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Art and Art History Department
Your scholarship support makes our students' dreams a reality

The Department of Art and Art History provides a transformational education that encourages curiosity and facilitates critical inquiry, collaboration, creative problem solving, and community engagement.

Through rigorous scholarship, studio practice, global visual arts studies, and experiences beyond the classroom, students gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for successful careers and global citizenship.

The three interrelated areas of Art Studio, Art History, and Art Education affirm the liberal arts tradition of the university and inspire innovation, active learning and community leadership.

We live in a dangerous, interdependent world, and today's students need to hear not just the language of politics and propaganda; they also need to learn languages that transcend the intellectual and ideological barriers that distrust truth and suffocate the human spirit.

  -Ernest L. Boyer, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Art is a demanding discipline, asking students to commit both intellectually and emotionally to understanding the forms and features of a dizzying cultural landscape. As our students learn and grow, they expand their ability to translate the world to us with fresh and provocative ideas that can go far beyond - and far below the surface of - the ordinary, the dogmatic, the circadian.

Your support is critical to their continued success. This isn't a path that many dare to take - our students are courageous and curious. You can help them on their way by giving today. Thank you.

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Recent scholarships

Generous donors have committed themselves to supporting the important work of our students. Recent gifts have created several new scholarships including:

  • The Bennerstrom Prize - in honor of artist Susan Bennerstrom
  • The Skipping Stone Scholarship for Photography
  • The Skipping Stone Scholarship for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Art Scholarship
  • The Skipping Stone Art & Ecology Scholarship

Your gift today can increase the awards those scholarships offer to our students - so they can focus on their work instead of worrying about debt after graduation.

four people stand a row, smiling at the camera. One of them wears a bright red scarf - that's Susan.Susan Bennerstrom with Diane Norman, Uzma Randhawa, and a friend at the Western Gallery reception for the 2017 BFA Studio Art Exhibition


Early Bird Challenge!
Thank you! Your generosity has unlocked an additional $5,000 match before most people even got up for the day!
The Number One Vikings Match!
Thank you, Vikings! You who made the first $1,000 in gifts earned an ADDITIONAL $1,000 through a generous match!
$1,000 MATCHED
New Grad Match Opportunity!
Thank you new Vikings! You've raised an additional $3,000 in support for current WWU students and programs!
WWU Retirement Association Scholarship Challenge
Thank you, Vikings! You've met this challenge and helped unlock $3,000 in scholarship money for current Western students!
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3,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you, Viking supporters! More than 3,000 of you have made gifts for Give Day, which is the most participation we've ever had in a Give Day!
Night Owl Challenge
Thank you! Your gifts helped raise an additional $2,000 for Kaiser Borsari Hall!
2,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you! The 2,000th donor has unlocked an additional $750 for men's rowing!
Last Call!
Thank you! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 as a matching gift!
50-state Challenge!
Thank you, Vikings near and far, for helping unlock an additional $5,000 of support for WWU students!
College of Fine and Performing Arts Donor Challenge!
The department, project or program in CFPA that receives the highest number of unique donors will receive an extra $1,000! Final results available after we process all Give Day gifts. Inflating donor count using fake donor names may disqualify a project, department, or program.
Rank Prize CFPA Donor Challenge! Donors
1 $1,000 Western Symphony Orchestra Spain Tour 2023 30
2 Theatre Arts 14
3 Music Department 14
4 Music Department Scholarships 8
5 Art and Art History Department 7
Lunchtime Crunchtime
Thanks, Vikings! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 in support for students on your lunch break.
Rank Prize Lunchtime Crunchtime Challenge! Donors
1 $2,500 Cross Country & Track and Field 95
2 $2,500 Men's Rowing 36
3 Women's Ultimate 13
4 Computer Science 9
5 Marketing Program 9
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