Larry Shiner

Associate Professor Emeritus of Visual Art

Art by Larry Shiner

Larry Shiner’s work in art theory and art history focuses on the changing meanings of the concepts of art and aesthetics and the changing image of the artist.  Specific research and teaching interests include such issues as the interrelation among art, craft and design or the conflict between aesthetics and function in contemporary architecture, especially art museums.

Shiner received his undergraduate degree in history from Northwestern University and his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Strasbourg in France.  After teaching at the University of Tampa and Cornell College, he came to UIS (then Sangamon State) in 1971 where he taught courses for the philosophy, history and visual art programs for 35 years.  An active member of the American Society for Aesthetics, he has published numerous articles on the philosophy of art and the book, The Invention of Art: A Cultural History (University of Chicago Press, 2001).