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Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Contest Announces Winners

Winners and honorable mentions announced for Community Education and Giertz Gallery's art competition

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Community Education and Giertz Gallery have announced the winners for their first ever Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Contest. The juried competition was featured in an online Zoom webinar on March 9 during which student artwork was displayed and placements were named. First place winners (out of 115 participants) in the three age categories received a full scholarship to a Parkland summer camp.

Congratulations to all the winners, and to all the wonderful, talented young artists who participated!


Age Category 7-10

  1. Aniyah Hunter, “Stroll in the Park,” drawing

  2. Anna Yim, “Bunny,” drawing

  3. Edward Zhang, “Noodle,” drawing

  4. Honorable mentions:

    Noah Resendiz (“The First Night of Fall,” painting), Joseph Chahyadi (“Eiffel Tower,” sculpture), Lily Ana Kelly (“A World Not Lost,” collage), Heather Gillespie (“Self-Portrait,” painting), Avery Dunn (“Husky,” painting)


Age Category 11-13

  1. Iain Marx, “Untitled,” collage

  2. Jamison Griffen, “Beauty in its Time,” sculpture

  3. Virginia Roderick, “Venus Flytrap,” drawing

  4. Honorable mentions:

    Kenly Downey (“Gold Halo,” watercolor, colored pencil), Hannah Baer-Shapiro (“Sunny Lady,” painting), Oz Green (“Esprit de la Foret,” drawing) Morgan Mohr (“Sunset on the Lake,” photography)


Age Category 14-18

  1. Amelia Case, “Ghost Town,” ink pen drawing

  2. Veronica Schuchart, “Still of Pepper,” painting

  3. Hannah Luening, “Isaac,” scratchboard drawing

  4. Honorable mentions:

    Grace Kahler (“Bike Ride,” photography), Jada Raynolds (“Perfection,” digital art), Alyssa Pankau (“Reflection,” photography), Maggie Neff (“Untitled,” drawing), Sydney Marshall (“Untitled,” scratchboard), Reese San Diego (“Hot Pot,” digital art), Drew Diesburg (“JDM Legend,” scratchboard), Kayla Wilson (“A Night Drive,” painting)


2019 Graphic Design Student Show Winners

Judges award nine students with $1,100 in prizes

Yesterday evening at the 2019 Parkland Graphic Design Juried Student Show opening reception, an enthusiastic crowd cheered on the nine students who split $1,100 in cash awards for submitting excellent work into our annual art gallery exhibit.

Every spring, the students in Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design Programs showcase their best work in the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College. This year, we received 179 entries, and a jury of Parkland’s design faculty selected 140 of those for inclusion in the show.

Most of the $1,100 in cash awards were donated by local businesses and supporters of Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs. These friends include Surface 51, The Robeson Family, Positivity Place, DSC, and the Champaign-Urbana Design Org (CUDO). CUDO was also the co-sponsor of the opening reception.

Two industry professionals were invited to come in to select the award winners. This year’s judges were Evelyn Shapiro, the promotions manager at the Champaign Public Library, and Robb Springfield, the creative director at Flex-N-Gate. Their job was to select the 11 best pieces in the show and then choose the one piece that would receive the coveted “Best of Show” award.

The reception began at 5:30 p.m. with music by Dorothy Martirano's jazz trio, Ms. M and the Jokers. At 6:30 p.m., I asked the crowd to gather in front of the podium in the Gallery Lounge. As I presented each student prize winner with a certificate and a check, the crowd acknowledged the deserving students with a round of applause. During the awards ceremony, I also announced this was my last year as professor and program director of the Graphic Design program. After 20 eventful years as Parkland, I will be retiring at the end of May.

During the last 20 years, my students and I have had a great time going on out-of-town field trips, hosting several local movie premieres, meeting important internationally renowned designers (Carlos Segura, Massimo Vignelli, Matthew Carter), and hosting influential designers here at Parkland (April Greiman, Art Chantry). We've had more than enough excitement for a lifetime, and I will remember these adventures for a very long time.

Here are the winning entries from the 2019 Graphic Design Student Show (clicking on an image below will open a larger image in a new window):

• Graphic Design Best of Show
Recipe Book by Marcus Flinn

Recipe Book by Marcus Flinn


• Illustration Best of Show (sponsored by The Robeson Family)
Illustration by Alex Lutz

Illustration by Alex Lutz


• President’s Award of Excellence
Branding by Madelyn Witruk

Branding by Madelyn Witruk


• Surface 51 Award of Excellence
Website by Brooke Armstrong

Website by Brooke Armstrong


• Surface 51 Excellence in Typography Award
Book Cover by Ju Hyun Kong

Book Cover by Ju Hyun Kong


• Positive Energy Award (sponsored by Positivity Place)
Poster by Brooke Armstrong

Poster by Brooke Armstrong


• CUDO Award of Excellence
Menu by Michael Dalton

Menu by Michael Dalto


• Electric Pictures Award of Excellence
Catalog by Marco Vasquez

Catalog by Marco Vasquez


• DSC Foundation Award of Excellence
Logo by Megan Perry

Logo by Megan Perry


• David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award
Editorial Layout by Adam Christians

Editorial Layout by Adam Chris


• Fine & Applied Arts Department Chair Award
Wine Label by Brooke Armstrong

Wine Label by Brooke Armstrong


The 2019 Parkland Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition will continue in Parkland’s Giertz Gallery through May 30. Summer gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10am–7pm (closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

To see more examples of student work from Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs, please visit our virtual galleries.

