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2018 "The ART of Illustration" Exhibition

Mon, Feb 12, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM - Tue, Mar 27, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM

See illustrations from artists from around the world starting Monday, Feb. 12 

Exhibit: Feb. 12 - March 27
Reception: Feb. 15, 5:30 - 7 pm, gallery lounge with gallery talk at 6:30 pm
Additional lecture/workshop by illustrator Ed Binkley: Tuesday, March 27, noon, gallery (lecture), and 2 pm, D244 (workshop). 
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College will host "The ART of Illustration," an exhibition featuring the work of artists from around the world, starting Monday, Feb. 12.
 Illustration Exhibit at Giertz Gallery
Curated by Parkland College illustration instructor Liza Wynette, the exhibit will run through Tuesday, March 27. An artist reception on Feb. 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge, will feature a curatorial talk by Wynette at 6:30 p.m., live classical guitar music by Sami Issa and refreshments.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
For "The ART of Illustration," Wynette selected 10 contemporary U.S. illustrators known for their innovative work, personal style, and varying methods of creating their originals from paintbrush and gouache through digital manipulation. The exhibition will also feature books, packaging, and animation.
Wynette, a practicing illustrator and owner of Esoterra Studio, currently teaches graphic design classes at Parkland College. Her goal in curating the exhibit was to give visitors a glimpse into the wide range of styles, techniques, mediums, and formats illustrators work in today.
"In our visually saturated environment, illustrators must create work that communicates efficiently and effectively," Wynette said. "However, the creativity and fine craftsmanship of their art is often overlooked as we go about our hectic lives. The goal of 'The ART of Illustration' is to bring the best commercial art out of the wild and into a gallery setting where the audience will have the time and space to truly appreciate the work.
"Artists were selected for their strong conceptual imagery, outstanding craftsmanship, and unique visual language. They are ambassadors representing the current state of contemporary illustration."
Gallery visitors will encounter the illustrations of Anna and Elena Balbusso, Ed Binkley, Chris Buzelli, Marcos Chin, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Miriam Martincic, Bill Mayer, James Prosek, Ralph Steadman and Matt Wiley. Their works have been published throughout the world on such varied media as book jackets, children's books, classic novels, magazines, and newspapers including The New YorkerThe New York TimesNational GeographicTimeRolling StoneGQSports IllustratedThe Village Voice, and the Wall Street Journal.
Ad clients for these illustrators have included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sundance Film Festival, Dream Works, Cartoon Network, Macy's, Sony, Facebook, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, MGM Resorts, Budweiser, Mattel, Hasbro, Levi's, Wild Turkey, Neiman Marcus, Fiat, Japan Airlines, Asahi, Fluevog, Jose Cuervo, IBM, and the US Postal Service.
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed February 22 for Professional Development Day and March 17–24 for Spring Break.
To find the gallery we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Walk past the gym and the fountain area, enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps up to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email disabilityservices@parkland.edu

For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery web page.

[Image: Chris Buzelli, Mirage Cartography, Illustration (CD cover for Radiation Records; original artwork oil on board), 22” x 12”, 2010. ]


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