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April Taylor-Martin of Chesapeake, a graduate student in Old Dominion University's master of fine arts program in visual studies, has received a Virginia Museum Graduate Fellowship.

Taylor-Martin also received second prize in the juried exhibition, "New Waves," currently on view at the Contemporary Art Center at Virginia Beach.

Another ODU graduate student, Heather Bryant, also of Chesapeake, received third prize in the same show.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program continues to be a vital source of funding for the visual arts in Virginia. The museum is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen dis­cipline, and has awarded more than $3 million in fellowships to Virginians.

The Fellowship Program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg. Offered through the Education and Outreach Division of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, the J. Warwick McClintic, Jr. Scholarship Fund, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation's Annual Giving Fund.

This article was posted on: May 9, 2005

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