Sculpture

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.

Caniff, Al Art Scholarship: $1,000

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

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Al Caniff, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.3083
Office Location: Quigley Hall 234

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 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 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 (3 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 330 - Intermediate Sculpture (3 credits)

An exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual sculpture direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 230.

 ART 430 - Advanced Sculpture I (3 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 (3 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 (3 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.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Emphasis

    Sculpture

    Western Colorado University has one of the best facilities for sculpture in western Colorado. Sculpture students work with a variety of materials and processes, carving or constructing objects in wood, clay, and metal in addition to the procedures used in casting bronze, iron, and aluminum. Other courses available within the department explore electronic and kinetic possibilities in contemporary sculpture, including mechanical motion, sound, and kinetic environments. While strongly supporting traditional media, the department maintains an experimental approach. "We push students to confront the problems in their concept and to solve them," Al Caniff explains. "If the student wants to make a piece that will take three years and cost $10,000, the student either has to find a new solution or confront his or her expectations." The sculpture instructor, representing varied points of view, is involved with his own work and personal research; as a teacher, he is thoroughly committed to developing and directing creative and ambitious students.

    The department boasts excellent facilities. Students enjoy access to a metal shop containing facilities for welding with oxyacetylene, MIG, and TIG, and for fabricating, as well as access to a complete woodshop complex. In keeping with Western Colorado University's cross-disciplinary approach, students are encouraged to explore other media, and they can expand their background in three-dimensional thinking by taking classes in other studio areas.

    Exhibitions of student work in the student gallery, critiques, and the diverse aesthetic and conceptual concerns of both students and faculty members create a lively and stimulating work environment.