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Art Educator Exhibition

The Show is Back!
Calling All K-12 Art Educators!

Friday, September 20th 2024
7pm - 10pm

ArtConnectED understands the importance of

building community and the role that the arts can play in bringing people together. The arts are an essential part of our culture, they allow us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions, increase our self-awareness, and also allow us to be open to new ideas and experiences. 


The Art Educator Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition developed by art educators for art educators who continue their studio practice while teaching in K-12 schools across Illinois. It is held at the historic and visually breathtaking Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago with up to $1,000 in cash awards. 

(*Retired educators or a person working in the Art Education field are also eligible to participate)


All fine art media is accepted. Artists may submit painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fibers, glass, mixed media, digital/video media, ceramics, and/or jewelry. All works must be original and completed within the last year.

Submissions Open - April 1st, 2024

Submission Deadline - Friday, August 23rd 2024

Opening Reception - Friday, September 20th 2024, 7-10pm

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  • Click Here for the Full List of Dates and Deadlines
    • January 26th, 2024: Submission Deadline •March 10th, 2024: Early Dropoff • March 11th, 2024: Artwork Dropoff & Install @ Bridgeport Art Center • April 21st, 2024: Senior Scholarship & Northern Region Exhibitions @ Bridgeport Art Center •April 22-30, 2024: Artwork De-installation & Pickup
  • Portfolio Review and Notification Process
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE Portfolio Review Completed portfolio submissions will be reviewed by admissions representatives from accredited colleges, universities and art schools from across the country for scholarship consideration. Notification Process ArtConnectED will send out email notifications to all students who receive scholarship offers. Colleges have been asked to notify students both electronically and by mail. All scholarship offers are considered provisional until the student has completed a formal application and been accepted to the offering school. Notification of Artwork Inclusion in Exhibition Students and their art teacher will be notified by ArtConnectED of their participation in the Senior Scholarship Exhibition prior to the exhibit via email.
  • Artwork Prep & Packaging Guidelines
    Click here for detailed instructions on artwork prep and packaging before dropoff!
  • Exhibition, Awards, and Reception Information"
    Exhibition and reception information is being finalized and will be posted and sent out when established. Location: Bridgeport Art Center 1200 W 35th St Chicago, IL 60609 Senior Scholarship Exhibition Awards In addition to the scholarships, the Senior Scholarship Exhibition Awards include special recognition awards that will be monetarily based and are structured as follows: Visionary Award Best in Show Gold Silver Bronze Honorable Mention
  • Senior Scholarship Exhibition Information Packet
    This information packet includes more detailed information and all the links to apply and submit your portfolio for review. This is the same document as the one linked at the top of the page. Click here to access
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