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"Illinois at 200" Art Exhibit

Statewide working artist exhibit celebrates Illinois bicentennial; through Aug. 8

Exhibition: Illinois at 200
June 18 to Aug. 8, 2018, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Closing Reception: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m.; gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. with exhibition juror Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum
 
To celebrate the Illinois bicentennial, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College is collaborating with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council to host a summer exhibition highlighting the achievements of contemporary working artists from across the state.
 
"Illinois at 200," which will run June 18 to Aug. 8 at the gallery, comprises works by 44 artists and reflects the high quality and unique variety of art currently being created throughout the state of Illinois.  
 
Doug Stapleton, associate curator of art at the Illinois State Museum, served as the exhibition juror. He has curated a number of exhibitions and has written numerous essays relating to the work of Illinois contemporary artists. His selections for this exhibition include a strong representation of work from the entire state, with many artists from mid-central Illinois and the Chicago metro area as well as individuals from the southern and western regions.
 
An opening reception for the artists will take place Thursday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kelly White, director of 40 North, and Lisa Costello, director of the Giertz Gallery, will provide brief remarks. A closing reception Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will feature a gallery talk by Stapleton at 6:30 p.m.
 
Costello said she was both impressed with the artist submissions and excited to present the works Stapleton has chosen.
 
"He took his responsibility very seriously and selected a wide range of works that reflect the scope of creative output in our state," Costello noted. "I'm looking forward to both receptions: The opening reception is really a celebration of the artists and the many creative people who live in Illinois. The closing reception will be interesting because Doug will be coming from Springfield to discuss the work in the exhibition. He has been energetic throughout the whole process of jurying the exhibit, and I am eager to hear his insights. Both Kelly and Doug are a valuable resource to our community."
 
Participating artists include Jan Ellyn Adams (Champaign), Aviva Alter (Chicago), Kelly Anderson (Ottawa), Wallace Bowling (Chicago), Saxon Burns (Urbana), Jenny Chi (Champaign), Glen Davies (Urbana), Larry Davis (Knoxville), Michael Dinges (Oak Park), Sabrina Donnelly (Danville), Hale Ekinci (Chicago), Thomas Foley (Galesburg), Jeanette Habash (Skokie), David Hauptschein (Chicago), Siti Mariah Jackson (Champaign), Sara Jahn (Champaign), Jeff Little (Bloomington), Nika Lucks (Champaign), Paula McCarty (Champaign), Cammie Meerdink (Seymour), Ingrid Melief (Urbana), Charlie Mitsdarfer (Tolono), Patricia Monigold (Champaign), Scott Mossman (Chicago), Raul Ortiz (Chicago), Darby Ortolano (Murphysboro), Natalie Pivoney (Dekalb), Megan Rivera (Elgin), Kimberly Rodey (Chicago), Ann Rund (Champaign), Heather Sandy (Olney), Rosalyn Schwartz (Urbana), Kathryn Scott (Chicago), Shaheen Shorish (Champaign), David Smith (Champaign), Lynn Smith (Champaign), Judie Spencer (Urbana), Robb Springfield (Champaign), Bonnie Switzer (Urbana), Gina Szulkowski (Chicago), Paul Torgus (Skokie), Mohan Tracy (Champaign), Juliann Wang (Chicago), and Charity White (Chicago).
 
Stapleton said he was pleased to jury the "Illinois at 200" exhibition for several reasons.
 
"I was again reminded of the artistic vitality and creative energy present in Illinois," he remarked. "Having spent many years as an artist and curator in our state, I was happy to see superior work, some by artists with whom I was familiar but also a number of gorgeous and noble works that were fresh to my eyes. The works chosen for this exhibition provide a snapshot of the high caliber of artistic achievement in Illinois today."  
 
Giertz Gallery is located on the Parkland College campus at 2400 W. Bradley Ave. in Champaign. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find the gallery, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email accessibility@parkland.edu.
 
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call the Giertz Gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery.

[Image: Aviva Alter, Watchman, wire, glue, found objects, thread, pigment, fabric, 2017]

David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest Winners

Six students earned top honors at 15th annual event

Six students earned top honors among the 15 persuasive speakers who recently presented at the 15th annual David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest. The contest spotlights the speaking styles and skills of students who have taken a communication class at Parkland College. 
 
The May 3 competition also gave students the opportunity to speak in support of their favorite charity. Local as well as national and international charities were represented.
 
Earning first-place honors in this year's competition was Clayton Maupin of Mahomet, whose speech supporting The Trevor Project earned him a $500 scholarship. The Trevor Project will also receive a $500 donation from the Communication program faculty. Maupin explained how participation in the contest benefited him.

"What I am feeling since winning is that I am on the right path in my life," he said. "I knew I wanted to help organizations like them for years now, but I wasn't sure speaking about them would warrant any tangible help. Now, before I have even earned a degree, I am helping in meaningful ways. So what I gained was a renewed sense of purpose along with a confidence boost."
 
