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-SAMARA-Frank Lloyd Wright in West LaFayette

Friday, September 7, 2018

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.

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

Image by Alexander Vertikoff. Copyright Alexander Vertikoff.

Friday, September 21, 2018

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.

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


Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: Celebrate Women Making History

Saturday, Sept. 22, noon–2 p.m

Smithsoniam magazine image

Join us at Giertz Gallery to celebrate Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: Celebrate Women Making History. 

Free giveaways!


Friday, November 2, 2018
7am - 7:30pm

St Louis Art MuseumJoin gallery director Lisa Costello and Laura O’Donnell, Parkland art history instructor, for a day trip to the St. Louis Art Museum to see Kehinde Wiley, an exhibition of works by the celebrated artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley creates large-scale oil paintings of contemporary African American subjects in poses and settings that recall the grand traditions of European and American portraiture. This exhibition is informed by visits Wiley made to St. Louis in 2017 in which he invited strangers he met in neighborhoods in north St. Louis and Ferguson to pose for his paintings. Wiley then created eleven original portraits that are inspired by carefully chosen artworks in the Museum’s collection. His exquisitely crafted works address the politics of race and power in art, drawing attention to the pervasive lack of representation of people of color in the art world.  In 2018 Wiley became the first African American artist to paint an official U.S. Presidential portrait when President Barack Obama selected him for this honor.   After viewing the exhibition, you will have several hours to explore the rest of the St. Louis Art Museum and eat lunch on your own.  

Registration Closes:  Friday, November 2, 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.