Northern Illinois Regional Art Exhibition

formerly IHSAE General Exhibition

Formerly known as the Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) and General Exhibition.

The Northern Exhibition is one of Illinois’ largest and most influential student art exhibitions. This truly unique show celebrates artistic achievement and provides talented young artists with opportunities to showcase their artwork and compete at a state level.

Student artwork will be judged by category and prizes will be awarded for the top entries in each of the 8 categories: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Design, Mixed Media, Ceramics, Sculpture, and also Time Arts.

Why should students participate in this show?

  • Artwork is displayed in a designed virtual art gallery for 2020 with public access to thousands of people!

  • Opportunities for awards and prizes

  • Connect with College Representatives from wonderful arts programs across the country

  • Test out new arts materials and techniques with vendors and connect with arts and creative companies

  • Network with hundreds of talented student artists from dozens of schools and districts in Illinois

  • Gain recognition through exposure to thousands of guests and patrons of the arts

How is the show being altered for the 2021 exhibition series? (subject to changes)

  • The 2021 show will include the same award recognitions as past years

  • The submission process will be the same, but the judging process will be conducted virtually.

  • Awards will be presented virtually to students in some way over a 2-week period in Late-March 2021

Artwork Submission and Uploading


SUBJECT TO CHANGE Submission Guidelines Each school may submit up to 5 artworks (though 6 artworks may be submitted if including a ime-arts submission). These artworks may come from the following 7 categories:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed/Alternative Media
  • Photography
  • Design
  • Sculpture
  • Pottery
  • Time Arts
Uploading Guidelines
  • Upload your art works to SlideRoom via the link included in your welcome email. https://ihsae.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/58107
  • Photos of artwork should be high-quality, in focus, and closely cropped.
  • Please title each piece of artwork as follows: schoolname_category_studentlastname,firstname

Example: nileswest_mixedmedia_smith,johnny

  • Please check with the student to ensure their preferred name be listed.




Exhibition Day, Reception, and Awards Information


Exhibition and reception information is being finalized and will be posted and sent out when established. Northern Regional Exhibition Awards In addition to the other awards and scholarships being awarded on the same day, the Northern Regional 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




Click Here for the Full List of Dates and Deadlines


March 12th - Northern Regional Exhibition Slideroom DEADLINE April 11th - Virtual Exhibition & Awards Ceremonies All dates are subject to changes. Any changes will be posted here and communicated via email and social media.




Northern Regional Exhibition Information Packet


This information packet includes more detailed information and all the links to apply and submit your portfolio for review Click here to access




Artwork Review and Notification Process


Artwork Review - Self-Adjucation New to the Regional Exhibitions, teachers self-adjucate their selections for student work submissions. Teacher liaisons will be noificed of the submission confirmations via the email address they provided in the Slideroom portal by ArtConnectED.