Lincoln Academy art students Emily Leighton (left), and Honora Boothby (right) at National Portfolio Day in Boston. Both students had art portfolios accepted by art schools at the October event.

Five Lincoln Academy visual arts students attended the National Portfolio Days in Boston on Sunday, October 13 with their art teacher, Nina Sylvia. National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives from over 80 colleges were available to review student artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.

“It is an incredible opportunity because it brings together students and experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback,” said Sylvia. At the event, students explain how they develop their ideas and where they want to go with them to the same people who will look at their work when they apply to the art schools. Two of Ms. Sylvia’s students, senior Emily Leighton and junior Honora Boothby had their portfolios accepted on the spot by colleges. This means that while students still need to go through the application process for art schools, the colleges have pre-accepted the portfolio portion of their application.

According to Sylvia, “this has only happened two other times in the last ten years. Both students were extremely excited by having their work so well received…. it speaks volumes to the quality of their work and dedication to the arts for these professionals to single them out with this honor.”