Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Call for Entries! Around the Block II: Artist from Our Neighborhood

Call for Entries
Around the Block II – Giertz Gallery
Exhibition: June 12–August 9, 2017

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council presents Around the Block II: Artists from Our Neighborhood, featuring the work of artists within Parkland College District 505 (including Ford, Coles, Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Iroquois, Livingston, Moultrie, McLean and Vermilion counties).

Artists: Online entry submission due April 29! Go to https://parklandartgallery.submittable.com/submit/ to begin your application.
·      www.parkland.edu
·      www.40north.org


4/29                 Online submission deadline
5/15                 Acceptance notifications sent
6/9 – 6/10        Deliver accepted artworks to Giertz Gallery on Friday, June 9, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or Saturday, June 10, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
6/19                 Exhibition opens
6/22                 Reception 5–7 p.m., with opening remarks by Lisa Costello, Kelly White, and Gisele
            Atterberry at 6 p.m.
8/9                   Gallery Talk by Gisele Atterberry at 6 p.m., with exhibit close at 7 p.m.
                        Artists may pick up work after the talk
8/9 – 8/10        Pick up exhibited artwork from Giertz Gallery on Wednesday, August 9, or Thursday, August 10, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Gisele Atterberry, Professor of Art History, Fine Arts Department, Joliet Junior College

Open to all artists 18 years and older residing in Champaign County and counties within the Parkland College 505 District including Ford,
Coles, Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Iroquois, Livingston, Moultrie, McLean and Vermilion. All work must be original and not previously exhibited at the Giertz Gallery. Work completed under an instructor’s supervision is not eligible. Only works completed since January 2014 will be accepted. The juror will make all final determinations.

Submitted works may be in the following disciplines: painting, sculpture, ceramics, metals, drawing, printmaking, photography, textiles, video, and mixed media. Due to space limitations, accepted video will be shown on a computer monitor. No installation art accepted due to space restrictions.

Size: Works including frames should not exceed 36 × 36 × 36.  

Work must be completely assembled and exhibition ready. All works on paper must be matted or mounted and framed. Frames should be wired or have D-rings (no sawtooth hangers). Unframed paintings are acceptable but must have a finished edge and be ready to hang.

Work requiring special handling or installation will be accepted only at the gallery’s discretion. Giertz Gallery has the right to exclude any artwork that has the potential to damage the facility, other artwork, or the public. Any artwork that does not meet the above guidelines will not be accepted for exhibition.

Jury Instructions
Jurying will be conducted through online submission. No mailed applications will be accepted.

Please visit this link to begin your application:

Digital Images
Giertz Gallery requests digital images in 300 dpi – 4 × 6 (1200 × 1800 pixels) – jpeg file format. Images should be named using the following format: LastName_FirstName_Submission#.JPG (example: Kahlo_Frida_1.JPG)

Entry Fee
A $20 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three artworks. Each 3D work entry may have one detail image. Due to size restrictions of the gallery, only one piece per artist will be accepted. All fees are nonrefundable and payable by credit card at time of online submission.

Works will be handled with the utmost care. Giertz Gallery will provide insurance coverage for damage or loss only while in the possession of the gallery. The amount of coverage will be limited to the repair or replacement value, as stated by the artist on the loan form.

Written authorization is required for the Giertz Gallery to release work to anyone other than the artist. If you are unable to pick up your work during the pickup times, you may indicate a proxy who will do this for you in advance by notifying the gallery director. Your proxy must provide a valid picture ID. Artwork left with the Giertz Gallery more than 30 days after the close of the exhibition is deemed abandoned and will be discarded.

Submitting an entry to this show constitutes agreement with all conditions of this show. Giertz Gallery at Parkland College assumes the right to photograph accepted artwork for publicity or catalog purposes. Giertz Gallery at Parkland College reserves the right to reject works accepted by the juror that have been inaccurately represented by the image, and reserves the right to reject works from exhibition that are deemed extraordinarily fragile or unstable. All accepted work must remain for the duration of the show.

Exhibited works available for sale will be sold at the price indicated on the entry form with the artist receiving 70% and the Giertz Gallery receiving 30%. Works not for sale should be listed “NFS,” but a value must be stated for insurance purposes.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance via email provided by the artist on the submission form.  Please see calendar for notification date.


Contact the 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council by email at kwhite@40north.org or by calling 217/351-9841. Contact Giertz Gallery at Parkland College Office by email at giertzgallery@parkland.edu or by calling 217/351-2485.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Parkland College Art, Design Student Juried Exhibition 2017

Parkland College Art, Design Student Juried Exhibition 2017

Exhibit: April 10 to May 6, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Reception: Thursday, April 13, 5­7 p.m., Gallery Lounge, with awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble

Parkland College's Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition for 2017 will be held April 10 through May 6 in the Giertz Gallery.

image information: Neda Sroka, Maquette for St. Sebastian, terra cotta, 18" x 8" x 8", 2016, from Sculpture II

Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty will select approximately 180 works from among 350+ entries for this year's exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2016, were eligible to submit artwork. 

Many of these works earn artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit's opening reception Thursday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge. The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music.

Art and design associate professor Matthew Watt is among many Parkland art and design faculty who look forward to this event each spring, along with students.

"Making art is rigorous work; it takes grit to make it happen," Watt said. "I am always impressed with what our students can accomplish." 

As students planning on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland, this exhibition allows them to showcase their extensive talent as well as the exploration processes they have experienced throughout their studies in art and design, according to gallery director Lisa Costello. 

"It introduces them to professional practices they will encounter in their field as well, such as working with a gallery, preparing their work for exhibition, and engaging in the jurying process that is essential for an emerging artist," Costello said. "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 April 13 reception, an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. will recognize students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction. Student artists will receive monetary awards including the Parkland President Award, the David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award, the Metals Award for Jewelry/Metalsmithing, the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award, the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award, and the Blair Kling Memorial Art Award. In addition to these awards, there will also be an Art Coop Award for Sustained Studio Excellence, which allows students to purchase art supplies. 

Parkland Art and Design students are eligible to earn scholarships, which are also announced during the reception; these include the Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Scholarship, and the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship. Finally, the winner of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship will be announced.

Merit awardees, scholarship recipients, and certificate winners retain possession of their work, while purchase awards become part of the Parkland College Student Art Collection. 

Exhibit Sneak Peek

In addition to the reception and award festivities, the college will hold a Boneyard Arts Festival Sneak Peek of the new exhibit on Friday, April 7, 2­6 p.m. 

"It is great to be a part of the county-wide celebration that 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council, organizes each year," she said.

Gallery Hours and Directions

All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday­Thursday, 10 a.m.­7 p.m., and Saturday, noon­2 p.m. 

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 door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point on the first floor, 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.