Special Events & Travel

Giertz Gallery, in collaboration with Community Education at Parkland College, host a variety of day trips to visit art and architecture-related exhibitions and venues. These small group trips are an opportunity to learn, explore and enjoy new surrounds and investigate both historic and contemporary art and architecture. 

 

Art Expedition-Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Thursday, July 26, 2018
7:30am-7:30pm

Chicago River TourExperience the top tour in Chicago and one of the top 10 tours in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor users, with gallery director Lisa Costello. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. Discover the history and importance of more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll find out how the city grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. You can enjoy a few hours on the Riverwalk shopping, sightseeing, and dining on your own before climbing aboard Chicago’s Finest Fleet for a 90-minute Architecture River Cruise. Learn about the design of more than 50 buildings, including Aqua by architect Jeanne Gang (the tallest building ever designed by a female-led architecture firm), the Historical Montgomery Ward Complex, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Leo Burnett Building. Seating is limited. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the most unique ways to view The Windy City.  

The itinerary for this day trip may keep you on your feet for periods of time. If mobility/accessibility is an issue for you, please contact our office with any questions, before registering. Registration includes transportation and the river cruise tour. Lunch is additional. No refunds after the registration deadline.

$95
Registration Closes: Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

 


Art Expedition-SAMARA-Frank Lloyd Wright in West LaFayette

Friday, September 7, 2018
7:30am-6:30pm

Samara: All photos copyright Alexander Vertikoff.Join gallery director Lisa Costello and art instructor Laura O’Donnell for a day trip to view the John and Catherine Christian House in West LaFayette, IN. In the early 1950s, Purdue University professor Dr. John Christian and his wife Catherine dreamed of a home that would serve both their desire to entertain faculty, staff, and students and be a lasting place for their family. Research, perseverance, and a touch of luck led the Christians to Frank Lloyd Wright with whom they built their dream home named SAMARA by Wright.  Special arrangements have been made in order to experience this pristine example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian architecture. The home affords visitors the rare, immersive opportunity to experience Mr. Wright’s fully realized design just as if they were guests of the family.    After viewing the home we have some time in downtown for lunch on your own before heading back to Champaign. 

The itinerary for this day trip may keep you on your feet for periods of time. If mobility/accessibility is an issue for you, please contact our office with any questions, before registering. Registration includes transportation and house tour. Lunch is additional. No refunds after the registration deadline.

$95
Registration Closes: Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 12:00 AM


Image by Alexander Vertikoff. Copyright Alexander Vertikoff.


Friday, September 21, 2018
7am-7:30pm

Chicago Botanic GardenJoin Lisa Costello, Giertz Gallery Director and Metalwork & Jewelry Instructor, and Laura O’Donnell, Art History and Ceramics Instructor, on a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden to experience the American Craft Exposition (ACE), one of the country’s premier fine craft shows. In the large exposition venue you’ll discover 140 superior artisans showing and creating one-of-a-kind, museum quality works. Completed works in basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, and wood will also be for sale. Your registration includes day-long access so you may explore the gardens throughout the day.
 
This exhibition and tour will keep you on your feet – standing or walking – for extended periods of time. If mobility/accessibility is an issue for you, please contact our office with any questions prior to registering.  Registration fee includes transportation and admission. Lunch is additional. Bus departs from BTCE parking lot. No refunds after the deadline.

$95
Registration Closes:  Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

 

For more information call 217/351-2235 or email btce@parkland.edu.

Our trips are a collaborative fundraising effort between Community Education and Giertz Gallery at Parkland College to assist with art gallery exhibits and programming.