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Every year Giertz Gallery organizes a handful of special events that strive to connect the community to the art world. Every fall the Gallery coordinates the High School Art Seminar, an all-day event that invites area high school art teachers to bring their students to Parkland College to try out new materials and techniques. Giertz Gallery and Community Education collaborate each spring and fall on Art Expeditions to museums and galleries in the Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis areas. The Gallery frequently provides events for elementary and junior high school students, giving tours of the gallery and themed art projects. As an educational gallery, Parkland provides several outlets for students and community alike to learn from and be immersed in contemporary art.


  • Artist Lecture: Eric Shine
    Thursday, October 10, 2013, 12-1pm
    In the Gallery

    Eric Shine is a current Fine Arts student at Parkland College. In 2011, Eric was awarded the Don Lake Art Scholarship and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship. That summer Eric traveled to Arrowmont in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains to attend a week-long workshop in resin casting. Asking himself, “Why not?” He encased a raw slab of bacon in resin. This piece won a Merit Award in the 2012 Governor’s State Community College Juried Art Exhibition.

    Always the curious learner, Eric traveled to Guinea, West Africa to learn traditional lost-wax bronze casting through Antioch University. For six months Eric apprenticed with master caster, Sekou Berete. Come and listen as Eric shares his experience traveling and working in Guinea, West Africa.










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