Our mission statement

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition believes the visual arts are a powerful force in culture and education, enriching the lives and endeavors of humankind.  Our mission is to advance art education for young people by providing art exhibition and education opportunities that celebrate students' artistic achievement, promote mastery and ingenuity in learning, and facilitate post-secondary opportunities.

Our Story

The IHSAE is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the advancement of visual arts education through exhibitions, college fair, community events, vendor and career expo. The organization was created for students by teachers who identified the need to bridge the gap between talented high school art students and post-secondary opportunities. The entire organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with art schools/colleges/universities, corporate sponsors, and participating high schools to celebrate the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students on a grand scale.

Since 2014, the IHSAE has been responsible for awarding high school art students more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, facilitating over 200 early college program scholarships, and connecting over 800 high school seniors to tuition scholarship offers totalling more than $60 million. Each year the IHSAE continues to grow and improve its ability to connect participating city, suburban, public and private high school students to future post-secondary opportunities in the visual arts.

IHSAE Board of Directors

Executive Director John Zilewicz Niles West HS

Executive Director
John Zilewicz
Niles West HS

Assistant Director Chris Sykora Deerfield HS

Assistant Director
Chris Sykora
Deerfield HS

Finance Director Nick Hostert Palatine HS

Finance Director
Nick Hostert
Palatine HS

Communications Coordinator Jonathan Reiman Kenwood Academy HS

Communications Coordinator
Jonathan Reiman
Kenwood Academy HS

Senior Exhibition Coordinator Matthew Winkelman Lake Zurich HS

Senior Exhibition Coordinator
Matthew Winkelman
Lake Zurich HS

General Exhibition Coordinator Jackie Wargo Homewood-Flossmoor HS

General Exhibition Coordinator
Jackie Wargo
Homewood-Flossmoor HS

Portfolio Coordinator Joshua Hoering Maine Township

Portfolio Coordinator
Joshua Hoering
Maine Township

 

Committee Members

Graphic Designer Mike Bale - Mundelein HS

Graphic Designer
Mike Bale - Mundelein HS

Website & Social Media Specialist Luke Jenner - JB Conant HS

Website & Social Media Specialist
Luke Jenner - JB Conant HS

Assistant Graphic Designer Deanna Sortino - Niles West HS

Assistant Graphic Designer
Deanna Sortino - Niles West HS

 

Senior Scholarship Exhibition Team Members

Senior Exhibition Assistant Kevin Shifley - Lakes Comm. HS

Senior Exhibition Assistant
Kevin Shifley - Lakes Comm. HS

Installation Coordinator Dan Lobraco - Lake Park HS

Installation Coordinator
Dan Lobraco - Lake Park HS

 

General Exhibition Team Members

General Exhibition Assistant Melissa Sauder - Homewood-Flossmoor HS

General Exhibition Assistant
Melissa Sauder - Homewood-Flossmoor HS

Installation Coordinator Greg Petecki - Homewood-FlossmoorHS

Installation Coordinator
Greg Petecki - Homewood-FlossmoorHS

General Exhibition Awards Coordinator Katherine O'Truk

General Exhibition Awards Coordinator
Katherine O'Truk

 
 

Contact us

communications@ihsae.org