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Scholarships are available for continuing art students at Colorado Mesa University. The Art and Design Department annually rewards talented students with financial assistance. Scholarship applications for the following academic year are typically due late in the fall semester. Apply by logging in to MAVzone and visiting the Student Finance tab.

437CO Art Gallery

437CO is CMU's art gallery in downtown Grand Junction. The gallery features CMU senior student work as well as national and international guest artist work. Gallery admission is free and all receptions and artist events are free and open to the public. For more information about current and upcoming exhibition visit the 437CO Art Gallery website.

437CO Art Gallery

Student Gallery Director

Each year the position of student gallery director for the 437CO Art Gallery is awarded to one outstanding student, and includes a generous stipend to help with tuition. The gallery director position offers an excellent opportunity for an undergraduate to learn the business of gallery management. A wonderful resume item!

Desert Dog Press

Desert Dog Press is a community print shop located in downtown Grand Junction that is a part of the CMU Art & Design Department. Letterpress, printmaking, screen printing and book arts are DDP's specialty. They have multiple letterpress machines with wood and metal type available, a beautiful etching press and soon they will have a four color t-shirt press.  They offer workshops throughout the year as well as open studio hours for artists to use the space for their own projects. Check out DDP's website for more details.

Desert Dog Press

Art & Design Clubs

Mesa Emerging Designers (MED): This group's purpose is to facilitate professional relationships and dialogue between students and the design community. The activities of MED promote valuable exposure to the many facets of the graphic design industry.

CMU Clay Club: The mission of Colorado Mesa University Clay Club is to support and encourage aspiring clay artists. CMU Clay Club creates a positive environment for the development of artistic endeavors and learning ceramic techniques from fellow classmates and visiting artists.

Printmaking Guild: The guild hand create custom print designs, and then print them to shirts, posters, notebooks and more! They take commissions from clubs, organizations and individuals.

Sculpture Guild: The Sculpture Guild of Colorado Mesa University Offers students an ability to network with fellow student artists to work together and critique sculpture outside of allotted class time. Community events will be organized to fund raise for tools/equipment/material fees for the sculpture lab and foundry.

Juried Student Art Show at the The Art Center of Western Colorado

The Art Center of Western Colorado is a non-profit corporation organized to promote the enjoyment and understanding of the arts through educational programs, exhibits, and the acquisition and display of a permanent collection. Each March, the Center hosts a juried Colorado Mesa University Student Art Exhibit in one of the main gallery spaces. 

Image of Art Center Art Gallery with CMU Student Work   Image of the Art Center gallery with CMU student work  


The Art and Design Department offers regular travel opportunities. Check in with one of the Art & Design faculty to see any upcoming travel opportunities available.

Students on Peru Trip Summer 2018    One Student looking out over the moutains in Peru

Image of students in peru exploring one of the waterfalls