Art on the Square’s High School Art Competition has evolved into one of the nation’s largest student exhibits connected to a major art fair. Sponsored by the Illinois American Water Company since 2003, the High School exhibit is located at 23 Public Square thanks to the generosity of Bank of America. 55 Art Instructors from over 30 Southern Illinois high schools are invited to participate. An estimated 300 students are expected to apply.
There are 48 awards totaling $5,000 in prize money that will be presented at the Awards Ceremony under the main tent. Eighteen of these awards are sponsored by Art on the Square. Another eighteen are generously sponsored by: the law firm of Alvin C. Paulson and presented by St. Clair County to resident students, Belleville Jaycees, Belleville Kiwanis Club, Gateway East Artist’s Guild, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, St. Clair County Historical Society, Dick Blick Art Store, George Gasparich Ceramic Award, and the Evelyn Juanita Ettinger Memorial Award for Textiles. Illinois American Water continues to sponsor not only the exhibit, but a special award and trophy to an entry of their judge’s choice. New in 2016 are two anonymously sponsored awards: "A Touch of Whimsy," and "One World Portraiture" Awards.
Beginning in 2012, Lindenwood University teamed with Art on the Square to award a $500 scholarship to every student who has an entry in the exhibit and then attends the University. In addition, the University has helped to boost ten of the most coveted awards given to the students, the Artists Choice Awards. These ten awards are selected by the balloting of the Art on the Square exhibiting artists at a private reception on Saturday night. Not only will they receive a $50 cash award, but each will secure a $2,500 yearly scholarship, renewable for four years. These ten pieces will be displayed at the Awards Brunch given for the artists and exhibitors on Sunday.
The public is also encouraged to view the exceptional artwork and cast ballots for their favorite piece that will result in the awarding of four People’s Choice Awards. The ballots are distributed to the public on Friday and Saturday only at the display site. Last year 2,000 votes were cast.
What: The Art on the Square High School Exhibition. Students may enter only one work of art.
When: May 13,14,15 2016
Where: Lobby of Bank of America -23 Public Square (North Food Court), Belleville, IL.
The following are the designated viewing times for the High School Exhibit: Friday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (closes early for Artists's Reception), Sunday 11:00 a.m thru 4:00 p.m. (No student art may be removed before 4 p.m.)