State-Wide Student Show


Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Student Show Winners!

All Winners



Angelika Hudacek

Teacher: Heidi O'Hanley

Frank A Brodnicki School, Justice

Media: Mixed Media Collage

Students create . . .

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Colton Converse

Teacher: Colleen Grigg

John Shields Elementary, Sugar Grove

Media: Tempera Paint

Hunter Johnson

Teacher: Tracy Zerwas

Brighton North Primary, Brighton

Media: Paper and Crayon

1st Grade

Alondra Macias Beltran

Teacher: Michael Freitag

Lake Louise Elementary School, Palatine

Media: Watercolor

This was a lesson . . .

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2nd Grade

Alexis Malleney

Teacher: Diane McLuckie

Reed Custer Elementary School, Braidwood

Media: Paper

Cut Paper Mola Design

Lilly Reinhart

Teacher: Dawn Bertolotto-McKay

Hilltop Elementary, McHenry

Media: Marker and Crayon

Symmetrical Tiger Drawing . . .

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3rd Grade

Amelia Lim

Teacher: Rebecca McNealy

Little Fort, Waukegan

Media: Colored Pencil and Marker

Hexagon Honey Bees . . .

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Olivia Rodrigues

Teacher: Christopher Morris

Prairie Elementary, Buffalo Grove

Media: iPad-art

The third-grade . . .

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4th Grade

Cali Wagner

Teacher: Laurel Scigouski,

McDole Elementary School, Montgomery

Media: Paper

This lesson . . .

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Lydia Thomas

Teacher: Christine Kueker

Old Post Elementary, Oswego

Media: Colored Pencil

This drawing . . .

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5th Grade

Avery Scalora

Teacher: Jasmine Anderson

Sandburg Elementary, Wheaton

Media: Nature Photography

Andy Goldsworthy Outside Art

Matej Naunov

Teacher: Carissa Zill

Pleasantdale Elementary, Pleasantdale

Media: Paper Collage

Students choose . . .

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Molly Das

Teacher: Katherine Lindgren

Ivy Hall Elementary School, Buffalo Grove

Media: Marker

Students explored . . .

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6th Grade

Kate Kang

Teacher: Kelly Sabatini

Marie Murphy School, Wilmette

Media: Sharpie

For this lesson . . .

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7th Grade

Addie Hsieh

Teacher: Theresa McGee

Hinsdale Middle School

Media: Colored Pencil

This "Creative Cryptid" . . .

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Rachel Chen

Teacher: Donna Davis

Still Middle School, Aurora

Media: Colored Pencil

Students discovered . . .

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Tessa Welninski

Teacher: Alicia York

Glenn Westlake Middle School, Lombard

Media: Digital

Students researched . . .

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Tristan Lopez

Teacher: Kelly Eggleston

Woodland Middle School, Gurnee

Media: Colored Pencil

This lesson . . .

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Reema Alhayani

Teacher: Carissa Zill

Pleasantdale Middle School, Pleaantdale

Media: Chalk Pastel

Students research . . .

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8th Grade

Cassandra Cramer

Teacher: Suzanne Farr

Harter Middle School, Sugar Grove

Media: Digital Art

Eyman Ali

Teacher: Elizabeth Farnesi

Wilkins Junior High, Justice

Media: Acrylic

Students create . . .

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Ishi Ramos

Teacher: Liese Hearth

Eisenhower Jr. High, Darien

Media: Watercolor

The sunflower painting . . .

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9th Grade

Adiba Anjum

Teacher: Aaron Cummins

Prairie Ridge High School, Crystal Lake

Media: Colored Pencil and Ink

The lesson this . . .

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Maggie Hughes

Teacher: Deanna Pierce

Mother McAuley High School, Chicago

Media: Digital

The assignment . . .

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Marriah Guzman

Teacher: Rachel LaVine

Joliet Central, Joliet

Media: Mixed Media

In this lesson . . .

