Irena Stanisic, a University of Richmond junior from Roanoke, Va., and Skopje, Macedonia, has received a $4,000 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts undergraduate fellowship.

Stanisic is among 35 Virginia art students and artists who received fellowships, which totaled $202,000 this year. The award offers recipients financial aid to pursue education or advance their careers in the visual arts.

Stanisic is double majoring in studio art and Latin American and Iberian studies. She attends the university on a Richmond Artist Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to up to six students per year who demonstrate talent in the visual or performing arts.

Tanja Softic, associate professor of art at Richmond and a recipient of a 2009 VMFA Fellowship, said Stanisic’s mixed media work is “ambitious, mature and informed by her liberal arts background and her interest in questions of cultural identity and hybridity, overlays of pop and ‘high’ culture, and her own contemporary nomadic experience.”

The daughter of Drago and Marija Stanisic, she is a graduate of Cave Spring High School in Roanoke.

In 70 years of presenting fellowships, the museum has awarded $4.2 million to 1,104 professional and student artists who are permanent residents of Virginia.