The 2014 Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition will be held April 14 through May 3 in the Parkland Art Gallery. Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics.
For this year’s exhibit, Parkland Art and Design faculty have selected approximately 200 works from among 400+ entries. Many of these have earned artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit’s reception on Thursday, April 17. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2013, were eligible to submit artwork.
“What I enjoy most is seeing the variety of artwork that our students produce,” said Craig McMonical, an instructor in photography, art appreciation, and history of photography. McMonical is one among many Parkland faculty and students who look forward to this event each spring. “As a faculty, we each only see a microcosm of what our students can do, and this exhibit shows their diversity and professionalism. I love the fact that we get to show off to the community our talented students.”
As students planning on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland, this exhibition allows them to showcase their extensive talent as well as the exploration processes they have experienced throughout their studies in Art and Design, according to gallery director Lisa Costello.
“It introduces them to professional practices they will encounter in their field as well, such as working with a gallery, preparing their work for exhibition, and engaging in the jurying process that is essential for an emerging artist,” Costello said. “This is a necessary component for resume building and establishing themselves as practicing artists once they graduate or transfer to a four-year college.”
During the April 17 reception and awards ceremony, scheduled in the Parkland Art Gallery lounge from 6 to 8 p.m., Jordan Kay and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music. The 7 p.m. awards ceremony will highlight students whose artwork showed distinction. Student artists will receive gifts made possible by the generosity of private donors. Among these are Merit Awards, Purchase Awards, The Parkland President Award, The David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award, The Metals Award for Jewelry/Metalsmith, The Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award, the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award, The Blair Kling Memorial Art Award, the Parkland Library Purchase Award, and an Art Coop Supplies Award.
Parkland Art and Design students are eligible to earn scholarships, which are also announced during the reception; these include the Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Scholarship, and the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship. Finally, the winner of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship will be announced.
Merit awardees, scholarship recipients, and certificate winners retain possession of their work, while purchase awards become part of the Parkland College Permanent Collection.
All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Saturday, noon–2 p.m.
To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M parking lots. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area. This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, A state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, gallery director, at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery website