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Art

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Degree Type

Major, Minor, K-12 Licensure

Department

Art Department

Whether you’re interested in exploring the world of art history or honing your own artistic skills, a background in art will set you up for a creative career as a fine artist, photographer, art teacher, illustrator or graphic designer.

Program Overview

See the world through an artistic lens.

At Western Colorado University, the Art program emphasizes an academic approach to artistic training and focuses on building a strong foundation in design and drawing. Studio courses revolve around classical materials employed in a contemporary manner and grants you access to a faculty who are masters in traditional and cutting-edge artistic practices, technologies and industry-standard software.

Through diverse coursework, you’ll learn how visual arts shape various social and cultural contexts. You’ll also be offered the tools you need to explore critical contemporary issues through an artistic lens. If you want to practice your own artistic concepts, the courses in visual design, drawing and photography will provide a valuable outlet for creative expression.

A strong foundation

Students participate in a drawing foundations course, which gives special attention to line, value, perspective, texture, and shape.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

All standard majors require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.

A minimum of 39 credits is required, including the 27-credit Art Foundation Courses and 12 credits of Art electives (nine credits must be at the 300- or 400 -level).

Art Foundation Courses
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance (six semesters with “S” grade required)0
ART 119Foundation Drawing I3
ART 120Foundation Drawing II3
ART 171Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART 172Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
ART 222Art History I3
ART 223Art History II3
ART 319Intermediate Drawing3
ART 400Artist's Portfolio/Senior Exhibition3
Total Credits27
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 119Foundation Drawing I3
ART 171Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
ENG 102Academic Writing (GT-CO1)3
HWTR 100First Year Seminar1
MATH 105Mathematics for the Liberal Arts (GT-MA1)3
Credits16
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 120Foundation Drawing II3
ART 172Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
Gen Ed/Minor General Education or Minor course3
Credits15
Year Two
Fall
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART Intro Studio Art Course3
ART 222Art History I3
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
Gen Ed/Minor General Education or Minor course6
Credits15
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART Intermediate Studio Course3
ART 223Art History II3
Gen Ed/Minor General Education or Minor course9
Credits15
Year Three
Fall
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART Intro/Advanced Studio Art Course3
ART 319Intermediate Drawing3
Gen Ed/Minor General Education or Minor course9
Credits15
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
Intermediate/Advanced Studio Art Course3
Gen Ed/Minor General Education or Minor course12
Credits15
Year Four
Fall
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 400Artist's Portfolio/Senior Exhibition3
Intro/Advanced Studio Art Course3
ART/Minor ART Elective or Minor course3
Gen Ed/Minor General Education or Minor course6
Credits15
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
Intermediate/Advanced Studio Art Course3
ART/Minor ART Elective or Minor course3
Gen Ed/Minor General Education or Minor course9
Credits15
Total Credits121

Courses listed in the Fall are only offered in Fall. Courses listed in the Spring are only offered in the Spring. With the exception of ART 286 Introduction to Watercolor, and ART 271 Typography and their Intermediate counterparts, Intro classes are exclusively offered in the Fall and Intermediate courses are offered exclusively in the Spring. Advanced offerings are available for all disciplines every semester.

ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance and ART 319 Intermediate Drawing are offered in both the Fall and the Spring.

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits
  • Must be an Art major seeking an education certificate
  • Demonstrate both a strong interest in art education and the potential to become a successful teacher in art
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Description

This scholarship is provided as a gift from Ethel Rice and Owen Sharp originating from the estate of Mary Alber.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Donor Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility

  • Full-time formally admitted Art majors
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours

Description

To provide scholarship assistance for Art students, and to honor Dr. August (Gus) Grosland, who worked long and hard to support funding for Art students. Dr. Grosland’s record of service to Western and its student began in 1949 and continued through 1979 when he retired.

Amount of award determined by available funds.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • 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

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

Amount: $1000

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

Application:

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time, formally-admitted junior Art majors or English majors (apply with the English Department)
  • Demonstrate creativity, contribution, scholarship and leadership

Description

To provide scholarship assistance for an outstanding junior Art or English major to honor the memory of Charles J. Gerhardt, one ofestern’s most outstanding students, and to perpetuate his name as a symbol to other young men and women of outstanding achievement. The award will alternate ever year between an Art and English major.

Amount of award determined by available funds.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Must have a 3.0 or higher
  • Must be an Art major
  • Full-time students
  • Must have completed at lease two semesters at Western

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family members of Mabel de Koevend.

Award depends on funds available. Scholarship may be renewable.

