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AK Teens Portfolio Review Sessions

Sunday, April 21, 2013, 10:15 am–3 pm

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Education Classrooms 

The AK Teens Portfolio Review Sessions will give Western New York high school students in grades nine through twelve the opportunity to have their work reviewed and critiqued by area artists and fine arts professors. Students are encouraged to ask questions about their work and seek guidance 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—a more general opportunity to review and discuss their work with area professionals. Younger students can benefit from multiple years of review before applying for a college program. 


The AK Teens Portfolio Review Sessions are open to high school students in grades nine through twelve. Each session is twenty-five minutes long. Each participant will be assigned a time slot and a reviewer who best fits their primary area of focus, if applicable.

Participation is free, but space is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, April 10, 2013. To assure a time slot, please complete and mail the registration form as soon as possible. Confirmation will be sent via email on Friday, April 12, 2013.

What to Bring

Students participating in the review sessions are encouraged to bring a sample of no more than ten works, which can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. If possible, your portfolio should provide a variety of works in different media and styles. If a work is small and two-dimensional, we ask that you bring the original whenever possible. If a 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 or iPad, as on-site laptops and outlets will not be provided. 

About AK Teens

The new AK Teens program, presented by First Niagara, is a dynamic mentoring program serving teens from across Western New York and Southern Ontario. Designed to mentor young adults seeking to pursue careers in creativity and the arts, AK Teens will provide a platform for young artists to exhibit their work, and to prepare portfolios, which are vital for admission to college arts programs. The program offers workshops and mentoring on subjects ranging from making art to working in the arts, and even public speaking.