State-Wide Student Show 2020-2021

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Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Student Show Winners!

Student artwork submission window has closed for 2020-2021 school year.

Please consider submitting next year!


  • You must be a certified art teacher K-12
  • You must teach at an accredited public, private, or charter school
  • Student’s artwork must be created this year
  • Student’s artwork must be created at school during the regular day in art or created @ home during remote learning art teacher assigned instruction.

Sorry, the student show artwork submission deadline has passed.  All teacher participants have been notified on status.

If selected:

You and your student will be recognized at the 2021 IAEA Conference Student Art Show Reception and Ceremony:

    • either live, in Bloomington-Normal, IL on Saturday, November 6, 2021, @ TBD
    • or virtually on Saturday, November 6, 2021, @ TBD
    • Your student’s piece will travel virtually to locations throughout the state of Illinois in a slide show from November 2021- August of 2022.

Judging the show:

  • Our judges look for work that demonstrates creativity, originality, craftsmanship, personality/voice, and communicates an idea.
  • Our judging is digital and blind regarding the artists’ identity.
    • Please make sure that your images do not have any identifying  information on them
    • Only the “medium” is known to the judges

Sorry, the submission window for 2020-2021 has closed.


  • Select up to 10 of your General Education students’ 2D & 3D/sculptural works
  • You may also select and submit up to 10 Special Needs (IEP) Student Artworks under the same guidelines and rules as for General Education artworks, but using the Special Needs tab.
  • Good images…  I’m sure you and your students have worked out how they upload the artwork to you every week through different platforms, and one silver lining during this COVID Pandemic school year is that they’re probably getting really good at photographing their artwork!!!

We’re trying to make submitting to the show as easy as possible, to help where we can these videos may be useful … 

  • Label EACH image with the following information IN THIS ORDER, please:
    • Teacher’s first & last name, School’s name, Student’s first & last name, student’s grade level, medium
    • EXAMPLE:


  • Submission Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021 @ midnight
  • Judging Window: Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 14, 2021
  • Notification: by Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ Midnight
    • The April 30th closing date is chosen based on some high schools and private schools that finish mid-May.

Working backward from mid-May, time is needed to set up the judging forms, judges need time to judge while they’re teaching also, and notification will happen by Sunday, May 16th @ midnight.

  • Our mission is to advocate for Art Teachers teaching Art Curriculum in all Illinois Schools K-12.
  • Our intent is to showcase as many different art teachers and their students as possible from K-12 with works that exemplify best practices throughout the state.
  • Therefore, if chosen, you will only be chosen once in each category – General Education and/or Special Needs
  • If you handle all of the submissions for your Art Department or District, please make sure that each teacher’s name is associated with the correct student’s name

3D student show

Photographs of 3D Artwork added to the IAEA Student Art Show!!!

This year, you may now submit photographs of 3D Student Artwork as part of your submission of “Up to 10 Pieces of Student Artwork” for the Student Art Show!

Should 3D artwork be selected, only the photograph will be on display (due to logistics/possible breakage). 

These pieces must follow the same guidelines as any of the 2D artworks you submit & should be submitted through the General Education OR Special Needs Submission Forms.

TIPS and image examples for submitting a good photograph of your students’ 3D work are provided by IAEA member Dawn Zalkus.

  • Choose the best single point of view of your 3D object. Do not composite multiple points of view
    • Shoot on a neutral background: white, black, grey or a gradient.
    • Look for a contrast between the art object and the background.


  • If within your budget purchasing a small light tent is helpful (around $100, like this) The tent helps cut down the glare associated with glazed ceramic or shiny works.
  • Consider asking your theater department or video department to shoot against their curtains.
  • Larger pieces may need to be taken to outdoor seating such as in nature, against an industrial-looking wall or even on a flat cement floor like in the instance of the panther.

