Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021 

In conjunction with CPS All-City Visual Arts, Art on theMART will highlight selected CPS seniors’ artwork from across the city in this collaborative debut exhibition: Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021. 

Art on theMART—a singular public art platform that operates through a custom projection system that includes 34 projectors installed on the Chicago Riverwalk—will transform hi-res photos of 2D artworks from a range of media (created by CPS seniors) into animated, dynamic projections that fill and move across theMART’s façade, set to music. The audio will be a collaboration between Chicago Public Schools and iHeartMedia.

CPS seniors who 1) submitted artwork to the 2020-21 CPS Senior Portfolio (which launched in January) and/or 2) submit artwork to the upcoming 2020-21 All-City Visual Arts High School Exhibition will be considered for inclusion in the Art on theMART Exhibition.

IMPORTANT EXHIBITION DATES

Submission Window: February 2, 2021–March 26, 2021
CPS seniors who submit artwork to the upcoming 2020-21 All-City Visual Arts High School Exhibition will be considered for inclusion in the Art on theMART Exhibition.

Art on theMART Exhibition Opening Celebration: May 20th, 2021, 8:00PM
The Exhibition will open to the public both in person and virtually on theMART, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL.

Art on theMART Exhibition Dates: May 20–June 26, 2021, seven days a week (times TBD).

Eligibility

Any CPS high school senior (from a district-managed, charter, contract, or options school) is eligible to be a part of this exhibition. Senior artwork will be considered for potential consideration in the Art on theMART Exhibition in one or both of the following ways:

  • Artworks selected for the 2020-21 CPS Senior Portfolio (either Honorable Mention or Exhibition) are automatically under consideration for inclusion in the Art on theMART exhibition. 
  • Artwork submitted to the 2020-21 All-City Visual Arts High School Exhibition by March 26, 2021 will immediately be made eligible for potential inclusion in the Art on theMART exhibition if it meets the selection criteria (see below). Artwork must be submitted by March 26th, 2021 through one of the ACVA High School Exhibition portals to be considered for both the Art on theMART exhibition and the ACVA HS Exhibition.

Artwork Selection Criteria

Artwork for Art on theMART will be reviewed by a diverse selection committee formed by CPS. The selection committee will use a number of criteria to guide the selection process, including school location, school type, the All-City Visual Arts Exhibition selection rubric, and additional Art on theMART guidelines. To download the full Submission Guidelines, which include the selection criteria, click the button below.

Submitting Artwork

CPS seniors, parents/guardians, and teachers can submit artwork to the All-City Visual Arts High School exhibition and the Art on theMART Exhibition via the portals linked below. Artwork submitted to the ACVA HS Exhibition will automatically be considered for inclusion in the Art on theMART Exhibition if it meets selection criteria.

TEACHER Submission Portal: Teachers submitting artwork on behalf of their students should use this portal. Teachers can submit a maximum of 16 artworks on behalf of their students. NOTE: If students have additional artwork to submit, we encourage them (or their parent/guardian) to submit that work themselves through Portal 2 (link below).

CPS Students and Parents/Guardian Submission Portal: CPS seniors and parents/guardians submitting artwork on behalf of students should use this portal. Students/parents/guardians may submit up to three (3) pieces per student.

If you have questions about the Art on theMART Exhibition or CPS All-City Visual Arts Exhibitions, please contact allcityarts@cps.edu


More about Art on theMART

Art on theMART opened on September 29, 2018 to 32,000 visitors. It was founded as a 30-year partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as a new, singular public art platform. Art on theMART operates through a custom projection system that includes 34 projectors installed on the Riverwalk, casting over 1 million lumens onto the façade of theMART.

More about CPS All-City Visual Arts (ACVA)

The CPS Department of Arts Education All-City Visual Art (ACVA) Exhibitions have been a long-standing tradition for Chicago Public Schools students and teachers. These exhibitions—including Senior Portfolio and the All-City Elementary and High School Visual Arts Exhibitions—provide a unique opportunity to showcase student achievement in visual and media arts and exhibit student work in highly-visible, public exhibition spaces in Chicago.