In this portfolio review, students will gain feedback from local, experienced artists and educators to help students build a stronger body of work. This opportunity is great for students looking to enter art school or exhibit in art galleries and want to build better portfolios for AP art class, college applications, and career readiness for undergraduate college students. This year will feature local professionals to review student portfolios, including the following disciplines: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Architecture & Design, Gaming & storytelling, Painting & Drawing.
Students should bring in 10 or less pieces of their artwork for digital or physical portfolios. Bulky or large pieces of work should be photographed and brought in a portfolio booklet. Don’t forget to bring your sketchbook(s) too!
This event is free, open on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Each student will have around 5-10 minutes to meet with a professional. It may be possible to see more than one as time allows. REGISTER HERE
About the Portfolio Reviewers:
Mikel Cirkus: As a modern anthropologist, Mikel wades through the noise of society to find the signals that could dictate the next big lifestyle trend of tomorrow. Incorporating over thirty-years of global insights with a truly creative lens enables Mikel to see patterns that bring cultural depth to brand authenticity. He is currently the Global Creative Director of Foresight & Trenz for the Flavors Division of Firmenich, – where creativity is both an essence and a guiding principle. Mikel’s career as a professional Art Director, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Writer, and Teacher spans nearly 40 years.
Padmaja Ganapathy is a writer, philosopher, biologist, artist and “artrepreneur” who holds a PhD in Oncology and MBA in Finance. As the founder of Artsee, a free online portfolio platform for artists, she aims to democratize the art world by providing visibility to artists of diverse genres, countries, and domains. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Artists4Peace, a curated platform dedicated to empowering artists and promoting peace through art. Prior to that she ran the US operations for Godavari Biorefineries, an intensely philanthropic and environmentally conscious bio-refinery based in India. She has previously worked in major pharmaceuticals in areas of benchmarking and clinical trials management. Padmaja is currently writing a multimedia book based on her philosophical blog, “The Naked Soul.”
Robert Bacall, founder of RBR ~ Robert Bacall Representatives. Robert has over 35 years experience representing some of the worlds best talent. Representing over a dozen artists ranging from photographers, retouchers, directors, CGI, 3D animation artists and now zeroing in on A.I. Before founding RBR in 1987, Robert spent several years working in the photo industry which he believes sets him apart from his peers. He knows about lighting and what it takes to prep and deliver any assignment. Robert studied photography at New York’s School of Visual Arts and held positions at photo labs, and several photography studios as well as running a successful still life and food studio in New York.
Hannah Rogers is a writer/designer with a career in conceptualizing ideas to inspire new product development. She is currently the Global Manager of Foresight & Trenz within the nutrition, health, and beauty giant, DSM-Firmenich. Her role as a writer and foresight and trends specialist encourages food and beverage brands to innovate ahead of global trends. Her foresight practice is based upon contextualization, and it requires her to observe and report observations, conduct exercises, and create projections for future scenarios that could prove relevant for the industry. She uses a wide range of creative tools, such as storytelling, design, and value propositioning, to conceptualize potential futures.
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