Marian Catholic students qualify for art scholarships


Illinois High School Art Exhibition at 
Bridgeport’s Zhou B Art Center & Bridgeport Art Center. 

BRIDGEPORT, CHICAGO, February 25, 2018 — The best 1,000 student artists from approximately 125+ Illinois high schools will converge to showcase their art and vie for more than $43,000,000 in college scholarships at the 5th annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE). Courtney Harris, Devin Tonks, Emily Recupido, Kelli Baker from Marian Catholic High School have been selected to showcase artwork at the exhibit and qualified to earn one of the available college scholarships. The total senior scholarship amount for Marian Catholic High School is over $196,000.00 with more scholarships still being processed as of press time. 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.
Keynote speaker: Sergio Gomez of NextGen Arts.

“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 2

Sykora, co-creator of IHSAE, which uniquely collaborates with city, suburban, public, and private high schools and more than 35 college art schools nationwide.

“Although art education has been largely eliminated from standard school curriculums due to ever-tightening budgets, a growing number of schools – including the Chicago Public Schools – are undergoing a renaissance focused on extending comprehensive art programs due to the wide-ranging developmental benefits. The IHSAE advocates those extra efforts with exhibitions and other incentives for creative exploration and connection to innovative careers,” Sykora said.

“The Zhou B Art Center is honored to help nurture the world’s future artists by hosting this very special exhibition. Our involvement is consistent with the center’s philosophy to provide a community and environment that supports emerging artists of all ages, walks of life, and countries – including the center’s resident artists — through collaboration, education, networking, innovative thinking, and exhibitions,” said Michael Zhou, the center’s executive director.

About the IHSAE 
The Illinois High School Art Exhibition is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the advancement of visual arts education through exhibition. Developed by teachers for students in 2014, the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art schools/colleges/universities, and participating public, private, and charter high schools to celebrate and award the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students. The IHSAE cultivates further connections through community art programs, an Educator Art Show, Blick in-store events, presentations for art teachers at venues such as School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Art Education Association Conference, school programming support, collaborative connections with Illinois School Boards, and more. For more information, go to

About the Zhou B Art Center 
The Zhou B Art Center was founded in 2004 by the internationally acclaimed Zhou Brothers ( Located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, the center is a platform for contemporary art in Chicago and the international art community. It also promotes artistic exchange and conversation at its thought-provoking exhibitions. Founded by artists for artists, the center cultivates a collaborative creative environment to a thriving community of talented artists, in particular its nearly 50 resident artists. Events on the Third Friday of each month invite special exploration for large crowds from throughout Chicago and the world of the Zhou Brothers museum, exhibitions, galleries, and open artist studios. For more information, go to

For more information and/or to cover the events, contact:
Chris Sykora, IHSAE, at 773-251-3536 or
John Zilewicz, IHSAE, at 708-612-1273 or
Louise Yingduo Liu, Zhou B Art Center, at 773-523-0200 or 305-586-0718

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