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Area Students Honored in Art, Design Exhibit

Students win Parkland Art and Design Exhibition 2015 awards, scholarships

Friday, April 24, 2015
The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College proudly announces the scholarship and award winners of its 2015 Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition, on display in the gallery through May 2.

This exhibition comprises student pieces produced in Parkland Art and Design classes within the last year, featuring Photography, Painting, Drawing, Metals, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Color Theory, and Ceramics course work. Members of Parkland’s art faculty selected exhibit works from approximately 300 submissions. Students, faculty, and the public can see the strength and quality of the artwork chosen, demonstrating tenacity and commitment, and revealing the development of critical thinking and visual perception.

Accomplishments of these talented, dedicated, and hardworking students are evident by the works included in the exhibit. A reception honoring the participants was held on Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. During the celebration, students received a number of awards and art scholarships.

Scholarship recipients included Cole Cary of Monticello, who won the Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship; Neda Sroka of Savoy, who received the Don Lake Art Scholarship; Leila Ghasempor of Champaign, who won the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship; and Kristin Marshall of Champaign, winner of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship.

Monetary awards included the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for work of outstanding artistic achievement, given to Jarrett Bender (Paxton); the Parkland President's Award, given to Yang Tai (Champaign); the Blair Kling Award, given to Ryland Snow (Gilman); the Fine & Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence, given to Caitlin Sims (Champaign); the Art & Design Faculty Award, given to Rachel Stiles (Champaign); the Metals Award of Artistic Distinction, given to Renee Cooper (Urbana); the Art Coop Award, given to Jihee Lee (Champaign); and the Sidney Artists’ Guild Award in Memory of Lucy Seaman, awarded to William Smith (Champaign).

All events in the gallery are handicapped-accessible; events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.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. 

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