Enjoy fine works of contemporary art, art discussion, live music, and refreshments during the 2015 Parkland Art and Design Faculty Exhibition artist's reception, Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College lounge.
The event will include a gallery talk by faculty artist Craig McMonigal and music by Associate Professor Matthew Watt and Professor Matthew Hurt. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
During his gallery talk at 6:30 p.m., McMonigal, an instructor in photography, will discuss his work in the exhibition. He won the 2015 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Award for Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member. McMonigal will retire from Parkland in January.
"It is not only an honor that Craig received the 2015 Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member Award from Parkland for his exemplary contributions to our college, but it is exciting that he was recognized statewide for his talents as well," Parkland College President Tom Ramage said. "We are proud that gifted Parkland faculty members won the top full- and part-time teaching awards from ICCTA this year."
McMonigal is a 21-year faculty member who has been praised by colleagues for his commitment to the college, the program, and the students. Denise Seif, Art and Design faculty member, said McMonigal is eager to accept new responsibilities, helping the Art and Design program and the photography degree within the Communication program grow by actively supporting assessment and the development of new curriculum. During his time with Parkland’s Art and Design program, McMonigal has developed new courses in photography, implemented innovative techniques, and worked to help create the Associate in Applied Science in Photography program. He is a member of the Society for Photographic Education, and he has served as the Parkland representative on the Illinois Higher Education Art Association.
An annual showcase of art created by faculty, the 2015 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition runs through Sept. 19 and features sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Exhibiting faculty members include Louis Ballard, Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Melinda McIntosh, Craig McMonigal, Laura O’Donnell, Kristina Reese, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Tim Stiles, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Liza Wynette, and Paul Young.
Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. The gallery will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day. To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.
[Image Info: Craig McMonigal, Untitled/Viewer/Voyeur Series, 2014, 20x15, digital print]