Wayne Fulcher Arts Scholarship Fund Created

Wayne Fulcher, former “Artist in Residence” at the Indian Town Gallery, now has a scholarship in his memory and bearing his name. The Community Foundation is proud to partner with Indian Town Gallery in holding the endowment fund for the new scholarship, which will be administered by the Dare County Arts Council.

Wayne Fulcher was born in Buxton, NC. He was a renowned artist and an important figure in the Hatteras Island art community, and his original paintings are widely collected in the U.S. and abroad. He worked largely in acrylics, painting primarily landscapes and seascapes, but also enjoyed digital media and photography in his later years.

This scholarship to honor Mr. Fulcher is designed to support Hatteras Island and Ocracoke high school students seeking to study the arts full- or part-time, with a preference given to visual arts or music. The applicant must have good academic standing and artistic talent. The first Wayne Fulcher Arts Scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2017.

Gallery owner April Trueblood said: “Wayne spent many days in the gallery painting, and during all those hours, he often spoke proudly about his kids and grandkids with a big smile, joy in his heart, and a sparkle in his eye. He leaves a wonderful legacy of family and artwork behind him. And we hope that this scholarship will serve as part of that legacy too.”

April continued, “Wayne was so skilled and talented, which was impressive. Perhaps, more importantly, he was also one of the kindest and gentlest people you might ever meet. Despite his advancing in years, his heart seemed eternally young.”

“The Wayne Fulcher Arts Scholarship Fund is a permanent endowment,” explained Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “That means that the principal of the fund will always remain invested, with just the earnings spent each year for scholarships. We are particularly proud to be partnering with the Dare County Arts Council, which will administer the scholarship and select the recipient each year.”

The Community Foundation manages 46 scholarship programs on behalf of families, churches, civic groups, nonprofits, and businesses across the Outer Banks. Since the organization’s inception in 1983, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.75 million in scholarships to over 1,400 Outer Banks students.

Anyone can establish a scholarship endowment with the Community Foundation, or contribute to one of our existing scholarship funds, including the Wayne Fulcher Arts Scholarship. For more information, or to contribute to the Wayne Fulcher Scholarship Fund, call 252-261-8839 or visit www.obcf.org.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Dare County Arts Council at 252-473-5558 or dareartsinfo@gmail.com.

Indian Town Gallery, located at 50840 NC 12 in Frisco, NC, offers a large collection of locally created art, specializing in hand-crafted jewelry, photography, pottery, hand-blown glass, as well as paintings and sculptures. They have raised funds from their annual “Tiny Art Show” to provide this scholarship for art education.