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Artist Fellowships available from Division of Culture and History

Applications are now being accepted for Artist Fellowships through the West Virginia Commission on the Arts of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 1, 2006.

The fellowships are designed to honor individuals for artistic excellence and accomplishment, dedication to discipline and potential for further artistic growth. The Commission will award a maximum of eight fellowships of $3,500 to artists. The fellowships do not require a cash match.

Fellowship categories for 2007 include playwriting and fiction works in the literary arts field; choreography and music composition works in the performing arts field; and crafts and photography works in the visual arts field. Artists may request that their work be reviewed from the perspective of folk and traditional art.

To be eligible, artists must be at least 18 years of age and have been a legal resident of West Virginia for at least one year before the application deadline of Sept. 1. Artists who are creating work under the supervision of a master artist or instructor will be reviewed for eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Past fellowship winners may not reapply in any medium for three years, and artists may apply in only one category each year.

Applications are ranked on originality, creativity, craft and artistry of the work, level of the artist’s commitment as evidenced by the material submitted, and the fellowship’s potential to assist in the artist’s creative growth. Work will be reviewed by nationally acclaimed professionals in the appropriate categories.

For more information about the Artist Fellowships, or to receive an application and guidelines, contact Jeff Pierson, individual artist coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 717. The applications and guidelines are also available online at www.wvculture.org/arts/grants.html.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779
ginny.painter@wvculture.org