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Tamarack Foundation for the Arts looks to support artists with fellowship program

HD MediaMay 22, 2019

CHARLESTON — The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts is looking to select the next two Emerging Artist Fellows to participate in a program that works to launch artistic careers, foster relationships with more established artists, and cultivate leadership skills.

The Emerging Artist Fellowship Program seeks artists who demonstrate a superior level of mastery in their craft, but also the aptitude to become successful entrepreneurs leading well managed enterprises.

“We have some incredibly talented artists making significant contributions to the economy in our state,” said Renee Margocee, Tamarack Foundation for the Arts said. “This program helps individuals who are ready to make their art an established business enterprise.”

When the Emerging Artist Fellowship began as a pilot program in 2016, applications were limited to college students. Since then, however, the Foundation has recognized emerging artists can be any age with limited to no formal education. This led to the decision to formally open the application process to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements.

“In my role as the foundation director, and as a potter, I’ve had the privilege of meeting people throughout West Virginia who, quite frankly, don’t recognize or see themselves as artists,” said Margocee. “They don’t realize they could make a living as a full-time artist.”

Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements can selfnominate or be nominated by a college professor, mentor, colleague, or other individual based on their work in the arts. Nominees will be evaluated based upon the level of mastery they have achieved in their creative practice, as well as their aptitude to achieve professional success.

For eligibility requirements or more information on the Emerging Artist Fellowship, visit www.TamarackFoundation.org or call 304-926-3770.

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