Perpich Students Shine at Portfolio Day 2023
October 10, 2023
On Monday, October 9, students at Perpich Arts High School participated in Portfolio Day, celebrating college and career readiness. For over 20 years each October, Perpich sponsors a Portfolio Day, offered in conjunction with a national portfolio day at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Representatives from some of the most selective art schools in the country come to campus to review student portfolios.
This year, 21 institutions were on campus to connect with Perpich students. George Terry Jr., Assistant Principal, said, “Portfolio Day is an excellent opportunity for our students to explore post-secondary options while sharing their extraordinary artistic talent.”
Audrey Nissley (Visual Arts 2024) said, “It’s a good opportunity to meet people who can help you on your pathway to college.”
Media Arts and Visual Arts students showed their work to college experts and admissions professionals. They learned about what those colleges have to offer and if they are a good fit as a prospective student. The experts also offered some constructive criticism. Overall, participating colleges gave Perpich students high praise.
Dance students spent the afternoon with Cheng Xiong, Teaching Specialist in Dance at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Cheng taught a modern dance class that emphasized improvisation and dynamics. They also met with Nora Jenneman, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Dance Program at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Theater Seniors met with Allison Vincent, Teaching Specialist in Theater at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Allison worked with the students on their prepared monologues. Theater Juniors met with Melanie Salmon-Peterson, Director and Production Manager at Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins. Melanie worked with the students on cold reading auditions.
Some participating colleges from Portfolio Day had this to say about their experience at Perpich:
“I met with many talented students with beautiful portfolios.” Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portfolio Day 2023 participating schools/programs:
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design – MCAD
- Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – MIAD
- North Hennepin Community College
- Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago – SAIC
- School of Visual Arts
- The Oxbow School
- University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
- University of South Dakota
- University of Wisconsin – Stout