Art

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Courses

For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

 ART 119 - Foundation Drawing I (3 cred.)

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 120 - Foundations Drawing II (3 cred.)

A foundation course in drawing, placing emphasis on composition. The study of the essential aspects of drawing (such as gesture, contour, proportions, anatomy, structure, textural surface, and articulation) and their synthesis into a coherent drawing attitude. Included in this course is the introduction of drawing the life form and color. Prerequisite: ART 119.

 ART 171 - Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional (3 cred.)

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 172 - Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional (3 cred.)

A foundation course in design organization with emphasis on the exploration of mass, texture, process, and techniques in the three-dimensional area. Tools and materials are explored. Prerequisite: Art major or minor status.

 ART 222 - Art History I (3 cred.)

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 ÒCÓ, and sophomore or higher status, or instructor permission.

 ART 223 - Art History II (3 cred.)

A survey of western and non-western art from approximately the 14th century to the present. 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 ÒCÓ, and sophomore or higher status, or instructor permission.

 ART 319 - Intermediate Drawing (3 cred.)

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 400 - Artist's Portfolio/ Senior Exhibition (3 cred.)

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 419 - Advanced Drawing (3 cred.)

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 491 - Seminar in Art (3 cred.)

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.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Tina Butterfield, MFA headshot
Assistant Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.2040
Office Location: Quigley Hall 233
Al Caniff, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.3083
Office Location: Quigley Hall 234
Mayela Cardenas headshot
Associate Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.3080
Office Location: Quigley Hall 232
Jeff Erwin, MFA headshot
Lecturer in Art
Phone: 970.943.2313
Office Location: Quigley Hall 228
S. Chase Hutchison, MFA headshot
Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.2035
Office Location: Quigley Hall 240
Anders Johnson, MFA headshot
Assistant Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.2192
Office Location: Quigley Hall 229
Emily Loehle, MFA headshot
Lecturer in Art
Phone: 970.943.3010
Office Location: Quigley Hall 227
Heather Orr, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Art History
Phone: 970.943.3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
MGES Program Director
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230

Scholarships

Program-Based Scholarships

Alber, Mary L. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits
  • Must be an Art major seeking an education certificate
  • 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 higher

Description

This scholarship is provided as a gift from Ethel Rice and Owen Sharp originating from the estate of Mary Alber.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Donor Scholarship Committee.

De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Art Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Must have a 3.0 or higher
  • Must be an Art major
  • Full-time students
  • Must have completed at lease two semesters at Western

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family members of Mabel de Koevend.

Award depends on funds available. Scholarship may be renewable.

Selected by: Art Faculty

APPLICATION:

Contact the Art Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Must be a junior or a senior majoring in either Art or English
  • Must have and maintain a 3.25 or above cumulative GPA

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western's most outstanding students and to perpetuate their name as a symbol to others of outstanding achievement. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

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 (follow links below).

Deadline is April 1st.

Learn more about Western's Art Program

Learn more about Western's English Program

Grosland, August J. Art Alumni Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Students majoring in Art
  • Must be a full-time student who has completed minimum of 30 hours

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. "Gus" Grosland, Professor of Art and Chairman of the Art Department for many years.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Art faculty

Application:

Please contact the Art Department for more details.

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Learn more about Western's Art Program

Julio, Marsha T. Art Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Outstanding junior or senior female Art students
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA minimum

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Marsha Julio, spouse of long- time Western Art Professor Pat Julio.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Art Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Art Department for more information

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Learn more about Western's Art Program

Rice, Ethel M. Art Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits 
  • Must be a declared Art major
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher

Description

This scholarship is provided as a gift from Ethel Rice, revered Western librarian.

Amount: $1000

Selected by: Donor Scholarship Committee.

For information on how to apply, contact Western's Art Department

Schele, Dr. Linda Memorial Art Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Art majors 
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Student must be full-time
  • Must 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

Description

This scholarship was established by Heather Orr, Ph.D.

Award depends on fund availability.

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

Application:

Please contact the Art Department for application information. 

Tobey, Gene Memorial Art Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Art majors who have been accepted into the Art program
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Gene's wife, Rebecca, and his two children, Josh and Jami, and other family and friends.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Art Faculty

Application:

Please contact the Art Department for application and deadline information. 

The Brian Hirsh Award

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduating Art Major with skills in sculpting, preferably in hand built ceramics

 

Description

The Brian Hirsh Award has been established by Joel and Barbara Hirsh to provide an award to a Western 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. The small award is for a graduating senior, to give them a start in their career, perhaps to start a website, to cover a fee or an art show or art supplies; however, there are no strings attached.

 

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​.

Caniff, Al Art Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
  • Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

Amount: $1000

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

Application:

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Institutional Scholarships

Common Scholarships

Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit our scholarships page.

Early Action Credit

If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

Neighboring States Program

Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Presidential Promise

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Tuition Discount Programs

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Western Merit Scholarship

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

  • Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
     
  • Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
     
  • Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for Art students.

The Art Department emphasizes an academic approach to artistic training centered on a strong foundation in design and drawing. Studio courses revolve around classical materials employed in a contemporary manner and offer students access to a faculty who are equally versed in traditional and cutting-edge artistic practices, technologies and industry-standard software. Students are given the tools to explore critical contemporary issues and a broad foundation in western and worldly art history and theory.

Learn More

Reach out for more information about the program.

chase_hutchison
Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Phone: 
Office Location: 
Quigley Hall 240

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