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Parkland College's Youth Art Contest Returns for Second Year

Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Competition at Parkland College

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Following a successful inaugural year, Parkland College Community Education and Giertz Gallery are once again hosting the Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Competition.

The contest for District 505 youth ages 7-18 will run until Sunday, February 20, 2022. Students have a chance to win full summer 2022 scholarships for either a College for Kids camp or a Summer Discovery camp. Each of the three age categories will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements, with honorable mentions.

"Giertz Gallery and Community Education are thrilled to be able to offer this event to our students for a second year," said Terry Thies, youth program manager for Community Education. "While the pandemic is still present in our lives, we are eager to continue creating spaces for self-expression and creative engagement for the talented students in our community."

Selected works will be featured on Parkland's social media pages, and winners will be announced by Tuesday, March 8 at a Virtual Awards Ceremony.

"Giertz Gallery is honored to co-host this art competition," said Lisa Costello, director of Giertz Gallery. "We see it as an opportunity to encourage budding artists who've been heavily impacted by the pandemic to express and challenge themselves creatively. Our community shows strong support for the arts. Sharing the artwork produced by our youth on our social media platforms is our way of adding to that support and bringing our community closer together."

Entries will be judged by Tanya Scott, curator of education for the University Galleries at Illinois State University, and Matthew Watt, professor of art and design at Parkland College.

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

2021 Ceramics Biennial: Janis Wunderlich to Present Artist Talk

Giertz Gallery Presents Artist Lecture by Janis Mars Wunderlich

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Giertz Gallery will be hosting an artist lecture by ceramic artist Janis Mars Wunderlich on November 11 at 10:30 a.m. as part of the 2021 State of the Art Ceramics Biennial.

Participating in the exhibition "The Living World In Clay," Wunderlich's talk will be held in lecture hall L111, down the hall from Giertz Gallery, and also virtually on Zoom. To learn more and register, please visit parkland.edu/2021ceramicsbiennial.

Wunderlich received a BFA from Brigham Young University and an MFA from Ohio State University. One of ten children, she grew up in a devout Mormon family with Amish relatives. She spent many years raising her own five children while balancing a strong dedication to creating and exhibiting her detailed figurative sculptures. Inspired by her Cherokee storyteller/folk-artist grandfather, her evocative, surrealistic imagery captures the dualities and complexities of being human. She is currently an assistant professor of art at Monmouth College in Illinois. She was awarded an individual artist fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council in 2020.

Wunderlich's work, The Embrace (27 x 12 x 6 inches) is multi-fired, underglaze, glaze, and melted glass. "These embracing figures are inspired by our critical current dialogue about anti-racism—about lifting each other up to build a better community, a better world," says Wunderlich. "These figures are literally strengthening each other through their complete embrace. The world revolves around them, and all eyes watch, as this act of embrace is what keeps many elements suspended in balance.

"My art tells stories that acknowledge the immensity of our physical and emotional inadequacies, the burdens we bear, and our many vulnerabilities. It also celebrates the buoyant strength of the human spirit to hope and persevere as we rise above the ashes to overcome obstacles. My intimate interactions as a daughter, mother, nurturer, friend, wife, and teacher inspire universal narratives about our collective human search for resilience and purpose."

Artist and professor of Art and Design Chris Berti curates the 2021 State of the Art Ceramics Biennial "The Living World in Clay." The exhibit opened October 25 and will run through February 5, 2022, and features artists and faculty from across the United States, including Ricky Barnett, Joe Bova, William Brouillard, Lynn Hobaica, Peter Jadoonath, Kirk Lyttle, Jenny Mendes, Tilla Rodemann, Rimas VisGirda, and Janis Wunderlich.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday, and noon–2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed from 5 p.m. Nov. 24 through 28 for Thanksgiving break; Dec. 18 through Jan. 9 for winter break; and Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In compliance with state pandemic mandates, Parkland College has restricted access entryways and door checkers stationed at entrances. For Giertz Gallery, we suggest using the M1 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Enter through the M1 door and follow the gallery signage. The gallery is located in the north side of the X-wing and overlooks the outdoor fountain area.

Giertz Gallery acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/351-2505.

For more information about the invitational, the fundraiser, or the gallery, please visit parkland.edu/gallery or call the gallery office at 217/351-2485.

Parkland College Art Students Awarded in NIU Art Exhibition

Parkland students chosen for NIU Community College Art Exhibition

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Several Parkland College Art and Design students were accepted into the 2021 NIU Community College Student Juried Virtual Exhibition.

