Department of Art

Teresa Harris


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

Courses: Typography and Graphic Design
Office: Potter Hall 204
Office Hours:M, W 9:00-12:00,T,R 9:00-9:30
Phone: (816) 271-4450

Teresa Harris is a 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 60 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

  • “SOUTHWORKS 2016” National Juried Exhibition    Oconee Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
  • “2016 Academy Center of the Arts Annual National Juried Exhibition   Lynchburg VA * Award
  • “Twelfth Annual Small Works Exhibition”, National Juried Exhibition Mamaroneck Arts Guild Gallery, NY
  • “One Cubed” National Juried Exhibition, Saville Gallery Cumberland, MD *Award
  • “2015 Annual Juried Art Exhibition, National Juried, South Arkansas Arts Center El Dorado, AR * Award
  • “Valdosta National 2015” National Juried Exhibition Valdosta Fine Arts Gallery Valdosta, GA
  • “20th Annual International Exhibition” International Juried Exhibition, University of Texas, Tyler, TX * Award
  • “notBIG (3) Small Works”, International Juried Exhibition, MS Rezny Gallery, Lexington, KY * Award
  • “Storytellers” Solo Exhibition, Invited, 31 works Krug Gallery, Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
  • “Small Works 2015” National Juried Exhibition Shirt Factory Gallery Glen Falls, NY
  • “Americas 2015: All Media Exhibition” Northwest Arts Center, Minot State University Minot, ND
  • “L>M, Less is More” National Juried Exhibition, St. John’s College Annapolis, MD
  • “27th Northern National Juried Art Competition” Northern Arts Council Rhinelander, WI * Award
  • “27 Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition” McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
  • “Small Wonders” International Juried Exhibition Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
  • “64 ARTS 2013 National Juried Exhibition” Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL
  • “10 x 10 x 10 Tieton” International Juried Exhibition Tieton Arts & Humanities   Tieton, WA
  • “26th Annual Northern National Art Competition” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI 2013* Award of Excellence
  •  “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