Parkland College Permanent Collection

June 30 through July 31

  • Reception: Thursday, July 10, 6-8 p.m., Gallery Lounge
  • Reception: Gallery Talk by retired art professor John Ekstrom: 7 p.m.
  • Music by Jordan Kaye and Friends

John Eckstrom Downtown, oil on canvasParkland’s multi-faceted Permanent Collection includes works donated to the college through the Parkland Foundation; works obtained through its Fine and Applied Arts student purchase awards; and pieces obtained through the Illinois Art-In-Architecture program.

Professor Ekstrom spoke about his work in this exhibit, an oil painting entitled “Downtown” which was part of the Art-in-Architecture program. The state-funded program was created in 1977 to collect the works of Illinois artists for display in public buildings. “Downtown” depicts a lively section of Champaign and is on permanent display in the college’s D-Wing. “This work documents a time and place in our community and is a part of our history,” said Lisa Costello, gallery director. “It is a wonderful example of what this collection is all about.”

Other exhibit pieces included high-level Parkland student-generated works and paintings donated through the Foundation. “Many people don’t realize that we have a collection; these artworks are spread throughout the campus,” Costello said. “It’s fascinating to see some of them on exhibit as a group.”