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Nominations Open for New Emerging Artist Fellowship


The foundation is creating a new opportunity for students from West Virginia colleges and universities to translate academic successes into real-world business advantages. The Emerging Artist Fellowship supports early-career West Virginian artists who demonstrate mastery in their craft and an aptitude for professional success.

Fellows will take part in a mentoring program designed to help them on topics such as integrating into local and regional markets and developing business models and branding. In addition to training, they will have the opportunity to exhibit work at a West Virginia arts institution and will receive a $500 award plus a stipend to offset costs for travel, materials, and supplies for their exhibition.

We will be collaborating with Generation West Virginia to leverage their network and professional development opportunities to support the fellows.

Two fellows participating in arts programs from the West Virginia college system will be selected in the pilot year of the program. Based on the lessons and successes of the early Emerging Artist Fellows and available resources from funders, we will expand these services to a wider audience of emerging artists.

Nominations will be accepted from faculty and administrators in leadership roles from arts programs at accredited colleges or universities based in West Virginia.

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2016. The winning fellows will be announced in June.

Final selections will be made by an independent Fellowship Committee, which consists of eight master-level artists and arts leaders from across West Virginia.

Visit the Emerging Artist Fellowship page »

On the New Fellowship Opportunity

“West Virginia has a class of vibrant early career artists who contribute to our economy and communities in a manner that reaches beyond the scope of their individual bodies of work. We need to do more to encourage them and help them to thrive. The Emerging Artist Fellowship will do this in a very substantive way. This pilot fellowship presents an incredible opportunity to emerging college arts students to enhance their talents, broaden their business acumen, and develop into the creative professionals we know they can be.”

– Alissa Novoselick, Executive Director, Tamarack Foundation for the Arts

“We know that West Virginia’s population is shrinking, and that 72 percent of graduates from West Virginia University, for example, leave the state within five years of their graduation. With the additional support, connections and professional development offered through the Emerging Artist Fellowship, we hope more of our young artists will choose West Virginia as their place to create and innovate.”

– Natalie Roper, Executive Director, Generation West Virginia