Two-dimensional Art: Photography



At Western, the phrase "fine art photography" continually undergoes creative, expansive redefinition. The emphasis relates to all other disciplines in the Art department in an atmosphere of cross-fertilization and evolution. Having significantly influenced every fine art medium in the 20th century, photography has irrevocably altered the perception and participation of artists. Today, that lively interaction continues in Western's photography courses. Although faculty members support experimentation and aesthetic freedom, they also expect students to meet the demanding, critical challenges of artistic growth and technical expertise.

In beginning photography classes, Western Art students sample a wide range of basic, practical information and conceptual issues. Intermediate classes offer in-depth studies of specific ideas and technical areas. In advanced classes, students have opportunities for more self-directed projects, developed through group seminars and frequent private consultations with the instructor.

Because the complex relationships between media, emotional expression, and visual exploration form such an integral part of the department's approach, students need to gain a general knowledge of other media, a basic understanding of art history, and a thorough comprehension of the history of photography.

The department furnishes strong technical support, including a printing lab, basic chemistry, finishing area, view cameras, tripods and lighting equipment, black-and-white darkroom, and Macintosh computers with industry-standard software.

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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.

 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


Art Department Chair, 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 Hall 240