Master Artist Fellowship

Celebrating WV Treasures

Master Artist Fellows are celebrated for a lifetime of achievement in the arts in West Virginia. Their exemplary work over the course of decades both leads the way in artistic creation and expression and models what it takes to live your life as a successful artist in the Mountain State. This award is given to artists who demonstrate exceptional talent and devotion to the arts in West Virginia. It is a prestigious honor that serves to recognize the best of the best within our state. 

TFA celebrates creative individuals at all stages of their career, from emerging artists, to mid-career artists, to master artists. Being named a TFA Master Artist Fellow is an honor accorded to artists who create, inspire and lead the way in bringing tradition, contemporary or cutting-edge artforms and creativity into being throughout their lives.

Nominate a Master Artist

Nominations for the 2021-22 fellowship is now closed. 

Throughout my life I have been seeking expression through the visual arts. In the 60’s and 70’s the work was rooted in Hans Hofmann’s abstract expressionist imagery, I was working with stark geometric shapes contrasted agents spontaneous organic brush work. Organic and geometric elements placed in juxtaposition in a work can be compared with achieving balance between emotions and intellect – as a result they enhance each other.

In recent years the dedication of my work has been to the joy and poetry of light. People say that I just paint clouds studies. No, the cloud shapes are purely an abstract, ever-changing vessel for me to transport light and shared astonishment and hopefulness that come from within.”

-Robert Singleton

The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts will be showcasing the remarkable life and work of Robert Singleton in 2021-22. As part of the celebration, this March a 60 year retrospective exhibition of his work will be held virtually in collaboration with the Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center 

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