Student Info

The UIS Visual Arts program offers a variety of resources for students’ use. Studios have an open door policy for use anytime there isn’t a class in session unless noted in the description.

VPA 3 Printing Lab

VPA 3_BVPA 3_AThis lab is available for students during student worker hours, which are posted outside the door, or through a faculty member willing to supervise. This lab contains an Epson Stylus Pro 11880 64″ wide-format printer & an Epson Stylus Pro 7600 24″ wide-format printer, a Universal VLA 6.6 laser cutter that accommodates materials up to 18″ x 32′”, a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer, a Roland Camm-1 Vinyl Cutter that cuts up to 30″ wide, a wall-mounted glass/plastic/mat cutter, and a sitting mat cutter. There are wide-format paper rolls, in glossy, luster, and matte, available for use, as well as vinyl in a variety of colors for free. Guides for use of these resources can be found on Box.

VPA 38 & VPA 48 Photography & Animation Studios

VPA 48VPA 38VPA 38 is set up to photograph smaller objects and, as well as containing a copy stand an Apple Desktop with Dragonframe software for stop-motion animation. VPA 48 is set up for larger objects and portraiture. They both have backdrops and lighting setups. These studios are available during student worker hours, which are posted outside the door, or through a faculty member willing to supervise.

VPA 54 Digital Media Lab

Students are able to work on the Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, Microsoft Office, and more in a Macintosh lab with the ability to boot in Windows 7. There are scanners available as well as a color printer that uses your i-Card; UIS students are given $25.00 in printing funds per calendar year. Black and white prints are $0.10 per page and color prints are $0.25 per page. This studio is available through access by your i-Card for students enrolled in Digital Media courses.

VPA 56 Drawing Studio

VPA 56The 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.

VPA 74 Sculpture Studio

Sculpture_4This studio is newly renovated with dust collection and provides students with facilities for mold making & casting, CNC routing, and a full wood and fabrication shop that includes a drill, table saw, miter saw, power sander, sandblaster, and more. Students receive safety training in class or may do so individually based on a project’s needs, but tools may only be used outside of class with faculty supervision.

 VPA 75 Printmaking Studio

Printmaking_3This studio 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. This studio additionally has a metal cutter for metal plates, paper cutters, exposure lamps, power washers, and paper & ink for supporting these processes.

VPA 76 Ceramics Studios

Ceramics_1Newly renovated, the studio provides students with a state of the art facility. Students have access to a covered kiln yard that includes electric and gas kilns, a glaze room with ventilation hood, ample studio space for hand-building and decorating, and 18 potter’s wheels for throwing.


VPA 77 Painting Studio

The Painting Studio provides ample ventilated studio space to work in oil and acrylics, as well as a spray booth for spray adhesive, paint, etc.

HRB 3 Photography Darkroom

HRB 3_A2Within the Human Resources building, Visual Arts maintains a Photography Darkroom 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.