Art Department

With a grounding in art and design fundamentals, the study of Art at Western State Colorado University prepares graduates to pursue advanced studies leading to a variety of careers.

Western Art students earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a standard major or a comprehensive major – which allows students to specialize in Studio Art (i.e.: Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture), Graphic Design, K-12 Education licensure and Art History. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is for students wishing to become professionals or pursue graduate studies in Art. It is a comprehensive major in which students study PaintingPhotographyPrintmakingCeramicsJewelrySculpture and Graphic Design.

Art majors include:

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

 Caniff, Al Art Scholarship

Caniff, Al Art Scholarship is available to:

Must be a full-time Western senior student majoring in Art with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. The student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with Art League or other co-curricular art activities. Preference will be given to BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Art Scholarship Provided by: 

Established by Dr. Al Caniff

Scholarship Amount: $1000

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship Application:

Spring 2016 available in the Escalante main corridor, black magazine rack.

 Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship

Gary Dolezal Memorial Scholarship Available to:

Men and women from high school seniors to college seniors. Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout; must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school. Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria will be given first preference.

Provided by:

The family in memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship.

Amount: 

Award depends upon funds available.

Application: 

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Selected by:

Gary Dolezal Scholarship Committee.

 Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship

Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship Available to:

Full-time formally-admitted junior or senior Art majors seeking Art Education Licensure. Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours, have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater, and demonstrate a strong interest in art education and the potential to become a successful teacher in art.

Art Scholarship Provided by:

Art students, celebrating the memory of Mary L. Alber, Western class of 1942.

Amount: Award determined by available funds. Renewable.

Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship Application

 The Brian Hirsh Award

The Brian Hirsh Award is Available to:

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.  Must be a graduating Art major with skills in sculpturing, preferably in hand built ceramics. 

Art Award Provided by:

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. This scholarship serves to honor the art talent of Brian Hirsh, a 2001 graduate of Western who passed away in 2012.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

The recipient will be determined by the Art faculty, in consultation with Financial Aid.

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

Find out more about Western's Art Program at www.western.edu/art​.

 Western Presidential Scholars Award

The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools (residents only) aimed at increasing the number of high achieving students attending Western State Colorado University.  The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters (four years) and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded to the student.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship (application is required) as there are a limited number of awards available each year.  Below are some details you should know:

Minimum Criteria

  •          3.80 cumulative High School GPA 
  •          25 ACT score/1200 SAT combined score
  •          Be ranked #1 on high school transcript or certified as ‘valedictorian’ by high school official

Application Process

To apply students must submit a letter of application, one letter of recommendation, and provide verification of Valedictorian status.  Completed applications must be received by April 1st of each year.

Renewal Criteria

  •          Must enroll in and successfully complete 12 credits each semester (24 credits each year)
  •          Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Western 

Directory

Faculty

Assistant Professor of Art
B.F.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.F.A., Radford University.
Phone: (970) 943-2040
Office Location: Quigley 233
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 234
Associate Professor of Business Administration / Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project Director
BS University of Wyoming, JD University of Colorado School of Law
Phone: 970.943.2300
Office Location: Borick Business Building 222
Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., Western State Colorado University; M.F.A., New Mexico State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2035
Office Location: Quigley 240
Lecturer in Art
M.F.A. University of Georgia, 2008, B.F.A. Arizona State University, 1996
Phone: 943-3073
Office Location: Quigley 228
MGES Consultant and Internship Supervisor; Art Historian and Consultant; Principal: Kerry Mason and Associates; Instructor in Canadian and Northwest Coast Art, University of Victoria and Victoria College of Art
B.A., M.A., French Certificate, University of Victoria
Phone:
Office Location:
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 232
Art Department Chair, Program Director: Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES); Professor of Art - Art History
B.A., M.A., University of Victoria; Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-3031
Office Location: Quigley 231
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 229
Grosland Associate Director, Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization; Art Department Gallery Director; MGES Instructor
BA Oberlin College, MA, PhD Central European University
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Quigley Gallery Director, Master in Gallery Management & Exhibit Specialization (MGES) Associate Director and Lecturer
PhD. Central European University, Budapest, 2011, Comparative History; M.A. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary 1995, History; B.A.. Oberlin College 1990, Literature and Government.
Phone: 970-943-2285
Office Location: Quigley 230