[Paul Young was the program director of Graphic Design at Parkland College.]

Going Down Perimeter Road

Many, many to thank for the year's successes at our student-led record label

The last two semesters have been quite a journey for Perimeter Road Sound Recordings and its members.

Not only did we record and release a full length album by our newest addition to the PRSR lineup, The Churros (marking the fourth band release for the label!), but we also planned and executed the first-ever Perimeter Road Music Festival right on Parkland College’s campus! So much effort went into both projects, and we want to thank many people, groups, and organizations for making this year for Perimeter Road a success.

First off, a big thanks to the wonderful acts for the music festival: Elsinore, Zorila, Nectar, The Data Waves, Matt & Cubs, Prevalence, and The Churros. We could not have asked for a better debut; you all did an awesome job, and we were so honored to have such a talented lineup for our first music festival. From all of us at Perimeter Road Sound Recordings, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to try something new, and we can’t wait to give it another go soon!

Another huge thanks to MMS Rentals for giving us a stage to stand on, sound systems to use, and professional guidance on the part of Geoff from MMS. There is a lot that goes into stage setup and mixing live sound, so big props to MMS for being ready and willing to take us through it, step by step. We couldn’t have done this without you. Additional thanks to WCIA’s “ciLiving” show for inviting us to share our organization with your audience; we love what you guys do for our community!

Of course, none of this could have been possible without Parkland College and its staff and student body. Since the inception of the label in 2016, we have been supported by the college nonstop and were given all the resources we needed to succeed. What more can we say about our home? We love it here at Parkland; it’s awesome.

It has been an awesome year. And we can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store for next year. Until then, stay tuned here at Perimeter Road!

The Churros: Debuting New Album at Music Festival

DJ Luke holds Q & A with bands' members on The Churros' formation, influences

So, exactly who are The Churros?

No doubt you've all been hearing them as part of our numerous promotions for the upcoming Perimeter Road Music Festival this May 4. Since the day they signed with Perimeter Road Sound Recordings in May of last year, they've been doing prep work and writing for their upcoming album, "Anxious," which is dropping this Friday, May 3. To bring everyone up to speed on the hot new release, WPCD DJ and Perimeter Road Sound Recordings student engineer Luke Matias brought in The Churros band members Lance Meuser and Alex Maloney to talk a little about the album, their time together as a band, and what they’re looking forward to as we approach the final release of their debut album.

Luke: How did The Churros come together as a band? How did you all meet?

Alex: We've had a long history with our lineup. It started with just me and Myles on guitar and drums and wanting to start something up in junior high. Then Colton, we met him on a bus ride and he was like, "Hey, I play bass," and we started practicing together, and we were terrible for a couple of years (laugh). Then after a while, we started coming into our own, playing our instruments and moving from covers to trying out different things. We've had a number of vocalists, it was always the vocalist that was the issue. But then we found Lance at one of our last shows at the high school, and he joined the band. Once we heard him sing we were like "put this dude in our band immediately!" And it's been like that ever since.

Lance: Yeah, I went to one of their shows, and I've been looking for a band to join. I saw these guys playing and I was like "these guys rock." That's how I met them.

Luke: So we're in the final stages of releasing your record at Perimeter Road. What were your inspirations coming into writing the songs for this album?

Alex: It's a lot of different stuff. It's stuff that I listen to a lot that just shows up in [the album]. I'd say a lot of the guitar tones have been inspired by garage rock sounds. Really just a lot of garage bands have inspired what I wanted out of the band. Then Lance came in. There's a thing between three songwriters here. Colton's stuff is different than my stuff that's different than Lance's stuff. I think unifying that in some way has been really interesting.

Lance: Most of my writing influences come from the bands I listen to obviously. Muse, Royal Blood, Gary Clark on the blues side. That's kinda how I write, ya know?

Luke: So what would you classify The Churros as?

Alex: Punk rock in some ways, bluesy with the stuff that Lance writes. I really love how we have an eclectic sound. We can go from something like our single, "If You Need Anything," to something like "Prisons," which is just such a brooding song.

Luke: What is the overall theme or mood you're looking to cultivate with this album?

Alex: Specifically, I want to keep the listener on edge throughout the album.

Lance: Anxious? (laugh)

Alex: I think that having our different writing styles coming through the album, I think it's kind of a soup. It's a bunch of different things.

Luke: What are your favorite tracks or highlights on the album?

Lance: I like to single out my solo track "Wild Horse." It's set apart from the rest of the album like a bonus track, but it creates a different dynamic for the group, and to show people how we can have these different styles all work out.

Perimeter Road Music Festival

Enjoy great music acts from across Champaign-Urbana May 4

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Perimeter Road Sound Recordings, the student-staffed music record label here at Parkland College, is hosting the first-ever annual Perimeter Road Music Festival this May 4th! This free-admission, all-ages event is packed with great music acts from across Champaign-Urbana as well as featured artists signed to our record label, Perimeter Road Sound Recordings.

In conjunction with the annual Parkland Motorsport Club Car Show, the Perimeter Road Music Festival will have a variety of food trucks to keep festival goers happy and well-fed. In addition, booths and tables hosted by various student-run clubs and organizations will be nearby, allowing anyone visiting the festival to learn more about what Parkland College has to offer.

The festival will take place from noon to 7 pm Saturday, May 4 in the Parkland College B1 parking lot. For more information, visit our Facebook page (, and our Instagram page (@perimeterroad). For business inquiries, email us at or message us on Facebook. See you there!