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A student receives feedback from artist Megan Mette (right) during the 2016 AK Teens Portfolio Review Day sessions. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

AK Teens Portfolio Review Day

Sunday, March 31, 2019 ● 10:30 am
3:30 pm

Education Classrooms

The AK Teens Portfolio Review Day sessions will give Western New York high school students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to have their work reviewed and critiqued by area artists and fine arts professors. Early review and critique of work provides a key advantage for students planning to pursue a degree in the visual arts and eventually hold careers in the art world. Students will be able to ask questions about their work and seek guidance and advice on attending college art programs and pursuing careers as artists. 

While some portfolio reviews are geared specifically toward college/university recruitment, the goal of these sessions is to give students—even those in the early years of high school—the opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed and to discuss their work with area professionals. Students who attend in the early years of high school could benefit from multiple years of review before applying for a college program. 


Sessions are open to high school students in grades 9 through 12. Each review session is 25 minutes long. A time slot will be assigned and a placement made with a reviewer who best fits the student’s primary area of focus, if applicable.

Reviewer sessions will be conducted by the following local artists and teachers:

  • Kyle Butler, Drawing and Painting
  • Amy Greenan, Painting
  • Nathan Naetzker, Painting, Photography, and Installation
  • Nicole Ritchey, Sculpture and Printmaking

Participation in the review sessions is free, but space is limited and registration is required by Friday, March 22, 2019. To assure a time slot, please register online. Confirmation will be sent via email on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

What to Bring

Students participating in the review sessions are encouraged to bring a sample of no more than 10 works, which can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. If possible, the portfolio should provide a variety of works in different media and styles. If work is small and two-dimensional, we ask that you bring in the original whenever possible. If your work is large, three-dimensional, or otherwise difficult to carry, you can bring photographs instead. If you want to provide a digital version of your work, you must bring your own fully charged laptop, iPad, or tablet, as outlets and on-site laptops will not be provided.

Program Sponsors

AK Teens is presented by KeyBank. 

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