Art Program

Why Art at Western? The Western State Colorado University Department of Art offers degree programs in diverse emphases that are grounded in the fundamentals of art and design. Western Art students are fully prepared to pursue a variety of careers and graduate studies in Art.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

This training begins with comprehensive Foundations classes in drawing, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. During this first year, students document their university artwork and produce a hard-bound book portfolio to submit for formal admittance into the Art program. In their sophomore year, formally-admitted Art students begin to specialize in their emphasis: Painting, Photography (traditional and digital), Printmaking (traditional and digital), Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture, Graphic Design, K-12 Art Education Licensure, Art History. Students may also take courses in any area of interest. Western Art students also have access to two computer labs with digital industry-standard facilities.

Western Art students take either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs. The Bachelor of Arts Degree consists of a Standard Major, or a Comprehensive Major – which allows students to specialize in Studio Art, Graphic Design, K-12 Education licensure, and Art History. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree is designed for students wishing to become professionals or pursue graduate studies in Art, and is a Comprehensive Major which specializes students in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture, and Graphic Design.

In their senior year, Western Art students exhibit their senior show in the Quigley Gallery – an opportunity to experience preparing a professional exhibition in a gallery setting. Our students are also able to exhibit and sell their own work in the biannual Western Student Art Sale, and in several local and regional art galleries and businesses. Graphic Design students acquire professional experience through internships, professional projects coordinated through different university departments and local businesses, and Magazine Production – which annually produces the Pathfinder Magazine, publishing student creative work, scholarship, and club sports.

Beyond the Classroom

Western students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas.

Art students also participate in the Art League - the official student art guild at Western - dedicated to creating cultural experiences for Western students and the Gunnison community.

After Graduation

Art and Art History are academic disciplines and Art students are rigorously-trained, multi-disciplinary scholars.

The B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Art or Art History provide students with a solid foundation, from which they may undertake graduate studies or specialized training, allowing them to pursue a broad spectrum of professional activities in the art world, including: professional artist, graphic designer, web designer, careers in the animation, game design and film industries, industrial designer, fashion designer, photojournalist, professional airbrush painter, forensic and criminal justice artist, art historian, art critic, careers in galleries and museums, careers in education.  

Western Art graduates have worked or currently work in many of these fields. In fact, some of our recent graduates are earning more than their professors!

Courses

 ART 0 - EXHIBITION CONVOCATION ATTEND (0 credits)

Designed to encourage exhibition and convocation attendance as a means of learning about art history, professional artists, artistic practice, portfolio review, and topics of interest to artists. Students qualify for a "satisfactory" grade by attending all of the posted events in each semester. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

 ART 105 - INTR ART:CONCEPT APPL VIS ARTS (3 credits)

An introduction to the visual arts with an emphasis on the influence of art works on present-day living and thinking. A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered. Some examples include architecture, Native American art, non-western art,women in art, crafts, and European art. (Course may be taken only once for credit and does not count toward the Art major or minor.)

 ART 105 - INTRODUCTION TO ART GAH1 ( credits)

An introduction to the visual arts with an emphasis on the influence of art works on present-day living and thinking. A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered. Some examples include architecture, Native American art, non-western art,women in art, crafts, and European art. (Course may be taken only once for credit and does not count toward the Art major or minor.)

 ART 119 - FOUNDATION DRAWING I (3 credits)

A foundation course in drawing with special attention to line, value, perspective, texture, and shape. Landscape, still life, and other forms are used as subject matter. The visual elements and principles of organization in relationship to perceiving both flat and illusionary space are explored. Black and white media are exclusively practiced. Prerequisite: Art major or minor status.

 ART 171 - FOUNDATION DESIGN:2-DIMENSIONL (3 credits)

An introduction to design organization with an emphasis on the exploration of line, value, texture, shape, and color. Prerequisite: Art major or minor status.

