ETSU to host Portfolio Day for high school artists at Knoxville Museum of Art


Abby Kelley, Staff Writer

Calling all high school art students interested in studying art in college: The Department of Art and Design at Eastern Tennessee State University is hosting a Portfolio Day on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

“This is a no risk, free opportunity for students to talk with colleges about art and what art school is,” said Travis Graves, a coordinator of the event.

The event is an opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a degree in visual art or graphic design to meet professors from several Tennessee universities and discuss their work. Students are encouraged to bring in 8 to 15 digital or physical samples of their art, although representatives will look at and discuss as few or as many pieces as the student brings.

“[Portfolio Day] is an event designed to provide information for students interested in pursuing art in college,” Graves said. “Seven universities from East Tennessee will be present and available to answer questions, provide info on what that university has to offer for art programs, look at student artwork and provide feedback on quality and ways to improve.”

There is no cost to attend. During the four-hour window, students can come whenever they want, for as long or as short a time as they’d like. All students have to do is show up, bring their artwork, and simply walk up to a college’s table and ask to speak with someone.

All art mediums are acceptable, and if a student can’t bring their physical work they can take a picture of the piece to bring and still have a discussion with professors.

For more information contact Travis Graves of ETSU at [email protected].