Key Sponsors



The largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the U.S., catering to the full spectrum of artists. Blick believes that art education develops the human creativity necessary to solve the world's complex problems, enrich its culture and provide fulfillment for its inhabitants.

School of the Art Institute Chicago

Considered “the most influential art college in the country,” SAIC is ranked as a top 3 graduate fine arts program in the U.S., and is distinct by how it provides all students the necessary freedom to grow as artists, designers, and scholars, while striving for a unique level of rigor, investigation, and cultural relevance.

Illinois Art Education Association

A professional organization for art educators, individuals and groups who wish to support art education in Illinois by promoting quality art education for children and adults, and offering professional development to teachers and educational leaders.

Bridgeport Art Center

Located in the former Spiegel Catalog Warehouse, the BAC continually seeks out new ways to serve as a resource for creative minds and is home to many artists’ studios, designers, professional people, and gallery and event spaces.

Arts Alliance

Founded in 1982, by a small group of artists and arts administrators to combat the threatened elimination of state funding for the arts in Illinois, the Alliance has become the largest statewide arts advocacy network in the country.

Sergio Gomez of Art NXT Level Projects

Sergio Gomez, MFA, is an Artist, Curator, Gallery Owner, Creative Entrepreneur, and Art NXT Level Co-Founder, which is an organization that supports artists through the joys, struggles and frustrations of experience during their art careers.