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We accept portfolios in CD, slide, or photographic form on occasions when students cannot easily visit the University. You are advised to ask your art instructor for assistance with photographing and labeling the work. You should use a 35mm single lens reflex camera or a high quality digital camera. Digital prints should indicate the actual color of the original. The resolution should be sufficiently high to identify the smallest details of the original work of art. We prefer to view artwork on web sites only when it is originally produced with electronic media to be viewed as electronic media.
The portfolio should consist of 15 to 20 examples of your best and most recent work. No attempt should be made to show works that span a number of years. Students presenting drawings are encouraged to submit works that are drawn from a source other than copying photographs or reproductions. Although we accept portfolios in a number of media, we prefer to see the actual work. The works included in your portfolio should be mounted or matted. Fine art photographs may be submitted unmatted in a photo album. All fine art photographs should be developed by the applicant. The photographic work included should show strength rather than one of everything.
If you are photographing your work for the portfolio, it should be placed against a neutral background. Exposures should be bracketed allowing you to select the best exposure to include in the portfolio. Slides are to be submitted in a plastic slide sheet. Slides or photographs should be labeled with your name, the year the work was completed, media and dimensions.
Sculpture and ceramic work is difficult to transport and should not be shipped. We are happy to look at three-dimensional pieces that are hand-delivered. Large-scale work should typically be presented in slide or photographic form.
Students applying for the B. A. degree in art are not required to submit a portfolio.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Director, School of Art
P.O. Box 2900
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900