In order to expedite the awards process, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has announced that the ceremony scheduled for this Saturday, April 14, for the 2007 West Virginia Artist Fellowship Grant Awards will not take place. The Commission will individually recognize each fellowship winner.
The eight fellowship recipients are Aleta Cortes of Pipestem, Mercer County; Jessica Fox of Huntington, Cabell County; Benita Keller of Shepherdstown, Jefferson County; Missy Armentrout, Elkins, Randolph County; Betty McMullen of Charleston, Kanawha County; Patsy Pittman of Vienna, Wood County; Sara Pritchard of Morgantown, Monongalia County; and Mark Zanter of Huntington, Cabell County.
Each of the recipients will receive $3,500 for artistic excellence in the categories of visual arts/crafts/photography, literary arts/fiction/playwriting, and performing arts/choreography/music composition.
The fellowships are intended to support working artists for the purpose of artistic development. Use of the funds is up to the recipients’ discretion including, but not limited to, creating new work, purchasing supplies and materials, travel, research, and defraying expenses incurred in the presentation of work or documentation.
For more information about the Artist Fellowship Grant Awards, contact Jeff Pierson, individual artist coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 717, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and application forms for all available arts grants are posted on the Division’s website at 222.wvculture.org.
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. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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