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The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design invites you to attend the 2006 National Portfolio Day on Saturday, October 14, 2006.  The event will be held at MIAD’s Jane Bradley Pettit Building, located at 273 East Erie Street.

This is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.  It is also an opportunity to explore MIAD’s program, meet MIAD’s faculty and explore our facility.  High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.   For further information, contact MIAD’s Admissions Office at 414‑291‑8070 or toll free at 1-888‑749‑6423.

12:00 – 4:00pm
Portfolio reviews take place throughout MIAD’s main faciilty.  MIAD is required to follow the National Portfolio Day Association’s guidelines, which limit portfolio review to four hours.  No review can take place before 12:00PM or after 4:00PM.  Please note: due to popularity and scale of this event, we will no longer be able to provide tours or presentations in the morning.  Only the main entrance and galleries will be available to visitors prior to 12:00PM.

What is National Portfolio Day?
Our National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes.  Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback.  We understand that some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others.  Don’t be discouraged if you see work that is "better" than yours.  A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you have seen so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to the arts.  The experience is a small taste of what a professional art program can be like.

National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information about your work, yourself, your college plans, and your concerns.  This is not an examination or competition.  The college representatives are pleased to talk about their programs with you and can be most helpful when discussing your artwork.  Your portfolio should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks and tear sheets.  You’ll hear many different opinions of your work.  Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them.  No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Day.  Some colleges represented may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application.  Other colleges have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definite portfolio decision at the time of your review.  We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

When choosing an art college keep in mind that art making is a very special kind of learning experience.  In addition to considering academic standards, extracurricular activities, cost, and financial aid, there are other things to think about.  Faculty, facilities and equipment, proximity to museums, galleries and other cultural resources should be of concern.  We urge you to thoroughly read materials from the school you are interested in.  Try your best to visit them.  Get a feel of the college before you make your final decision.  Investigate its accreditation and the transferability of credits and be sure you understand its degree offerings and majors.  Get as much information as you can so you can choose a supportive and stimulating environment that is right for you.  We hope you enjoy the intensity and excitement of the day!

Graduate Programs: Many of the colleges participating in MIAD’s National Portfolio Day offer graduate programs.  If you are interested in showing a portfolio or obtaining information about a specific graduate program, please call the particular college directly to ensure that the representative attending will be able to review graduate level portfolios and answer questions regarding their graduate programs.

Participating Institutions 
The Art Academy of Cincinnati
Art Center College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
The Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
The Cooper Union School of Art
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design + Media
FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Grand Valley State University
Herron School of Art and Design – Indiana University, Indianapolis
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art & Design
Laguna College of Art & Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art
Memphis College of Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art + Design
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art and Design
Otis College of Art and Design
Parsons The New School for Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling School of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
San Francisco Art Institute
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
School of Visual Arts
The Art Institute of Boston
University of Saint Francis
The University of the Arts
Washington University College of Art

Metered parking is available on all Milwaukee streets.  Also, there is paid parking (cash only) at the Third Ward Parking Structure on the east side of Milwaukee Street, between Chicago and Buffalo Street, or at the Historic Third Ward Parking Structure on the corner of Water and Chicago.


Due to ever-changing interstate reconstruction, please consult for up-to-date directions to the Downtown Milwaukee area.  Once on Water Street travel south, turn left on Erie St. MIAD’s Jane Bradley Pettit building is the first building on the right hand (south) side of the street – 273 E. Erie Street.

To download the complete Portfolio Day Poster in pdf format, click here.