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Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show announces opening reception

Next Wednesday, May 17th, Parkland College‘s graphic design students will be kicking off their annual Graphic Design Student Show with an opening reception at Parkland’s Giertz Gallery.

The full exhibition will run through June 1st, and will be open to the public. For more information on the opening reception, and the exhibit as a whole, check out Parkland’s event description below:

Parkland Students Celebrate Another Year of Creativity!

Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs feature intensive hands-on studio classes that are rooted in real-world problem-solving. Students start building portfolio samples in their first semester and then keep building them throughout the two-year program. The best of these projects are featured every year in a juried exhibition in Parkland’s art gallery.

Come out and help celebrate another year of dedication, passion, and creative problem-solving. Expect to see great examples of advertising, branding, packaging, posters, brochures, T-shirts, motion graphics, websites, illustration, and other examples of commercial work.

Special thanks for the generous support from the people at Surface 51, The Robeson Family, [co][lab], Studio 2D, Electric Pictures, and the Champaign-Urbana Design Org (CUDO) who all donated cash awards. CUDO also co-sponsors the reception every year.

And a very special thanks to Ralph Roether (Graphic Designer, Champaign Park District) and Maria Ludeke (Design Studio Manager, Neutral Design Studio) who donated their time to judge the show and select the award winners.

Be sure to RSVP on Facebook to see sneak peaks leading up to the event.



Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 17 from 5–7pm
Awards ceremony at 6:30pm
Musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Exhibition dates: May 15–June 1, 2017
Summer gallery hours: Mon–Thurs 10am–7pm; Closed Fri & Sat
Location: Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign


Immediately after the awards ceremony, graphic design instructor Liza Wynette will give a gallery talk and guided tour of the exhibition. In an informal Q&A with select award winners, Liza will go behind the scenes and reveal how Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs teach creative problem solving and design thinking.

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