 ART 203 - INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic techniques and processes of ceramics: pinch, coil, slab, and some wheelwork. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 222 - ART HISTORY I (3 credits)

A survey of western and non-western art from approximately 30,000 years ago to the 14th century. Works of art and architecture are examined within the cultural and historic context for art-making through world human history. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C" and Art major or minor status.

 ART 230 - INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE (3 credits)

An introduction to the various processes of sculpture: carving, modeling, and casting. Aesthetic qualities and craftsmanship of the sculptural forms are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 235 - INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY ( credits)

An introduction to the creative use of silver and precious gemstones in the making of jewelry. Design and craftsmanship are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 246 - INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (3 credits)

An introduction to contemporary photographic technique incorporating traditional black-and-white analogue photography alongside digital photographic practice and procedure. Lectures introduce topic areas that the student must exercise in lab sessions. Students must supply their own "quality" 35mm or 120mm camera. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 257 - INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic techniques of printmaking including lithography, woodcut, etching, and the collagraph. Emphasis is on the traditional approaches in printmaking. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 270 - INTRO TO GRAPHIC DESIGN ILLU (3 credits)

An introductory course utilizing the basic fundamentals of art in a broad base of commercial applications. Design in the areas of corporate identity, packaging, illustration, and typography are explored. Illustration, new techniques, materials, and tools used by the designer are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 271 - CALLIGRAPHY TYPOGRAPHY (3 credits)

A study of individual letter forms as design elements that relate to visual communication. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 280 - INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING (3 credits)

An introduction to oil painting, using basic tools, materials, techniques, and the development of compositional methods. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 283 - INTRODUCTION TO AIRBRUSH (3 credits)

Introduction to the use of the airbrush as a tool for painting, drawing, and design. Multiple use of the tool within traditional and non-traditional directions, as well as tool maintenance, are stressed. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172

 ART 286 - INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR (3 credits)

An introduction to both the traditional and contemporary methods of watercolor. The various watercolor media are explored. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 319 - INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (3 credits)

A study of figure drawing with an emphasis on structure, figure compositions, and portrait studies from the model using various drawing media and techniques. Prerequisite: ART 120.

 ART 324 - ART CRITICISM CRITICAL THEORY (3 credits)

A survey of contemporary art and art practices through the discipline of art criticism. This seminar course prepares students for senior-level courses and advanced studies in art and art history at the graduate level. A survey of modern and contemporary art since the midtwentieth century is followed by seminar presentations on selected readings. Prerequisites: ART 222 and ART 223.

 ART 375 - INTERMED MAGAZINE PRODUCTION (3 credits)

An integration of journalism and art course work into a study of magazine production. Faculty supervise students in design and production work leading to the publication of the Western Pathfinder Magazine, in both print and online versions. Prerequisite: ART370 and instructor permission.

 ART 400 - ARTIST PORTFOLIO SENIOR EXHIB (3 credits)

A Capstone Course in which students develop a portfolio of recent work which enhances preparation for the Senior Exhibition, a career in art, gallery representation, or application to graduate school. Prerequisite: senior standing.

 ART 403 - ADVANCED CERAMICS I ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 303.

 ART 404 - ADVANCED CERAMICS II ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 403.

 ART 405 - ADVANCED CERAMICS III ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 403.

 ART 419 - ADVANCED DRAWING (3 credits)

An advanced study in figure drawing with emphasis on the figure, expanding visual awareness by developing control of drawing as a tool for research and invention. Problems progress from simple structural analysis to more sophisticated exploration of subject matter, and finally to individual interpretation. Prerequisite: ART 319 and B.F.A. candidate.

 ART 421 - ART MESOAMERICA ANDEAN REGION (3 credits)

A survey of the arts of the Pre-contact civilizations in Middle America and the Andes. The art and architecture of these ancestral peoples are examined within their cultural contexts. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

 ART 430 - ADVANCED SCULPTURE I ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual sculptural direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 330.

 ART 431 - ADVANCED SCULPTURE II ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual sculptural direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 430.

 ART 432 - ADVANCED SCULPTURE III ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual sculptural direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 431.

