An Edge on the Competition

MassArt Hosts 2016 Portfolio Review; Unveils New Design Center & President

Feb 29 2016 - 9:04am

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, better known as MassArt, is hosting a Portfolio Review on April 4, 2016 as part of Boston Design Week (March 30-April 12). The event is set for 6 to 9pm in the grand, three-story atrium of the $40 million, 40,000 sq. ft. MassArt Design and Media Center that opened in January 2016 on Boston’s Avenue of the Arts.

If you’re a professional interested in reviewing student work, or a student hoping to have your work reviewed, RSVP to Professor Lars Fischer, IDSA, at lfischer@massart.edu. Fischer—a former IDSA Student Merit Award winner who will attend IDSA’s Northeast District Design Conference (#NEDDC) in New York City April 29-30—says the Portfolio Review will give students the edge on the job market. "The gateway to entry into the highly competitive field of industrial design is your portfolio," he finds. "Get some valuable feedback from Boston designers in an informal setting to help polish your portfolio and your narrative."

NEDDC Chair and IDSA Board of Directors Northeast District VP Jeremy Van Hill will lend his expertise to the Portfolio Review. "At last year's NEDDC, MassArt facilitated one of the best organized and highest value portfolio reviews I've ever attended, and now they have the impressive atrium space to match!" he says.

It’s been a busy and exciting year already for MassArt, as the institution welcomed its 12th president. Massachusetts Board of Higher Education voted in January to approve David P. Nelson, PhD to lead MassArt, which was founded in 1873. Nelson formerly served as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts provost and chief academic officer. "Massachusetts led the nation in establishing the very first public institution of higher education dedicated to the arts," Nelson says, "and MassArt’s tradition of leadership in art, design and education extends throughout New England and beyond. I am honored to be named the next president of this storied institution.”