Friday 4 - 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 11a.m. – 5 p.m.

High School Art Competition

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.

View our High School Art Competition Student Art

Thanks to the generosity of Mathis Marifian & Richter LTD for providing their beautiful venue.

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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 beginning in 2003, the exhibit is located at 23 Public Square (the former Bank of America) thanks to the generosity of Mathis Marifian & Richter, Ltd. 55 Art Instructors from over 30 Southern Illinois high schools are invited to participate. Over 250 students are expected to apply.

There are 48 awards totaling $5,300.00 that will be presented at the Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20th under the main tent. Thirty of these awards are sponsored by Art on the Square. Another eighteen are generously sponsored by numerous organizations and individuals. The law firm of Alvin C. Paulson sponsors the three St. Clair County Awards which are given to St. Clair resident students. Other awards are provided by the Belleville Jaycees, Belleville Kiwanis Club, Gateway East Artist’s Guild, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, St. Clair County Historical Society, George Gasparich Ceramic Award and the Evelyn Juanita Ettinger Memorial Award for Textiles. New in 2016 was a $50 award for “A Touch of Whimsy” and $50 for “One World Portraiture” Award. Illinois American Water continues to sponsor not only the exhibit, but a special $200 award and trophy to an entry of their judge’s choice

Beginning in 2012, Lindenwood University-Belleville 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.  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, May 20th.

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 over 2,000 votes were cast.

The Art on the Square High School Exhibition.  Students may enter only one work of art.

May 18-20, 2018

Lobby of MMR Building -23  Public Square (North Food Court), Belleville, IL.

The following are the designated viewing times for the High School Exhibit:
Friday, May 18, 5:00 p.m. thru 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. thru 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m. (Closes earlier than fair. )

No art may be removed before 4 p.m.

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High School Art Competition
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Artist in Residence Program
Main Stage Entertainment
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Sculpture in the City
High School Sculpture in the City
Cafe on the Square
Children's Art Garden
Living With Art: Interior Design Stage
Rails To Trails Art Project
Artist Demonstrations
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