2017 Art Educator Show
7:00 pm19:00

2017 Art Educator Show

  • Bridgeport Art Center

It’s not uncommon for Art Educators to find themselves with little to no time for their own studio practice with few opportunities to exhibit their artwork. With that in mind, the Illinois Art Educator Show was developed.

The primary goal of the show is to encourage art educators to continue developing their artistic practice. In addition, the show provides art educators an exclusive opportunity to showcase their artwork with colleagues. Art educators from all across the Chicagoland area are invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind event, an exhibition focused on celebrating the creative talents of the art educator. The Illinois Art Educator Show is a juried show, featuring over 100 works of art from city, suburban, public, and private educators. Winners will be awarded more than $1000 in cash prizes/awards.

So, whether you’re actively making art or it’s been a few years, there’s no time like the present. Please make every effort to submit your artwork to this show, so art educators can prove that those who teach, also do.

Entry Deadline - March 22nd  2017
Email Notification - By April 3rd   2017
Delivery of Accepted Work - April 8th & April 9th 2017 (10am-1pm)
Opening Reception & Awards - Friday, April  21st 2017 from 7-10pm
Exhibition - April 21st – May 13th
Pick-Up Exhibited Work - May 14th – May 15th, 10am – 6pm

Mar 7

General Exhibition Strike Day

This will be the Strike time (take down) for the 2017 General Exhibition.

Dropoff site liaisons will be on site to pick up any artwork that was dropped off at their school sites. If you dropped off artwork with one of our dropoff sites, you must arrange a pickup time with the dropoff site host. You are also able to come to the city to pick up artwork, however you must notify the dropoff site liaison of your intentions beforehand in order to prevent any miscommunication and lost artwork.

12:00 pm12:00

General Exhibition Opening

  • Zhou B art center

The 2017 exhibition and awards presentation will be held at the Zhou B Art center. If you are new to the exhibition this year, the Zhou Brothers and the IHSAE have been partners since year 1 in efforts to provide a space that allows for our growth and for the Illinois community to gain exposure to the vibrant energy that the arts has in Illinois. This show, just like the Third Friday show at the Zhou B art center, will exhibit all of the student work as well as the work of the resident artists in the building. 

The main difference between this show and the third Friday show is that awards will be revealed and presented to students and families. This will only happen on Sunday, February 26th.

*On-site demonstrations by Copic, Winsor & Newton, and Liquitex will be held from 12:00-1:30pm - Stop by to see what's new in art materials!

NOTE: Students must be in attendance to receive their awards! Any student selected for an award that is not in attendance will forfeit their award's prizes but will still receive recognition for their award.

12:00 pm12:00

Senior Scholarship Exhibition Opening

  • Bridgeport Art Center

The 2017 Senior Scholarship Exhibition will display the work of those Seniors who were chosen to receive college scholarships from partnered institutions across the country. This part of the overall exhibition was only open to Senior art students who submitted a developed portfolio of work through our program. This work may include work from multiple mediums, or be limited to one or two mediums; this choice is up to the student and the accompanying art teacher. These portfolios were then reviewed and selected by representatives from dozens of colleges and universities with strong art programs.

FYI: The exact timeline and schedule is forthcoming. Please check here and our social media for updates!

10:00 am10:00

College Recruitment Fair

  • Zhou B Art Center

An immensely successful aspect of our Exhibition, the College Fair cultivates conversations with all of our high school art students interested in pursuing post-secondary study in visual art and related disciplines. Students and parents can learn about educational opportunities, admission procedures, financial aid, portfolio reviews, entrance requirements, and much more by developing relationships with representatives from colleges and universities.

A student signs up for info from a college at the 2016 art fair

A student signs up for info from a college at the 2016 art fair

The fair is open to all participating and non-participating high school students.  This is a chance to connect with some of the nation's top art schools, colleges and universities. Initial contact may have been made by email or phone prior to the show in an effort to schedule a meetings early. Be sure to periodically check email and respond to those inquiries in a timely manner.

