Reviewer Fine Arts Portfolio Review FAQ

What is the Fine Arts Portfolio Review? 
What can I expect at the event? 
Who should attend? 
What do I bring? 
Are travel honorariums available? 
What if I have openings in my schedule that I want to fill? 
What if a student wants to meet me but can't find a time in my schedule? 
 
What is the Fine Arts Portfolio Review?
 

The Fine Arts Portfolio Review is focused on individualized 20 minute student portfolio reviews with juniors, seniors and graduate students. The emphasis is on providing feedback on students’ work and presentation skills while also providing insights for reviewers on RISD emerging artists that may be suited to current or future exhibitions and/or other artist opportunities.

 

What can I expect at the event? 
 

An energized hall with over 35 reviewers represented, 100 or more students in attendance and a streamlined experience managed by the RISD Careers team and wonderful volunteers to assist you. 

 

You may arrive anytime after 10:00 am. Coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided throughout the day. When you arrive please stop at the Reviewer check-in table. We will direct you to your space in the ballroom and provide any last minute updates and instructions.

 

A printed schedule of your student portfolio review appointments will be at your table. This schedule will also be sent to you in advance for your reference. We are unable to provide printed copies of student resumes, but these will also be emailed to you in advance.

 

IMPORTANT: Electrical power is extremely limited and Wifi is available.

 

Portfolio reviews will begin promptly at 12 noon and conclude by 5:00 pm. Each review will last for 20 minutes. There is one 20-minute break at 2:20 pm.

 

A cocktail reception for reviewers will follow beginning at 5PM. 

 

Who should attend?
 

Gallery directors/owners, curators, residency directors, grant officers, arts program managers and other fine art professionals are welcome to attend.

 

We encourage organizations to have 1-3 reviewers in attendance to offer multiple points of view on the student’s portfolio and respond to their questions.

 

If you have RISD alumni that work with you, we hope they will attend! Alumni offer unique insights to students on how they can translate RISD studio work into a strong portfolio in application for future artist opportunities.

 
What do I bring? 

 

  • Business cards to share with students.
     

  • A fully charged and cached laptop, iPad or tablet to show your gallery/studio web site and/ work and projects. There are very limited electrical outlets and wifi access available at the Convention Center.
     

  • Collateral materials: brochures, post cards, etc. to offer to students.
     

  • Lightweight posters that can be hung on the pipe and drape behind your table space.
     

  • Tape, safety pins, or clips for hanging items behind your table.
     

  • Pull-up banner that can be placed behind your table. Aisles must be kept clear so any banners will need to be placed behind your table.

 

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Are travel honorariums available? 
 

The RISD Career Center can offer a travel honorarium to support reviewers' attendance. Honorariums are based on distance of travel to Providence. You may select to receive a travel honorarium when you register below. We can offer a maximum of two honorariums per organization.

 

What if I have openings in my schedule that I want to fill?

The RISD Careers team will provide on-the-spot sign-ups from 12:40 to 3PM for schedules with a significant number of open review slots. You will be notified if your schedule is included with a chance to opt-out. The sign-ups will be conveniently located outside of the ballroom for reviewers to monitor over the course of the day. 

 

What if a student wants to meet me but can't find a time in my schedule? 
 

All students unable to meet with you due to scheduling conflicts have submitted their resumes in advance with a link to their portfolio online. We encourage you to review their work and contact students for future follow-up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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risdcareers@risd.edu

401-454-6614

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