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

Available to:

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.

Established 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

 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. Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria will be given first preference.

Provided by:

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

Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship Available to:

Full-time, formally-admitted junior or senior Art majors seeking Art Education Licensure. Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours, have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater, and demonstrate a strong interest in art education and the potential to become a successful teacher in art.

Art Scholarship Provided by:

Art students, celebrating the memory of Mary L. Alber, Western class of 1942.

Amount: Award determined by available funds. Renewable.

 The Brian Hirsh Award

Available to:

The small award is for a graduating senior, to give him/her a start in his/her career, perhaps to start a web site, a fee or an art show or art supplies; however, there are no strings attached.  Must be a graduating Art major with skills in sculpturing, preferably in hand built ceramics. 

Provided by:

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.

Selected by:

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


Contact the Art Department for the scholarship application and deadline information. 970.943.3093 - Quigley Hall 202

With a grounding in art and design fundamentals, the study of Art at Western Colorado University prepares graduates to pursue advanced studies leading to a variety of careers.

Western Art students earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a standard major or a comprehensive major – which allows students to specialize in Studio Art (i.e.: Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture), Graphic Design, K-12 Education licensure and Art History. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is for students wishing to become professionals or pursue graduate studies in Art. It is a comprehensive major in which students study PaintingPhotographyPrintmakingCeramicsJewelrySculpture and Graphic Design.

Art majors include:



Tina Butterfield headshot
Assistant Professor of Art
B.F.A., Western Graduate, M.F.A., Radford University
Phone: 970.943.2040
Office Location: Quigley Hall 233
Al Caniff headshot
Professor of Art
B.F.A., M.A., MFA, Western Michigan University; , Ed.M., Nazareth College, , Ph.D., Canbourne University.
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
Chase Hutchison headshot
Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., Western Colorado University; M.F.A., New Mexico State University.
Phone: 970.943.2035
Office Location: Quigley Hall 240
Anders Johnson headshot
Assistant Professor of Art
B.A., North Park University, M.F.A., Indiana University
Phone: 970.943.2192
Office Location: Quigley Hall 229
Emily Loehle headshot
Lecturer in Art
B.F.A., Western Kentucky University, M.F.A., Indiana University
Phone: 970.943.3010
Office Location: Quigley Hall 227
Kerry Mason, M.A. headshot
MGES Consultant and Internship Supervisor; Art Historian and Consultant; Instructor in Canadian and Northwest Coast Art, University of Victoria, Victoria College of Art
B.A., French Certificate, University of Victoria, M.A., University of Victoria
Office Location:
Heather Orr headshot
Professor of Art - Art History; Administrative Director Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization; Colorado State Representative, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
B.A., M.A., University of Victoria, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Phone: 970.943.3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
Don Seastrum headshot
Emeritus Professor of Art
B.A., Western Colorado University; , M.L.S., University of Denver, Ph.D., The Union Institute
Office Location:
Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D., AAA headshot
MGES Grosland Director
B.A., Oberlin College, Literature and Government, 1990, M.A., Central European University, History, 1995, Budapest, Hungary, Ph.D., Central European University, Comparative History, 2011, Budapest, Certified Appraiser of Impressionism and Modern Art, Appraisers Association of America
Phone: 970-943-2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
Grosland Associate Director, MGES Specialization; Art Department Gallery Director; MGES Instructor
B.A., Oberlin College, M.A., Central European University, Ph.D., Central European University
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230