If you are a student planning to attend the fair, be sure to bring along at least one parent, guardian or other adult to help you ask questions about your future college plans.

Students and parents meet art university representatives

Students and parents meet art university representatives


Tips for Students:

Follow these easy tips to make the most effective use of your time at the fair:

  • When you approach recruiting tables, introduce yourself and provide your specific area of interest so representatives can focus on how to best help you in your college search.

  • Speak up! Many folks are talking around you, and it's sometimes hard to hear you.

  • Come with a list of questions to ask recruiters:  When do I apply to your college? What makes your school special?

  • Discuss the cost of education, room and board, and any scholarship opportunities.

  • Bring a bag to take home literature from the college representatives.

  • Bring your portfolio for review and get some feedback on what you can do to increase your chances of earning a scholarship!

Representatives from all over the country meet students from all over Illinois.

Representatives from all over the country meet students from all over Illinois.

7:00 pm19:00

3rd Friday Art Walk

  • Zhou B Art Center

The Zhou B. Art Center & Bridgeport Art Center:

General Exhibition/Senior Scholarship Exhibition Public Opening

The Zhou B Art Center and the Bridgeport Art Center open their exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at both Art Centers open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-residence and the four in-house gallery spaces makes the Zhou B and Bridgeport Art Center 3rd Friday Exhibitions one of the most diverse art experiences in the city.

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition 2017 will be open to the public on this evening. The IHSAE Team would like to encourage art educators, as well as, avid art enthusiasts from all across the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs to join us as we kick off this exciting event.

No awards are distributed this evening


Bridgeport Art Center

1200 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL, 60609


Zhou B Art Center

1029 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL, 60609

11:00 am11:00

IHSAE Installation Day (General Exhibition & Senior Scholarship Exhibition)

  • Zhou B Art Center

All Hands on Deck!

Sunday, February 12, 2017 has been designated as the IHSAE's official Drop-off and Installation Day. The IHSAE will be accepting artwork deliveries between 8am-11am at both the Zhou B. Art Center (General Exhibition) and the Bridgeport Art Center (Senior Scholarship Exhibition). Schools with students in both exhibitions will be required to drop-off artwork separately at both art centers to avoid any confusion.

  • Drop-off - 8-11am

  • Installation - 11am-8pm

Liaison, matter where you are dropping off artwork, all artwork must be properly packed and labeled according to IHSAE guidelines. Artwork will be refused until it meets these guidelines.

For information pertaining to drop-off and artwork preparation, please consult the information on the General Exhibition Info Page.

Jan 22

Notification of Acceptance

School Liaisons will be notified of the artworks that have been selected by the IHSAE judges between January 20-23. If you have not been notified by January 24th, please contact Jackie Wargo at j.wargo@ihsae.org to inquire about your school.

Once notified, your school will need to prep artwork for delivery. No artwork will be accepted without being properly prepared for exhibition. For information on the preparations needed, please consult our General Exhibition Information page by clicking the link in the navigation at the top of the page or the link below.

Jan 13

General Exhibition Submission Window

Submissions for the General Exhibition open to the public on October 5, 2016 and will remain open 24/7 until January 13, 2017.

Note, the info below applies ONLY to the General Exhibition, NOT the Senior Portfolio Exhibition.

During this window the liaison teacher for your school is able to submit the works of art that your school is entering into the 20117 General Exhibition. Each school has 25 entries and will display one entry per category submitted. Remember that there are some new additions to the artwork categories, increasing the number of categories from 6 up to 8 for our 2017 Exhibition.

Please review the information for the General Exhibition by clicking the link below.

8:00 am08:00

IHSAE Fall Planning Meeting

  • Niles West High School

The IHSAE Fall Planning Meeting will review the information teachers need for the 2017 Exhibition. The meeting will be held at Niles West High School from 8am to 3pm on October 4, 2016.

The Planning Meeting will also contain professional development but specifics are still being smoothed out. More information is forthcoming.