Six Willowbrook students participate in 2023 Illinois High School Art Exhibition

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On April 23, six Willowbrook students participated in the 2023 Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

The IHSAE Main Event is hosted by Art ConnectED and brings together top student artists from 100 Illinois high schools to compete and celebrate the power of art in their lives. These students are selected across eight categories or from submitted scholarship portfolios.

Below are the Willowbrook students who competed.

  • Senior Kelly Franco: Painting – also participated in the Art Throwdown competition (a live, fast-paced visual arts event, where students put their artistic skills to the test in a competition against other area high-schoolers)

  • Sophomore Nina Young: Drawing

  • Senior Brianna Smalling: Design – earned Honorable Mention recognition

  • Senior Oona Webster: Sculpture

  • Sophomore Natalie McKenna: Mixed-Media – earned Honorable Mention recognition

  • Sophomore Meridian Sutton: Time Arts

During the event, students were able to meet with representatives from colleges/universities and show their portfolios. The exhibition also featured live sketching workshops and giveaways. Read more at