April 13–May 9, 2009
- Reception: Thursday, April 16, 6–8 p.m., gallery lounge
- Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m.
- Musical Performance by Good Night and Good Morning
This exhibition is comprised of works produced in our Art and Design classes within the last year. Members of the art faculty select works for the exhibit from approximately 400 submissions. It is an opportunity for the college to recognize and support student artistic work, celebrate the recent accomplishments of these artists, and illustrate the wide range of media explored while taking classes in these programs. Student artwork will be on display from Photography, Painting, Drawing, Digital Imaging, Metals, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Color Theory, Sculpture, and Ceramics courses.
“This exciting event allows our students to display their art for the first time, in the same, quality venue as nationally and internationally known artists exhibit throughout the year,” said Chris Berti, professor of Art and chair of the Parkland Art Gallery Advisory Board. Students, faculty, and the public can see the strength and quality of the artwork chosen; demonstrating tenacity and commitment, and revealing the development of critical thinking and visual perception, each exhibiting artist has created artwork worth seeing. This year’s festive award ceremony includes live music by “Good Night & Good Morning” (www.myspace.com/gnagm). The band includes Parkland students Ryan Brewer (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Pat Elifritz (piano, visuals).
During the celebration, a number of awards and three art scholarships will be presented. This includes the newly funded award for the Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship, and a scholarship to attend a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Monetary awards include the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for a work of outstanding artistic achievement; the Parkland President’s Award; the Department Chair of Fine and Applied Arts Award for excellence; The Metals Award of Artistic Distinction; The Art and Design Faculty Award; and the Art Coop Award. There will also be several purchase awards for artwork to be included in the Parkland College’s Permanent Collection and includes the Parkland Library Purchase Award. Merit awards will also be given for excellent work.