The newly named Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
is proud to present the 2014 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, which opened Monday.
An annual showcase of art created by faculty, the exhibition runs through Sept. 20 and features sculpture, painting, photography, metals, ceramics, graphic design, and digital media. Exhibiting faculty members include Louis Ballard, Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Marsha Daniels, Larry Ecker, Stacey Gross, Melinda McIntosh, Craig McMonigal, Laura O’Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Phil Smith, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Blaine Wright, and Paul Young.
The opening reception for the artists will take place Thursday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include a ceremony to officially present the new name for the gallery, which honors Parkland College Trustee Donna Hyland Giertz. Reception festivities will also feature a gallery talk by White and music by Ms. M and the Jokers.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Unveiling of new signage for the Giertz Gallery takes place at 6 p.m. and recognizes Giertz for her 20+ years of service to Parkland in addition to her monetary gift to the gallery. Besides her recent service as a trustee, Giertz also taught marketing-related courses at the college. The existing gallery will now be known as "The Donna Hyland Giertz Gallery," and alternatively as "The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College." White, an art history instructor at Parkland, will give a 7 p.m. gallery talk about her artwork. She also serves as executive director for 40 North, Champaign County Arts, Culture, and Education Council.
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, September 1 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: Kelly White, Anna, oil on canvas, 22" x 30", 2013]