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"Enterprising Machines" Exhibit at Giertz Gallery, Sept. 30–Nov. 2

Solo exhibit features works created using hand, mechanical approaches

Exhibition: Monday, September 30–Saturday, November 2, 2019
Reception: Thursday, October 3, 5:30–7:30 p.m., gallery lounge, with Gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. by Jessica Gondek and music by Derick Cordoba Trio
Additional artist lecture: Thursday, October 3 at 1:15 p.m. in lecture hall L111


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — "Enterprising Machines," a solo exhibition of works on paper by Chicago-based artist Jessica Gondek, will open Sept. 30 at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.
 
This exhibit runs through Nov. 2 and includes an artist reception Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception features a gallery talk by Gondek at 6:30 p.m. and music by the Derick Cordoba Trio. Gondek will provide an additional lecture earlier that day, at 1:15 p.m. in lecture hall L111.
 
As with all Giertz Gallery programs, the exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
 
Jessica Gondek often incorporates current technology, using both hand and mechanical approaches to develop her work. Stemming from an interest in geometry, machine aesthetics, architecture and nature, her recent body of work is sparked by machines from the early part of the 20th century, old trade catalogues, domestic utilitarian objects, Da Vinci’s inventions and war machines, Duchamp and contemporary art movements. Marrying both traditional media and digitally mediated computer approaches to the work, she blurs the line of distinction between the hand and the machine.
 
"I use a range of computer programs to create images; 3D modeling software has direct engineering applications and allows me to construct images in a manner that brings me to a sculptural understanding of the forms I create on the desktop," Gondek explained. "Photoshop subsequently allows me to investigate appropriation, transparency and layering, and the manipulation of imagery. These works are comprised of charcoal and pastel drawings on paper developed on top of digital print substrates, as well as oil and digital print on canvas."
 
Gondek is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago and teaches drawing and painting in the Department of Fine and Performing Art. Solo exhibitions include A.I.R. gallery in Brooklyn, the Phoenix Gallery in New York, the Northern Illinois University Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art Beecher Center in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Abdijhoeve Ten Bogaerde Cultural Art Center in Belgium. Gondek has received a number of awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant, and a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a member of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation and Woman Made Galleries in Chicago. 
 
Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
 
To find the gallery we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Walk past the gym and the fountain area, enter through Door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps up to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
 
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 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 accessibilityservices@parkland.edu
          
For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery web page.

[Image: Enterprising Machines, charcoal, pastel, and digital print, 46"x29", 2016 ]

Open Auditions for Two Fall Theatre Productions Aug. 24

Auditions for "Elephant’s Graveyard" and "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Parkland Theatre will hold auditions for the first two shows of its fall season Saturday, Aug. 24 at the theatre.

Auditions for Elephant’s Graveyard and Peter and the Starcatcher

will take place 9 a.m.–noon. Auditionees are asked to register for an audition slot at parkland.edu/auditions. Callbacks, if needed, will be Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. (Peter and the Starcatcher) and 4 p.m. (Elephant’s Graveyard).

Elephant’s Graveyard director Latrelle Bright is casting 17 actors ages 13 and over of any gender and ethnicity. Auditionees will be asked to prepare a 1- to 1 ½-minute story in the first person. This should be a personal story or a brief section from a piece of literature; no poetry, please.

Peter and the Starcatcher director Mathew Green is casting 12 actors ages 18 and over of any gender and ethnicity. Actors will read from sides which can be found at parkland.edu/auditions. *Please note: This show is a very physical production, with lots of movement and fast transitions. Actors will be expected to move scenery, handle props, and perhaps even lift/carry other actors.

Performances for Elephant’s Graveyard  will run in Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage Oct. 3–13. Performances for Peter and the Starcatcher  will be held in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre Nov. 14–24.

All members of the community as well as Parkland and U of I students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. Those with additional questions should email hlayman@parkland.edu.

Parkland College Art, Design Faculty Exhibition 2019

Works of 14 Parkland faculty artists; exhibit runs through Sept. 21

Exhibit: August 19–September 21 • Giertz Gallery at Parkland College • Works by 14 artists
Reception: Thursday, August 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m., featuring gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. by Melinda McIntosh and music by the Cobra Lounge Trio 
 
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Giertz Gallery at Parkland College proudly presents the 2019 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, opening Monday, Aug. 19.
 
This annual showcase featuring the work of Parkland's faculty artists runs through Sept. 21 and includes sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Exhibiting faculty members include Chris Berti, Shawn Fairchild, Stacey Gross, Bryan Heaton, Paula McCarty, Melinda McIntosh, Laura O'Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Sheila Schneider, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, and Liza Wynette.
 