Gayle McDonald of Champaign came in second with her speech for the Wesley Food Pantry. She will receive $250. Derek Schneider of Champaign was third, with a speech asking the audience to support Heifer International. He will receive $100. The 4th- 5th- and 6th-place awards of $50 each went to Emma Gray of Urbana, who supported Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA);  Madlyn Stevens of Madison, Wisconsin, who spoke on behalf of Arts at Large; and James Tackett of Hudson, who spoke on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
 
Each year, the Communication staff chooses finalist judges who represent communication professions within the community and the campus. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Parkland College’s radio station, 88.7 WPCD FM, the staff was honored to have three judges with close ties to the formation of WPCD: Steve Brown, professor emeritus at Parkland College and one of the founders of WPCD; Gerry Brock, a Parkland College alum and the first voice to be heard on WPCD; and Dan Hughes, a longtime manager of the station. Other honorary judges included Mike Trame, Parkland's vice president of student services and Ellen Zimmerman, dean of counseling at the college. 

[Image: Jones Speaking Contest winners, from l. to r.: Madlyn Stevens, Emma Gray, James Tackett, Clayton Maupin, Derek Schneider, and Gayle McDonald.]

 

Graphic Design Student Show 2018

Juried exhibit through May 31; reception/award ceremony May 16, Gallery Lounge

The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show will be on display at the Giertz Gallery Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 31. A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2017. Parkland College Graphic Design and Interactive Design faculty jury the show and select the most imaginative, inspiring, distinctive, innovative, unusual and memorable pieces for display in the gallery. Local industry professionals, invited to judge the show, then select the awards.

This year’s judges are Natalie Fiol, graphic designer at the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and David Michael Moore, freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and facilitator. 

Works in the exhibit showcase creative solutions to design problems presented to students in Parkland’s Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Illustration studio classes. Gallery visitors can expect to see traditional print media, motion graphics, logos, branding, packaging, menus, books, publications, posters, brochures, websites, video and illustration, according to Professor Paul Young, Parkland's Graphic Design program director.

"Graphic design, interactive design, web design, user-experience design, communication design, digital design—yes, we know 'graphic design' is hard to define," Young explained. "But it doesn't have to be this complicated. The bottom line: students who want to create art for commerce are creative people with visual communication training. This is what we teach at Parkland College and this is what you'll see at our annual student exhibition.

"It's true: Students who want to be a creative designer in 2018 will need to wear a lot of hats," he added. "This is especially true in Champaign-Urbana, where employers are asking for generalists who can do it all. And they're eager to hire people who are curious, eager to learn and enjoy solving problems. Curious to see what Parkland Graphic Design and Interactive Design majors are showing in their portfolio? Come check out this show."

During the May 16 reception, an awards ceremony honoring 2018 Graphic Design program student achievements will be announced starting at 6:30 p.m. Immediately after the awards ceremony, Young will give a gallery talk and an informal Q&A with select award winners. Young and his students will reveal how Parkland's Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs teach creative problem solving and design thinking.  

Giertz Gallery summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find the gallery when classes are in session, use the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. 

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Giertz Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit parkland.edu/gallery

Students Win Parkland Art and Design Exhibition Awards, Scholarships

Students received a number of awards, art scholarships in exhibit running through May 5

The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College proudly announces the scholarship and award winners of its 2018 Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition, on display in the gallery through May 5. 
 
The exhibition comprises student works produced within the last year in Parkland Art and Design classes including Photography, Painting, Drawing, Metals, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Color Theory, and Ceramics. Members of Parkland's art faculty selected exhibit works from approximately 315 submissions. The public is invited to view the strength and quality of Parkland's Art and Design program through these artworks which demonstrate tenacity and commitment, and reveal the students' development of critical thinking and visual perception. 
 
The accomplishments made by these talented, dedicated, and hardworking students are evident by the works included in the exhibit. A reception honoring the participants was held on April 12. During the celebration, students received a number of awards and art scholarships. 
 
Scholarship recipients included Logan Ingold of Champaign, who won the Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship; Michael Dalton of Urbana, who received the Don Lake Art Scholarship; and Bailey Bryan of Homer, winner of the Robert Ralph Ford Art Scholarship.
 
Monetary awards included the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for work of outstanding artistic achievement, given to Duy Le (Champaign); the Parkland President's Award, given to Kayla McEvoy (Sadorus); the Blair Kling Memorial Award, given to Nicole Blair (Danville); the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence, given to Hyein Yang (Urbana); the Art and Design Faculty Award, given to Matthew Thornton (Urbana); the Metals Award of Artistic Distinction, given to Cibele Aguiar (Champaign); the Louis Ballard Memorial Ceramics Award, given to Bailey Bryan (Homer); and the Art Coop Award, given to Justin Beck (St. Joseph).

