Portfolio Day 2023


PORTFOLIO DAY | Friday, February 3, 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. College recruiters will be onsite for students to discover what art programs across the state have to offer. Prior to attending, participants will receive a Portfolio Day Prep video to help prepare portfolios and artist statements.

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 15 – March 22, 2022. Reception will be held March 22, 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: January 9, 2023

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.
Register as an individual art student.

Teachers may enter up to five students as a group and should pay the 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.
Complete an online School/Student Participation Form OR
Download School/Student Participation Form.

Portfolio Day Prep Video

Students will receive a link to watch a Portfolio Day Prep via email.

Portfolio Day Preparation




  • Register online or ensure your teacher has included you on the School’s Student Participation Form.
  • Complete Parent Waiver to participate in Portfolio Day which is during a school day at the PACE Center in Parker. (Coming soon.)
  • Watch the Portfolio Day Prep video.
  • Prepare your portfolio: ensure artwork is appropriate for review, and is defined with a title, dimensions, and price.
  • Attend Portfolio Day on February 3, from 8:30 a.m. – Noon.
  • Participate in peer reviews for each student in your breakout 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 2023 Portfolio Day Flyer
Download the Student Action Items.

Portfolio Day Schedule

Friday, February 3, 2023 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 February 15 – March 22, 2023. Reception will be held March 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: February 15 – March 22
Artwork Delivery: Monday, February 13, 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Artwork Pick Up: Wednesday, March 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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.


CONGRATULATIONS to the following 2022 Portfolio Day students:

Best of show
2D: Nana Yamauchi, Individuality
3D: Piper Landon, Pumpkin Vase
Photo: Cooper Hartzell, Falling Through
Graphic Design: Celia Van Vaulkenburg, Crown of Horns, Prologue

Honorable Mention
2D: Ava Lucero, The Assassin
3D: Evelyn Eck, Ephemeral
Photo: Phoenix Miller, The False Simplicity of a Quick Fix
Graphic Design: Shea Davis, You Are My Sunshine

PAG 2022 Scholarship Award
Nana Yamauchi, Individuality
Camille Salsberry, Everything You Touch Turns to Gold
Cooper Hartzell, Falling Through
Grace Clausen, Grasping

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

Parker Artists Guild