Art Expeditions

Giertz Gallery, in collaboration with Community Education at Parkland College, host a variety of day trips to visit art and architecture-related exhibitions and venues. These small group trips are an opportunity to learn, explore and enjoy new surrounds and investigate both historic and contemporary art and architecture.

Giertz Gallery Art Expedition: Halim Time and Glass Museum and The Block Museum of Art

Evanston, IL

Friday, April 26, 2019

Halim Time & Glass Museum of Art videoGallery Director Lisa Costello & Community Education Program Manager John Eby lead a day trip exploring the Halim Time and Glass Museum and The Block Museum of Art in Evanston, IL.

Discover the beauty and craftsmanship of timekeeping exemplified by tower clocks, chronometers, automatons, pocket watches and tall case clocks, at the Halim Time and Glass Museum. The personal collection belonging to Cameel and Hoda Halim includes 1,100 clocks from around world, and more than 30 painstakingly restored floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows that tell the story of the American School of Stained Glass - art pieces by Tiffany, Fillinghast, Lamb, and Sperry.

After lunch, we will visit the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art. The exhibit expresses the scope of Saharan trade and shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the 8th to the 16th centuries.
Registration closes on April 26, 2019 at 12:00am



Mason City, IA
May 30 & 31, 2019

Gallery Director Lisa Costello & Art History Instructor Laura O'Donnell lead a two-day trip highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright & other Prairie School Architects' works, in Iowa.

Guided tour of Wright's 1945 Lowell & Agnes Walter Estate in Cedar Rock State Park (IA)

Spend night in the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built hotel, the
Historic Park Inn in Mason City (updated with modern amenities)

Guided tour through Wright’s Park Inn Hotel and National City Bank

Guided tour of Wright’s Stockman House

Walking tour in the Rock Crest – Rock Glen historic district featuring five homes by Walter Burley Griffin.

Dinner on Thursday evening & breakfast Friday morning included

Registration Closes:  Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 12:00 AM


Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Manet, In the Conservatory, about 1877–79 paintingJoin gallery director Lisa Costello, and art history instructor Laura O’Donnell for a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to see Manet and Modern Beauty.

The exhibition features Edouard Manet’s work created after 1870, by which time he had become recognized as a painter of modern life. Proposing a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity, this show brings together an impressive array of portraits of women—favorite actresses and models, bourgeois women of his acquaintance, and his wife—as well as male friends.

Supplementing this display are the delicate and rarely seen letters Manet wrote to his friends, featuring exquisite illustrations of fruits and flowers; garden pictures, which often feature fashionable women; and flower studies. The famous multi-figure paintings In the Conservatory and Boating, both shown in the 1879 Salon, that focus attention on modern social and gender relations are included in this exhibition.  

Audio guide included.  You’ll have several hours to explore the Art Institute and lunch on your own.


Registration closes on July 25, 2019 at 12:00am




Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago, IL

August 7, 2019

Chicago Rive with boatAll aboard! Experience the top tour in Chicago & one of the top 10 tours in the U.S. according to TripAdvisor users.

Gallery Director, Lisa Costello, leads an art expedition to experience the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. It is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike.

Discover the history of more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll find out how the city grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. You can enjoy a few hours on the Riverwalk shopping, sightseeing, and dining on your own before climbing aboard Chicago’s Finest Fleet for a 90-minute Architecture River Cruise. Learn about the design of more than 50 buildings, including Aqua by architect Jeanne Gang (the tallest building ever designed by a female-led architecture firm), the Historical Montgomery Ward Complex, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Leo Burnett Building.

Registration Closes Wednesday, August 7, 2019




For more information call 217/351-2235 or email

Our trips are a collaborative fundraising effort between Community Education and Giertz Gallery at Parkland College to assist with art gallery exhibits and programming.