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Giertz Gallery, in collaboration with Community Education at Parkland College, host a variety of day trips to visit art and architecture-related exhibitions and venues. These small group trips are an opportunity to learn, explore and enjoy new surrounds and investigate both historic and contemporary art and architecture. These trips assist with art gallery exhibits and programming. Register online or call the Community Education office at 217/353-2055.

Upcoming Art Exhibitions

Giertz Gallery Art Expedition: Art Institute of Chicago Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 7:30am – 6:30pm
  • Tuition: $85.00
  • Registration closes on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 12 AM

Join gallery director Lisa Costello, and art history instructor Laura O’Donnell for a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to see Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, an exhibition that features over 240 works by the artist. Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais—this exhibition is the first to delve into his radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator. Best known for his paintings of women in idyllic Tahitian settings, Paul Gauguin was an artist whose career spanned the globe and whose works defy categorization.

Audio guide included. You’ll have several hours to explore the Art Institute and lunch on your own.


Giertz Gallery Art Expedition - Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 from 7:30am to 6:30pm
  • Tuition: $85.00
  • Registration closes on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12 AM

Join gallery director Lisa Costello and Laura O’Donnell, Parkland art history instructor, for a day trip to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art to see over fifty works by Takashi Murakami, one of the most visible and important Japanese artists working today. Rooted in the traditions of Japanese painting and folklore, Murakami incorporates popular culture and blurs the boundaries between high and low art, ancient and modern, East and West. Murakami’s complex paintings are filled with characters and scenarios both cute and menacing, saccharine sweet and critically acidic. This major retrospective showcases his astute eye for the contemporary influences of globalization, media culture, and the continued threats of nuclear power. After viewing the exhibition, you will have several hours to explore the rest of the Museum of Contemporary Art and eat lunch on your own.


Giertz Gallery Art Expedition: Frank Lloyd Wright in Kane County, Fabyan Villa, and Japanese Garden

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 from 7:15am to 7:30pm
  • Tuition: $75.00
  • Registration closes on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12 AM

This day trip led by gallery director Lisa Costello and Wright specialist Laura O’Donnell takes you to Kane County to tour two Frank Lloyd Wright–designed homes, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the morning we will visit the Muirhead Farmhouse, a 3,200-square-foot Usonian built in the early 1950s and designed to suit the needs of a farming family. Now surrounded by nearly 800 acres of restored prairie, this rare building remains in the ownership of the Muirhead family.

After lunch, we will leap a half century back in Wright’s career and tour the Fabyan Villa. In 1907 George and Nelle Fabyan hired Wright to enlarge and remodel an existing farmhouse. Like Wright, the Fabyans developed an intense appreciation for Japanese culture after visiting Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition. They decided to include a Japanese garden—which we will tour—as part of their large estate on the Fox River.

Note that as a historic property the Fabyan Villa is not fully accessible. Entrance to the Villa Museum requires the ability to walk up a flight of five steps, and the second floor is accessible by stairs only. The Japanese garden tour involves walking on packed mulch or crushed stone paths, which has grade changes, and is partially stepped.


Giertz Gallery Art Expedition: SOFA Chicago

  • Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7:45am – 6:30pm
  • Tuition: $75.00
  • Registration closes on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 12 AM

Giertz Gallery Director, Lisa Costello, and Parkland art instructor, Laura O’Donnell, lead this trip to Navy Pier, to experience SOFA, Chicago’s most popular and longest running art exposition. The event showcases the best of contemporary sculpture, objects, functional art & design from all over the world. Upon arrival at Navy Pier, you will be able to peruse the large exhibition that features 80+ prestigious galleries with works in ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal, design, painting, photography and works on paper.

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