A collaboration between the Department of Arts Education and Design Museum of Chicago, the ACVA Elementary Exhibition showcases 2D, 3D, and time-based artwork by CPS elementary school students. Students in grades PreK–8 from any CPS school (including district-managed, charter, contract, and options schools) are encouraged to apply.

In school year 2020-21, All-City Visual Arts exhibitions will be online.


Submission window opens: October 19th, 2020

Submission window closes: April 26th, 2021

Notifications of acceptance sent for Quarter 1: November 20th, 2020

Notifications of acceptance sent for Quarter 2: March 19th, 2021

Notifications of acceptance sent for Quarter 3: May 3rd, 2021

Deadline to submit any missing artist and artwork information: May 14, 2021*

Virtual exhibition reception (on YouTube): May 19th, 2021, 6:00PM

*Failure to submit a media release or any other required information could result in removal from the exhibition.

Submit Artwork to the 2020-21 Elementary School Exhibition

Please download and thoroughly read the 2020-21 ACVA Submission Guidelines (below) before submitting artwork. The guidelines contain direct links to the exhibition submission forms.

Teachers, students, parents, and guardians may all submit artwork on behalf of students. The submission window is open until April 26, 2021.

View Last Year’s Online All-City Visual Arts Exhibition (2019-20)!

In light of citywide school closures in March 2020, Department of Arts Education staff, a team of CPS visual arts teachers, and Design Museum of Chicago worked tirelessly to shift the in-person Elementary and High School Visual Arts Exhibitions to an online format. This combined exhibition featured 2D, 3D, and time-based artwork by students from across the district.

We are so incredibly proud of the 750+ elementary and high school students from over 80 CPS schools whose artwork was selected to feature in this inaugural online exhibition.

Browse the exhibition by clicking below!

If you have questions regarding the All-City Visual Arts program, please email allcityarts@cps.edu or call (773) 553-2110.