All CPS high school and elementary students may submit artwork to a 2019 exhibit in conjunction with Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Pictures From an Exhibition.

The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the CPS Department of Arts announce an exciting collaboration between the CSO and the CPS All-City Visual Art (ACVA) exhibitions.

The May 17 and 18, 2019 CSO School and Family Concerts feature Pictures from an Exhibition, a thrilling orchestral masterwork inspired by drawings and paintings by 19th-century Russian designer and artist Viktor Hartmann, depicting his experiences and encounters while traveling across Europe. Composer Modest Mussorgsky transformed these works of visual art into music for piano, and more than a dozen composers have reimagined the piece for orchestra.

The CSO invites CPS teachers to submit student works created in response to one or more movements of the music. Up to 50 student works will be selected for an exhibition accompanying performances of Pictures From an Exhibition at the Symphony Center.  Works will be selected based on the strength of their connection to Hartmann’s and Mussorgsky’s art and music. The exhibition will run from May 16–21, 2019.

Teachers who submit student work for consideration will be entered into a drawing for free tickets and transportation to the concerts.

How to Submit Student Artwork

CPS teachers and students will be able to submit artwork as part of the submission process for the All-City Visual Arts Exhibitions. Artwork submission portals will open on the following dates and can be accessed via the links below:

 High School All-City Visual Arts: February 1st

Elementary School All-City Visual Arts: February 27th

Teacher Workshop: Implementing Pictures at an Exhibition Lesson Plans

Teachers are invited to join a workshop on February 5th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to work with CPS teachers who created lesson plans to support student artwork creation for the exhibition. Register for the workshop here.


For additional information about the project timeline, the submission and selection processes, instructional resources for teachers, and a listing of workshops and additional resources visit: cso.org/pictures.