In addition to more than three decades of teaching studio arts, Brad Jirka's professional history includes working with the collaborative group Midwest Electric Art, cofounding the American School of Neon, and serving as vice president of design for St. Elmo's Inc., an internationally recognized producer of creative lighting.
Jirka's current studio work focuses on the tradition of the Philosophical Instrument, which explores and discovers the phenomenology of our environment, while his public art projects with collaborative partner Katherine Jones strive for the creation of “event,” often incorporating light, motion, and random technologies.
Public artworks made by Jirka and Jones include:
- Justitia Omnibus for Metropolitan State University
- Lax Communica for the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
- Geometrica Kinesic for the University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Jirka helped curate the MCAD international exhibition Beyond the Buzz: New Forms, Realities, and Environments in Digital Fabrication and served as the artist panel moderator.