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.
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.
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.
January 2021: UIS Visual Arts Gallery to present “Duet,” a mixed-media exhibit from Chicago-based artists Shir Ende and Max Guy
April 2020: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Hindsight 20/20” virtual exhibition showcasing senior artwork
February 2020: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Convergence,” a solo exhibition by Associate Professor Shane Harris
January 2020: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “To Unmake a Fold,” a group exhibition curated by director Jeff Robinson
November 2019: UIS Visual Arts Gallery announces the 2019 silent auction and benefit fundraising exhibition
October 2019: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents an exhibition and discussion by Chicago artist Hương Ngô
September 2019: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Value Added” by Springfield native Patrick Collier
August 2019: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Tectonic Soliloquy” by Minnesota-based artist Liz Miller
April 2019: UIS Visual Arts Program to present multiple exhibits featuring alumni and students’ work
March 2019: UIS Visual Arts Gallery announces a curatorial walkthrough for “The Magnificently Mundane”
February 2019: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “The Magnificently Mundane” curated by Professor Brytton Bjorngaard
January 2019: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Pleasure Comes in Halves” by Milwaukee artist Thaddeus Kellstadt
November 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery announces the 2018 silent auction and benefit fundraising exhibition
October 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery to host a new exhibit and ECCE Speaker Series discussion exploring race
September 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Let the fancy,” a group exhibit curated by Jeff Robinson and Allison Lacher
August 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “digital dusk shadow storage” by St. Louis artist Amanda Bowles
May 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery announces Allyson Packer as its summer Enos Park artist-in-residence
April 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery exhibit “Essence” to feature the work of graduating students
February 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Leaving Loves Company” by renowned artist Angela Ellsworth
January 2018: UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Hold me” by Chicago artist Erin Hayden
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 2016: UIS 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.