Art Department


PLEASE NOTE: 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


  • 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.

Amount: $1000

Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.


Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship


  • High School seniors to college seniors
  • Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout
  • Must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school
  • Preference will be given to Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria


This scholarship is provided by the family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship.

Award depends on funds available


Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application


Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship


  • Student must be full-time
  • Junior or senior art majors seeking Art Education Licensure
  • Student must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours
  • Must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in art education and the potential to become a successful teacher in art


This scholarship is provided by art students, celebrating the memory of Mary L. Alber, Western class of 1942.

Award determined by available funds. Renewable.

The Brian Hirsh Award


  • Must be a graduating Art Major with skills in sculpting, preferably in hand built ceramics



The Brian Hirsh Award has been established by Joel and Barbara Hirsh to provide an award to a Western Colorado University Senior majoring in Art. This scholarship serves to honor the art talent of Brian Hirsh, a 2001 graduate of Western who passed away in 2012. The small award is for a graduating senior, to give them a start in their career, perhaps to start a website, to cover a fee or an art show or art supplies; however, there are no strings attached.


Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

The recipient will be determined by the Art faculty, in consultation with Financial Aid.

Application: Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2071 | Quigley Hall 101​

Find out more about Western's Art Program at​.



Tina Butterfield, MFA headshot
Assistant Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.2040
Office Location: Quigley Hall 233
Al Caniff, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.3083
Office Location: Quigley Hall 234
Mayela Cardenas headshot
Associate Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.3080
Office Location: Quigley Hall 232
S. Chase Hutchison, MFA headshot
Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.2035
Office Location: Quigley Hall 240
Anders Johnson, MFA headshot
Assistant Professor of Art
Phone: 970.943.2192
Office Location: Quigley Hall 229
Emily Loehle, MFA headshot
Lecturer in Art
Phone: 970.943.3010
Office Location: Quigley Hall 227
Heather Orr, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Art; Administrative Director Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization; Colorado State Representative, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Phone: 970.943.3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
MGES Grosland Director
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Heather Thiessen-Reily, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of History; Director of Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization
Phone: 970.943.7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225

Art students learn how to unify technique and theory across an array of media and disciplines, with the option of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts tracks. Graduates pursue careers as professional artists, educators, curators and creative professionals.

Areas of Study Include: 

Western students work in Quigly's paint studio with watercolor


K-12 Licensure
Accelerated Master's Degree
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A Western Art History student evaluates paintings at a museum

Art History & Theory

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A Western student teaching elementary art education

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Western studio using a clay wheel in Quigley Hall pottery studio


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Students develop typography in graphic design studio in Quigley Hall

Graphic Design

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Western Art students making jewelry in a studio in Quigley Hall


A paint palette in Western's Quigley Hall


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Western Student takes photograph at the Maroon Bells in Colorado


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Western Printmaking professor teaches printmaking techniques


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Western Sculpture Professor teaches students how to pour molten metal


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A sketchbook next to a desktop computer

Web Design & Development - Art

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Students preparing a gallery exhibit

Master of Arts in Art: Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES) 3+2

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