• November 30, 2021
 Second Annual EPISD College Art Fair Set for Next Week

Second Annual EPISD College Art Fair Set for Next Week

Many representative from the top art schools in the country will be in El Paso next week to review portfolios and recruit El Paso ISD students who wish to pursue a college education in the fine arts.

It’s all part of the second annual EPISD Art College Recruiting Fair.  According to EPISD officials, their district is one of few school systems in Texas that organizes a college fair specifically for students seeking to attend art schools.

“EPISD recognizes the importance of fine arts in our education system and we want to make sure that those students with the talent and drive to pursue a college education in the arts have the means and information to do it,” said Philip Barraza, EPISD’s Director of Fine Arts. “The College Art Fair is a unique way for us to provide access to students.”

Last year, EPISD’s first college art fair resulted in the recruitment of more than 80 students that received one-on-one conferences with art-school officials from schools as far away as Paris, France.

Scenes from 2017’s fair | Photo by Alicia Chumley

The schools awarded $368,000 in scholarships and grants to EPISD students.

This year, colleges and art programs from the School of Chicago Art Institute, Maryland College of Art and Design, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, the University of Michigan, UTEP and other schools from throughout the country will be on hand to speak to students.

Recruiters from Columbia University and New York University were in EPISD earlier this year to recruit.

The recruiters will review portfolios, go over admission and scholarship information and give tips for students who wish to become more competitive in art education.

The event is 9 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, at the Region 19 Education Service Center’s Paso Del Norte Conference Room, 6611 Boeing Drive.

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