Why Join the IHSAE?

Connect with Illinois' top high school art students

The IHSAE is a uniquely convenient way to access the best High School visual artists from over 120 participating schools in Illinois. We facilitate your direct connections with the 600+ students in the General Exhibition and to 250+ Seniors who submit portfolios for scholarship consideration. With your partnership, we are giving students a direct path towards majoring in creative fields and celebrating secondary-education art programs across the country. The limits of our reach depends on your involvement.

Both the General Exhibition and the Senior Scholarship Exhibition take place on one day, in a vibrant venue designed to cultivate your relationships with the brightest and most talented art students in Illinois, as well as with their families, teachers, and school programs. In addition to the physical events, you have the opportunity to connect with participating students and teachers via email, social media, and web presence, all of which enhance the possibilities for students to pursue future creative careers within your visual art programs.

We are working to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with all of the top art schools, colleges and universities across the country. Last year’s participating institutions offered a combined $30 million dollars in tuition scholarships to H.S. seniors and over 60 Early College Program/Summer Intensive Scholarships to H.S. juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.

Getting involved with the Illinois High School Art Exhibition

Our #1 stakeholder are the students. Serving the many student participants and promoting art education programs across the country requires connections to organizations that benefit everyone involved. We advocate for the crucial influence that the visual arts have on student learning and their lives, and for the prominence of the creative economy. The success of this program is directly connected to the involvement of our sponsors.

We ask partnering institutions to commit to a sponsorship package that suits your and our students’ needs. Our Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorship levels include monetary sponsorships, full or partial tuition scholarships, and early college program/art camp/summer intensive scholarships (if your institution offers these programs). To view College Sponsorship Levels, click here.

Together, with your generous contributions, we will provide unique visual arts opportunities for students that bring students to your campus with the possibility of pursuing a career in the creative economy.

College Fair

Due to the overwhelming success of the College Fair component to our Exhibition, the IHSAE has once again been able to secure the entire 1st floor of the Zhou B. Art Center for 2017 to set up college/university tables. The space will be completely dedicated to our college partners to cultivate conversations with students and their families.

Doors will open 2-hours before the "Opening Reception" begins.

This time can be used to connect with IHSAE student participants, set up one-on-one meetings, conduct portfolio reviews, discuss the possibility of students attending your institution and much, much more. 

Space is limited. register early to secure your space.