A group of Storm King art students had high expectations and lofty goals on Friday, November 9, when they traveled to The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, New York to attend Hudson Valley Portfolio Day 2018. The event, presented by The Art Effect (formerly the Art Institute – Mill Street Loft), gives area high school students the opportunity to meet with college representatives from some of the most prestigious art schools in the nation. During the course of the event, the students can also have their portfolios reviewed and discuss art-based career options with these same schools.


Left to right: Beatriz Pessoa Cardoso Oliveira ’20, Igor Klimtsov ’20, Huanran Dorothy Mao ’20, Mr. Carruthers, Xuechun Iris Zhang ’19, Siyu Gloria Wang ’19, Jiaqi Jess Ding ’20


SKS Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair John Carruthers and art instructor Megan Liggett accompanied the students on the trip and were very pleased with the outcome. “The event is important for all students who are interested in attending art school and pursuing a career in the arts. Each student must prepare a portfolio containing up to 20 examples of their work. For younger students, the event is great practice, not only for putting a portfolio together but for learning how to explain their work and respond to critiques and suggestions. For juniors and seniors, they can actually forge connections with renowned schools that will benefit them during the application process. The lines were long at most of the college tables, but our students waited patiently to meet with the schools of their choice. It was a great experience for all of them,” explained Ms. Liggett following the trip.

Some of the colleges present at the event included:

Alfred University
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Boston University School of Visual Arts
California College of the Arts
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art and Design
Delaware College of Art and Design
SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
George Mason University
Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
Laguna College of Art and Design
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art and Design
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons School of Design, The New School
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pratt Institute
Pratt MWP College of Art and Design
SUNY Purchase
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
School of Visual Arts
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Ulster
Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts
The College of Saint Rose Center for Art and Design
The Sage Colleges
The University of the Arts
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
University of New Haven
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts