Emerging Artist Fellows are thriving early-career creatives. They demonstrate not only a superior level of mastery in their craft, but also the aptitude to become successful professionals leading well-managed creative enterprises. Fellows represent the potential for outcomes beyond the scope of their individual bodies of work, as valuable contributors to growing local economies and as creators of projects and businesses that make communities more desirable places for everyone to live.

2016-2017 Fellows

The 2016-2017 Emerging Artist Fellows are graphic designer and illustrator Rosalie Haizlett of West Liberty University and ceramicist Hannah Lenhart of Fairmont State University.

Hannah Lenhart (left), Rosalie Haizlett (right)

Hannah Lenhart (left), Rosalie Haizlett (right)

Rosalie Haizlett is a graphic designer and illustrator from the northern panhandle of West Virginia who will be graduating in December of 2016 with a B.S. in Graphic Design at West Liberty University. She specializes in combining sophisticated design with lively, hand-drawn illustrations to create work that is completely unique and customized to her clients’ needs. Haizlett is inspired by connecting with people from other cultures and backgrounds and spending time in the stillness of nature. Apart from her time as a student at West Liberty University, she has also studied abroad in France, Cyprus, and South Korea. Find more about the artist at rosaliehaizlett.com.

Hannah Lenhart is a Fairmont, West Virginia native who will be graduating May of 2017 with a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.S. in Business at Fairmont State University. She predominately works in ceramics and is focusing on creating functional yet whimsical tea sets. Lenhart is very disciplined about her work and aspires to establish a successful business with her unique style of pottery. Outside of her academic studies she works at Mountain Creative, a ceramic studio, where she is gaining experience and establishing relationships in both art and business.

Read an interview with the fellows »
Read about the fellows’ Teapots and Time Capsules collaborative project »

Nomination Process

Nominations for the first year of the Emerging Artist Fellows program are now closed.

Two fellows participating in arts programs from the West Virginia collegiate system have been selected in this initial phase.

Based on the lessons and successes of the early Emerging Artist Fellows and available resources from funders, the foundation intends to expand these services to a wider audience of emerging artists.

Fellows are evaluated based upon the level of mastery they have achieved in their creative practice as well as their aptitude for professional success. The final selections are made by the foundation’s independent Fellowships Committee, comprised of master-level artists and arts leaders from across the state of West Virginia.


Emerging Artist Fellow nominees must be:

  • A student participating in a visual, fine arts program at an accredited college or university based in West Virginia
  • Within 1 – 2 years of successfully completing their degree (spring 2016 graduates eligible)
  • Living in West Virginia at start of program (June 2016)
  • Prepared to commit time invested in technical training and education during 2016, which will be offered primarily via Web and phone
  • Prepared to create and present artwork needed for an exhibition at a West Virginia-based arts institution to fall in the 2017 calendar year


Emerging Artist Fellows receive…

  • Technical training and mentorship in respect to the successful development and launch of their creative business on topics such as integrating into local and regional markets, business model and branding, and industry-specific consultations
  • Access to professional development through Generation West Virginia programming and network
  • A creative residency + exhibition at a West Virginia-based arts institution
  • Promotion and visibility through the foundation, including public relations and marketing campaigns devoted to the fellows as a group as well as each individual fellow
  • Promotion and visibility through the foundation website via the WV Creative Network, foundation blog and on the Emerging Artist Fellows web page
  • Invitation to participate in award ceremony during annual foundation fundraising event (including 2 tickets)
  • Access to the network of Emerging Artist Fellow peers
  • A certificate of achievement
  • An award in the amount of $500
  • Reimbursement of up to $500 in expenses for travel, lodging plus materials and supplies for exhibition

The fellows’ schools receive…

  • Name recognition as part of the concerted public relations and marketing campaigns to promote the fellows
  • Name recognition on site during the fellow’s creative residency and exhibition
  • Name recognition on the foundation Emerging Artist Fellows website page for the duration of the partnership and name recognition + link on the website blog
  • Recognition at award ceremony during annual foundation fundraising event
  • 2 tickets to annual foundation fundraising event


Please direct questions to the foundation’s Executive Director Renee Margocee at renee@tamarackfoundation.org.


The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts thanks the BB&T West Virginia Foundation for their generous support of the Emerging Artist Fellowship program.