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Around the Block II: Artists from Our Neighborhood Call for Entries

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 regional artists from Champaign County and surrounding areas.


Exhibition Dates: June 19 – August 9, 2017


05/04/17                      Online Submission Deadline, Entry Fee $20
(extended deadline)

05/15/17                      Acceptance Notification

06/09 – 06/10             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.

06/19/17                      Exhibition opens

06/22/17                      Reception 5-7 p.m.; opening remarks with Lisa Costello, Kelly White, &                                          Gisele Atterberry at 6 p.m.

08/09/17                      Gallery Talk by Gisele Atterberry at 6p.m.
                                    Exhibit Closes at 7 p.m., artists pick up work after the talk

08/09                           Pick up Exhibited artwork: Wednesday, August 9 at 7 p.m.   
                                    Thursday, August 10 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Gisele Atterberry, Professor of Art History, Fine Arts Department, at Joliet Junior College will serve as juror for the exhibition. Prior to Joliet, she taught as an adjunct at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University. She also served as curator at Krannert Art Museum and co-authored "Design Essentials: A Handbook," a college studio arts textbook.  She has a master's degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 of 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” x 36” x 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 the link below 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 $20.00 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 pick-up time 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 dates.

Contact the 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council by email at or call 217/351-9841.

Contact Giertz Gallery at Parkland College Office by email at or call 217/351-2485.



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