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Hartford Art School to Host 2012 “National Portfolio Day” for High School Students

Posted 10/25/2012
Posted by David Isgur

About 1,000 high school juniors and seniors from around the Northeast will be coming to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School for National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Nov. 3, a day full of visual excitement, high emotions and exciting opportunities. Prospective art school students will bring their portfolios to be reviewed and critiqued by some of the 50 art schools and their representatives in attendance.

The purpose of this event is to further artistic development, give students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the art schools they are interested in, and experience a small taste of what attending a professional art program can be like. This event gives students an opportunity to visit with more than one school, and see different options available to them. Students with exceptional work will be urged to apply to that particular school. 

Among the schools taking part are the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School; University of Michigan School of Art & Design; University of Connecticut’s Department of Art & Art History; Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Art Institute; Rochester Institute of Technology; Rhode Island School of Design; Maine College of Art; California College of the Arts; The Art Institute of Chicago; Alberta College of Art and Design; The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; Parsons The New School for Design, among many others.

This is a free event for students and no prior registration is needed. For further information regarding this event and the full list of schools attending please visit

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978, solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The NPDA consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities, which are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

For more information, contact Robert Calafiore, assistant dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4807 or