Purchase awards for artwork to be included in the Parkland College Collection went to: Devyn Clay (Champaign), Liam Daly (Champaign), Alia Frickensmith (Champaign), Logan Ingold (Champaign), Mikhail Kogan (Champaign), Andres Morales-Torres (Urbana), and Andrew Waner (Champaign).

Merit awards for outstanding work went to the following students: Brooke Armstrong (Champaign), Barlow James (Champaign), Nicole Blair (Danville), Saxon Burns (Urbana), Caressa Dillow (Bement), Allie Floreth (Champaign), Lyndsey Groth (Champaign), Chris Johns (Champaign), Rashmi Kapoor (Champaign), Stephen Kaufman (Urbana), Edwina Kugel (Champaign), Jane Liao (Champaign), Karissa Marshall (Champaign), John Nine (Champaign), Erin Rogers (Sadorus), Juan Santiago (Champaign), Heather Thomas-Winkeljohn (Champaign), Darlene Veit (Champaign), Catherine White (Champaign), Kelcey Williams (Champaign), and Meilin Zhang (Champaign).

Parkland also recognized Ixcell Vega, Anna Poindexter, Mikhail Kogan, Michael Dalton, and Joan Campagnolo for having their artwork chosen for the 2018 Illinois Community College Exhibit held at Governor's State University this spring. 

The following art students were recognized as completing the requirements for a degree during the 2017-2018 academic year. Emily Goetting, Bailee Kaufman, Destiny Norris, Noah Perry, Alexis Walter, and David Zenge have completed the requirements for an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design. Devyn Clay and Jacqueline Esquivel will receive an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art Education. Leslie Estes, Shawna Gernentz, and Thomas Warner have earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Communications: Photography.

The following is a full list of students with art in the juried exhibition, listed by hometown:

Arcola: Ixcell Vega
Bement: Caressa Dillow
Bismarck: Rheyse Dice
Champaign: Cibele Aguiar, Elena Anisimova, Brooke Armstrong, Ray C. Arseneau, Brett Bailen, James Barlow, Jakob Broga, Joan Campagnolo, Jackie Carrubba, Sierra Clark, Devyn Clay, Freund Colleen, Liam Daly, Katrina Durham, Devin Evans, Victor Feldman, Ariana Flores, Alexandra Floreth, Alia Frickensmith, Brianna Gaspar, Lyndsey Groth, Judy Haydel, Mudi Huang, Logan Ingold, Rayomand Irani, Waleed Jassim, Chris Johns, Eunjoo Kang, Rashmi Kapoor, Ryan Kingsley, Sydnie Klemme, Mikhail Kogan, Edwina Kugel, Duy Le, Yunyu Li, Jane Liao, Clare Margiotta, Karissa Marshall, Ramona Montez, Adrieanna Moore-Johnson, Anita Nash, Alina Neverodska, John Nine, Pavel Pourmal, Ruta Rauber, Juan Santiago, Birute Simaitis, Yoonjung Sung, Heather Thomas-Winkeljohn, Carlos Vasquez, Darlene Veit, Andrew Waner, Linda Weiner, Scott Wells, Marilyn Wendler, Catherine White, Anthony Wilczynski, Eric Wildhagen, Kelcey Williams, Sarah Wisseman, Charles Wisseman, Meilin Zhang
Danville: Nicole Blair, George King II
Gifford: Joshua Frerichs
Homer: Bailey Bryan
LeRoy: Emma Lovellette
Mahomet: Samuel Livingston
Monticello: Nawaf Al-Khenaizi, Paige Thompson, Evan Reeder
Philo: Patricia Guthrie
Rantoul Brett Jones, Samuel Reeves
Sadorus Kayla McEvoy , Erin Rogers
Savoy: Loubna Abderrahmane, Alexis Ervin, Hiroko Ito
Sidney: Makenzie Heyen
St. Joseph: Justin Beck, Dezarae Dowers, Taura Ward
Tuscola: Haleigh Knight, Megan Quick
Urbana: Cole Aden, Brittany Bengtson, Saxon Burns, Curtis Cook, Michael Dalton, Peter Garrett, Jesse Huber, Naomi Johnson, Stephen Kaufman, Lori Kendall, Kathrine Koncel, Andres Morales-Torres, Sergio Ruiz Moreno, Cedric Smith, Matthew Thornton, Sharon Wenda, Cindy Westfall, Hyein Yang, Daniel Zhang

All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodations, call 217/353-2082 or accessibilityservices@parkland.edu. 

Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturday, noon–2 p.m. To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point on the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area. 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, Parkland Art Gallery director, at 217/351-2485.
 

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium will conduct two interactive Merit Badge workshops for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts this spring. Advance registration is required.

Girl Scout Naturalist Sky Badge workshops run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on either April 17 or April 25. You only need to attend one session. Cost is $4 per Scout; leaders are free. 

Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge workshops run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on either May 15 or May 23. You only need to attend one session. Cost is $5 per Scout; leaders are free. 

Scouts will receive a booklet based on the requirements. For more information, call 217/351-2567.

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