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Monserrat Munoz

Teacher: Michael Jansma

Round Lake High School, Round Lake

Media: Ceramics

Abstract sculpture . . .

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10th Grade

Ally Finch

Teacher: Kerry Parrish

Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake

Media: Digital Photography

This was a photo . . .

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Nailyn Offett

Teacher: Christine Marcordes

Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Media: Digital

The goal of this project . . .

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Natalie Joy Kuzmenko

Teacher: Grahame Wilkin

Aurora Christian High School

Media: Colored Pencil

Students had to . . .

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Anthony Ramirez

Teacher: Venessa Hardy

Lisle High School, Lisle

Media: Acrylic Paint

11th Grade

Abby Zellak

Teacher: Venessa Hardy

Lisle High School, Lisle

Media: Digital Photography

Danielle Donovan

Teacher: Michael Skura

Oswego High School, Oswego

Media: Colored Pencil

4"x5" AP Art . . .

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Jaime Rasmussen

Teacher: Daniel Whipple

Oswego High School, Oswego

Media: Acrylic Paint

Independent work . . .

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Natalie Wiersema

Teacher: Jonathan Pruc

Mundelein High School, Mundelein

Media: Oil Paint

Introduction to oil painting through a portrait study.

12th Grade

Callie Lauderback

Teacher: Jack Clifford

Washington Community High School, Washington

Media: Cement Resin

Callie took independent . . .

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Cesar Almazan

Teacher: Adrienne Lessard

George Westinghouse, Chicago

Media: Digital Photography

This portraiture unit . . .

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Emma Weiwel

Teacher: Katie Swalve

Westminster Christian School, Elgin

Media: Acrylic

The students explored . . .

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Esther Iluyomade

Teacher: Stacey Gros

Centennial High School, Champaign

Media: Digital Art

Grace Rowan

Teacher: Kathleen Gordon-Davis

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago

Media: Mixed Media

This piece was part . . .

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Kimberly Fitzsimmons

Teacher: Nick Vogt

Pontiac Township High School, Pontiac

Media: Oil Paint

In this unit . . .

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Chainy Feliciano Rodriguez

Teacher: Judy Krueger

Johnsburg High School, Johnsburg

Media: Acrylic

Beginning Painting students . . .

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Gracie Benstine

Teacher: Aaron Kolkay

Oswego High School, Oswego

Media: Embroidered Fabric

The student researched . . .

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Jayden White

Teacher: Washington Community High School, Washington


Student Film & Animation Showcase!

New feature in 2021-22!

Sophie Morgan, 12th grade

Teacher: Jayme Banzhoff, Washington Community High

Madi Hood, 12th grade

Teacher: Amber Akes, Marion High School

Johanna Macolor, 6th grade

Teacher: Liese Hearth, Eisenhower Jr High

Jade Gomez, First Grade

Teacher: Bonny Ramirez, Benavides STEAM Academy

Isabella Woolard, 7th grade

Teacher: Donna Davis, Still Middle School

Haris Smajkic, 8th grade

Teacher: Theresa McGee, Hinsdale Middle School

Fiamma Fuchsen Ramundo, 5th grade

Teacher: Laura Allan, North School

Chloe Smith, 8th grade

Teacher: Theresa McGee, Hinsdale Middle School

Chazzz Nelson,12th grade

Teacher: Judd Shutt, Crystal Lake Central High School

Charlotte Bernard, 6th grade

Teacher: Alicia York,Glenn Westlake Middle School

Casey League, 7th grade

Teacher: Donna Davis, Still Middle School

Angel Phan, 11th grade

Teacher: Kerry Parrish, Crystal Lake Central High School

Andrew Siebert, 3rd grade

Teacher: Laura Allan, North School

Kameron Peterson,12th grade

Teacher: Stacey Gross, Centennial High School

Aniyah Beal, 6th grade

Teacher: Liese Hearth, Eisenhower Jr. High School

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

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.