- 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.
Caniff, Al Art Scholarship
- 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
This scholarship is provided 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
ART 246 - Introduction to Photography (3 credits)
An introduction to contemporary photographic technique incorporating traditional black-and-white analogue photography alongside digital photographic practice and procedure. Lectures introduce topic areas that the student must exercise in lab sessions. Students must supply their own "quality" 35mm or 120mm camera. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.
ART 270 - Introduction to Graphic Design and Illustration (3 credits)
An introductory course utilizing the basic fundamentals of art in a broad base of commercial applications. Design in the areas of corporate identity, packaging, illustration, and typography are explored. Illustration, new techniques, materials, and tools used by the designer are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.
ART 346 - Intermediate Photography (3 credits)
An intermediate course that explores the expressive possibilities of individual photography direction with an emphasis placed on digital photographic practices and principles. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 246.
ART 370 - Intermediate Graphic Design (3 credits)
A study of graphic design processes and applications. Emphasis is on the exploration of creative solutions to design problems. Topics include past and current design trends, tools, and computer related graphics. Prerequisite: ART 270.
ART 446 - Advanced Photography I (3 credits)
An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual photography direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 346.
ART 447 - Advanced Photography II (3 credits)
An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual photography direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 446.
ART 448 - Advanced Photography III (3 credits)
An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual photography direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 447.
At Western, the phrase "fine art photography" continually undergoes creative, expansive redefinition. The Photography 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. Faculty members support students’ experimentation and aesthetic freedom, while also teaching technical skills in shooting and post-production.
The Photography emphasis begins with introductory photography classes where 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.
Reach out to S. Chase Hutchison, MFA for more information.