Art Program

Major
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Art Department

Art students at Western unify technique and theory across a diverse array of media and disciplines in a newly remodeled facility that is truly state-of-the-art.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

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 tradition and cutting-edge artistic practices, technologies and industry-standard software. Students are also given the tools to explore critical contemporary issues and a broad foundation in western and non-western art history and theory. With all of this at their disposal, students are expected to develop strong research, writing and presentation skills alongside their artistic development.

THE PROGRAM

The Art program has Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs. B.A. students can enroll in a Standard Major, to be taken with another major or minor, or a Comprehensive Major, which allows students to specialize in Studio Art, Graphic Design, K-12 Education licensure and Art History. The B.F.A. degree is designed for students wishing to become professionals or pursue graduate studies in Art. The B.F.A. also has Comprehensive Majors that specializes students in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture and Graphic Design. In their senior year, students exhibit their work in the Quigley Gallery, preparing them for professional exhibits.

CAREERS

Our B.A. and B.F.A. degrees prepare students for graduate studies or specialized training, allowing them to pursue a broad spectrum of professional activities in the art world, including:

  • Professional Artist
  • Industrial Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Photojournalist
  • Forensic Criminal
  • Justice Artist
  • Art Historian
  • Art Critic
  • Gallery and Museum Manager
  • Educator
  • Animator
  • Game Designer
  • Film Maker

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Our friendly faculty would love to hear from you.

Chase Hutchison

Opportunities

OPPORTUNITIES

GALLERY EXHIBITS: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.

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.

PATHFINDER MAGAZINE: An annual publication for student creative work...

Profiles

Anna Boyle
Art & English student, WP staff member. As an avid whitewater kayaker and skier she loves water in all forms, from class III rapids to fresh powder.
Rebekah Corah
"There is only one place where you can do your homework while overlooking an elk herd. Seriously, nothing beats that!"

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. To find scholarships based on year of study (e.g. - Freshmen Scholarships), please see the navigation to the left.

 Alber, Mary L. Memorial Scholarship

The Alber, Mary L. Memorial Scholarship is 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.

Art Scholarship Provided by:

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

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application: Alber, Mary L. Memorial Scholarship Application

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

 De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Art Scholarship

De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Art Scholarship is 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.

Art Scholarship Provided by:

Family members of Mabel de Koevend.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Art Faculty.

Application: De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Art Scholarship Application

Other: Scholarship may be renewable.

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

 Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship

Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship Available to:

Applicants for the Charles J. Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship must be full time, junior or senior level students 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.

Art/English Scholarship 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.

Scholarship Recipient 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.

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

Find out more about Western's English Program at www.western.edu/english

 Grosland, August J. Art Alumni Scholarship

Grosland, August J. Art Alumni Scholarship is Available to:

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

Art Scholarship Provided by:

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

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Colorado University Art Program Faculty.

Application: Grosland, August J. Art Alumni Scholarship Application

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

 Julio, Marsha T. Art Scholarship

Julio, Marsha T. Art Scholarship is Available to:

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

Art Scholarship Provided by:

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

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Art Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application: Julio, Marsha T. Art Scholarship Application

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

 Rice, Ethel M. Art Scholarship

Rice, Ethel M. Art Scholarship is 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.

Art Scholarship Provided by:

A gift from Ethel Rice, revered Western librarian.

Amount: $1000

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application: Rice, Ethel M. Art Scholarship Application

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

 Schele, Dr. Linda Memorial Art Scholarship

Schele, Dr. Linda Memorial Art Scholarship is 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.

Art Scholarship Provided by:

Established by Dr. Heather Orr.

Amount: Award depends on fund availability.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application: Schele, Dr. Linda Memorial Art Scholarship Application

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

 Tobey, Gene Memorial Art Scholarship

Tobey, Gene Memorial Art Scholarship is Available to:

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

Art Scholarship Provided by:

Gene's wife, Rebecca, and his two children, Josh and Jami, and other family and friends.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Art Faculty

Application: Tobey, Gene Memorial Art Scholarship Application

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

 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 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​.

 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.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Tina Butterfield headshot
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 233
Al Caniff headshot
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 234
Chase Hutchison headshot
Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., Western Colorado University; M.F.A., New Mexico State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2035
Office Location: Quigley Hall 240
Anders Johnson headshot
Assistant Professor of Art
B.A., North Park University, M.F.A., Indiana University
Phone: 970.943.2192
Office Location: Quigley Hall 229
Emily Loehle headshot
Lecturer in Art
B.F.A., Western Kentucky University, M.F.A., Indiana University
Phone: 970.943.3010
Office Location: Quigley Hall 227
Heather Orr headshot
Professor of Art - Art History (www.western.edu/art) Administrative Director Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (www.western.edu/mges) Colorado State Representative, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (www.aamg-us.org)
B.A., M.A., University of Victoria; Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
Don Seastrum headshot
Emeritus Professor of Art
B.A., Western State College, M.L.S., University of Denver, Ph.D., The Union Institute
Phone:
Office Location:
Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D., AAA headshot
MGES Grosland Director
B.A., Oberlin College, Literature and Government, 1990, M.A., Central European University, History, Budapest, Hungary, 1995, History, Ph.D., Central European University, Comparative History, Budapest, 2011, Certified Appraiser of Impressionism and Modern Art, Appraisers Association of America
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

 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 120 - Foundations Drawing II (3 credits)

A foundation course in drawing, placing emphasis on composition. The study of theessential 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 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 172 - Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional (3 credits)

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

 ART 223 - Art History II (3 credits)

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 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 400 - Artist's Portfolio/ Senior Exhibition (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 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 491 - Seminar in Art (3 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.