Celebrating Local Youth Talent

High School Art Show

This showcase highlights the exceptional artwork of high school students from throughout central Illinois. High school art teachers submit their best student works for the art show. The submissions are juried by the Millikin University Art Department and the selections are guest-judged for the opportunity for students to win cash prizes and scholarships to Millikin University. 

The competition's focus on entrepreneurship sets this event apart from other art competitions. Students have the opportunity to participate in Arts, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ACE), a day of workshops and presentations designed to engage students in the business of art. These sessions include a how-to on preparing a portfolio for college submission, a workshop on the studio art experience, and a chance to participate in a young professional artists roundtable. In addition, students are encouraged to price their work to sell at the show. 

Cash prizes are awarded to Best of Show and to selected Honorable Mention Award recipients, and Millikin scholarships are awarded to the top three winners.

Submitting an entry

2-D artwork should be presentation-ready, having a frame and/or a hanging device at the time of artwork drop-off. Any additional materials needed to properly display any piece must be provided by the artist/teacher if the piece is accepted to hang in the show.

  • High school art teachers are welcome to choose up to four high school students to submit original art pieces, one piece per student.
  • Please do not submit student reproductions of copyrighted imagery.
  • Submissions may be works created in the current or previous academic year.
  • Submit your art through millikinhighschoolartshow.com or e-mail JPEGs of the pieces to hsartshow@millikin.edu.
  • Please include the following information for each piece:
    • Teacher's Name
    • School
    • Artists' First and Last Names
    • Title of Piece
    • Medium
    • Size
    • Sale Price or Not for Sale
  • Submitted JPEGs will be used in the exhibit catalog if the piece is accepted to hang in show. JPEGs may also be used in promotional materials for the High School Art Show.
  • Submission deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016.
  • Notifications of acceptance into the exhibit will be sent via teacher's email.

The Millikin University Art Department Chairman reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of art work as per University guidelines.

Past winners


2014 Best of Show

Amy Janson

Title: Simple Clarity

Centennial High School

Stacey Gross

30" x 40"


Art Faculty Award: Excellence in 3-D Work

Will Sexton

Flow Motion

St. Teresa High School

Heather McKay

12" x 14" x 8"


Art Faculty Award: Excellence in 2-D Work

Rebekah Rees

The Party

Urbana High School

Jill Lagerstam

9" x 11"


Honorable Mention

Pascale Grant


Centennial High School

Stacey Gross

11" x 14"


Honorable Mention

Yuxing Ma


Maroa-Forsyth High School

Kathleen Picchietti-Zimmerman

18" x 24"


Honorable Mention

Cady Bryles


MacArthur High School

Andrew Jones

48" x 22"

Campers Creating New Products


Over the five week long duration of SMASH camp, campers will work side-by-side with local companies and organizations to make new products, create value-added services, generate awareness around a critical topic, and produce an artistic piece for new audiences all with entrepreneurial framework framework. Campers pick one career sector to concentrate on during camp.

For information regarding SMASH Camp, please visit the SMASH Camp website.

Summer Camp for Budding Technology Entrepreneurs

Tech Adventures Summer Camp

  • Who: Current 8th - 12th grade students
  • What: An entrepreneurship-based technology camp
  • When: Monday - Thursday, June 22 - July 2 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Where: Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois

Program details

  • Identify opportunities for innovating using an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Design solutions using the Raspberry Pi Computer and Toolkit
  • Co-create and build solutions to real-world problems
  • Integrate electronics into technology


  • Students will get: Lunches, T-shirt, Raspberry Pi Kit, worth $150, and prizes.
  • To apply for scholarships, please contact Bethany Wetherholt at (217)-424-6296. No computer programming experience required.

Fees and registration

  • Registration Fee: $349
  • Limited Number of $100 need-based scholarships available