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National Portfolio Day

Sunday September 22, 2019 10am-4pm

Check-in, Tours & Portfolios 101: 10am-12pm
Portfolio Reviews: 12-4pm
Location: Iowa State University College of Design, 715 Bissell Rd. Ames
Hosts: ISU College of Design x Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Attending Institutions:

  • Iowa State University College of Design
  • Minneapolis College of Art & Design
  • University of South Dakota
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Kansas City Art Institute

Want your portfolio reviewed at our event? RSVP Now!

About National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Days are free events for young artists to have their portfolios reviewed by college-level art and design educators and professionals in the United States and abroad. Portfolio Days are an excellent way to meet college representatives, learn about art and design education, and receive useful feedback and suggestions on your work!

Events are hosted by National Portfolio Day member institutions. The National Portfolio Day organization consists of the country’s top art and design institutions. Iowa State University is proud to be a member of this organization.

What to bring:

Your portfolio, whether physical or digital! If it’s digital, please bring your laptop or tablet to show your work to college reps with your portfolio available offline.

We want to see finished and progress work as well as sketchbooks. We’re interested in all media too, nothing is off limits. Original work, rather than reproductions, is strongly preferred.

Are your projects large or heavy? Bring photos but be sure to carefully photograph your work taking lighting and composition into consideration.

Important Note:

No admissions decisions or scholarships are offered at National Portfolio Days. Some representatives may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your admission application, but many may not. Colleges and universities expect that your artwork will progress in the months following the event.

Portfolio Day 9.22.19 Logistics

Getting here: Please enter the College of Design via the King Pavilion entrance off Lot 9 on the Iowa State Campus.

Parking: Free parking is available throughout the Iowa State Campus on weekends. Lots 9 & 10, behind the College of Design, will be available for National Portfolio Day parking.

Accommodation: A block of rooms at the Gateway Hotel in Ames, Iowa has been reserved for our guests. Please contact the Gateway Hotel directly and mention the College of Design to take advantage of the group rate.

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