Dr. Michael Faris is an artist and art instructor. He is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He has also taught at Shawnee Community College (SCC) in Ullin, Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE) and Centralia High School (CHS) in Centralia, Illinois. He has also taught at various community art centers, including the Centralia Cultural Society, the Little Egypt Art Association, the Hartley Art Gallery and Event Center, and Carbondale Community Arts. Faris has exhibited his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, The Indianapolis Art Center, The Springfield Art Association, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Swope Art Museum, Carbondale Community Arts, the Centralia Cultural Society, South Suburban College, Southeastern Illinois College, and other locations. Faris earned his PhD in art education at Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB). He earned his MS and BS in art education at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). He was named SIUE art education student of the year in 1996, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society the same year. He was awarded the Della Fricke Art Education Scholarship at IUB. His dissertation explores racial inequity in community arts centers in the United States, with part of the study involving a specific arts center in the Midwest.
Faris also started the Summer Art for All programs in 2012, which offer free summer art classes for children from minority populations and children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The programs are held in various schools in Southern Illinois.
Faris has given several professional presentations involving art with a social agenda, racial issues in the arts and art education, multicultural art education, curriculum development, and historical issues in art. These presentations were for various organizations in Indiana and Illinois.
Faris lives in Maryville, Missouri, with his wife Debra.