The works are on display in a virtual gallery hosted by Northern Illinois University from April 2–May 7. Participating Parkland students are:

  • Jane Liao, Champaign

  • Alexa Harmon, Champaign

  • Kathryn Lahr, Urbana

  • Lauren Babcock, Urbana

  • Jori Basset, Bradley

  • Katy Geurts, Loda

  • Grant Siegmund, St. Joseph

Six students received awards at the virtual awards ceremony and reception held on April 17. Two placed and five earned honorable mentions:

  • Alexa Harmon, 1st place and Honorable Mention in Ceramics

  • Lauren Babcock, 2nd place and Honorable Mention in Ceramics

  • Jori Basset, Honorable Mention in Digital Art

  • Katy Geurts, Honorable Mention in Ceramics

  • Grant Siegmund, Honorable Mention in Ceramics

This annual juried exhibiton celebrates the creative work of young artists in community colleges within Illinois. Only artwork completed after January 1, 2019 was eligible.

[image from left, top row: Basset, Harmon; bottom row: Babcock, Geurts, Siegmund]

Parkland College Student Artists Chosen for Statewide Exhibit

Parkland artists in 2021 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition

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Several Parkland College Art students were accepted into the 2021 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition. 

The works were on display in a Virtual Online Gallery hosted by Governors State University, March 1–April 30. Participating Parkland students are:

  • Julian Akinsanya, Urbana

  • Katy Geurts, Loda

  • Alex Harmon, Champaign

  • Grant Siegmund, Saint Joseph

  • Sharon Wenda, Urbana 

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the creative work of young artists. More than $1,000 in awards, including a $400 Best in Show Award, were presented during a virtual reception and online awards ceremony held on March 6.

Giertz Gallery Hosts Art and Design Faculty Virtual Lecture Series

Parkland College Art and Design Faculty Lecture Series

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The Art and Design Faculty Lecture Series is underway through the month of February at Parkland College Giertz Gallery. These online gallery talks, free and open to students and community members, include insightful dialogue by Art and Design Faculty members Joan Stolz, Paula McCarty, Denise Seif, and Liza Wynette.

Links to register for these Zoom events are included below. Registration may also be found on the Parkland College Giertz Gallery website. Please register in advance.

Joan Stolz - "Skin in the Game"
Joan Stolz shared her recent body of work on January 21, in which she discussed her oil paintings on wooden panels. These small scale works of art, each 6x6 inches, represent areas of faces of politicians or political influencers. Stolz recently completed a sabbatical and teaches painting, drawing, and figure drawing at Parkland College. Find her lecture here.

Paula McCarty - "Women Who Painted" project
Tuesday, February 2, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Paula McCarty discusses her artwork and her "Women Who Painted" project. Paula McCarty has taught Painting I and II at Parkland College. She teaches upcoming classes through Parkland Community Education; visit here to sign up. For more information about her work and her "Women Who Painted" project, visit her website.
 
To register for “Paula McCarty – Women Who Painted” artist talk, visit here.

Denise Seif - History of Enameling: Past to Present
Wednesday, February 10, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Denise Seif will discuss enameling from past to present. The simple combination of metal, glass, and fire can produce some of the most seductive, delicate, and bold statements of personal adornment and decorative objects. After providing a brief historical overview, she will explore what some contemporary artists are doing with this fascinating medium. Denise Seif teaches Metalwork and Jewelry I and II, Art History I and II, and the History of Non-Western Art. 
 
To register for “History of Enameling: Past to Present” art history lecture by Denise Seif, visit here.

Liza Wynette - History of Music Poster Design
Tuesday, February 16, from 6 to 7 p.m.
In her lecture, Wynette will examine how culture and technology influenced the look of music posters from Art Nouveau to Contemporary times. Liza Wynette teaches the History of Graphic Design at Parkland College. For more information about her work, visit her website.
 
To register for “History of Music Poster Design” design history lecture by Liza Wynette, visit here

Giertz Gallery is currently highlighting artwork by the Art and Design Faculty on their social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. Follow to see their phenomenal work and sign up here to receive email blasts about upcoming events. 
 
Giertz Gallery looks forward to a fresh semester of new opportunities to work with students, faculty, and the community to create a 2021 that inspires hope, education, and excitement through the arts. For more information about the Gallery, visit their website.

 

[Cover image - Night Shift, oil on canvas, Paula McCarty]

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