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 art students 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 23. Reception will be held March 23, 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: December 15, 2022 DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 22. Email PACEedu@parkeronline.org to confirm participation before winter break!

Fee: $10 (Lunch is included.)

To Enter: Students may enter as an individual and should complete registration online. Students should include medium of interest, school, and $10 payment during registration. Register here as an individual art student.

Teachers may enter up to five students and should complete the School/Student Participation Form. For payment, call 303.805.3374 or email Parker Arts Education.
Complete an online School/Student Participation Form OR Download School/Student Participation Form.

Portfolio Day Prep Video

Download Video of Portfolio Day Prep
Download PDF of Portfolio Day Prep
Download Power Point of Portfolio Day Prep with Notes

Portfolio Day Preparation




  • Download Student Action Items.
  • 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. (Upload images, include title, medium, dimensions, and price to Googleslides.)
  • Prepare your Artist Statement. (Download template and upload artist statement to Googleslides.)
  • 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.


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

Download the Schedule of Events


Bright Futures Student Exhibit

Students’ experience will culminate in an art show at the PACE Center from February 15 – March 23, 2023. Reception will be held March 23, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: February 15 – March 23
Artwork Delivery: Monday, February 13, 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Artwork Pick Up: Thursday, March 23, 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