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General Exhibition

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’ 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, Pottery, Sculpture, and Time Arts via SlideRoom, an online visual slide review platform.

The IHSAE receives well over 2500 submissions for consideration for the General Exhibition. All entries are curated by the IHSAE Board of Directors and guest jurors, who select works by over 500 student artists for 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.

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Senior Scholarship Exhibition Home


Senior Scholarship Exhibition Home


Senior Scholarship Exhibition

The Senior Scholarship Exhibition is one of Illinois largest and most influential student scholarship exhibitions. This truly unique exhibition serves both as a celebration of students’ artistic achievement and as a means of providing talented young artists with opportunities to succeed in higher education.

Each year, over 100 high schools from across the state participate in the IHSAE’s Senior Scholarship Exhibition. The show is currently held at the Bridgeport Art Center, located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

The IHSAE receives over 300 senior portfolio submissions totaling over 6000 individual works for scholarship review. Once the review is completed, artwork for our exhibition is selected on the basis of scholarship offer(s). All students awarded at least one scholarship are selected to be a part of this unique exhibition

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College Fair


College Fair


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College fair

The college fair is open to all participating and nonparticipating high school students.

This is a chance for students to connect with some of the nation's top art schools, colleges and universities.

Get connected and participate in IHSAE, it’s an amazing opportunity, resource and experience!
— Maurice Smith, Assistant Director of Admission, Savannah College of Art and Design
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Vendor Expo


Vendor Expo


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Vendor Expo

The The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) is hosting its annual Visual Art Festival on Sunday, February 25th 2018 at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. This year, we’re offering a very unique opportunity for vendors to attend our event. Showcase what’s new in the world of art supplies, materials and equipment directly to art educators and art students. Take advantage of direct access to the consumers who use your products. Each year, the IHSAE is visited by over 3,000 people. Some of our guests feature 1000+ students and teachers from 150 of Illinois’ top high schools, not to mention countless art enthusiasts who visit our program each year.  

Register as a Vendor or a Sponsor. What differentiates a vendor from a sponsor? See below.

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Art Educator Exhibition


Art Educator Exhibition


Art Educator Exhibition

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition and the Illinois Art Education Association recognize the artistic talents of Illinois' art educators with an annual juried exhibition with up to $1,000 in cash awards. Participating artists must be a K-12 Art Educator working within the greater Chicagoland area. All fine art media are accepted, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber, glass, mixed media, digital/video media, ceramics, and jewelry. All works must be original and completed within the last year.

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Sponsored Programs


Sponsored Programs


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Sponsored Programs

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition annually supports teachers by sponsoring regional art exhibitions, funding an annual grant for innovative and compelling art projects for students and their communities, and through supporting student-led initiatives and opportunities.