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.
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