In addition to thirty years 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 works focus on the tradition of the Philosophical Instrument while becoming objects of modern mysticism. These works explore and discover the phenomenology of our environment. His public artworks with collaborative partner Katherine Jones strive for the creation of an event, often incorporating light, motion, and technology. His recent public works include Lax Communica for the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse and Geometrica Kinesic for the University of Wisconsin–Parkside.