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Don’t I get a Dream for Myself?

An exhibition of Illinois Charter Student artwork


Illinois Network of Charter Schools and The Weinberg/ Newton Gallery present:

Don’t I Get a Dream for Myself?

INCS Student Art Exhibition & Fair

Young people make up nearly a quarter of the population of Illinois, but their voices and perspectives are often left out of discussions. We are creating a space for students to share their perspective through art that answers the question:

“What do you dream of?”

Dreams express our desires for ourselves and our world. We hope students will use this question as the inspiration for their artwork. Students’ works of art will give viewers insight into young people’s hearts and minds. These works may also begin conversations that will help to make those dreams become reality.


Artists currently enrolled in grades 6th–12th in an Illinois charter school are encouraged to submit an original artwork in the medium of their choice: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Collage, Photography, Video, Fiber, Comic, Etc. Submissions are now closed. Read our frequently ask questions here.

Applications will be judged by a panel of Chicago-based creative professionals. All submissions will be showcased as part of the INCS Student Art Exhibition & Fair April 21 – 23, 2023 at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery.

  • Cash awards for first, second, and third place for Grades 6-8 and 9-12
  • Additional categories of awards: Best Use of Color, Best Artwork with a Social Message, and Best Collaborative Art.

Student artwork will be recognized and awarded at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery during an evening reception and displayed throughout that weekend. Friends, families, and student artists are invited to join for the evening reception and/or the exhibition hours throughout the weekend.

Reception and Award Presentation: Friday, April 21 from 5-7pm

Exhibition Hours: Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23 from 11 am to 4 pm

Art Connections Fair

Join us on Saturday, April 22 from 10 am- 12 pm for the Art Connections Fair at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery. Connect with representative from Chicago art organizations to learn about their free youth programs and paid summer opportunities.  

Participating organizations include Marwen, SkyArt, YolloCalli, After School Matters, and more!

Weinberg/Newton Gallery
688 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

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