An opening reception for the artists will take place Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes a gallery talk by Melinda McIntosh and music by Cobra Lounge Trio. During her talk at 6:30 p.m., McIntosh, part-time faculty in the Art and Design program at Parkland College, will discuss her painting, drawing, and printmaking work featured in the exhibition.
 
"Plein air painting doesn't just belong to the Impressionists in the art history books; it is still very much alive and offers many challenges different from the studio experience," McIntosh said. "Not only do you have the usual concerns with color, light, and composition, you now have a race against time. With the sun shifting throughout the day, your colors and shadows also change, forcing plein air painters to work alla prima or in three-hour increments. In recent years, I've been attending plein air competitions to hone my craft and to network with other artists. These events vary from juried to open competitions displaying a variety of work, painting styles, and levels of experience." 
 
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. During the last day of the exhibit, on Saturday, Sept. 21, Giertz Gallery will also host a special workshop for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Area residents may drop in anytime between noon and 2 p.m. and celebrate the creative potential in all of us by making butterfly and insect-themed wearable art/jewelry with Parkland faculty and students. This year's unique, fun activity is free and offers an opportunity for children and their caregivers to create together while connecting with the arts. All supplies will be provided. This program is best for ages 6 to adult, and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
 
The 2019 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. The gallery will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day.
 
To find the gallery, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Walk past the gym and the fountain area, enter through Door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps up to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
 
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 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 accessibilityservices@parkland.edu.
         
[Image Info: Melinda McIntosh, Silly Goose Side Porch, 8" x 10", oil on panel, 2019]

"Don Lake: A Watercolor Retrospective" Opens June 17

Exhibit of master watercolor artist runs through Aug. 8

Exhibit: Monday, June 17–Thursday, August 8, 2019, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Reception (with cash bar): Thursday, June 20, 5:30–7:30 p.m., gallery lounge, with Gallery Talk at 6:30 p.m. by Don Lake, Opening Remarks by Dr. Tom Ramage, and Music by The Derick Cordoba Trio
Additional Artist Lecture by Don Lake: Tuesday, June 25, 6 p.m., C118 Auditorium
Gallery Walkthrough by Gisele Atterberry: Tuesday, July 23, noon
 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — "Don Lake: A Watercolor Retrospective," a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by local artist Don Lake, will open June 17 at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 8. The reception on Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. features a gallery talk by Lake at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks by Parkland President Dr. Tom Ramage and music by The Derick Cordoba Trio. Lake will provide an additional lecture on Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. in lecture hall C118. A gallery walkthrough with commentary by faculty artist Gisele Atterberry will occur on Tuesday, July 23 at noon.

As with all Giertz Gallery programs, the exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

A master of transparent watercolor, Lake has produced a body of realistic paintings that share an inclination towards complex patterns, texture, and plays of light and dark. His works feature landscapes, seasonal changes, and industrial sites. Of his pieces, Lake says, "I look for views that are unexpected and, perhaps until I have recorded them in a painting, uninspected. Sometimes I walk along hoping to find a distinctive view, but really, the view finds me."

This retrospective presents 30 years of Lake's work. 

"I am seeing my work as a diary of sorts," he explains. "The paintings record my interests over time, and I'm reminded not only of the big shifts in my focus but of how the separate groups of work came into play."

Lake grew up in Wichita, Kansas and studied painting at Wichita State University (BFA '68 and MFA '70). He had a successful career as an art educator—influencing Parkland College art students for over 30 years before retiring in 2004. He has also taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Tennessee). Lake recently received the Watercolor Honor Society Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Mahomet, Illinois, and his work is included in collections worldwide. Lake is represented by Cinema Gallery in Urbana, Illinois.

Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To find the gallery we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Walk past the gym and the fountain area, enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps up to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 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 accessibilityservices@parkland.edu.

[Image Info: '57 Airstream Caravanner, transparent watercolor, 20 ½” x 28”, 2013].

Area youth ages 14 to 17 are invited to participate in fun, hands-on forensic science exploration at Parkland College next month.

The CSI Experience, an eight-day summer camp, will run June 17–27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Note: Parkland College will be closed on Fridays during this time).

This camp is designed as an immersive mystery: During the two weeks, camp participants will assume the identity of a crime scene investigation character and will work with real forensic experts, law enforcement, and media professionals to collect and analyze evidence, find the culprit, and inform the public. Attending youth receive real-world experience with equipment used in the forensic and media fields. Lunch will be provided daily for camp participants.

Parkland’s CSI Experience will culminate with a scavenger hunt for missing artifacts and the presentation of the participants’ findings. Parents will be invited to attend the presentations, held on June 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Room D244.

Students turning age 14 by Sept. 1 are eligible to enroll in the CSI Experience. To register a student by June 12, or to learn more about the experience, visit parkland.edu/ceRegister or call 217/351-2235.

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