Alyssa Alarcon was a senior scholarship recipient and awarded scholarship money to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She plans to pursue an art career in illustration.
"I was very proud of myself because I had personal goals [to] be in art shows and [be] recognized. This is so important as it will directly impact my future; now I have an option to go into and study art,” said Alyssa Alarcon, Cary-Grove senior.
Maggie Miller, also a scholarship recipient who has a passion for photography is now considering attending Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to study photography with an emphasis in advertising.
"As soon as I found out, I took a picture and told my mom, she didn't even believe me! Receiving these scholarships has opened us so many doors for me, It made me realize that I actually have a real chance of going to an art school because of the financial assistance now available to me,” said Maggie Miller, Cary-Grove senior.
The exhibition’s main general exhibition event on Sunday, February 25 featured ceremonies, early college scholarship announcements, award presentations, and college recruitments. Four thousand students, teachers, college representatives and school district administrators attended the state’s largest high school student art exhibition.
The Illinois High School Art Exhibition is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to advance visual arts education through exhibition. It was developed by teachers for students in 2014 and the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art colleges and universities and high school students.