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Studio Art: Portfolios

A short description of the tools and research help available to Studio Art enthusiasts

Books on Portfolios

Suggestions for Creating a Portfolio

  • Photographing Your Artwork
    The hardest part of creating a portfolio can be to take good pictures of your work. This site has some tips about shooting your work and then goes over some Photoshop methods of cleaning up the images.
  • How to Create a Professional Portfolio (Agora Gallery: advice from the NYC art experts) 
    A powerful portfolio can get your work noticed and give you the exposure you need to move your career forward
  • National Portfolio Day
    Sometimes the biggest favor you can do for yourself is get a professional to look over your portfolio and tell you what they think. National Portfolio Day exists for this exact purpose--you can meet with representatives from colleges (there are days for undergraduate and graduate students in art and architecture).
  • A Word to the Wise
    The format, size, and style of your portfolio will probably depend greatly on where you're planning to submit it. Don't send the same CD-ROM to every place you apply whether it's an art school or a gallery. Even art schools all have different requirements for portfolios, so do your homework beforehand.

Writing Artists' Statements