Parkland Art & Design Student Artwork Showcase 2021

April 5, 2021 - May 29, 2021

Art & Design student work image collage

The accomplishments made by our talented, dedicated, and hardworking students are evident by the works included in the showcase. A reception honoring the participants was held on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Tom Ramage, president of Parkland College, made the opening remarks. During the online celebration, the Art and Design faculty announced our graduating students, art scholarships and presented the awards. 

Parkland Art and Design faculty, including program director Denise Seif, look forward to celebrating students and their work each spring.

"The student show is more than just an opportunity for students to exhibit their artwork and for the public to experience what our Art & Design program has to offer. This year it honors the drive, ingenuity, and hard work of these art students who have continued to pursue their artistic and educational goals under these unusual circumstances," says Seif. " It demonstrates the excellence of our students, their resilience and commitment to their art. Bravo!"

Students planning on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland, and this student exhibit allows them to showcase their extensive talent and what they have learned over their course of studies in the Art and Design program, according to gallery director Lisa Costello.

Produced within the 2020-2021 academic year in Parkland College's Art and Design classes, the showcase includes work from Photography, Painting, Drawing, Metals, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Color Theory, Ceramics, and Visual Communication Design classes. 

Scholarship recipients included Hannah Fredrick (2020-2021) and Katy Geurts (2021-2022), who won the Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship. Annalise Rhoads received the Robert Ralph Ford Art Scholarship; Kat Owen (2020- 2021) and Brandon Gillilan (2021 – 2022) received the Don Lake Art Scholarship. Alexa Harmon and Jane Liao each received a Victor Feldman Scholarship. Julian Akinsanya received the Juanita Gammon Graphic Design Scholarship.

Monetary awards for the Art and Design program included the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for work of outstanding artistic achievement, given to Alexa Harmon (Art and Design) and Jose Galue (Visual Communication Design); the Parkland College President's Award, given to Lydia Gallaher (Art and Design) and Brandon Gilliland (Visual Communication Design); the Blair Kling Memorial Award, given to Nora Snyder; The Jack Ekstrom Memorial Award, given to Sara Clark; the Fine & Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence, given to Tristan Balgemann (Art and Design) and Duy Le (Visual Communication Design; the Art & Design Faculty Award, given to Jori Bassett; the Metals Award of Artistic Distinction, given to Polly Reynolds; the Giertz Gallery Award of Artistic Excellence, given to Lauren Babcock, the Graphic Design Best of Show Award, given to Tara Jaggers; and the Art Coop Award for Sustained Studio Excellence, given to Annelise Rhoads.

Purchase awards for artwork included in the Parkland College Collection went to Katelyn Davis, Joshua Stebbins, and Sharon Wenda.

Merit Awards for outstanding work went to the following students Julian Akinsanya, Shaersti Anderson, Lucianna Baright, Angelica Cullotta, Nhu Duong, Colleen Freund, Maya Greer, Isaiah Hammerberg, Taylor Hobbs, Chris Johns, Kathryn Lahr, Jane Liao, Charles Linzy, Delice Ntumba, Jaylen Sanders, Grant Siegmund, Joshua Stebbins, Racheal Terven, Kalyn Warner, Linda Weiner, and Robin Young. 

Students included in the annual competitive Northern Illinois Community College Virtual Student Exhibition include Lauren Babcock, Jori Basset, Katy Geurts, Alexa Harmon, Kathryn Lahr, Jane Liao, and Grant Siegmund. Parkland College also recognized Julian Akinsanya, Katy Geurts, Alexa Harmon, Grant Siegmund, and Sharon Wenda for having their artwork chosen for the 2021 Illinois Community College Virtual Student Exhibit held at Governor's State University this spring. 

Congratulations to the twenty-four students completing the requirements for a degree during the 2020-2021 academic year. Receiving an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design are Cibele Aguiar, Lauren Babcock (Urbana), Trevor Boland (Champaign), Emiley Briggs (Fisher), Jacqueline Carrubba (Champaign), Curtis Chung (Urbana), Autumn Ellis (Urbana), Abigail Hartmann (Champaign), Duy Le (Champaign), Alexander Muzinic (Mahomet), Kat Owen (Pesotum), Annelise Rhoads (Mahomet), Kaitlyn Ross (Leroy), Kelsie Schroeder (Loda), Seth Still (Arcola), Meghan Uppinghouse (Art Education) (Champaign), and Carlos Vasquez (Champaign). Receiving an Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design are Marcus Flinn (Urbana), Karla Ramos (Champaign), and Madison Willcoxen (Penfield). Katelyn Davis, Abigail Fryer, Taylor Hobbs (Bellflower), and Karissa Marshall (Champaign) have earned an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Photography.

The following is a complete list of students with artwork in the showcase, listed by hometown:

Arcola: Vanessa Mora

Bellflower: Taylor Hobbs

Champaign: Shaersti Anderson, Tristan Balgemann, Lucianna Baright, Jori Bassett, Trevor Boland, Ayla Brown, Chao-Wen Chen, Zhengxin Dong, Nhu Duong, Mary Emmons, Colleen Freund, Jose Galue, Amy Guyot, Isaiah Hammerberg, Alexa Harmon, Tara Jaggers, Chris Johns, Eunjoo Kang, MacKenzie Kersch, Ron Kocher, Kathryn Lahr, Jane Liao, Charles Linzy, Delice Ntumba, Nora Snyder, Meghan Uppinghouse, Joshua Walch, Linda Weiner, Sarah Wisseman, Susan Wright, Ruoheng Yang

Chicago: Jaylen Sanders

Cissna Park: Nora Kaeb 

Farmer City: Kalyn Warner 

Fisher: Angelica Cullotta 

Le Roy: Racheal Terven

Loda: Katy Geurts

Mahomet: Annelise Rhoads, Nathaniel Strigotte 

Mansfield: Polly Reynolds 

Melvin: Leah Brown

Monticello: Brandon Gilliland 

Paxton: Jordan Frederick, Gowyn Kelly

Pesotum: Kat Owen 

Philo: Patricia Guthrie 

Saint Joseph: Baily Mills, Grant Siegmund 

Savoy: Stephanie Blackwell, Maya Greer, Sanghyun Lee 

Tolono: Vivian Brown 

Urbana: Julian Akinsanya, Lauren Babcock, Sara Clark, Autumn Ellis, Hannah Fredrick, Lydia Gallaher, Kelly Hoene, Joshua Stebbins, Sharon Wenda, Robin Young 

Watseka: Katelyn Davis


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Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485.