 ART 435 - ADVANCED JEWELRY I ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual jewelry direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 335.

 ART 436 - ADVANCED JEWELRY II ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual jewelry direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 435.

 ART 437 - ADVANCED JEWELRY III ( credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual jewelry direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 436.

 ART 446 - ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY I (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual photography direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 346.

 ART 447 - ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY II (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual photography direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 446.

 ART 448 - ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY III (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual photography direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 447.

 ART 457 - ADVANCED PRINTMAKING I (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual printmaking direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 357.

 ART 458 - ADVANCED PRINTMAKING II (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual printmaking direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 457.

 ART 459 - ADVANCED PRINTMAKING III (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual printmaking direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 458.

 ART 470 - ADV DESIGN ILLUSTRATION I (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual graphic design direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 370.

 ART 471 - ADV DESIGN ILLUSTRATION II (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual graphic design direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 470.

 ART 472 - ADV DESIGN ILLUSTRATION III (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual graphic design direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 471.

 ART 475 - ADV MAGAZINE PRODUCTION I (3 credits)

An advanced integration of journalism and art course work into a study of magazine production. Faculty supervise students in design and production work leading to the publication of the Western Pathfinder Magazine, in both print and online versions. Prerequisite: ART 375 and instructor permission.

 ART 476 - ADV MAGAZINE PRODUCTION II (3 credits)

An advanced integration of journalism and art course work into a study of magazine production. Faculty supervise students in design and production work leading to the publication of the Western Pathfinder Magazine, in both print and online versions. Prerequisite: ART 475 and instructor permission.

 ART 477 - ADV MAGAZINE PRODUCTION III (3 credits)

An advanced integration of journalism and art course work into a study of magazine production.Faculty supervise students in design and production work leading to the publication of the Western Pathfinder Magazine, in both print and online versions. Prerequisite: ART 476 and instructor permission.

 ART 480 - ADVANCED PAINTING I (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual painting direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisites: ART 380.

 ART 481 - ADVANCED PAINTING II (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual painting direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 480.

 ART 482 - ADVANCED PAINTING III (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual painting direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 481.

 ART 483 - ADVANCED AIRBRUSH I (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual airbrush direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 383.

 ART 484 - ADVANCED AIRBRUSH II (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual airbrush direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 483.

 ART 485 - ADVANCED AIRBRUSH III (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual airbrush direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 484.

 ART 486 - ADVANCED WATERCOLOR I (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual watercolor direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisites: ART 386.

 ART 487 - ADVANCED WATERCOLOR II (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual watercolor direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 486.

 ART 488 - ADVANCED WATERCOLOR III (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual watercolor direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 487.

 ART 491 - SEMINAR IN ART ( credits)

An investigation and evaluation of contemporary topics in art. Students are exposed to artistic expression through visiting artist programs, exhibitions, and workshops. Students develop individual research topics. Prerequisites: B.F.A. candidate and senior standing.

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Alber, Mary L. Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Must be a full-time student, successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits, be an art major seeking an education certificate. Must demonstrate both a strong interest in art education and the potential to become a successful teacher in art. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Provided by:
A gift from Ethel Rice and Owen Sharp originating from the estate of Mary Alber.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application:
Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2071 - Quigley Hall 101

 De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Art Scholarship

Available to:
Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be an Art Major. Full-time students, must have completed at least 2 semesters at Western.

Provided by:
Family members of Mabel de Koevend.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Art Faculty.

Application:
Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2071 - Quigley Hall 101

Other:
Scholarship may be renewable.

 Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Applicants for the Charles J. Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship must be full time, junior or senior level sudents majoring in either Art or English and must be maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

Provided by:
Family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western's most outstanding students and to perpetuate his name as a symbol to other young men and women of outstanding achievement.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Art and Music or Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Language and Literature.

Application:
Submit a letter of application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the appropriate department to the chairperson of the appropriate department (see other below). Deadline is April 1st.

