Exhibition Proposals

Illinois at 200 Juried Exhibition

Giertz Gallery in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council is currently seeking entries for Illinois at 200, a juried exhibition that will feature the work of contemporary Illinois artists. Planned to coincide with the commemoration of the 200th birthday of Illinois, the goal of the exhibition is to highlight the achievements of artists currently working in our state. While the exhibition is planned to celebrate the state’s bicentennial, work does not need to utilize the state of Illinois or its 200th birthday as a theme.

Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum, will jury the exhibition. Stapleton, a former faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, has organized over twenty exhibitions for the museum and written numerous essays for exhibition catalogs related to the work of Illinois artists.

Illinois at 200 will be on exhibit from Monday, June 18 to Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Lisa Costello, Director of the Giertz Gallery, and Kelly White, Director of 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, will give opening remarks at 6:30 pm during the reception on Thursday, June 21, 2018. There will also be a closing reception on Wednesday, August 8 that will feature a gallery talk by Juror Doug Stapleton at 6:30 pm.

  • The online submission process is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in Illinois. 
  • All work must be original, completed since January 2014, and not previously exhibited at the Giertz Gallery. 
  • The deadline to submit work to be considered for the exhibition is May 14, 2018.
Illinois at 200 Submission


For more information, contact Lisa Costello at 217/351-2485. 


Giertz Gallery at Parkland College seeks exhibition proposals in all genres of contemporary approaches to art making by solo artists, collaborative groups, or curators. Giertz Gallery is a professionally designed gallery devoted primarily to education through contemporary art. Giertz Gallery hosts seven exhibitions per year including two student exhibitions, an Art and Design Faculty Show, and a National Ceramics Invitational. Other shows vary depending on applications and the vision of the Art Gallery Advisory Board. Exhibits are scheduled on a six- to eight-week rotation.

The artist is responsible for expenses and insurance while artwork is being transported to the gallery.
Giertz Gallery provides return shipping or an honorarium to defray return travel expenses.

Application guidelines:

  • Application must include 20 images; an identifying list with titles, sizes, dates, and media
  • Resume
  • Artist statement related to this body of work
  • Website address if available.

Only complete proposal packages including all information listed on the Proposal Guidelines will be reviewed.

For further information please contact giertzgallery@parkland.edu.