Byron Sletten Portfolio


Current Work

I often use the beauty and simplicity of familiar, functional objects and their power as metaphors.

In addition to my individual body of work, I currently completed a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winning, two term U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser. Mr. Kooser and I exhibited these collaborative works in St. Louis, August 2019. Scroll down and view the category "Poems at an Exhibition". To preview the exhibition, a free exhibit catalog is available on iTunes for Apple and Google Play for Android.

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My work is created using computer graphics software and archival printing technology. I use 3D imaging software to create photo-realistic renderings – duplicating the physics of light with computer calculations. It basically does what a camera does but by using numerical values instead of light. It’s done without having any tangible, physical subject. As you can imagine, this offers an ever-daunting set of possibilities.

After I create my computer models, I set up a virtual scene; I “position” the lights and render high-resolution images, some of which take up to a week to calculate.

I print my digital images on canvas, archival paper or aluminum sheets.




I started my career with a traditional fine arts background. As an assistant professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, I taught painting and drawing at the graduate level and exhibited professionally. It was at the National Center For Supercomputing Applications U. of IL. I became interested in very early experiments in digital imagery.

In 1987, I left the academic world to develop a career as a creative agent using my interest in computer graphics, working for clients all over the world. This included launching products for Intel, packaging for Lotus software (then the second largest software company in the world) and  new product development for Anheuser-Busch, Cargill and Ralston Foods.

Now I’m an owner & partner at MindActive, St. Louis.  My focus is on digital media, directed to online training, web marketing and mobile communication tools.

Over the last 25 years much has evolved in graphic technology but my passion for fine art remains. The current work is an intersection between computer visualization, science and my love for the physical aspects of painting and drawing.


Partner/Owner at MindActive
2007 - Present

VP Creative Services, Group360 Worldwide
2004 - 2007
Creative Director, Color Associates
1990 - 2004

Owner, Propeller Animation, St. Louis
Owned and operated a CGI firm specializing in 3D animation

Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1981 - 1987
Taught graduate level courses in art and design

Instructor at Tennessee Williams Arts Center – Florida Keys Community College, Key West



University of Florida
MFA, 1974 – 1976

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
BFA, 1970 – 1974



Sheldon Art Museum
Lincoln, Nebraska 1974

13th Midwest Biennial
Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, Nebraska 1974

Solo Exhibit
Virginia Miller Gallery
Miami, Florida 1980

Group Exhibit
Miami, Florida 1979

Group Exhibit
David Heath Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia 1980

Group Exhibit
Richard Jacobson Gallery
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 1981

Group Exhibit
Peter Rose Gallery
New York, New York 1981

Group Exhibit
Krannert Art Museum
Champaign, Illinois 1981-85

Contemporary Currents in American Arts (traveling exhibition) 1981-82
National Museum of History, Taiwan
Hwa Kang Museum, Taiwan
Fung Ping Museum, University of Hong Kong

Florida Art Fellows, 1981-82
Museum of Fine Arts
St. Petersburg, Florida 1982

Contemporary American Prints (traveling exhibition in Netherlands) 1982
Gemeete Museum, Amhem;
Prinsenhof/Delft;Phillips Outspannings Centrum/Eindhovel;
Kultureel Sentrum/Tilburg

Comparisons and Contrasts (traveling exhibition) 1981-83
Austin College, Sherman, Texas
University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona
Ninth Annual Southern Graphics Council Conference, Tulsa Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida
University Museums, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
Georgia Southwestern College, Americas, Georgia
McKissick Museums, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolin
38th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition
Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana 1982

New Acquisitions
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, Connecticut 1982

Group Show
Virginia Miller Gallery
Miami, Florida 1983

North Dade Culture Fest Exhibition
Florida International University
Miami, Florida 1983

Group Show
Virginia Miller Gallery
Miami, Florida 1983

Fifth Alabama Works On Paper Exhibition
Auburn, Alabama 1984

Illinois Landscape Exhibition
Springfield Art Association
Springfield, Illinois 1985

Group Exhibit
Sheldon Swope Gallery
Terre Haute, Indiana 1985

Group Show
I-Space Gallery
Chicago, Illinois 1985

ArtQuest ‘85 The Video Exhibit
(traveling exhibition to over 23 museums and galleries) 1985 to 1986

The St. Louis Peoples Project
Public Arts Project
Organized by Regional Arts Commission and FOCUS St. Louis 2001

Annual Exhibit ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
McCormack Place
Chicago, Illinois 2004

The Effects of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia (for Eli Lilly)
APA Annual Conference (American Psychological Association)
Convention Center
Washington DC 2008

Nanotechnology and Cancer Treatment- A New Approach
Video Commissioned by Covidien
July 2010

A Video History and Showcase
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden
September 2013

Origins - Natural Selections
Regional Arts Commission Gallery
St. Louis, Missouri 2013

“Land, Culture and Cuisine”
Artist in Residence, National Parks Program
September 2018

“U City In Bloom”
CALOB grant, University City, Missouri
Feb 2019

"Poems at an Exhibition"
Kranzberg Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
August 2019


Selected Publications

Goodman, Cynthia. Digital Visions Computers and Art New York: Harry N. Abrams,Inc, 1987.

Williams, Hiram. Notes for a Young Painter. New York: Prentice Hall, 1984-08.

Coy, Peter. Cover Story "3D Computing" BusinessWeek September 4, 1995: 71-77.

Adams, Henry. Solo Work; Byron Sletten The Artspace Catalog January 4, 1982.