56th Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition

Monday, April 8, – Saturday, May 4, 2024

  • Reception: Gallery Lounge, Thursday, April 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm; awards ceremony at 6:15 pm.
  • Rules and entry information found here

  • Submit artwork here
  • DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Thursday, March 28 by 4 pm
  • Music by DJ Silkee
  • Giertz Gallery will highlight the exhibition by participating in the Boneyard Arts Festival from April 11 – April 14
  • Artist "meet and greet" Saturday, April 13, from noon to 4 pm

Audiences will enjoy this impressive body of student work, which includes photography, painting, drawing, figure drawing, metals, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, graphic design, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty will select approximately 180 works from 350+ entries for this year's exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2023, submitted artwork. 

According to Gallery Director Lisa Costello, students planning on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland College, and this exhibition allows them to showcase their extensive talent and the exploration processes they have experienced throughout their studies in art and design.

During the April 11 reception, an awards ceremony at 6:15 pm will recognize students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction, with announcements made for merit awards, purchase awards, monetary award certificates, and scholarship recipients.

In addition to the reception and award festivities, Giertz Gallery will highlight the exhibition by participating in the Boneyard Arts Festival. The festival events are in Champaign-Urbana from April 11 through April 14. Giertz Gallery will have extended hours for the festival on Saturday, April 13, from noon to 4 pm, and will include an artist's "meet and greet" with light refreshments served from 2 to 4 pm.

Art and Design students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction are eligible to earn scholarships and monetary awards at the reception, including the Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Scholarship, the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship, the Parkland President Award, the Metals Award for Jewelry/Metalsmithing, the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award, the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award, the Melissa's Gift Comrade in Arts Awards, and the Blair Kling Memorial Art Award. In addition, the Art Coop Award for Sustained Studio Excellence will allow students to purchase art supplies.

Merit awardees, scholarship recipients, and certificate winners retain possession of their work, while purchase awards become part of the Parkland College Student Art Collection.

Please direct questions to your faculty or gallery office at 217/351-2485.

Submit your entry form online, then turn in your artwork to your instructor with a copy of the entry receipt attached to the back of the artwork. For complete entry information, read the Call for Entry information found above.


[image: Julie McCleery, Textured Hearing, 6 x 6 inches, oil on panel, 2023]

Please note: Construction is ongoing to the outdoor area north of the gallery. Therefore, we recommend using the B7 parking lot (X2 entrance). Once inside the building, turn left, then follow all the upward ramps and signs to the gallery.



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Admission is free. Donations welcome!

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Giertz Gallery acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a Section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2338 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu.