Visual Arts Gallery

The safety and health of our students and visitors is of great importance to us. As a result of the public health concerns regarding COVID-19, and in keeping with UIS policies in place to protect our students, faculty, staff, and patrons, the Visual Arts Gallery has adopted a blended exhibition delivery, making our exhibitions available both in person, and virtually. All in-person visitors of the Visual Arts Gallery will be required to wear a face mask. If you are signed up for our newsletters, you will receive an email to announce the new format of our upcoming exhibitions. If not, now is a great time to sign-up and follow us on social media.

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The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery seeks to expand and enrich understanding of the visual arts for Illinois citizens, artists, and students through diverse quality exhibitions. The gallery benefits the Illinois art community by increasing public awareness of the visual arts and by exhibiting artists of regional and national importance.

UIS Visual Arts Gallery logoLocation: Health and Sciences Building 
(HSB) 201
Open: Aug. 27 – Nov. 19
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
*face masks are required on the UIS campus
Phone: (217) 206-6506
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Current Exhibition

A dress is displayed against a white gallery wall background. The bodice of the dress is a black wire bird cage, with a small black bird sitting on a branch in the center. The skirt of the dress is an ombre blue and white, with a silhouette of two flying birds.The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Code of Complication,” an exhibition by Springfield-based artist Betsy Dollar. This exhibition will open on Thursday, Oct. 21st, and will run through Thursday, Nov. 18th. A reception will be held from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21st in the gallery.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Current Exhibition page.

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Gallery Press


Angela Baldus, “Holding: Democracy, Play and the Public in Erin Hayden’s “Hold Me” at UIS Visual Art Gallery,” Temporary Art Review, February 28, 2018.


Elliot Reichert, “Breakout Artists 2018: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers,” NewCity Magazine, April 26, 2018.

KT Hawbaker, “Subdued hues and strange shadows at University of Illinois at Springfield,” Chicago Tribune, October 27, 2017.

Kerry Cardoza, “A Springfield Curatorial Duo Hangs in Rogers Park: Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson in Profile,” NewCity Magazine, June 28, 2016.


Scott, Faingold, “Making an art gallery out of Enos Park,” Illinois Times, October 10, 2019.

Brenden Moore, “Terrain biennial returns to Enos Park for six-week run,” Springfield Journal Register, October 5, 2019.

UIS debuts “Value Added” art exhibit,” NewChannel 20 ABC, September, 2019.

Stephanie Graham, “You Are Here: Stephanie Graham,” Sixty Inches From Center, September 27, 2019.

Astrid Kaemmerling, “Walking Enos Park: Community and Urban (Re)development through the Arts in the American Midwest,” Sixty inches From Center, August 22, 2019.

Take a walk through The Magnificently Mundane,” NewChannel 20 ABC, March, 2019.

Nan Kording, “Affection between African-American men,” Illinois Times, November 1, 2018.

Nan Kording, “‘Fancy’ materials meet everyday objects,” Illinois Times, September 27, 2018.

Scott Faingold, “Pillars of Salt“, Illinois Times, August 30, 2018.

Scott Faingold, “Interiority gets exteriorized at UIS Gallery,” Illinois Times, August 1, 2018.

Rachel Otwell, “Springfield’s Secrets On Display For Allyson Packer’s ‘Interior Space’,” WUIS NPR Illinois, July 24, 2018.

Juliet Johnson, “Hold Me: Erin Hayden at UIS Visual Arts Gallery,” Sixty Inches From Center, February 23, 2018.

Scott Faingold, “DEMO demolished, but UIS Gallery going strong,” Illinois Times, February 15, 2018.

Scott Faingold, “A walk on the artistic side: Visiting artist takes a pedestrian view of Enos Park,” Illinois Times, July 6, 0217.

Scott Faingold, “Oblique strategies UIS Gallery exhibit pushes boundaries of ceramics,” Illinois Times, February 9, 2017.

Rachel Otwell, “Suicide Awareness Activist Dese’Rae L. Stage Shows Works In Springfield,” WUIS NPR Illinois, October 3, 2017.

Artist Residency in Enos Park,” Springfield Journal Register, March 23, 2017.

Rachel Otwell, “Safe Harbor: Work By Diaz Lewis – ‘Artivism’ In Springfield“, WUIS NPR Illinois, March 1, 2017.

Rachel Otwell and Scott Faingold, “The Scene With Artists/Curators Allison Lacher & Jeff Robinson,” WUIS NPR Illinois, February 23, 2017.

Scott Faingold, “Springfield’s art scene is riding high,” Illinois Times, December 15, 2016.

Rachel Otwell, “Lyndon Barrois Jr. Takes An Artistic & Personal Look At Prince,” WUIS NPR Illinois, September 13, 2016.

Rachel Otwell, “Local Artists Explore GMOs With “BIO-fied” Show,” WUIS NPR Illinois, March 25, 2016.

Rachel Otwell, “The Scene Talks To Three Visiting N.Y. Artists,” WUIS NPR Illinois, March 10, 2016.

Rachel Otwell, “Chicano Artist Exhibit & ‘Mexican Mural Movement’ Lecture,” WUIS NPR Illinois, September 16, 2015.

Tamara Browning, “‘Copy Shop’ at UIS gives artistic visitors chance to create,” Springfield Journal Register, November 5, 2014.

Rachel Otwell, “UIS Gallery Full Of ‘Filler’,” WUIS NPR Illinois, September 3, 2014.

Springfield’s visual arts scene shifts into high gear,” Springfield Journal Register, April 25, 2014.

Anita Stienstra, “Perfecting the portraiture,” Illinois Times, March 6, 2014.

Rachel Otwell, “Artist Explores IL Environmental History & Hopes To Change Its Future,” WUIS NPR Illinois, January 30, 2014.

Scott Faingold, “The future is now: Vachel Lindsay-inspired exhibit is a study in contrasts,” Illinois Times, October 10, 2013.

Rachel Otwell, “Artist Explores Vachel Lindsay’s ‘Golden Springfield’ With Installation,” WUIS NPR Illinois, October 2, 2013.

Anita Stienstra, “America Behind Barbed Wire Art at UIS captures nightmare of US concentration camp.” Illinois Times, October 11, 2012.

Shimomura to display works at UIS Visual Arts Gallery,” Springfield Journal Register, September 27, 2012.

University of Illinois Springfield hosts reception for ‘Vignettes’ exhibit,” Springfield Journal Register, August 21, 2012.

Tamara Browning, “‘That’s Love Baby’ exhibit opens at UIS,” Springfield Journal Register, February 29, 2012.