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 Oct. 1.
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 2008 include sculpture, installation and design in the visual arts field; children’s literature, biography and memoir in the literary arts field; and interdisciplinary performance art in the performing arts field.
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 Oct. 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, 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, director of arts 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. 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 the web site at www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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