"The Distance Between" Exhibit at Giertz Gallery Opens Feb. 19

"The Distance Between" Exhibit at Giertz Gallery Opens Feb. 19

The exhibition, featuring art from seven artists, will be on display until March 26.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — "The Distance Between" exhibition, featuring art in various mediums from seven esteemed US artists and faculty members, is set to open at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College on Feb. 19, remaining open until March 26.

An exhibiting artist reception is scheduled for Feb. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. including a gallery talk by artist Kelsey Blacklock and music from the Brad Wheeler Trio.

Additionally, Blacklock will present further insights on Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. in Room C118. Giertz Gallery will hold upcoming artist lectures related to this exhibit. Please visit for more information.

All programs at Giertz Gallery, including the exhibit, reception, and lectures, are free of charge and open to all art enthusiasts. The Gallery showcases artists from across the country and seeks to stimulate discussions through diverse artistic expressions.

The theme of "The Distance Between" centers around the concept of "distance" in relation to time, memory, location, materiality, and longing. The meaning of distance is often ambiguous in the work, leading the viewer to explore the content and experience new perspectives.

Participating artists include Blacklock of Indianapolis, Ind.; Yolanda del Amo of New York, N.Y.; Mitch Eckert of Louisville, Ky.; Margaret Hull of Detroit, Mich.; Jackson Martin of Asheville, N.C.; Jennifer Seo of Spokane, Wash.; and Chunbo Zhang of Schaumburg, Ill.

Giertz Gallery hours are Monday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturday, noon–2 p.m. Parkland College is closed February 22 for Professional Development Day and March 9–17 for spring vacation. For updates, visit

Giertz Gallery acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2338 or email

During winter construction, use the B7 parking lot at the campus' southern end for easy access to the gallery. Enter through Door X2, take a left, and head to the uphill ramp on your right, east of the library stairs. Next, take the two ramps north of the stairs to reach the first-floor gallery.

Image: Chunbo Zhang, Food Treasure Series - Greasy Cheeseburger, 36 x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2023.

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