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 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 $5,300.00 that will be presented at the Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21st under the main tent. Thirty 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 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 last year was a $50 for “A Touch of Whimsy” Award 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 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, May 21st.
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 19-21, 2017
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, May 19, 5:00 p.m. thru 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. thru 7:00 p.m. (Closes early for Private Artist’s Reception)
Sunday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m. (Closes earlier than fair. No art may be removed before 4 p.m.)