Just received a poster for this fall/winter's National Portfolio Day(s) around the country.
In Jan. they will be in:
San Francisco @ San Francisco Art Institute on 1-16-10
Los Angeles @ Art Center College of Design on 1-17-10
More information can be found @:
You'll see art from different art schools there, as well as have the opportunity to get some feedback on some of your art. Essentially, it's a good place to scope out potential schools without having to go to them.
From the poster:
"What should I bring?
Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork whenever possible. We suggest that you do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. Keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest."
So there you go.