All Winners


Vivian Chrostoska

Teacher: Renee Douglas


Media: Oil Pastel

Keyla Cuevas

Teacher: Dawn Bertolotto-McKay

Hilltop Elementary

Media: Construction Paper, Marker & Crayon

1st Grade

Kataliha Gutierrez

Teacher: Heidi O’Hanley


Media: Mixed Media

2nd Grade

Tinsley Wyatt

Teacher: Tracy Zerwas

Brighton North Elementary

Media: Mixed Media

Sydney Collins

Teacher: Katherine Lindgren

Ivy Hall Elementary School

Media: Mixed Media

3rd Grade

Henry Xu

Teacher: Susan Tiemstra

Prospect Elementary School

Media: Oil Pastel & Watercolor

Alessandro Niro

Teacher: Tricia Fuglestad

Dryden Elementary School

Media: Cardboard & Paint Animated Augmented Reality Color Monster

Arnav Sahoo

Teacher: Chris Morris

Prairie Elementary School Marker

Media: Charcoal & Pencils

4th Grade

Ashley Genc

Teacher: Jasmine Anderson

Sandburg Elementary

Media: Oil Pastel

Adalia Schmidt

Teacher: Laura Allan

North School

Media: Mixed Media

Bella Bultron

Teacher: Lee Ann Karsbaek

Lincoln School

Media: Marker, Chalk, Pastel

5th Grade

MaKenzie LaMore

Teacher: Laurel Scigouski

McDole Elementary

Media: Ceramic

Grace Barry

Teacher: Diane McLuckie

Reed Custer Elementary School

Media: Mixed Media

6th Grade

Izel Marquez

Teacher: Lauren Martinkus

George T Wilkins Elementary School

Media: Watercolor, Paint Pen & Sharpie

Rachel Chen

Teacher: Donna Davis

Still Middle School

Media: Colored Pencil

Angela Salamat

Teacher: Carissa Zill

Hester Jr High

Media: oil pastel

Avery Erickson

Teacher: Amanda Borchert

Old Quarry MS

Media: Colored Pencil

7th Grade

Mariyn Underwood

Teacher: Linda-Williams

Prairie Grove Jr. High

Media: Ink Pen

McKinleigh Killham

Teacher: Lizzy Pankau

Yorkville Middle School

Media: Mixed Media

Elaine Cue

Teacher: Kelly Sabatini

Marie Murphy School

Media: Pastels

Charlotte O’Donnell

Teacher: Katie Swalve

Westminster Christian School

Media: Ink, Charcoal & Colored Pencil

Max Comtois-Tuman

Teacher: Theresa McGee

Hinsdale Middle School

Media: Watercolor

8th Grade

Kay McAvoy

Teacher: Logan Hamilton

Geneseo Middle School

Media: Acrylic Paint

Maya Mavrenovic

Teacher: Elizabeth Farnesi

Wilkins Junior High

Media: Mixed Media

Emily Romero

Teacher: Alicia York

Glenn Westlake Middle School

Media: Colored Pencil

9th Grade

Nailyn Offet

Teacher: Kristine Marcordes

Homewood Flossmoor High School

Media: Digital

Jenna Lovell

Teacher: Daniel Whipple

Oswego High School

Media: Graphite

Edwin Hernandez

Teacher: Carolyn Corcoran

Round Lake High School

Media: Photograph

10th Grade

Evelyn James

Teacher: Michael Skura

Oswego High School

Media: Charcoal

Kaitlyn Ellison

Teacher: Kerry Parrish

Crystal Lake Central High School

Media: Digital Photography

Kassidee Gabby

Teacher: Amber Akes

Marion Unit 2

Media: Acrylic Paint

11th Grade

Kimberly Fitzsimmons

Teacher: Nick Vogt

Pontiac Township High School

Media: Charcoal

Heriberto Davila

Teacher: Heidi Varela

Round Lake High School

Media: Photography

Kaitlin Martin

Teacher: Aaron Cummins

Prairie Ridge HS

Media: Colored pencil

12th Grade

Abby Schaber

Teacher: Diane Siese

Galena High School

Media: Acrylic

Hayley Feary

Teacher: Dorothy Ramey

Stockton High School

Media: Acrylic on Panel

Emma Weiwel

Teacher: Dr. Carol A Bristol

Westminster Christian School

Media: Graphite

Olivia Garcia

Teacher: Frank Bush

Henry Senachwine High School

Media: Acrylic on Canvas Panel

Catherine Murray,

Teacher: Venessa Hardy

Lisle High School

Media: Digital Photo

Special Needs

Kayne Pelto

Teacher: Dawn Bertolotto-McKay

Hilltop Elementary School, 1st grade

Media: Paint sticks & marker

Leslie Flores Avalos

Teacher: Alicia York

Glenn Westlake Middle School, 7th grade

Media: colored pencil

Lily Jesuit

Teacher: Lizzy Pankau

Yorkville Middle School, 8th grade

Media: Digital

Skylar Davis

Teacher: Dorothy Ramey

Stockton High School, 9th grade

Media: Watercolor & Sharpie

Dlija Guy

Teacher: Amber Akes

Marion Unit, 10th grade

Media: Colored Pencil

Thank you to our student show sponsors who provided art gifts for winning students and teachers!