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

High School Visual Arts Exhibition: Important Dates and Submission Information

Artwork Submission Window opens: February 1, 2019
Download the submission guidelines.

Artwork Submission Window closes: March 1, 2019

Artwork Selection Notification: March 18, 2019

Artwork Drop-off at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St): April 1 and 2, 2019 from 3pm–6pm

Opening Reception at Expo 72: April 10, 2019 (time TBD)

Exhibition at Expo 72: April 10–20, 2019, 10am–6pm weekdays; 11am–4pm weekends

Artwork Pick-up at Expo 72: April 24–25, 2019 from 3pm–6pm


Instructions for Submitting Artwork in SlideRoom
  1. Sign up in SlideRoom to get started. SlideRoom will send a link to your email to activate your account.
  2. Begin the All-City High All-City Visual Art Application.
  3. When you create your profile, please choose ORGANIZATION/ GROUP and write your SCHOOL NAME in the box.
  4. When in the SlideRoom program, DO NOT HIT SUBMIT UNTIL ALL YOUR PIECES HAVE BEEN UPLOADED. You can start your application and come back to it at any time by hitting Save and Exit in the upper right corner.
  5. For each piece you wish to also submit to Pictures from an Exhibition (see below), please click “Yes” when prompted.

Special 2018-19 All-City Student Opportunities

CPS Student Artwork 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.

Up to 50 student works will be selected for an exhibition that will accompany performances of Mussgorsky’s Pictures From an Exhibition at the Symphony Center. The exhibition will run from May 16–21, 2019.

CPS high school teachers and students are able to submit artwork as part of the submission process for the High School All-City Visual Arts Exhibition (see above).

For more information about the exhibition, visit cso.org/pictures.

All-City Student Auditions for Michigan’s Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

The Department of Arts Education is pleased to offer All-City students in grades 5–12 a special opportunity to audition / prepare a portfolio for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located on a 1,600 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest.

Students can audition at Jones College Prep on February 16, 2019 from 9:00am–3:30pm.* Walk-in auditions are possible, but are first-come first-serve. Below are the requirements for auditions. (NOTE: Dance students will need to contact Blue Lake to schedule off-site auditions.

  • Visual Art, grades 5–12: Students should bring a portfolio of work
  • Music (Band, Jazz, Orchestra, or Chorus), grades 5–12: Students should perform a piece that shows them at their best (2 minutes max)
  • Theatre, grades 5–12: Students should perform a piece that shows them at their best (2 minutes max)

*There will also be a short meeting at 12:00pm on February 16th at Jones for students and families to receive more information on the camp and available scholarships. All interested students may attend this meeting, but only Music, Theatre, and Visual Art students can audition the same day.

Visit this link to register for an audition time.


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