Visual Arts

Graduation Date // May 2018

How is UIS preparing you for your future? UIS has prepared me to pursue a career in visual arts by offering a program that supplied the fundamental knowledge to strategically explore my interests. My professors have helped guide me down the best path while respecting the importance of artistic liberty. The skills that I’ve accumulated throughout the variety of courses have provided me with a well-rounded educational experience that helped prepare me for my future creative endeavors.


Cayti McCormick

Hometown // Springfield, IL

Degree from UIS // B.A. in Visual Arts

Current job // Graphic Designer & Tier 2 Product Specialist at Ace Sign Company

How did UIS prepare you for your job? UIS prepared me for my job at Ace Sign Co. by giving me the opportunity to work alongside professors, not only as a student, but as a Leadership Lived Experience Student Worker. The additional knowledge I learned in my position through working side by side with Professor Brytton Bjorngaard helped me navigate the designer/client relationship. Her experience as a commercial designer helped provide me with direction and knowledge of the field.

News Archive

November 2017: UIS Visual Arts Gallery to hold silent auction fundraiser featuring local and regional artists

October 2017: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “of strange shadows” from Texas-based print collaborators Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban

September 2017: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Live Through This” by photographer, writer and suicide awareness activist Dese’Rae L. Stage

August 2017: UIS Visual Arts Gallery launches a new season with the 2017 Faculty Exhibition

June 2017: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Walking Enos Park: Who is your neighborhood?” by Astrid Kaemmerling

April 2017: UIS Visual Arts Gallery senior exhibition “Lunchables” presents food for thought

February 2017: UIS Visual Arts Gallery exhibit “Safe Harbor: Work by Diaz Lewis” spotlights immigration reform.

January 2017: The UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Oblique Frontiers” from artist Tyler Lotz.

November 2016: UIS Visual Arts Gallery to hold silent auction fundraiser.

October 2016: The UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Mirror|Mirror” by alumni Stanley Bly and Amanda Greive.

September 2016UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Reserved For Loitering” by artist Paul Shortt.

August 2016: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Avez Vous un Crayon?” by St. Louis artist Lyndon Barrois Jr.

May 2016: Ten UIS students to present at U of I Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

January 2016: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “TROPICALAMERICAN” by artist Edra Soto.

November 2015: UIS Visual Arts Gallery Silent Auction features artwork by local and national artists in November.

October 2015: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Strange Matter.”

October 2015: Internationally renowned artist and critic Buzz Spector to deliver artist talk at UIS.

September 2015: Artist Eric J. Garcia to speak at UIS and present exhibition during Hispanic Heritage Month.

August 2015: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Let the Words Fall Out” by Springfield artist Brytton Bjorngaard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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