Other:
Award is rotated among the two departments. For Spring 2012 students need to contact the English Department.

 Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Applicants for the Charles J. Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship must be full time, junior or senior level sudents majoring in either Art or English and must be maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

Provided by:
Family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western's most outstanding students and to perpetuate his name as a symbol to other young men and women of outstanding achievement.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Art and Music or Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Language and Literature.

Application:
Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943- 2025 - Taylor Hall 216

Other:
Award is rotated among the two departments. For Spring 2012 students need to contact the CALL Department.

 Grosland, August J. Art Alumni Scholarship

Available to:
Students majoring in Art. Must be a full-time student who has completed a minimum of 30 hours.

Provided by:
Dr. "Gus" Grosland, Professor of Art and Chairman of the Art Department for many years.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western State Colorado University Art Program Faculty.

Application:
Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2071 - Quigley Hall 101

 Julio, Marsha T. Art Scholarship

Available to:
Outstanding junior or senior female art students. Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Provided by:
Family and friends of Marsha Julio, spouse of long- time Western Art Professor Pat Julio.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western Art Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:
Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2071 - Quigley Hall 101

 Rice, Ethel M. Art Scholarship

Available to:
Must be a full-time student, successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits and be a declared Art major. Must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Provided by:
A gift from Ethel Rice, revered Western librarian.

Amount:
$1000

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application:
Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2071 - Quigley Hall 101

 Schele, Dr. Linda Memorial Art Scholarship

Available to:
Art majors who can demonstrate financial need. Students must be full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, single parents, women, minorities, participants in Western Spectrum and those using technical assistance.

Provided by:
Established by Dr. Heather Orr.

Amount:
Award depends on fund availability.

Selected by:
Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application:
Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2071 - Quigley Hall 101

 Tobey, Gene Memorial Art Scholarship

Available to:
Art majors who have been accepted into the Art program and can demonstrate financial need.

Provided by:
Gene’s wife, Rebecca, and his two children, Josh and Jami, and other family and friends.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Art Faculty

Application:
Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2071 - Quigley Hall 101

 The Brian Hirsh Award

PURPOSE

The Brian Hirsh Award has been established by Joel and Barbara Hirsh to provide an award to a Western State Colorado University Senior majoring in Art. The small award is for a graduating senior, to give him/her a start in his/her career, perhaps to start a web site, a fee or an art show or art supplies; however, there are no strings attached. This scholarship serves to honor the art talent of Brian Hirsh, a 2001 graduate of Western who passed away in 2012.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a graduating Art major with skills in sculpturing, preferably in hand built ceramics.
  • The recipient will be determined by the Art faculty, in consultation with Financial Aid.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Lecturer, General Education
B.A. Eastern Illinois University, M.A. Eastern Illinois University, and M.F.A. Illinois State University
Phone: (970) 943-3093
Office Location: Quigley 229
Lecturer in Art
B.A., Eastern Illinois University; M.A., Eastern Illinois University; M.F.A.,Ohio State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3073
Office Location: Quigley Hall 224
Assistant Professor of Art
B.F.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.F.A., Radford University.
Phone: (970) 943-2040
Office Location: Quigley Hall 225
Professor of Art
B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., Western Michigan University; , Ed.M., Nazareth College, , Ph.D., Canbourne University.
Phone: (970) 943-3083
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Assistant Professor of Art
B.F.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.F.A., New Mexico State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2035
Office Location: Quigley Hall 239
Professor of Art
B.A., Colorado State University; M.A., Adams State College; M.F.A., Kansas State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3080
Office Location: Quigley Hall 227
Chair, Department of Art, Professor of Art
B.A., M.A., University of Victoria; Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 228
Professor of Art
Ph.D. The Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH, 1998; M.L.S. University of Denver, 1992; B.A. Western State College, 1974
Phone: 970-943-2192
Office Location: Quigley 226
Lecturer in Art
B.F.A. West Virginia University; M.F.A., University of North Carolina.
Phone: (970) 943-2004
Office Location: Quigley Hall 223