Master of Arts in Art, Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES) 3+2
- 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.
- Field Experience: Seniors travel to historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites, to study the role of commemoration and memory.
- History Honor Society: Join Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of Western’s oldest academic honor societies.
- History League: Sponsors activities including a book club and catapult construction.
- Internships: Land an internship with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum.
- Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.
Faculty & Staff
Professor of Art; Administrative Director Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization; Colorado State Representative, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
MGES Grosland Director
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Professor of History; Director of Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225
MGES 3+2 students earn their bachelor’s degree in Art or History and master's degree in Art, Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization in just five years. The five-year program provides advanced-level training in visual arts administration and management, designed for careers in art galleries, museums, auctions, art fairs, curatorship and collections management.
- B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Art History & Theory: A strong foundation in Western and non-Western art history and in theory, emphasizing the development of solid research, writing and presentation skills.
- B.A. in History with an emphasis in Public History: Prepares students with the historical foundations and communications toolkit needed to effectively engage the public with the past.
- M.A. in Art, Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization: A professional terminal master’s degree focused on preparing students for life in the art world.
How It Works
For the first three years, students take courses to fulfill their bachelor’s degree while completing the requirements to become provisionally admitted to the MGES program. During their fourth year, students take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. At the end of that year, they earn their B.A. and are considered fully admitted to the MGES program. During their fifth and final year, students complete their graduate-level coursework, an internship and a capstone project consisting of a comprehensive proposal for an art gallery or museum.
The MGES portion of the program has a flexible, “hybrid” low-residency model. MGES consists of online courses you can complete from anywhere in the world, combined with a two-week summer practicum on Western’s campus.
Tuition & Aid
For the first three years, students in the MGES 3+2 program pay undergraduate tuition and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, students take a combination of graduate credits and undergraduate credits, maintaining their access to undergraduate financial aid as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In the final year, students pay graduate tuition. Altogether, this reduces the cost of a normal master’s degree by about one year of what a traditional program would cost. Furthermore, MGES tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
Reach out to the following faculty members for more information about each program.