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Alexander Vertikoff, "Living Room to Southeast"

Alexander Vertikoff, "SAMARA Panoramic"






Frederick James Partridge (English, 1877-1942) for Liberty & Co. (English, established 1875), Tiara with Corn Design, c. 1900. Collection of Richard H. Driehaus. Photograph by John A. Faier, 2014, © The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

The stained glass dome in the Sculpture Gallery (ca. 1900), detail. Photo by Alexander Vertikoff, 2011.




Join Giertz Gallery Director Lisa Costello and FLW specialist Laura O’Donnell on a day trip to view masterpieces from two distinctive phases of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career: the Prairie and Usonian styles. First, tour the B. Harley Bradley House (1901) in Kankakee, which marks the beginning of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School period. Next, visit West Lafayette, Indiana, and the John E. Christian House, SAMARA (1954). A pristine example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture, the home’s democratic, distinctly national style was afford- able for the “common people” of the United States. Special arrangements have been made to view a home that has been faithfully maintained to the exacting standards set by Wright. Registration fee includes admission fees for both sites.

Thursday, April 30 7:30am - 6pm $75 (lunch additional).
Bus departs from BTCE Registration deadline: April 10

Friday, May 29 7:30am - 6pm $75 (lunch additional). Bus departs from BTCE Registration deadline: April 10

This trip is a collaborative effort between Community Education and Parkland’s Giertz Gallery to assist with art exhibits and programming.

Please contact Community Education at 217/353-2055 to purchase a ticket. Seating is limited.

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Located just steps away from the hustle of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in Gilded Age-era decorative arts, design, and architecture. The splendor of the 19th-century is celebrated by the Museum’s culturally and historically significant setting within the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion. Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry features more than 250 exemplary works of art jewelry between the Victorian Era and the First World War, including cloak clasps, hair ornaments, pins, brooches, rings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and several tiaras. This groundbreaking exhibition illuminates the international proliferation of art jewelry through the lens of woman as its maker and muse. Expert museum guides lend insight into the mansion’s magnificent interiors, stunning pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, and the five- year restoration project that returned the building to its original splendor.

Our day includes museum and special exhibition entry. After the tour we will eat lunch and have free time to explore the rest of the museum or walk Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Friday, May 15, 7:30am–6:30pm $85 (lunch additional). Bus departs from BTCE Registration deadline: May 1

This trip is a collaborative effort between Community Education and Giertz Gallery at Parkland College to assist with art gallery exhibits and programming.

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