Portfolio Days

RISD participates in a number of Portfolio Day events sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association.

At these events prospective students have the opportunity to present their portfolios to representatives from art and design colleges and university art departments. In one day, aspiring artists gather a wide range of opinions and advice about their portfolios, which may help them strengthen their work and prepare their college applications.

RISD representatives look forward to meeting with you to critique your work and provide information about the school. Please note, however, that RISD does not make admissions decisions at Portfolio Days, nor do we require you to attend one of these events or meet with anyone from the Admissions Office as part of the application process. Meeting with us at one of these events does not eliminate the need to submit your portfolio as part of our application requirements.

Crowds are often large at portfolio days. We encourage you to come to the RISD table early to increase the likelihood that we will be able to speak with you before the end of the day. RISD representatives meet with as many visitors as the schedule of each event permits and we will attend the following portfolio days during the 2015–16 academic year:

Sunday, September 27
Atlanta, GA
host: Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University
location: Cobb Galleria Centre
202 639-1841 (Corcoran)
770 955-8000 (Cobb)

Saturday, October 3
Cincinatti, OH
Art Academy of Cincinnati
513 562-6262

Sunday, October 4
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Institute of Art
800 223-4700

Saturday, October 10
Austin, TX
host: School of Visual Art
location: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
212 592-2100 (SVA)
407-269-6069 (AT&T Center)

Saturday, October 10
San Diego, CA
host: Laguna College of Art + Design
location: Westin San Diego
949 376-6000 (LCAD)
619 239-4500 (Westin)

Sunday, October 11
Dallas, TX
host: School of Visual Art
location: Hilton Anatole
212 592-2100 (SVA)
214 748-1200 (Hilton)

Saturday, October 17
Memphis, TN
Memphis College of Art
901 272-5100

Sunday, October 18
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
800 232-7242

Sunday, October 18
Nashville, TN
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
615 383-4848

Graduate Portfolio Day
Sunday, October 25
New York, NY
Parsons The New School for Design
212 229-8900

Saturday, October 31
Hartford, CT
Hartford Art School | University of Hartford
860 768-4393

Graduate Portfolio Day
Saturday, October 31
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Art Institute
800 345-7324

Sunday, November 1
Boston, MA
Host: School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Location: Hynes Convention Center
617 267-6100 (SMFA)
617 954-2000 (Hynes)

Saturday, November 7
Toronto, ON
OCAD University
416 977-6000

Graduate Portfolio Day
Sunday, November 8
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
800 232-7242

312 629-6100

Sunday, November 8
Philadelphia, PA
host: University of the Arts
location: Pennsylvania Convention Center
215 717-6000 (UArts)
800 428-9000 (PCC)

Sunday, November 15
New York, NY
host: Fashion Institute of Technology
location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
212 217-7999 (FIT)

212 216-2000 (Javits Center)

Saturday, November 21
Washington, D.C.
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at GW
202 639-1841

Sunday, November 22
Baltimore, MD
Maryland Institute, College of Art
410 669-9200

Saturday, January 9
Seattle, WA
Cornish College of the Arts
800 726-ARTS

Sunday, January 10
Portland, OR
Pacific Northwest College of Art
503 226-4391

Saturday, January 16
San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts
510 594-3600

Sunday, January 17
Los Angeles, CA
Art Center College of Design
626 396-2200

Saturday, January 23
Miami, FL
host: New World School of the Arts
location: Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus
305 237-3135 (New World)

Sunday, January 24
Sarasota, FL
Ringling College of Art and Design
800 255-7695

Students often need to double up to transport large canvases, especially when it’s windy along the riverwalk in front
of the RISD Auditorium.