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Giertz Gallery to Host "Better Angels: Work by Steven Hudson"

Giertz Gallery Presents "Better Angels: Work by Steven Hudson"

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"Better Angels: Work by Steven Hudson," featuring art by Champaign-based artist Steven Hudson, opens February 14 at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.

The exhibit, which includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Hudson, will run through March 29. An artist's reception will be held on Thursday, February 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring live music by the Cobra Lounge Trio. Hudson will present a gallery talk at 6:15 pm. An additional artist lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom.

The exhibit, reception, and lecture are free and open to the public. Please register for online events at parkland.edu/gallery.

"We are delighted to exhibit Steven Hudson's artwork," says Giertz Gallery director Lisa Costello. "He is a local artist with national stature, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity for a solo exhibition. His art deals with existential questions that we all struggle with, and through his inclusion of simple and iconic symbols of mass-produced and disposable objects, the work resonates more profoundly–we can identify with his figures and their predicament."

Hudson records a sometimes beautiful but always melancholy portrait of human vulnerability in the epic tradition of oil painting. His work foreshadows our current environmental annihilation, and his narratives offer stories of survival and transcendence amongst the familiar debris of our time. Navigating the space of an unspecified cataclysm, he creates a twilight time that is far removed from the clutter and pace of our existence.

"I paint, draw, and make sculpture and installation art in a rigorous representational manner that is heavily informed by the academic traditions in figurative art," Hudson says. "I do this because it is the kind of work that I admire most, and because it invokes the centuries-long history of painting. I make artworks that explore the humblest gestures, exposing the fragility of our own day-to-day lived moments."

Hudson is a teaching associate professor in The School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He holds a BFA from Southeastern Massachusetts University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His artwork has been reviewed nationally and internationally, including ARTnews, New American Paintings, and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest Individual Artist Grant and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Individual Artist Grant.

Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.

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 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu.

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

[Image: "Hotspot", oil and mixed media on canvas, 60x80 in, 2022]

Degree Completion Day 2022

Degree Completion Day: In Person 2/8 and Virtual 2/11

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Each semester, Parkland hosts Degree Completion Day - find out how close you are to graduation in-person on Wednesday, February 9 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union near the bookstore, or virtually via Facebook Live on Friday, February 11 from 10-11 a.m.

Admissions staff will assist you with any graduation questions you might have, and Student Life will be available to provide information and answer questions about Commencement, such as how to order your cap and gown, and what to expect during the ceremony. Get academic advising help, complete your Petition to Graduate form, complete your 2022-2023 FAFSA, or meet with a TRiO advisor to explore additional resources.

As a reminder, Friday, March 4, 2022 is the deadline to turn in your Petition to Graduate form for the spring and summer semesters. Find the petition here.

If you need assistance with registration, visit Counseling and Advising here.

Parkland Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season

Parkland Theatre 2022-23 Season Show Lineup

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Parkland College Theatre announces its 2022-2023 performance calendar. Season tickets will be available starting in July.

"The Story" by Tracey Scott Wilson

  • Ambitious Black newspaper reporter Yvonne Wilson goes against her editor Pat Morgan to investigate a murder and finds the best story…but at what cost? Wilson explores the elusive nature of truth as the boundaries between reality and fiction, morality and ambition become dangerously blurred.
  • Performances run October 13–16 and 21–23.


"The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare: an Actors’ Studio production

  • After both being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find them. The other set of twins lives in Ephesus, and the new arrivals cause a series of incidents of mistaken identity. At the end, the twins find each other and their parents and resolve all of the problems caused earlier.
  • Ticket sales directly fund the Parkland College Theatre Scholarship Program.
  • Performances run November 10–13.


"A Christmas Story" by Philip Grecian

  • Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the 1940s Midwest follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself. The constant response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. "A Christmas Story" is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.
  • Performances run December 1–4 and 9–11.


"Blithe Spirit" by Noël Coward

  • A perennial favorite, the comedy "Blithe Spirit" features the frustrated novelist Charles Condomine and his wife Ruth, who host a seance in their home in hopes of conjuring up some inspiration for Charles' new book. Instead, they accidentally conjure the ghost of Elvira Condomine—Charles' first wife—who is not particularly pleased that she must compete for his attention.
  • Performances run February 16–19 and 24–26.


"The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon: an Actors’ Studio production

  • "The Good Doctor" is Neil Simon's heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon expertly weaves the short stories of Chekhov into a lighthearted collection of vignettes that demonstrate both the ridiculous and sentimental elements of human nature. Exquisitely timed and often hilarious, the show incorporates a wide variety of characters: a governess, a lady of the night, a blustering general, a wild woman with a nervous disorder, a roué flirting with a new bride, a man who earns money by "drowning," and an overly eager actress. The vignettes are filled with dry humor, surprise endings, and clever common people in confrontations with superiors, ending in absurdities. "The Good Doctor" is a laugh-out-loud evening of infections humor, touching tenderness, and unending fun.
  • Ticket sales directly fund the Parkland College Theatre Scholarship Program.
  • Performances run March 23–26.


"Sweeney Todd" by Stephen Sondheim

  • An infamous tale, unjustly exiled barber Sweeney Todd returns to nineteenth century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!
  • Performances run April 6–8, 14–16, and 21–23.


Become a Friend of Parkland Theatre. Your donations help us to continue to provide high quality productions. For more information, visit parkland.edu/theatre-HowToGive.

Campus Closed Friday, February 18 for Inclement Weather

Campus Closure, 2/18/22

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All classes, programs, and services have been cancelled at Parkland College for Friday, February 18, and all offices will be closed. This notice includes classes at Area Learning Centers and the Child Development Center. All access roads to campus will be closed, and MTD service will be unavailable. A decision on evening performances will be made by noon on Friday, and will be posted on the college website and social media channels.

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