General Exhibition Information

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The General Exhibition is one of Illinois’ premier high school art exhibitions featuring student visual artworks from some of the top city, suburban, public and private high schools. The General Exhibition is a “Best of the Best” competition developed by teachers to recognize high school students for their artistic excellence. 

Each year, over 100 high schools register to participate in the General Exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center located in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. High schools digitally submit up to 25 artworks into 8 categories: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Design, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Time Arts for consideration via SlideRoom, an online visual slide review platform.

The IHSAE receives well over 2500 submissions for consideration for the General Exhibition. All entires are curated by the IHSAE Board of Directors and guest jurors, who select works by over 500 student artists or the exhibition. Students have an opportunity to compete against their peers for over $15,000 in IHSAE awards and scholarships, including the IHSAE Visionary Award. Students also have an opportunity to receive Early College/Summer Intensive scholarships offered by representatives from select art schools, colleges and universities across the country.

For more information, please contact our General Exhibition Coordinator, Jackie Wargo.