Beal Grand Corridor gallery

The 50th Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

January 14 – February 11, 2024

  • Exhibit Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm & Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Gallery Admission – Free


Saturday, January 13 | 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Admission $10.00 | Cedarhurst Members – Free

• Open bar and appetizers | 5 to 6 pm

• Gallery hop to see the art and meet the artists | 5 to 7 pm

• Shuttle rides to Shrode Art Center | 6 to 7 pm

Awards Presentation

Sunday, February 11  |  3:00 pm  
Mitchell Museum Performance Hall

Beal Gallery Scholastic Art Competition 2024


Hughey Funeral Home

Bill and Barbara Beck | Bill and Sylvia Howard


Since 1974, Cedarhurst has been the regional host for this national competition, a very important opportunity for young artists to showcase their work as they develop and hone their talents with an eye towards further study at the university level. Recognition marks a major achievement for young artists.

Area art teachers selected the works of art entered into the competition, choosing their students’ most ambitious efforts. After careful examination, the judges selected the exhibited works for inclusion in the exhibition.

The exhibition’s most prestigious award category is the American Visions Award Nominees. The judges nominate five works of art for this category. The five American Vision Award nominees and the Gold Key Award recipients are submitted in early February for judging in the national competition. The national jurors in New York will select the American Visions Award recipient for the region from the five regional nominees.

All artwork will be returned to the students at the conclusion of the regional exhibition.

An activity of the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc.