A description of the Art program at Western State Colorado University.
Information for Prospective Students:
Why Art at Western?
The Western State Colorado University Department of Art offers degree programs in diverse emphases that are grounded in the fundamentals of art and design. Western Art students are fully prepared to pursue advanced studies leading to a variety of careers.
This training begins with comprehensive Foundations classes in drawing, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. During this first year, students document their university artwork and produce hard-bound book portfolios to submit for formal admittance into the Art program.
In their sophomore year, formally-admitted Art students begin to specialize in their emphasis: Painting, Photography (traditional and digital), Printmaking (traditional and digital), Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture, Graphic Design, K-12 Art Education Licensure, Art History. Students are welcome to take courses in other areas of interest. Western Art students also have access to two computer labs with digital industry-standard facilities.
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 designed for students wishing to become professionals or pursue graduate studies in Art, and is a Comprehensive Major specializing students in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture, and Graphic Design.
In their senior year, Western Art students exhibit their senior show in the Quigley Gallery – an opportunity to experience preparing a professional exhibition in a gallery setting. Our students are also able to exhibit and sell their own work in the biannual Western Student Art Sale, and in several local and regional art galleries and businesses. Graphic Design students acquire professional experience through internships, professional projects coordinated through different university departments and local businesses, and Magazine Production – which annually produces the Pathfinder Magazine publishing student creative work, scholarship, and campus activities, including club sports.
The eight Western Art faculty are highly-trained working artists and professionals who bring their passion for art and teaching to students in the program. Studio classes are small, to permit extensive one-on-one interaction between students and professors. The department as a whole is a close-knit community; students develop a special bond with their professors and colleagues through the hours spent together in the studio and classroom environments. We also gather once or twice a month for departmental convocations, where presentations are given by visiting artists and professionals, or graduating students.
Western’s Art department is housed in Quigley Hall, a building designed for the Art and Music programs. The fully-equipped Art studios and classrooms are specifically dedicated to each discipline, and include: two Mac labs (currently utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, high resolution scanners, and wide-format color printers; used for Graphic Design, Digital Photography, and portfolios), a traditional photography lab (black and white), ceramics lab, traditional printmaking lab (all relief and intaglio processes), woodworking studio (all forms of woodworking and fabrication), drawing room, watercolor/airbrush room, oil/mixed-media painting studio, and a metals lab (all forms of metal fabrication and jewelry-making).
Careers in Art:
Art and Art History are academic disciplines and Western Art students are rigorously-trained, multi-disciplinary scholars.
The B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Art or Art History provide students with a solid foundation, from which they may undertake graduate studies or specialized training, allowing them to pursue a broad spectrum of professional activities in the art world, including: professional artist, graphic designer, web designer, careers in the animation, game design and film industries, industrial designer, fashion designer, photojournalist, professional airbrush painter, forensic and criminal justice artist, art historian, art critic, careers in galleries and museums, careers in education.
Western Art graduates have worked or currently work in many of these fields. In fact, some of our recent graduates are earning more than their professors!
Information For Current Western Art Students:
Welcome to the Department of Art at Western State Colorado University!
This section covers some general information for all registered Art students.
Please consult the links of interest on the Art webpages and the Art section of the Course Catalog and Course Schedule for the current academic year (Academics – Links of interest to students – Catalogs and Schedules). Consult your DegreeWorks worksheet regularly to track your degree progress (log on to My WSCU and click on DegreeWorks). Also refer to the Art Calendar Bulletin Board (by Q234) for important dates and deadlines.
First Year Students:
If this is your first year in the Western Art program, you are an Art Freshman; please contact the department Freshman Advisor: Professor Tina Butterfield (firstname.lastname@example.org; 970-943-2040) to set up an appointment and be certain you are on track with all your courses and degree program.
During your first year in the Art program, you must register for these Art Foundation courses:
Fall: Art 119 Foundation Drawing I, Art 171 Foundation 2-D Design, Art 000 Convocation
Spring: Art 120 Foundation Drawing II, Art 172 Foundation 3-D Design, Art 000 Convocation
Select your General Education courses and electives in consultation with Professor Butterfield.
If you are a transfer student, the Office of the Registrar and the Academic Resource Center will ensure your transferable credits are applied towards your degree. Please contact the department Transfer Student Advisor: Dr. Heather Orr (email@example.com; 970-943-3031) to set up an appointment and be certain you are on track with all your courses and degree program.
