Kansas City National Portfolio Day, hosted by KCAI
Saturday, October 23, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO

Bring your portfolio of artwork and have it reviewed by eighteen accredited colleges and universities offering programs in art and design. Please note that this event is free and open to the public.

Registration is required for this event.


Colleges and Universities Represented:

Art Academy of Cincinnati
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art and Design
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Iowa State University
Laguna College of Art
Kansas City Art Institute
Maine College of Art and Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University
Ringling College of Art And Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
School of Visual Arts
University of Kansas
University of South Dakota
Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Event Schedule:

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Check-in at Front Entrance of Vanderslice Hall (#16 on map)
9 a.m – 11 a.m. One Hour Campus Tours (optional)
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Portfolio Reviews

Kansas City Portfolio Day Guest Requirements

  • Mask-wearing is mandatory for all attendees
  • Students are limited to one guest, in order to maintain social distancing
  • If a student/guest has any COVID-related symptoms within 48 hours of the event, please either schedule a virtual visit with KCAI here, or attend a virtual National Portfolio Day event by going here

Parking and Visitor Information

Neighborhood street parking surrounding campus is free. Please respect our neighbors and follow all city parking signs. There is a circle drive you may use for drop-off and pick-up. If you need parking accommodations, please contact us at admiss@kcai.edu.

For information on the surrounding area, nearby hotels, and a campus map, please refer to our Plan Your Visit page

What is National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Days are free educational events for young artists held at host colleges throughout the United States and Canada. This is an opportunity to have college representatives review your artwork, offer critiques, and share information about their schools. These events are not an exam or a competition—representatives are interested in your progress and in providing helpful information about this next important step in your development as an artist. We suggest you meet with as many representatives as possible.

Should I attend?
Any high school student considering studying art or design at a college level should participate in National Portfolio Day. At Portfolio Day, you’ll get a small taste of what it could be like to attend a professional art program. You’ll see a variety of artwork created at different levels by young artists with varying skills and experiences. You may hear many different opinions about your work. Do not hesitate to explain to the college representatives how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them.

What should I bring?
Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork (rather than reproductions of other works) whenever possible. If your work is large, 3D, or otherwise hard to carry, you can bring photographs of the work instead. We suggest that you do not spend time and money matting or framing your work—keep your presentation simple. If you want to showcase digital works, please bring your own laptop or tablet to view them on.

No admissions decisions or scholarships will be offered at National Portfolio Days. Some representatives may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application, but many may not. All expect that your artwork will progress in the months following the event.

Click here for or more information about Portfolio Days and the NPDA.