Around the Block IV: Artists from Our Neighborhood

June 5 - July 26, 2023 

  • Reception: Thursday, June 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm; opening remarks with Lisa Costello and Kelly White at 6:15 pm
  • Closing reception July 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, with gallery talk by Christopher Schneberger

Parkland College's Giertz Gallery in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council presents the Around the Block IV: Artists from Our Neighborhood exhibition from June 5 through July 26. This juried art exhibition features works selected by Christopher Schneberger, assistant professor of photography and gallery director at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana.

The exhibition comprises artworks from our region and reflects the caliber of creative flourish in mid-central Illinois. The juror for this exhibition, Schneberger, is a Chicago-based photographer who has curated several exhibitions and presented at the Society for Photographic Education's Midwest and Southeast conferences.
Lisa Costello, director of Giertz Gallery, says she was delighted by the local response to the call for participation in this fourth-annual event.
"There were a large number of entries this year; over one hundred artists submitted work, with only 63 works accepted," Costello said. "Christopher Schneberger had the difficult job of selecting the work and was deliberate in his decisions. We are hoping to announce an artist lecture series including some of the artists from the show. It'll be fascinating to hear what they say about their work."
To close out the exhibit, a reception will be held Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Jose'. Schneberger will give a gallery talk about the show on Wednesday, July 26, at 6:15 p.m.
"It was a delight jurying the work for Around the Block with such a great array of styles and media," he said. "When I jury a show like this, I look for technically accomplished work that is also creative and original. Technique is important, but I'm always more impressed with artwork if I sense a concept behind it than if it's merely technical proficiency. I think my final selection represents a broad range of media and practice, as well as themes."
Participating artists include Tim Abel, Jan Adams, Jodi Adams, Adoni Naveed, Carol Alison, Gary Beaumont, Jo Birdwell, Thomas Brewer, Robert Chapman, Jenni Chi, Yeong Choi, Carol-Lynn Camparetto, Miranda Cork, Barbara Curtis, Claire Daly, Sabrina Donnelly, Darin Doty, EKAH, Christy Elamma, Jeff Evans, Viktoria Ford, Lori Fuller, Faith Gabel, Michael Holtz, Maia Huddleston, Sandra Hynds, Sara Jahn, Judith Johnson, Lisa Kesler, Bruce Kloth, Brian Knox, Carolyn Knox, Jill Lagerstam, Donald Lake, Casey Lowry, Karissa Marshall, Ann McDowell, Anne McIntyre, Ingrid Melief, Melissa Mitchell, Deborah Neumayer, Christina Nordholm, Shannon Percoco, Robert Petersen, Christopher Reme, Annelise Rhoads, Mandy Roeing, Ralph Roether, Gail Rost, Jennifer Seas, Lynn Hawkinson Smith, David Smith, David Spears, Bonnie Switzer, Billie Theide, Grant Thomas, Michael O. Thomas, Natalie Troyer, Nathan Westerman, Cindy Westfall, Andrew White, Kelly Hieronymus Whiting, and Martha Willi. 
All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Giertz Gallery is located on the Parkland College campus at 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign.


Please note: Construction is ongoing this summer to the outdoor area north of the gallery. Therefore, the entrance we usually recommend will not be accessible. Instead, we recommend using the C4 parking lot (C1 entrance) or the B7 parking lot (X2 entrance) to find the gallery. Once inside the building, follow all of the upward ramps and signs to the gallery. 



4.24.23 Online submission deadline

5.04.23 Acceptance notifications sent

5.22.23 - 5.23.23 Deliver accepted artworks to Giertz Gallery: Monday, May 22, between 12-7 pm and Tuesday, May 23, 10-5 pm 

6.05.23 Exhibition opens 

6.08.23 Reception 5:30-7:30 pm with opening remarks by Lisa Costello and Kelly White at 6:15 pm

7.26.23 Gallery Talk by Christopher Schneberger at 6:15 pm with exhibit ending at 7:30 pm. Artists may pick up work at the closing.

7.27.23 Pick up exhibited artwork from Giertz Galley between 10 am and 6 pm.


Submitted works may be in the following disciplines: painting, sculpture, ceramics, metals, drawing, printmaking, photography, textiles, video, and mixed media. Due to space limitations, Giertz Gallery will show accepted video on a computer monitor. Installation Art is not accepted at this time due to space restrictions.


Size: Works including frames should not exceed 42 (h) x 36 (w) x 36 (d) inches. 

Work must be completely assembled and exhibition ready. All works on paper must be matted or mounted and framed. Frames should be wired or have D-rings (no sawtooth hangers). Unframed paintings are acceptable but must have a finished edge and be ready to hang. Wires on the artwork, when pulled taut, should sit 2 - 3 inches below the frame's top center.

Work requiring special handling or installation will be accepted only at the gallery's discretion. Giertz Gallery has the right to exclude any artwork that has the potential to damage the facility, other artwork, or the public. Any artwork that does not meet the above guidelines will not be accepted for exhibition.

Jury Instructions

Jurying will be conducted through online submission only. No mailed or emailed applications will be accepted. 

Digital Images

Giertz Gallery requests digital images in 300 dpi – 4″ × 6″ (1200 × 1800 pixels) – jpeg file format. Images should be named using the following format: LastName_FirstName_Submission#.JPG (example: Kahlo_Frida_1.JPG)

Entry Fee

A $20.00 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three artworks. However, due to the gallery's size restrictions, only one piece per artist will be accepted. All fees are nonrefundable and payable by credit card or PayPal at the time of online submission. If you cannot afford payment for the entry fee, please get in touch with Giertz Gallery.


Works will be handled with the utmost care. Giertz Gallery will provide insurance coverage for damage or loss only while in possession of the work. Coverage will be limited to the repair or replacement value, as stated by the artist on the loan form.

Written authorization is required for the Giertz Gallery to release work to anyone other than the artist. You may indicate a proxy in your entry form if you cannot pick up your work during the pick-up time. Artwork left with the Giertz Gallery more than 30 days after the close of the exhibition is deemed abandoned and will be discarded without prior arrangement.


Submitting an entry to this show constitutes agreement with all conditions of this show. Giertz Gallery at Parkland College assumes the right to photograph accepted artwork for publicity or catalog purposes. Giertz Gallery at Parkland College reserves the right to reject artwork accepted by the juror that has been inaccurately represented by the image. In addition, we reserve the right to reject artwork from the exhibition deemed extraordinarily fragile or unstable. All accepted work must remain for the duration of the show.


Exhibited works available for sale will be sold at a price indicated on the entry form, with the artist receiving 70% and the Giertz Gallery receiving 30%. Works not for sale should be listed as "NFS," but a value must be stated for insurance purposes.


Artists will be notified of their acceptance via email provided by the artist on the submission form. Please see the calendar for notification dates.

Check List to submit your artwork:

_ Name and contact information

_ Image of work (up to three images per artist)

_ Title, media, dimensions, year completed (must have been completed in 2020 to present)

_ a couple of sentences about each piece, written in first person

_ a bio written in the third person

_insurance value or sale price

_ payment for $20 entry fee




Contact Giertz Gallery at Parkland College Office by email at or call 217/351-2485. Contact the 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council by email at or call 217/351-9841.

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Admission is free. Donations welcome!

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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.