Formal Admission to the Art Program:
You enter into the Art program informally, and must apply for formal admission after you have completed your first year requirements. All majors and minors must be formally admitted into the program in order to take sophomore and upper level Art courses.
Professor Butterfield and your Foundations professors will guide you through the preparation of your Freshman Portfolio and Application for Admission to the Art Program. To qualify you must have completed (or be enrolled in) all Art Foundation courses (with a minimum grade of ‘C’), and two semesters of Convocation (with a Satisfactory grade).
Students Formally Admitted into the Art Program:
Once students have been formally admitted into the Art Program, they should begin to work with the Art faculty advisor for their emphasis and take emphasis area courses. K-12 Art Education students must also work with Education advisor Barbara Woerner. Please see the link to the Art Faculty and the Art section of the Catalog for information on Art advisors and emphases. Formally admitted Art students are permitted to take 200-level introductory classes in any emphasis to familiarize themselves with departmental offerings.
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program:
The B.F.A. is an elite program designed for students wishing to pursue professional careers and graduate studies in Art. Students wishing to apply for candidacy to the B.F.A. program should do so between the spring of their sophomore year and the fall of their junior year. Students consult with their emphasis advisor for guidance with the application process and requirements. B.F.A. application forms may be found at the link on the Art webpages and the Art Calendar Bulletin Board.
Senior Exhibition and Art History Thesis requirements:
All Art majors are required to exhibit their work or prepare a senior art history thesis in their senior year. Art majors must take Art 400 Artist’s Portfolio/Senior Exhibition in their senior year to prepare for their exhibition. Both Art 400 and the senior exhibit/art history thesis are required for students to graduate with either their B.A. or B.F.A. in Art. B.F.A. students must also take Art 491 Seminar in Art. Senior Exhibition and Art History Thesis forms may be found on the Art webpages and the Art Calendar Bulletin Board.
The Department of Art offers several scholarships for qualified new and continuing Western Art students. Qualified incoming Art Freshmen may apply for Art Merit Scholarships. Scholarship information and applications may be found at the link on the Art webpages and the Art Calendar Bulletin Board.
If you qualify for Federal or State Work Study and would like to work in the Art Department, please speak with Art faculty or Becky Baptist.
All Art majors must complete six semesters of Art 000, Exhibition and Convocation Attendance with a Satisfactory grade in order to graduate with an Art degree. Attendance is taken at all Convocations.
Art Convocations are department and community gatherings that include presentations by visiting artists, art professionals, and graduating Art students; student and visiting artist exhibition openings; and updates on departmental activities, programs, deadlines, opportunities, and other important information for Art students. Light refreshments or meals are served at all Convocations.
Convocations are held once or twice a month on Thursday afternoons, 12:30-2:00 p.m., in the Quigley Recital Hall or Lobby.
2013-2014 Convocation Schedule:
September 12: Visiting artist Scott Odendahl presenting
September 26: Alumni artist Roger Hutchison presenting
October 24: Edward Curtis photo exhibit, Will Harmsen presenting
November 21: BFA exhibit, Molly Smith presenting
December 12: BA exhibit, Nelson Boyer and Kathryn Edwards, Holiday Gala, Quigley Lobby
January 23: Visiting artist presenting
February 20: Art Faculty exhibit, Art Faculty presenting
March 13: BFA exhibit, Alexandra Forsyth, Brandon Grant, Kiley Laws, Taylor Long, Samuel Miller presenting
April 17: BFA exhibit, Elizabeth Clay, Sarah Dore, Natalie Kuenzi, Kelli Ann Little, Collin Muñoz presenting
May 1: BA exhibit, Jakob Andersson, Daniel French, Karen Howe, Melissa MacDonald, Corbett Nelson, Justin Padilla, Rebecca Seifert, Jennifer Swift, Elizabeth Steele, Barbara Szabo, Keenan Walter
Students are given access to the studios designated for the courses in which they are enrolled. The restricted studios are for use only under supervision of instructors or lab techs. Please help keep all studio spaces clean and report any problems with equipment to Becky or Dr. Al Caniff (studio manager).
Professors assign lockers for students in studio classes. All lockers must be emptied and cleaned at the end of spring term annually.
Quigley Building Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Please respect the building hours and department policies on studio access.