Murray Gallery Features “Herbaria and Otherwords” by Ruthan Mazrim Artist Reception Tomorrow Evening

“Herbaria and Otherwords” by Ruthan Mazrim is the current exhibit in the Murray Gallery through April 5.  The gallery, on the second floor of Menard Hall, is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The campus community as well as the public is invited to attend a reception with the artist tomorrow evening,  March 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery.  Read more about the artist and exhibit. 


“Like” LLCC Theatre on Facebook!

LLCC Theatre is asking faculty and staff at Lincoln Land who use Facebook to “Like” its Facebook page: You are encouraged to share posts that will be appearing regularly over the next couple of weeks promoting LLCC Theatre’s upcoming performance of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers at Theatre in the Park at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in New Salem.

As part of the promotion, the art program designed a poster for the show and the journalism program (Intro to Public Relations class) wrote actor bios, edited videos and took rehearsal photos. Please showcase the students’ work and let your friends and neighbors know about the upcoming show!

A special, limited number of movie-sized posters (24″ by 36″) were printed. They are the same as the smaller posters hanging around campus. Only a few will be available for purchase, but at least five will be given away to anyone who Likes the theatre programs’s Facebook page and shares a post.

LLCC Theatre also hopes you will come out to see its play being held at 8 p.m. on May 19, 20 and 21 (Friday to Sunday) and May 25, 26 or 27 (Thursday to Saturday).

Pre-show entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with director Mark Hardiman giving a brief talk at approximately 7:20 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children under the age of 12. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 632.5440 or 1.800.710.9290. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. It is open 5 to 8 p.m. on show nights.

LLCC Theatre to present Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers” beginning May 19

LLCC Theatre, in collaboration with Theatre in the Park, presents Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers” Friday through Sunday, May 19, 20 and 21 and Thursday through Saturday, May 25, 26 and 27. The play begins at 8 each evening at Theatre in the Park at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7 p.m. in the indoor theatre, and at approximately 7:20 p.m., Director Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre, will present a brief talk about the production.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children under the age of 12 and may be purchased online at or by calling 632-5440 or 800.710.9290. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 5 to 8 p.m. on show nights.

Ludwig’s adaptation of the famous novel by Alexander Dumas is a hilarious, rollicking and suspenseful adventure. The retelling of the musketeers’ story involves a young man, D’Artagnan, who sets off to join the musketeers. His sister, Sabine, comes along, joining in the swashbuckling and proving her sword-fighting abilities.

“It is a fantastic addition to a great tale,” says Hardiman. “This adaptation balances the roles of men and women quite well. It also adds more fun and swashbuckling!”

Honors Recital Wednesday features LLCC music majors

LLCC’s Honors Recital is being held tomorrow, April 26 at 7 p.m. in Menard Hall 2250. The recital showcases LLCC’s finest and
best music majors along with advanced hobby musicians. The program features a wide variety of instrumentalists and vocalists and is a partial requirement for LLCC’s Private Applied Music courses. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lamp wins awards at statewide competition

L to R – Zach Aiello of Chatham (incoming Lamp editor), Madison Mings of Springfield (former Lamp editor), Tim McKenzie (adviser), Theresa Brummett and Tess Peterson

LLCC’s student newspaper, The Lamp, received 11 awards at a statewide competition April 7. The awards were presented at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) spring conference held at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

The Lamp staff won honorable mention for the Mike Foster General Excellence Award, a prize for overall quality of the paper. The Lamp staff includes Isaac Warren of Springfield as editor, and Jared Gorrell of Springfield, assistant editor. “I saw the other papers, and the competition was fierce,” said Tim McKenzie, The Lamp’s adviser and assistant professor of journalism and humanities. “Winning a staff award is always gratifying because it reflects on the quality journalism and contribution of the whole staff.”

Other awards include:

Theresa Brummett of Salisbury won first place for news photo. Brummett previously was assistant editor of The Lamp. Lukas Myers of Taylorville placed first in arts review.

Isaac Warren received second place for page design and honorable mention for headline writing. Theaibold Kennon III of Springfield won second place for feature writing.

Anne King of Springfield placed second in sports feature writing, while Jesse Baker of Springfield received honorable mention.

Tess Peterson of Springfield won second place for Editorial Writer of the Year and Ryan Mazrim of Chatham garnered second place and honorable mention for feature photos.

