The UIS Visual Arts program offers a variety of resources for students to use at the University of Illinois Springfield in the Visual and Performing Arts Building.
The Digital Media Lab is located in VPA 54; students are able to work with digital media programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver, SketchUp, Microsoft Office, and more in a Macintosh lab with the ability to boot in Windows 7. The computers are additionally outfitted with scanners.
A Printing Lab is located in VPA 3; it is available for students enrolled in Visual Arts Courses and Majors & Minors during student worker hours, which are posted outside the door. This lab contains two wide-format printers, a laser cutter, a 3D printer, and a vinyl cutter. There are wide-format paper rolls, in glossy, luster, and matte, available for use, as well as vinyl in a variety of colors.
Students are also able to access two Photography Studios, VPA 38 for smaller objects and VPA 48 for larger objects and portraiture. These have backdrops and lighting setups. These rooms are available for students enrolled in Visual Arts Courses and Majors & Minors during student worker hours, which are posted outside the door.
Within the Human Resources building, Visual Arts maintains a Photography Darkroom in HRB 3, for black and white film processing and printing. These facilities are available for students enrolled in Visual Arts Photography courses or Majors & Minors through professor supervision. Additionally, there are film and digital SLR cameras available to check out through the digital media professor for students enrolled in photography or art courses, as well as majors and minors.
The Drawing Studio is located in VPA 56. The studio provides students with ample working space and is equipped with easels for painting and drawing projects, as well as a cache of still-life objects and pedestals to be used as students need. Additional resources including track lighting, cutting mats, a paper cutter, and drying rack are available to aid student work. Flat files and lockers are available for student storage of work and materials.
The Ceramics Studio, located in VPA 76, is newly renovated and provides students with a brand new state of the art facility. Students have access to a covered kiln yard, glaze room with ventilation hood, ample studio space for hand building, and 18 wheels for throwing.
The Printmaking Studio, located in VPA 75, allows students to complete projects utilizing etching, screen printing, and letterpress, with a newly renovated darkroom, and courses often blend these traditional methods with contemporary digital practices.
The Painting Studio, located in VPA 77, provides ample ventilated studio space to work in oil and acrylics, as well as a spray booth.
The Sculpture Studio, located in VPA 74, is newly renovated with dust collection and provides the department with facilities for mold making, casting, CNC routing, for a full wood and fabrication shop. Students receive safety training in class or may do so individually, but tools may be used outside of class only with faculty supervision.
UIS Visual Arts offers a number of scholarships, studio spaces and work-study opportunities for students.
The Art Students League (ASL) is the department’s student organization with lots of great opportunities to be involved.