Show Me The Money

Dear instructors and students,

You are invited to attend Friends University’s “Show Me the Money” portfolio day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. This event is free and lunch will be provided.

View the schedule of events

Students will learn how to prepare their portfolio when applying to college for scholarships in the following areas: studio art, graphic design, computer graphics, art education and media. They will also have an opportunity to have their portfolio critiqued by the professors at Friends University. The critique sessions will be 10 minutes and a limited number of students will be able to participate. Critiques will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Friends University admission staff will be available for campus tours and to answer questions.


Registration is required to attend this free event and for the portfolio critiques. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

Visit the registration form to register for this event and to sign up for a portfolio critique.

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration – Garvey Art Center

9 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome – Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, University President

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Guest Speaker – Lauren Fitzgerald Miller

Lauren Fitzgerald is a Wichita based artist who works primarily within the paper-cutting medium. She is best known for her low relief artworks made from multiple layers of hand cut paper as well as intricate paper sculptures. Cut paper is a concentration focused medium, and her art emphasizes the details.

Influenced by the Gothic and nonsensical styling of Edward Gorey and the surrealist aesthetic of Tara McPherson, Fitzgerald uses carefully considered imagery, color and texture to create visual narratives. She uses storytelling to better communicate and express her work. Fitzgerald takes inspiration from recurring patterns, shapes and twisted lines found in nature, sourcing a wide array of imagery both organic and abstract to inform her process. Interested in mysterious themes and the oddities of nature, Lauren Fitzgerald conveys a dark sense of humor and whimsical spirit.

Fitzgerald received her BA in Art with honors from Friends University. Her work has been featured in several publications including The Art of Being Bill: The Many Faces of Awesome. Fitzgerald’s artwork has been featured in eight solo exhibitions, as well as over a hundred group and invitational shows, the most recent being The New Cool, an invitational group exhibition held at MarkArts. Her most substantial commissioned work to date, 15 Kansas Leaders, is on view in the permanent collection of The Kansas Leadership Center. Fitzgerald’s professional career in the arts started with her tenure as the Head Preparator for the Wichita Art Museum, and has included Art Consultation and free-lance Graphic Design. She currently serves as Adjunct Faculty for Friends University, as well as the Gallery Coordinator for The Riney Fine Arts Gallery.

Fitzgerald’s online portfolio

10:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Demonstrations for preparing portfolio
Break up into groups
Group 1: studio art, graphic design, computer graphics, art education
Group 2: television/digital multimedia

11:45 a.m. – Noon
Wrap-up session

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch and panel discussion
(current Friends University students will be speaking)

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Student portfolio critique
(You must sign up by 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2019)

Express Decision
Get admitted to Friends while you visit! Receive an on-the-spot admission decision with an Admission Application, a copy of your high school transcript and an ACT/SAT test score.  If you are a qualified “Express Decision” student, you will receive your letter of acceptance before the end of the event. Save time and apply before you come to campus with the Online Application or Printable Application for Admission. Find them at

Registration is required to attend this free event and for the portfolio critiques. Visit the Show Me The Money registration form to register. Registration ends 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

For more information contact:
Robyn Mabe, Administrative Assistant – Fine Arts
316-295-5548 | 800-794-6945, ext. 5548