All-City Visual Arts Programs provide a unique opportunity to showcase student achievement in visual and media arts and exhibit their work in highly-visible, public exhibition spaces in Chicago.

Senior Portfolio Exhibition

In partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the All-City Senior Portfolio Exhibition gives CPS high school seniors the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and to gain exposure among selected admissions representatives of various colleges and universities.

Important Dates for 2019 Senior Portfolio:

Submission window open: October 30–November 30, 2019
Notification of acceptance into exhibition: December 9, 2019
Artwork drop-off at the SAIC Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave: December 16, 2019
Exhibition at the SAIC Neiman Center: January 6–12, 2020
Opening Reception at the SAIC Neiman Center: January 7, 2020, 4:30pm–7:30pm
Artwork pick-up at the SAIC Neiman Center: January 14, 2020


High School Visual Arts Exhibition

This Spring exhibition showcases 2D, 3D, and digital artwork by CPS high school students in a gallery space in the Loop. All CPS students in grades 9 through 12 (including charter, contract, and options schools) are eligible to apply.

Important Dates for 2020 High School Exhibition:

Submission window open: March 1–April 1, 2020
Notification of acceptance into exhibition: April 13, 2020
Artwork drop-off at Expo 72 (72 E Randolph St): April 27–28, 2020
Exhibition at Expo 72: May 4–17, 2020
Opening Reception at Expo 72: May 5, 2020, 4:30pm–7:30pm
Artwork pick-up at Expo 72: May 20–21, 2020


Elementary School Visual Arts Exhibition

This Spring exhibition features 2D, 3D, and digital artwork by CPS elementary school students in grades PreK through 8. All CPS students in grades PreK–8 are eligible to apply.

Important Dates for 2020 Elementary School Exhibition:

Submission window open: March 1–April 1, 2020
Notification of acceptance into exhibition: April 13, 2020
Artwork drop-off at Expo 72 (72 E Randolph St): May 20–21, 2020
Exhibition at Expo 72: May 26–June 7, 2020
Opening Reception at Expo 72: May 27, 2020, 4:30pm–7:30pm
Artwork pick-up at Expo 72: June 10–11, 2020