2021 State of the Art ceramics Biennial: The Living World in Clay

October 25, 2021 - February 5, 2022

  • Reception Thursday, October 28, 5:30–7:30 pm (Weather permitting, we encourage conversation outdoors after viewing the exhibit.) Attendance is limited and registration for this in-person event is required. Register Here.
  • Artist Lecture with Janis Mars Wunderlich, November 11, 10:30 am, available on Zoom and in lecture hall L111. 
  • Coffee and Tea: Cups and Dessert Benefit: Thursday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge. Purchase Tickets Here.


Numerous cultures throughout history have rich traditions of incorporating humans and animal figures into their ceramic forms. The impetus for this exhibition was to bring together a small cross-section of contemporary artists who continue this rich tradition. They employ a range of ceramic techniques and motivations behind using human and animal forms as a vehicle for expression.

This dynamic exhibition is curated by Chris Berti, Parkland College professor of art and design who teaches courses in ceramics, three-dimensional design, and sculpture. The exhibit features nationally recognized artists and will run through Saturday, February 5, 2022.

An reception will be on Thursday, October 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in conjunction with the exhibit. Weather permitting, Giertz Gallery will open the doors to the outdoor area to encourage conversations after viewing the show. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance is limited and registration is required for the in-person event. 

An artist talk by Janis Mars Wunderlich will take place on Thursday, November 11, at 10:30 am in L111. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff at Parkland College. It will also be held on Zoom for the public. 

In tandem with the Ceramics Biennial exhibition, Giertz Gallery will host their biennial fundraiser, Coffee & Tea: Cups & Dessert, on Thursday, December 9, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. With each ticket, guests will select from among beautiful handmade ceramic cups donated by Parkland College Ceramics program faculty and students; pick up a dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes to go along with tea or coffee, and enjoy live music by Dr. Guido Sanchez-Portuguez. A silent auction of items perfect for holiday gifts rounds out the event’s festivities. Place bids on or buy outright artworks donated by Art and Design program faculty and students, including vases, bowls, teapots, pitchers, jewelry, and scarves. View items ahead of time and place your bids by visiting www.32auctions.com/giertzgallery2021 (opens Monday, November 22!) Tickets to the gallery benefit are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with advanced purchase recommended. Attendees will have the option of attending from 4:00 to 5:30 pm or 5:30 to 7:00 pm. A new selection of cups will be available for each time period and will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Purchase Tickets Here. All proceeds will support the Giertz Gallery.


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In compliance with new state mandates during the pandemic, Parkland College has limited the number of ways to enter Parkland College and has greeters stationed at the doors. While you may enter through any of the designated doors to visit the gallery, we suggest using the M1 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Enter through door M1 and follow the gallery signage which will direct you up the ramp to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery is situated in the north side of the X-wing of the campus and overlooks the outdoor fountain area.

Giertz Gallery acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/351-2505. For more information on the invitational, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485.