Vibrant cultural institution celebrating America’s oldest continuous art colony
|Updated||Jul 30, 2018 (3 years ago)|
|Developer||Provincetown Art Association and Museum|
|Category||Apps, Art & Design|
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Inc. (PAAM) is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Provincetown art as well as promoting the future of Cape Cod’s contemporary artists; it is the anchor of the country’s oldest continuous art colony, formed at the tip of the Cape in 1899 by entrepreneurial artists who launched numerous schools and teaching both seaside vacationers and serious emerging artists eager to study with American masters.
PAAM serves as a collecting museum, housing significant works of American art, a professional artists’ association, and a multi-studio museum school. It’s mission has remained constant since 1914: “The objects and purposes of this association shall be to promote and cultivate the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts, to assemble and maintain in the town of Provincetown and environs a collection of works of art of merit, to hold exhibitions, and by forums, concerts and similar activities to promote education of the public in the arts and social intercourse between artists and laymen. To these ends it shall operate strictly within its charter as a nonprofit, educational, artistic and cultural organization.” PAAM is led by Executive Director Christine McCarthy and its Board of Trustees.
Collection, Exhibitions & Community: The Museum’s collection of 3300+ fine arts objects includes both historic and contemporary painting, sculpture, mixed media assemblage, prints, drawings, and photography; artists’ studio material and objects; and an extensive archive. Twenty to twenty-five revolving exhibitions per year are enjoyed by 55,000 visitors, making it the region’s most visited art museum. A thriving membership includes over 800 professional artists, who participate in open and juried exhibitions in the museum’s galleries, teach in the Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed Museum School, and serve on governing committees to ensure the realization of PAAM’s mission. Exhibits highlight the ongoing contributions of the colony, from the experimentation and innovation of 1916 and the long tradition of plein air painting, to abstract expressionism and conceptual art, up through the diverse practices of artists today.
Building: From 1918-20 the Provincetown Art Association purchased the Bangs property and Federal-style Ephraim Cook “captain’s house” for $5000. Over the subsequent decades, additional galleries and a storage vault were added to the facility. By the turn of the new century, the vault storage was all but exhausted and the building in need of repair. A successful capital campaign funded the renovation and expansion of the facilities, including a new wing and a multi-studio school. The striking design features large, glass sliding doors, moving walls, skylights and a concrete and wood façade. PAAM was also distinguished as the first "green" art museum in the country, certified by the U.S. Green Buildings Council with a Silver LEED rating in 2007. The Boston Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects New England honored the building's design and function with merit awards. There are no mobility barriers in the universally accessible facility and parking area.
Education: PAAM offers lectures, gallery talks, concerts, workshops, and classes to children, teens and adults throughout the year. Traditional approaches such as life drawing and white-line woodblock printmaking are offered alongside classes on website design, iPhone photography, and digital animation. PAAM works collaboratively with local schools to engage children and youth in the rich visual culture of outer Cape Cod; learning opportunities include the innovative Lenore Ross Curating Program, which guides students and teachers to create exhibitions in PAAM’s galleries. PAAM also offers free after and out-of-school creative programs for underserved children, teens and young adults, including the award-winning Art Reach, Art on the Edge, and Reaching Forward programs.
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