Selected by: Art Faculty

APPLICATION:

Contact the Art Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time, formally-admitted Art majors
  • Students must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Preference given to students meeting one or more of the following criteria: demonstrate financial need, non-traditional students, single parents, women, minorities, participants in Western Spectrum and those using technical assistance

Description

Established by Dr. Heather Orr, Professor of Art (Art History), to provide scholarship assistance for Art students, honoring the memory of renowned Mayanist and beloved mentor Linda Schele.

Amount of award determined by available funds.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time, formally admitted Art majors
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours
  • Have and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater

Description

To provide scholarship assistance to deserving Art students. Established by Ethel M. Rise, beloved Western librarian.

Amount of award determined by available funds. Renewable.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time Art majors demonstrating financial need.

Description

To provide scholarship assistance to Western students majoring in Art. Established by Gene’s wife, Rebecca, and his two children, Jami and Josh. Gene Tobey provided two of the Art sculptures on the Western campus, The Pathfinder and Bugling Elk.

Amount of award determined by available funds. Renewable.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Must be a junior or a senior majoring in either Art or English
  • Must have and maintain a 3.25 or above cumulative GPA

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western’s most outstanding students and to perpetuate their name as a symbol to others of outstanding achievement. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Art and Music or Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Language and Literature.

Application:

Submit a letter of application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the appropriate department to the chairperson of the appropriate department (follow links below).

Deadline is April 1st.

Learn more about Western’s Art Program.

Learn more about Western’s English Program.

Eligibility

  • Students majoring in Art
  • Must be a full-time student who has completed minimum of 30 hours

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. “Gus” Grosland, Professor of Art and Chairman of the Art Department for many years.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Art faculty

Application:

Please contact the Art Department for more details.

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Learn more about Western’s Art Program.

Eligibility

  • Full-time, formally admitted Art majors with an 3-D Design emphasis (i.e. sculpture, ceramics, jewelry), who demonstrates a dedication to excellence
  • Students must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater

Description

To provide scholarship assistance for Art students in the 3-D emphases, celebrating the memory of James (Mac) Irwin.

Amount of award determined by available funds.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Outstanding junior or senior female Art students
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA minimum

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Marsha Julio, spouse of long- time Western Art Professor Pat Julio.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Art Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Art Department for more information

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Learn more about Western’s Art Program.

Eligibility

  • Full-time, formally-admitted junior or senior female art majors
  • Have and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater

Description

To provide scholarship assistance for female Art students, honoring Marsha Julio as an accomplished artist, student of nature and exuberant lover of life.

Amount of award determined by available funds.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits
  • Must be a declared Art major
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher

Description

This scholarship is provided as a gift from Ethel Rice, revered Western librarian.

Amount: $1000

Selected by: Donor Scholarship Committee.

For information on how to apply, contact Western’s Art Department.

Eligibility

  • Art majors
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Student must be full-time
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Preference will be given to non-traditional students, single parents, women, minorities, participants in Western Spectrum and those using technical assistance

Description

This scholarship was established by Heather Orr, Ph.D.

Award depends on fund availability.

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

Application:

Please contact the Art Department for application information.

Eligibility

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

Description

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 www.western.edu/art​.

Eligibility

  • Full-time undergraduate students
  • Either be Art majors or non-majors taking Art class(es) having demonstrated artistic talent (regardless of medium)
  • Have significant financial need
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • All things being equal, preference shall be given to students who have a passion for athletic recreation, historic preservation and/or animal welfare.

Description

The Linda M. Sweitzer Memorial Art Scholarship has been established through the gift from the TWC Foundation (Daniel Warner ’68) to celebrate the life and memory of Linda M. Sweitzer ’71, by providing scholarship assistance to Western Colorado University students who have an interested and demonstrated talent in Art and have significant financial need.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time Art students
  • Have completed at least two semesters (sophomores, juniors, or seniors)
  • Have and maintain academic eligibility with a GPA of 3.0 or greater

Description

The Mabel de Koevend Memorial Scholarship has been established to provide scholarship assistance to Western Colorado University Music and Art students. This scholarship was established by members of her family to celebrate the memory of Mabel de Koevend.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

 

Eligibility

  • Art majors who have been accepted into the Art program
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Gene’s wife, Rebecca, and his two children, Josh and Jami, and other family and friends.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Art Faculty

Application:

Please contact the Art Department for application and deadline information.

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

Apply

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

Apply

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Make your education a life changing experience.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • 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.

A gallery experience

Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.

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Department Information

Art Department

Department Chairperson

S. Chase Hutchison, MFA

Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Administrative Assistant

Anna Flynn

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.3093

970.943.2329

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 202
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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