Tamarack Foundation for the Arts

Master Artist Fellow - Jude Binder

We are proud to share that the visual and performing artist Jude Binder has been selected as the foundation’s Master Artist Fellow. Jude’s work was selected from seventeen nominee applications by an independent committee comprised of fellow West Virginia-based master artists and leading national arts experts.

As a master woodworker, painter, graphic artist, dancer, actor, and leader of Heartwood in the Hills, the nonprofit performing arts education organization she co-founded with Frank Venezia in 1982, Jude exemplifies the compelling and multidimensional paths professional artists build to formalize their careers.



Master Artist Fellows are celebrated for a lifetime of achievements. Fellows fully inhabit a superior mode of excellence in their respective artistic endeavors. They produce exemplary work that possesses elements of inspired design, distinctive style, and impeccable technique. Ambitious by nature, their ongoing practice generates remarkable developments in the advancement of their creative fields.

Selection Process

The candidate selection process follows two phases. After the nomination phase, qualifying nominees will be asked to submit an application for the fellowship. Applications have been issued to nominees.

The final selections will be made by the foundation’s independent Fellowships Committee, comprised of six master-level artists and arts leaders.

One Master Artist Fellow will be selected for each cycle.

Nominations for the Master Artist Fellowship are now closed.


Nominees must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Demonstrated excellence in craftsmanship – including inspired design, distinctive style, and impeccable technique
  • Ambitious career history – including many and varied contributions to their field through creation and presentation of artwork as well as service to fellow creative peers and community
  • Working in a visual arts-related creative discipline (i.e. fine, craft, and design arts)*
  • West Virginia resident
  • Has not received a Master Artist Fellowship in the past (see complete list below)

* The foundation is in Phase One of its strategic plan, currently serving all visual, design and media artists in the state of West Virginia. See the “Who We Serve” section of our About page for an explanation of how we plan to scale our services to include more members of the creative community in the future.


The achievements of Master Artist Fellows will be held up to a nationwide audience as representative of the exceptional creative talent pool that is present in West Virginia today. During the term of their one-year fellowship, a spotlight will be placed on achievements made throughout the artist’s remarkable career. Master Artist Fellows will receive…

  • An award in the amount of $1000
  • Promotion and visibility through the foundation, including public relations and marketing directed to a national audience
  • Promotion and visibility through the foundation website
  • Invitation to participate in award ceremony during annual foundation fundraising event (including 2 tickets to event)

Past Master Artist Fellows

  • Julie Adams, Music and Video (Kanawha County)
  • Gary Bowling, Fine Art (Mercer County)
  • Paul Corbit Brown, Photography (Fayette County)
  • Lori Doolittle, Pottery (Nicolas County)
  • Chris Dutch & Robin Hammer, Glass (Kanawha County)
  • Susan Feller, Textiles (Hampshire County)
  • Jeff Fetty, Metal (Roane County)
  • Kate Harward, Pottery (Barbour County)
  • Ron Hinkle, Glass (Upshur County)
  • Jean Pierre Hsu, Jewelry (Morgan County)
  • Sue Jennings, Wood (Taylor County)
  • Michael Kline, Music (Randolph County)
  • Keith Lahti, Pottery (Clay County)
  • Jim Probst, Furniture (Lincoln County)
  • Norm Sartorious, Woodworking (Wood County)
  • Mark Schwenk, Metal (Morgan County)
  • Carter Taylor Seaton, Ceramics, Author (Cabell County)
  • Gary Shaffer, Ceramics (Summers County)
  • Brian VanNostrand, Pottery (Webster County)
  • Karen Vuranch, Music and Video (Fayette County)
  • John Wesley Williams, Furniture (Greenbrier County)
  • Mik Wright, Leather (Lewis County)


Please direct questions to [email protected]