Department of Art

Teresa Harris


Associate Professor of Art
Director of Graphic Design
Study Away Coordinator
Internship Coordinator

Courses: Typography and  Graphic Design
Office: Potter Hall 204
Phone: (816) 271-4450

Teresa Harris is an Associate Professor of Art at Missouri Western State University, teaching courses in Graphic Design, Typography, and Final Portfolio. She believes graphic designers give visual meaning and aesthetic form to information in a variety of media and formats. With a curriculum based on design problem solving, students learn to communicate specific messages to intended audiences with a careful manipulation of words and images. Their work in the art of visual communication promotes, informs, explains, clarifies, enhances, fascinates and amuses

Since arriving at MWSU in 2004, Teresa has exhibited in over 40 national, international, and invitational art exhibitions. Her mixed-media personal work is primarily autobiographical, finding visual connections between past familial history and current life experiences. Commissions of her work include Jesup & Lamont, Inc., Provident Life Insurance, Inc., and A,T & T. Corporate collections include McDougal, Littell & Company Publishers, Sandusky Art Center, Ann Arbor Art Center, and Saks Fifth Avenue, NY. In addition to teaching, Teresa has worked as a freelance graphic designer, an artist-in-residence, and a full-time studio artist.



M.F.A., Fort Hays State University
B.A., Missouri Western State University

Selected Exhibition Record

  • “26th Annual Northern National Art Competition” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI 2013
  •  “8TH Annual National Exhibition”, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2013
  • “Chowan University National Juried Exhibition”, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC 2013 * Award
  • Bound” National Juried Art Exhibition, Catalog, Women’s Art Caucus, New York, NY 2013
  • “2012 National Small Works Art Show” National Juried Exhibition, Windsor Whip Works Art Center, Windsor, NY
  • “The Art of it All – An All Media National Juried Exhibition”, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO 2012
  • “Oklahoma: Centerfold 2012” National Juried Exhibition, Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, OK 2012 *Award
  • “Firmly Rooted” National Juried Exhibition, M.S. Rezny Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky 2012
  • “FISH 2012 International Competition”, University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History, Norman, OK 2012
  • Sense of Place 2012” National Juried Exhibition, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA 2012
  • “XL- XS” National Juried Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art and the University of Maryland, College Park, MD 2012
  • “In, On, Of Paper” National Juried Exhibition, Paper Circle Gallery, Nelsonville, Ohio 2012
  • “Small Works” 34th National Juried Exhibition Harper College Palatine, Illinois 2011
  • “Americas 2011: Paperworks” National Juried Exhibition Harnett Gallery MSU, Minot, ND 2011
  • “Paperworks 2010” National Juried Exhibition b.j. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY 2010
  • “47th Annual National Juried Competition” Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA 2010 *Award
  • “Eye of the Beholder” MD National Juried Exhibition Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, 2010
  • “Heart and Soul” National Invitational Exhibition Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, OK 2010
  • “New Directions ’09” National Juried Exhibition Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2009
  • “6th Annual Atlanta Artists Center National Show and Exhibition” Atlanta, GA 2009
  • “2009 National Juried Exhibition” ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2009 *Award of Excellence
  • “Alchemy: Reclaimed IV, National Juried Exhibition” National Juried Exhibition Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Novato, CA 2009
  • “National Juried Exhibition of Encaustic and Wax Art” Bedford Gallery, Lesing Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA 2009
  • “National Fine Arts Academy Juried Exhibition” Lynchburg Fine Arts Academy, Lynchburg, VI 2009
  • “Kreft National Juried Art Exhibition” Kreft Art Center at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI 2009
  • “20/20 International Juried Small Works Exhibition” Limestone Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NY 2008
  • “25th Annual National Small Works Exhibition” Gallery 107, Cobleskill, NY 2007
  • “TEXAS NATIONAL 2007 Exhibition” Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 2007