April 8 to May 4
Parkland Art Gallery
Reception: Thursday, April 11, 6–8 p.m., gallery lounge, with awards ceremony at 7 p.m.
Musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
The Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition will be on display April 8 through May 4 in the Parkland Art Gallery.
This yearly exhibition of Parkland College student work comprises photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory and ceramics. Students taking art classes in the current academic year (beginning with summer 2012) are eligible to participate. Art and Design faculty select approximately 200 works for the exhibit from among more than 400 entries.
Numerous works will be selected to receive awards; an award ceremony will take place during the opening reception on Thursday, April 11.
Both students and faculty look forward to this exhibit each spring.
“The student show is why I wanted to teach here in the first place,” said Joan Stolz, an associate professor in drawing and painting at Parkland. “I couldn’t believe the quality of the student work. This show is a great occasion for them to learn and benefit from each other.”
This exhibition showcases the extensive talents and exploration processes that the students, many who plan on a profession in the arts, have experienced through their studies in the Art and Design program. It also introduces them to professional practices in their field, such as working with a gallery, preparing works for exhibition, and taking part in the jurying process that is essential for emerging artists, according to Gallery Director Lisa Costello. “This is a necessary component for resume building and establishing themselves as practicing artists once they graduate or transfer to a four-year college.”
During the exhibit’s opening reception and awards ceremony, which takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery lounge on April 11, Jordan Kay and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music. An awards ceremony at 7 p.m. will recognize students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction. Merit Awards, Purchase Awards, The Parkland President Award, The David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award, The Metals Award for Jewelry/Metalsmith, The Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award, the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award, the Blair Kling Memorial Award and an Art Coop supplies award are among the gifts made possible by the generosity of private individuals who have donated funds.
Scholarships are also announced during the exhibit. This year, they include The Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Scholarship, the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts scholarship. Merit awardees, scholarship recipients, and certificate winners retain possession of their work. Purchase awards become part of the Parkland College Permanent Collection.
All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.–3p.m., and Saturday, noon–2 p.m.
To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M parking lots. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area. This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, A state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, gallery director, at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery website at www.parkland.edu/gallery.