12 Students Earn Art Scholarships at Illinois High School Art Exhibition

12 Students Earn Art Scholarships at Illinois High School Art Exhibition

Senior Emmanuelle Copeland's drawing displayed at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition along with other students' artworks. See photos below.

District 99 student artists earned a combined $3.5 million in college sponsorship offers at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) which opened on Sunday, February 24. 

12 DGS visual artists have earned a combined $1,348,144.00 in college scholarship offers from seven prestigious art schools: Milwaukee Institute of Design, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Watkins College of Art, School of the Art Institute/Chicago, Western Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, Kendall College of Art and Design.  

South High seniors who will have their artistic portfolios featured at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition’s annual Senior Scholarship Competition include:

  • Emma Ansah
  • Jennifer Branch
  • Emmanuelle Copeland
  • Nicole Cosenza
  • Emily Ermel
  • Michelle Kravec
  • Hope Krska
  • Gianna Lukacik
  • Megan Lupie
  • Samantha Mark
  • Samantha Perkins
  • Aubrey Vernon

South High visual art students who have been selected to have their work displayed at the accompanying Illinois High School Art Exhibition’s annual General Exhibition include:

  • Emmanuelle Copeland (12) - Drawing

  • Emma Ansah (12) - Drawing

  • Jennifer Branch (12) - Photography

  • Michelle Kravec (12) - Mixed Media

  • Max Hlavin (12) - Ceramics/Pottery


In addition to the scholarship offers, several South High artists earned citations at the awards ceremony:

  • Jennifer Branch earned the top award in the Breaking Criminal Tradition Social Justice Fine Arts Award for her photograph titled "I Can't Bear It."
  • Emmanuelle Copeland earned a bronze medal in the Painting category.
  • Michelle Kravec earned an Early College Program Award. This scholarship is for a two-week summer program in the arts at The Milwaukee School of Art and Design.

For more information, please contact Fine Arts Department Chair Glenn Williams at gwilliams@csd99.org or visit the South High Fine Arts Blog.

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) is a non-for-profit corporation whose mission is the advancement of visual arts education through exhibition. Developed by teachers for students in 2014, the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art schools/colleges/universities, and participating public, private and charter high schools to celebrate and award the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students. For more information, visit www.ihsae.org.