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.

Oak Park and Riverside, IL

May 15 – May 16

Join Parkland Art Gallery director Lisa Costello and art history instructor Laura O’Donnell for a two-day trip to the Chicago suburbs of Oak Park and Riverside. On Friday we will tour Riverside, a beautiful village along the Des Plaines River. Designed in 1868-69 by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of Central Park in New York City) and his partner Calvert Vaux, Riverside was the first planned model community in the country arranged so that open spaces and parkland would be a part of urban living. With curving lanes and abundant greenery, the village streets follow the area’s natural contours instead of a city grid system, providing for picturesque views of buildings in the landscape. Riverside’s rich architectural legacy claims structures by prominent turn-of-the-century American architects including Wright’s Tomek House and Coonley Estate. After visiting Riverside, we will spend the night in Oak Brook with free time to shop, dine, and unwind (dinner additional). After breakfast (included) on Saturday we depart for Oak Park, home to more Wright buildings than anywhere in the world, for an action-packed day participating in Wright Plus, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust’s internationally renowned annual one-day housewalk, which features rare interior tours of eight privately owned homes. Three of the homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; the other five homes were designed by other Prairie School architects. Guides stationed in each home will enhance the tours with details about the history and the beautiful architectural elements that give each building its unique character (box lunch provided).

Price includes round-trip transportation, Riverside & Wright Plus Housewalk tours, lodging, breakfast, and box lunch on May 16. *Your Wright Plus ticket also includes free basic admission to Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Unity Temple, and the Rookery through December 31, 2020.

Proceeds from this trip assist the Giertz Gallery with exhibits and programming at Parkland College.

Tuition: $404.00 – Double room

Tuition: $462.00 – Single room



Glen Ellyn, IL

July 9, 7:30am – 6:30pm

Join us for a day trip to the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn to see the Frida Kahlo works from the world-famous Collection of the Museo Dolores Olmedo. According to the Cleve Carney Gallery, “This comprehensive presentation of the life and works of the artist Frida Kahlo will feature 26 original pieces as well as an immersive historical exhibit that provides a framework of the life, circumstances and events that led to Kahlo becoming one of the most important painters of the 20th century and of our time. The complexities of Kahlo’s paintings cannot be fully understood or appreciated without insight into her person and the worlds she was a part of. Specifically, the role of Mexico City as a center of international art and culture in the early and middle 20th century, as well as Kahlo’s lifelong refusal to allow illness to restrict her diverse and intense passions. In many ways, Kahlo’s painting, politics and identity were ahead of her time, and echo the zeitgeist of today. Kahlo explained that she painted her reality. This exhibition hopes to provide insight into that reality while allowing the viewer intimate access to her fantastic world.”

After the tour we will have lunch in Glen Ellyn and then head to the newly relocated Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Oak Brook. The Lizzadro Museum displays gemstone treasures, antiques to modern, with a blending of earth science exhibits. This unique museum features mosaics, dioramas, jade carvings, cameos, gemstones, minerals, fossils, and more. Led by Lisa Costello, director of the Giertz Gallery, and Laura O’Donnell, Art History Instructor.

Proceeds from this trip assist the Giertz Gallery with exhibits and programming at Parkland College.



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.