In addition to The Lamp awards, Adviser and Assistant Professor McKenzie was elected to serve on the ICCJA board of directors.

Student Art Show winners announced

The 2017 LLCC Juried Student Art Show winners were announced at the exhibit opening last night. Sixty-four art students submitted a total of 164 entries for consideration, representing 13 of LLCC’s studio classes.

Kevin Veara, MFA, painter and owner of Black Moon Tattoos, served as juror for the show. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sangamon State University and his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His paintings of bird and plant life have been exhibited nationwide and support even another identity for Veara as an environmental activist.

Juror Veara selected 101 art entries out of the 164, as well as the winners in the studio art categories. This year’s show also showcases several works from LLCC’s digital applications program.

Student art winners in the following award categories include:

Ceramics: Keirin Martel, Chatham – “Algal Bloom”, stoneware, Ceramics
Design Graphics: Binh Nguyen, Springfield – “Metamorphosis”, digital media, Intro to Graphic Design
Drawing: Arthur Silver, Springfield – “Nude with Bun”, Conté crayon, Life Drawing
Painting: Suzanne Traylor, Springfield – “Pilgrimage”, oil on canvas, Painting II
Printmaking: Binh Nguyen, Springfield – “Nymph”, serigraphy, Silkscreen Graphics
3-D Design: Katie Baer, Springfield – “Creatures in Miniature”, mixed media, 3-D Design
Photography: Summer Spain, Springfield – “Bloody Christmas”, giclée print, Digital Photography
Best in Show: Diane Wilson, Auburn – “Ryan’s Hands of Inner Strength”, oil on canvas, Painting II
Art History: Alicia Windisch, Springfield

Alexis Wernsing Pinnacle Award: Miles Guffy, Chatham – The Pinnacle Award was created in 2016 to honor the memory of LLCC alumna, Alexis Wernsing, who graduated from LLCC in 2011. The Pinnacle Award, chosen by the LLCC full-time art faculty, goes to the student who strives for the best in all their academic endeavors without complaint and no matter what the context.

The student art exhibit is open for viewing through May 4.

Student art show reception tonight

LLCC’s annual Student Art Show will open to the public tonight in the James S. Murray Gallery on the second floor of Menard Hall. The LLCC art department welcomes the LLCC community and the public to join them at a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. when award winners will be announced in several categories. A special invitation is extended to all students who put forth the effort to enter their artwork for jurying. Kevin Veara, MFA, painter and owner of Black Moon Tattoos, served as juror for the show.  The student show will be open for viewing until May 4.

“The Vagina Monologues” March 31-April 1

LLCC is presenting a production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. The production is being held in the Trutter Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s performance features a pre-show called “Cis-iety Interrupted,” with original monologues from LLCC students and faculty and Springfield community members. The pre-show begins at 7 p.m. followed by “The Vagina Monologues” at 8 pm. The production includes adult themes and language.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in the ticket office in Menard Hall. More information on LLCC’s production is available from Dr. Deborah Brothers, professor of English, at 786.4966 or

Recital Series continues Sunday with Brickhouse Brass and Blackwater Strings

As part of the 2016-2017 Recital Series, Chamber Music Recital with Brickhouse Brass and Blackwater Strings will be held Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m. in Trutter Center. The recital is free and open to the public.

The Brickhouse Brass ensemble consists of Wil Adams, trumpet; Vince Camille, trumpet; Jan Arnold, horn; Jason Waddell, associate professor of music at LLCC, euphonium; and Tom Philbrick, tuba. The ensemble will perform various songs including “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “St. James Infirmary,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and “a couple of goofy tunes to make the audience smile.”

The Blackwater Strings ensemble consists of Ashley Peterson Rescot, violin I; Mary Gamble Lueking, violin II; Rachel Gamble Helton, viola; and Chet Lord-Remmert, cello. The ensemble will perform String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Opus 18, No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Chamber Music Recital with Brickhouse Brass and Blackwater Strings Sunday, March 19

As part of the Recital Series, Chamber Music Recital with Brickhouse Brass and Blackwater Strings will be held Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m. in Trutter Center. Brickhouse Brass Quintet was founded by five area band directors who needed an outlet to make their own music. Founding members Vince Camille and Tom
Philbrick are combined with Wil Adams, Jan Arnold and Jason Waddell, associate professor of music at LLCC. They perform an eclectic array of music and will provide a fun-filled, toe-tapping afternoon. Blackwater Strings will join in for this special chamber music performance.