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Fine and Applied Arts Open House: Tours, Demos, More

Find out why Parkland College is tops for art, graphic design, theatre, communication, music, photography

The Parkland College Fine and Applied Arts department will host an Open House Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning in Room C148 (C wing vending lounge).

The open house offers an ideal way to learn why Parkland College is an exceptional school for art and design, communication, graphic design, music, and theatre arts. Prospective students can tour the campus, talk with faculty, and view the 51st annual Student Art and Design Exhibition, on display in the Giertz Gallery through May 4.

This special opportunity includes demonstrations in music recording, radio and television production, ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry, drawing, photography, graphic design, theatre, and more. Prospective students can also tour backstage at the set of "The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankstein" during the open house.

Preregistration is suggested but not required for this free event, at parkland.edu/FAAopenhouse. Parking is available in the C1 lot. 

For more information, contact csmith@parkland.edu.

Faculty Member Wins ACE Award for Community Arts Leadership

Peggy Shaw to be honored by 40th North with Artist ACE Award Nov. 8

A Parkland College faculty member has earned community-wide honors for her leadership and contributions to culture and the arts in the area.

Peggy Shaw, Art and Design faculty in the college's Fine and Applied Arts department, won a 2018 ACE Award from the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council (40 North). The organization will hold its 14th annual ACE Awards ceremony Nov. 8, 6 p.m. at the City Center, 503 S. Chestnut St., Champaign.

ACE Awards honor individuals, businesses, artists, teachers, arts organizations, volunteers, and government and community leaders whose hard work and creative efforts enrich the culture of Champaign County. All seven ACE Award category winners embody the spirit of the local arts community with their passion, energy, and dedication to the creative culture of the community.

According to the 40 North website, Shaw won the Artist ACE Award for "making work that is publicly accessible yet deeply personal, work that commands a large room while engaging the individual viewer in a quiet, intimate space, for the immersive power of her work through the courageous revealing of her personal story, for evolving and developing compelling new ways to contribute to the local arts community, inspire students, support colleagues, and the people around her."

Shaw teaches digital photography, darkroom photography, video production and photography portfolio classes in the Art and Design program. Parkland College's Professional Development Subcommittee for Faculty selected her as its 2016 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award for Parkland College. A member of Parkland College's faculty since 2007, Shaw helped establish the school's Educational Video Center (now PCTV) and was part of the team that initiated distance learning efforts at the college. In addition to developing the popular Photography AAS degree, she has created various courses related to photography and video production. 

Shaw received her BFA degree in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her photography has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards in both photography and video, including fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the Arts Midwest/National Education Association Regional.
 
ACE Award winners were chosen from public nominations by an independent panel of community-based judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County. Anyone can submit a nomination for an ACE Award.

U.S. Artists to Connect with "Locale" in Photography Exhibition

2018 State of the Art Photography Invitational: "Locale" opens Nov. 12

Accomplished photographers from across the country will offer unique perceptions and interpretations of specific places, in a group exhibition opening Monday, Nov. 12 at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.
 
"Locale," curated by Chicago photographer and educator Christopher Schneberger, will run through Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The exhibit is part of Giertz Gallery's annual "State of the Art" national art invitationals.
 
In conjunction with the exhibit, an opening reception honoring the photographers is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature a curatorial talk by Schneberger at 6:30 p.m. Two additional gallery lectures by the exhibiting artists will be held in conjunction with the exhibition: 

  • Jason Reblando, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:15 p.m.

  • Jon Horvath, Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 1:15 p.m.

 An adjunct professor of photography at Columbia College and the College of DuPage, Schneberger has shown internationally including recent exhibitions in the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Dorsky Projects in New York, Geocarto International in Hong Kong, the 3D Center for Art and Photography in Portland, and Printworks Gallery in Chicago, where he is represented.
 
He explained that localities in which an artist resides inevitably make an impact on his or her art. Working within the realm of documentary and art photography, each artist in this Giertz Gallery exhibit reveals his or her viewpoint on a specific place in which something complex or mundane, carefree, consigned, or fraught has occurred, may have occurred, or has the potential to occur.
 
"The spirit of a place resides in the buildings, the streets, and certainly its people—both present and past," Schneberger said. "Often, a place has a feel, a taste, a frequency which can be tuned in. To visit a place, to reside within it, to explore it, and absorb its spirit, allows the artist to reflect and respond. The artists in this exhibition have all spent time in specific places, or types of places, and responded to what they experienced. They tuned in to the frequency, and the resonance of that wave echoes through their art."
 
Exhibit participants comprise a mix of studio artists and faculty at several U.S. educational institutions, including Christine Carr, assistant professor of art and visual culture at Iowa State University; Antone Dolezal, a photographer based in Tulsa, Okla.; Jon Horvath, interim associate professor in the New Studio Practice program at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; Dave Jordano, a professional fine art photographer based in Chicago; Jason Reblando, photographer/videographer and photography instructor at Illinois Wesleyan University; Lara Shipley, assistant professor of photography at Michigan State University; and Samantha VanDeman, assistant professor of photography at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, La. 
 
Schneberger has received two Illinois Arts Council individual artist grants. He is a founding member of Perspective Gallery, a non-profit gallery of photography in Evanston, Ill., where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University.
 
Giertz Gallery Director Lisa Costello said the photography exhibition will offer art students an opportunity to learn more about the options available to them as photographers and will provide an educational experience for community members interested in photography. Most importantly, the exhibit will allow audiences of all types the chance to explore diverse viewpoints on our complex and multilayered world.
 
Giertz Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed from 5 p.m. Nov. 21 through Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving break; Dec. 10 through Jan. 13 for winter break; and Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
 
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 any door 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.
 
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/351-2505.
 
For more information on the invitational, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery web page.

 
[Image: Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley, Waiting for the Light, archival pigment print, 30" x 30", 2013]

"Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" Opens at Theatre Nov. 8

Comedy about murders, secret identities, and the Golden Age of Broadway

"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," written by John Bishop, comes to the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre November 8–18.
 
When their latest Broadway musical closes after the murder of three chorus girls, the writers and stars escape to Westchester to work on their next hit. Unfortunately, the murderer has followed them upstate! A comedy about murders, secret identities, and the Golden Age of Broadway, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" is a modern classic in the vein of Clue and Murder by Death.
 
Mathew Green directs a cast of campus, alumni, and community players including Karen Hughes, Chelsea Collier, Wesley Bennett, Jace Jamison, Monty Joyce, Mallory Sellers, Quinton Ohlsson, Jenny Gleason, Ed Pierce, Mindy Smith, and Parker Evans. The show includes lighting design by Stuart Wilson, scenic design by Molly Ilten-Fullan, sound design by Dominick Rosales, props design by Yen Vi Green, and costume design by Sheri Doyle.
 
Performances will be Nov. 8, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. The Nov. 8 performance includes a talkback immediately following show, where the director and cast and crew members discuss the show and answer audience questions.
 
Tickets are $15 for adult, $13 for student/senior, $9 for youth and $11 for groups of 20 or more. Opening night is half-price night. To make reservations, visit parkland.edu/MusicalComedyMurders or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528. 

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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