The best 1,000 student artists from approximately 125+ Illinois high schools will converge to showcase their art and vie for college scholarships at the 5th annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE).

Abril Gutierrez from Belvidere High School has been selected to showcase artwork at the exhibit and has been offered two college scholarships.

The show runs from Monday, February 12 through Friday, March 9 at the Zhou B Art Center and Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. A public opening will be hosted on Friday, February 16 as the Zhou B Art Center’s monthly Third Friday special event as well as at the Bridgeport Art Center. The exhibition’s main general exhibition event on Sunday, February 25 will feature ceremonies, early college scholarship announcements, awards presentations, and college recruitments at the Zhou B Art Center and senior scholarship announcements at the Bridgeport Art Center. (See event descriptions, times, and locations here)

The IHSAE includes multiple display venues beyond the Zhou B Art Center, the sole host partner for the first three years, because of its burgeoning success. Some 4,000 students, teachers, college representatives, and school district administrators are expected to attend the state’s largest high school student art exhibition that is also widely considered the gold standard amongst high school student art exhibitions nationwide.

“The scholarships will continue a robust IHSAE tradition that has facilitated $80-million-plus cumulatively for more than 900 students since our first event in 2014,” said Chris Sykora, co-creator of IHSAE, which uniquely collaborates with city, suburban, public, and private high schools and more than 35 college art schools nationwide.