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Milwaukee National Portfolio Day

Please join us for the 2023 Milwaukee National Portfolio Day hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10am to 2pm. The event will be held at MIAD located at 273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. This event is free and open to the public.

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. High school students, parents, teachers, school counselors, and college transfer students are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required.



The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) uses VisitDays for event registration. Register now via the button below to receive your QR code for event admission. Milwaukee National Portfolio Day is free and open to the public.


Art Academy of Cincinnati
Boston University School of Visual Arts
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cornish College of the Arts
Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University
Iowa State University College of Design
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Laguna College of Art + Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Montserrat College of Art
Northern Illinois University
Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University
Ringling College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
School of Visual Arts
The Cooper Union
University of Illinois
University of Saint Francis
University of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts)
Washington University in St. Louis


Please note: There is no free parking on National Portfolio Day. Metered parking is available on all Milwaukee streets. Time limits at street meters are strictly enforced. Download the MKE Park app to conveniently pay for meter parking. Parking structures are located on the east side of Milwaukee Street between Chicago and Buffalo Streets, and on the corner of Water and Chicago Streets. There is also a surface paid parking lot on the corner of Erie and Young Streets.


MIAD Board of Trustees welcomes June 2024 new members

At their June 2024 meeting, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Board of Trustees welcomed Sarah Smith Pancheri and Keven Ringgold as new members serving on behalf of MIAD under the leadership of Board Chair Deanna Tillisch and college president Jeff Morin.

Guardian Fine Art Services donates printing press

Students returning to classes in the Printmaking Lab at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) this fall will notice a new addition—an additional printing press donated to the college by Guardian Fine Art Services.

MIAD showcases Layton School of Art alum Lois Ehlert

This summer, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is pleased to host an exhibition of work by renowned Wisconsin illustrator and artist Lois Ehlert in “Lois Ehlert: A Creative Life.” Ehelrt’s work is joined by an exhibition of work by MIAD students in their transformative junior years.


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December 31, 2023
FAFSA available for 2024-25 school year
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June 1, 2024
Tuition Deposit Deadline
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