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Parkland College Community Education and Giertz Gallery will be hosting a virtual art competition for District 505 youth ages 7-18.

The Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Competition will run until Thursday, March 3, 2021. Students have a chance to win full summer 2021 scholarships for either College for Kids Camp or a Summer Discovery Camp. Each of the three age categories will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with honorable mentions.

"Giertz Gallery and Community Education are delighted to offer students the opportunity to partake in a virtual art contest and exhibit," said Terry Thies, Youth Program Manager of Community Education. "During a time when in-person participation with the arts is impacted due to the pandemic, we wanted to find a safe way to encourage students to continue creating, enjoying, and engaging with, art."

Selected works will be featured on Parkland's social media pages, and winners will be announced by Tuesday, March 9 at a Virtual Awards Ceremony.

Entries will be judged by Paula McCarty and Laura O'Donnell. Paula McCarty is the art exhibitions curator and designer for the Springer Cultural Center in Champaign, and teaches classes through Community Education. Laura O'Donnell teaches Art History at Eastern Illinois University.

A full list of rules can be found at parkland.edu/youthartcompetition. Questions about the contest can be directed to giertzgallery@parkland.edu.

Gallery to Host Virtual Solo Painting Exhibit by Jave Yoshimoto

Giertz Gallery Virtual Solo Painting Exhibit

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College will host "Calamitous Microcosm," an online exhibit of works by Nebraskan faculty artist Jave Yoshimoto, Oct. 19 through Nov. 14.  The exhibit will be available at the Giertz Gallery Facebook page.

The exhibit features a virtual Gallery Talk by Yoshimoto on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. through Zoom. The exhibit and talk are free online public programs; please visit Giertz Gallery's website to register for the talk (here) and receive a Zoom link.

Born in Japan to Chinese parents and raised in the US, Jave Yoshimoto weaves current events and social issues in his artwork, which explores the convergence of tradition and contemporary society. His gouache paintings infuse traditional Japanese prints with depictions of recent disasters. Using a graphic style resembling manga, his stunning, colorful images poignantly illustrate natural and humanmade destruction and the emotion often associated with media coverage of such global concerns. Yoshimoto often embeds Godzilla into his work, which he sees as himself, powerlessly witnessing the unfolding disaster and helpless to assist.

An assistant professor of art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Yoshimoto has worked as an art therapist/mental health professional in Chicago; a teacher serving diverse ethnic populations; and an artist-in-residence at artist colonies across the US.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Giertz Gallery will remain in a digital format through Spring 2021. Please watch for online exhibitions, resources, and programs from the gallery. We will continue to connect with our audiences through Facebook, Instagram, and email. Thank you for your support in these difficult times. 

[Poster Image: Jave Yoshimoto, Ephemeral Propinquity, gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2017]

Parkland Professor Wins Statewide Community College Faculty Award

Dr. Franklin Gallo Awarded 2020 "Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member"

Parkland College choral director Franklin Gallo, DMA, has been selected by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) as the 2020 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award.

Gallo was one of three recipients of the 2020 ICCTA Outstanding Faculty Awards in October. Parkland’s Faculty Professional Development Committee had selected Gallo to be Parkland’s ICCTA Outstanding Part-Time Faculty winner earlier this spring, which nominated him for statewide consideration. Gallo will be presented with this statewide award during Parkland's October 21 Board of Trustees meeting.

Gallo is the director of Parkland’s Chamber Singers, a group that has grown from six students to more than 25 in three years and includes music majors, non-majors, high school students and adult community members. Gallo described the benefits students receive from participation in the musical group.

"In classrooms where the three artistic processes—creating, performing, and responding—are central to the enacted music curriculum, students develop lifelong musical skills and understandings that foster social and cultural understandings, respect, and self-awareness,” he said.

Beyond his work with the Chamber Singers in the rehearsal studio and on stage, Gallo teaches Introduction to American Music and Music Appreciation courses. He has provided professional development for primary and secondary educators, recently presenting sessions at a state choral music conference for pre-service educators at the University of Illinois and attending an international symposium on music education.
 
An accomplished instructor, director, and composer, Gallo led mass choirs at Parkland’s first-ever High School Choral Festival in January 2019 and again in January 2020. He has initiated and helped to implement two innovative programs used by the college’s music department for recruitment, ongoing collaboration with local high schools, and as a charity fundraiser.

Parkland Students Show at ICCJE

James Jones Wins Merit Award

Parkland College students participated in the annual Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition at Governors State University from February 13-29. James Jones won a Merit Award.

Student participants:

  • Jane Liao - Champaign

  • Catherine White - Champaign

  • Tamara Asire - Champaign

  • James Jones – Champaign

  • Eunjoo Kang - Champaign

  • Zhuoyue Zhang - Urbana

  • Sharon Wenda - Urbana

  • Barbara Curtis - Urbana

  • Anita Rent – Urbana

  • Kayla McEvoy - Sadorus

Congratulations to all participants. Find more information about the ICCJE here.

"Chicago" Comes To Parkland Theatre

"Chicago" to open at Harold and Jean Miner Theatre in April

Chicago, written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, comes to the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College on April 9–26.   

Aspiring vaudevillian Roxie Hart has convinced her hapless husband Amos to take the rap for the murder of Fred Casely—until he finds out he’s been betrayed! Now on trial and sent to death row, Roxie must use her charm and the ego of esteemed lawyer Billy Flynn to prove her “innocence,” all while trying to capitalize on her newfound celebrity. Set in the Roaring Twenties, Chicago is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Get ready for jazz, prohibition, sequins, feathers, and a show full of songs you know and love!

Abby Gailey directs a cast that includes Jake Fava, Sam Gegg, Hanna Yonan, Kimmy Schofield, Jess Schlipf, Haylie Denzer, Katie Odom, Zoe Dunn, Erin Kaufman, Rachel Gillett, Laura Alcantara, Whitney Havice, Kara Kinnamon, Natalie Deptula, Hannah Brauer, Autumn Ellis, Bradyn Wambach, James Castree, Excellence Onolundula, and Josiah Zielke.
 
The Parkland Theatre will be holding a talk-back immediately following the April 9 show. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions.
  
Performances will take place in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre on April 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m., and April 19 and 26 at 3 p.m. 
 
Tickets:

  • Adult $25 

  • Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $22  

  • Group (10+) $20

  • Opening night is half-price! 

To purchase tickets, visit tickets.parkland.edu. For more show information, visit parkland.edu/theatre.

This production contains mature content.

All Parkland Theatre tickets must be purchased either in advance online or from the ticket booth at the time of the performance. Ticket reservations will no longer be accepted. No ticket refunds or exchanges are allowed. For more information, visit tickets.

 

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