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Hartford Art School Hosts National Portfolio Day

September 25, 2019

National Portfolio Day

Hartford Art School Hosts National Portfolio Day October 12 

The Hartford Art School invites high school students to the University of Hartford on Saturday, October 12 from noon to 4 p.m. 44 art schools and colleges will be represented during this four hour portfolio review opportunity. Bring your best and most recent artworks, up to 20 pieces, to receive advice and guidance on applying to art school programs.

View the poster for more details and a list of participating schools.

Are you a high school student interested in attending National Portfolio Day?

Here is what you need to know. 

What is a National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Days serve a variety of purposes. Most importantly, they help further the development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer critique. As a student, you'll hear many different opinions aobut your work. Do not hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas, and where you want to go with them. 

A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you see so many people in one place who share a powerful commitment to the arts. This experience is a small taste of hwat attending a professional art program can be like. We hope you will enjoy the intensity of the experience. 

National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information—information about your work, yourself, your college plans, your concerns. They are not an examination or a competition. The colleges represented are pleased to discuss their programs with you. Of course, they can be most helpful when discussing your work. Your portfolio should include the best work you are making now; but it can also include work in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Do not spend an inordinate amount of time matting or framing your work, or worrying about presentation. The work itself is what is of interest. 

What is the National Portfolio Day Association?

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. Since 1978, NPDA members have been hosting portfolio days throughout the country. The association consists of regionally accredited art colleges that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education in the United States.