Art K-12 Education


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.

 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.

 Caniff, Al Art Scholarship

Available to:

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.

Established by:

Dr. Al Caniff



Selected by:

Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.


Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 - Quigley Hall 202

Faculty & Staff


Al Caniff, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Art
A.A., Glen Oaks Community College, BFA, M.A., MFA, Western Michigan University, Ed.M., Nazareth College, Ph.D., Canbourne University
Phone: 970.943.3083
Office Location: Quigley Hall 234

Art Education Licensure

Building on Western Colorado University's excellent offerings in studio arts, art history and the liberal arts, an Art Education emphasis helps students build understanding and tools to recognize the dynamic relationships between life experience, the creative process and the art product.

Students in this program learn skills and techniques to teach others, as well as skills that help them discover personal sources of creative energy.

Teachers go beyond communicating form and content in art to help their students develop perception and natural expression. Such communication demands special skills. With verbal and nonverbal techniques for communicating art experiences, faculty in this emphasis teach that art is an integrating, energizing and humanizing force in society. They demonstrate that it encompasses real content and real knowledge.

Next Steps

If you're interested in Western's Art Education Licensure Program, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family.