Monday, April 30, 2012


Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2:00 p.m. 

The Museum of the Grand Prairie completes its 2012 Spring Lecture Series on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. with a free lecture on “Illinois in the War of 1812”.  2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The role Illinois played in the war was a pivotal event in the state’s early history but until recently there has not been much attention paid to events that took place in Illinois during the war.

Author Gillum Ferguson has changed that with the first full-length and comprehensive book on the subject, Illinois in the War of 1812, published by the University of Illinois Press. The book explores how the War of 1812 was a crucial stage in opening the Grand Prairie to settlement and to Central Illinois.

This lecture is free and open to the public. More information on this program or the museum is available at (217) 586-2612 or The Museum of the Grand Prairie is a facility of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and is located on Route 47, 1/2 mile north of I-74 at Mahomet.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition 2012

May 7 through June 14, Parkland Art Gallery

Reception: Thursday, May 10, 6-8 p.m., Gallery Lounge; music by Parkland College Guitar Ensemble and Award Ceremony at 7 p.m.

Additional Gallery Talk by Paul Young, Parkland College Graphic Design faculty: Wednesday, June 13, 10-11 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN--The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition showcases the year's best work from Parkland's Graphic Design program classes. The exhibit will be held at the Parkland Art Gallery from Monday, May 7 through Thursday, June 14. An artists' reception will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery lounge. All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public.

This juried exhibit allows Parkland's graphic design, web design, and motion graphics students the opportunity to present their best work to the community and to industry professionals in marketing communication, advertising, and design. With the design profession expanding from traditional print media into areas like web animation, motion graphics, and interactive design, contemporary designers are often asked to solve visual communication problems for clients using various media creatively; the variety of student work in this exhibit reflects that shift.

During the May 10 reception, an awards ceremony honoring 2012 Graphic Design student achievements will take place at 7 p.m. A number of monetary awards will be given at that time; as students successfully solve visual communication problems for local clients, the clients often donate money for these awards. In this way, the exhibit also highlights service learning, an important component of Parkland's curriculum. Monetary awards include the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for a work of outstanding artistic achievement; the Graphic Design Best of Show Award; the Fine and Applied Arts Department Chair Award; and the President's Award for Excellence. Other awards are given by clients and supporters of the Design program, including the Electric Pictures Award of Excellence, Surface 51 Award of Excellence, Studio 2D Design Strategy Award, McGown Photography Award of Excellence, Hands 4 Paws Award, International Society of Arboriculture Award, Ecker Award for Typographic Excellence, Davis Award for Outstanding Talent, and the Luciferin & Luciferase Design Award, among others.

Parkland Art Gallery summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the gallery will be closed May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. To find the Gallery when classes are in session, use the M parking lots, enter through any door, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point, where the gallery is located. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Parkland Art Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit our website at

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Brain Awareness Day

Have you wondered what’s going on in that brain of yours? Ever wonder about how it is that you can move, or think, or feel, or love? Ever wonder if a slug can think? Come expand your mind and unlock the secrets of the nervous system through demonstrations, activities, and games with a little help from some real brainy individuals from the University of Illinois’ Neuroscience Program. Now that’s a no brainer! This is a FREE event with no admission charged! No registration required.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Nano Science Night in Rantoul

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum is coming to Rantoul tomorrow. Come visit us at Northview's Nano Science Night, 5-7pm!