Freeport High School To Host Portfolio Day Event For Local Art Students

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Freeport High School is preparing to host an exciting new event that will give Northwest Illinois students an opportunity to gather professional feedback as they explore art-based careers. The school will host its first annual Portfolio Day on Friday, March 8th from 10 am to 3 pm at Grand River Hall in Freeport.

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A portfolio day is an opportunity for students to investigate art or design programs, to introduce themselves and their work to professionals in the field, and to gather feedback on how to improve or present their portfolio for future admission consideration.

Students from Freeport High and eight other high schools in the region are expected to attend the March 8th event. Each student will attend an appointment to review their portfolio with a representative from an accredited art program. Reviewers will include the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Judson University, American Academy of Art, Edgewood College, University of Wisconsin – Platteville, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College, Rockford University, Freeport Art Museum, and The Nevica Project.

During the event, several local artists will also provide workshops in fiber arts, photography, graphic design, tattoo art, sculpting, calligraphy, gesture drawing, and more, which students may participate in as they wait for their portfolio appointments. Meanwhile, local photographer Amy Dreibelbis Fairweather will also work with students to help them learn how to photograph their portfolios.

“Our goal is to provide local students with an opportunity to receive valuable feedback and guidance as they consider pursuing schooling and careers in the arts,” said Diane Regan, FHS College & Career Center advisor and event coordinator. “Students in our region are rarely offered an opportunity to have their pieces critiqued by experts in the field without traveling great distances, so we hope providing this event locally will remedy that problem.”

For more information, you may contact Diane Regan at or Danelle Setterstrom, FHS
Art Department Chair, at


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