Portfolio Day 2022


PORTFOLIO DAY | Friday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Portfolio Day is a professional development opportunity for high school juniors and seniors interested in continuing their educational and professional career in visual arts. At Portfolio Day, students will have their portfolios reviewed by university art professors, working artists, and peers and will receive personalized constructive critiques on their artwork, portfolio presentation, and artist statement. 2022 Portfolio Day includes an informative panel discussion on How to Make it as an Artist. Students must attend two virtual workshops on January 25, and February 1, in preparation for Portfolio Day.

Monetary awards will be awarded by the Parker Artists Guild. Scholarships will be awarded by participating colleges and universities.

Students will exhibit artwork in the Portfolio Day’s Bright Futures Student Exhibit at the PACE Center Art Gallery from February 29 – March 31, 2022. Reception will be held March 31, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Benefits to participate in Portfolio Day include: gaining experience in building a professional portfolio to use for college admissions or career development; exhibit in a professional gallery at the PACE Center in Parker; have the opportunity to speak with professionals in the industry; and be awarded monetary prizes and scholarships.

Please contact Parker Arts Education at 303.805.3374 or via email at PACEedu@parkeronline.org to learn more.

Portfolio Day Registration

Call for Entry Deadline: Nov. 1, 2021.

Fee: $5 (Lunch is included.)

To Enter: Students may enter as an individual and should pay $5 during the online registration, and include your medium of interest and school. Click here to register as an individual art student.

Teachers may enter up to five students as a group and should complete a School/Student Participation Form.  Teachers must pay the student group fee by calling 303.805.3364 or emailing Parker Arts Education. Include your school name, number of students, and a time to call to process the payment. Click here to complete an online School/Student Participation Form.

Pre-Portfolio Day Virtual Workshops

Workshop 1: Jan. 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lesson Plan: Your Portfolio
Assignment: Forward list of artwork and artist statement. Due: Friday, Jan. 28.

Workshop 2: Feb. 1, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lesson Plan: Gallery Ready
Assignment: Forward jpeg of artwork. Due: Friday, Feb. 4.

Students will receive invitation to attend virtual workshops via email.

Portfolio Day Preparation




  • Register online or ensure your teacher has included you on the School’s Student Participation Form.
  • Attend two virtual workshops and complete assignments.
  • Prepare your portfolio: ensure artwork is appropriate for review, and is defined with a title, dimensions, and price.
  • Attend Portfolio Day on February 18, from 8:30 a.m. – Noon.
  • Participate in peer reviews for each student in your break out review room.
  • Select and deliver gallery-ready artwork for the Bright Futures Student Exhibit.
  • Attend reception and take home artwork.


Download the Schedule of Events
Download the 2022 Portfolio Day Flyer
Download the Student Action Items.

Portfolio Day Schedule

Friday, February 18, 2022 at PACE Center

8:30-9:00 AM                 Lobby                         Check-in

9:00-9:10 AM                  Event Room              Opening Remarks

9:15-10:55 AM                Breakout Rooms       Portfolio Reviews

10:55-11:00 AM              Break

11:00-11:45 AM              Event Room                Lunch & Panel Discussion

11:45-12:00 PM              Event Room                Closing Remarks & Bright Futures Instructions

12:00 PM                         Portfolio Day             Check-out

Bright Futures Student Exhibit

Students’ experience will culminate in an art show at the PACE Center from March 1 – March 31, 2022. Reception will be held March 31, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: March 1 – March 31
Artwork Delivery: Monday, Feb. 28, 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Artwork Pick Up: Thursday, March 31, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Congratulations to the following 2021 Portfolio Day students:

The Parker Artist Guild awarded $1,000 to Lutheran High School senior Niklas Skirmants for his artwork titled Freddie Gibbs and $1,000 to Douglas County High School senior Bobby Esparza for his artwork titled Hubris. Parker Arts also awarded Douglas County sophomore Savannah Hill the Laura Sierra Honorable Mention and gift card to Guiry’s for her artwork titled Angst.

Portfolio Reviewers

Arapahoe Community College
Art Students League of Denver
Colorado Mountain College
UC Denver
Metro State University
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
University of Northern Colorado
Professional Artists
More will be announced as they become available.

Portfolio Day and the Bright Futures Student Exhibit are generously sponsored by: 

Parker Artists Guild