Celebrating 50 Years
Fine Arts Work Center
24 Pearl Street, Provincetown 508-487-9960 www.fawc.org
In 2018, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown celebrates 50 years of supporting emerging artists and writers at crucial, early phases of their careers. The Work Center’s renowned residency program has granted 1,000 fellowships since 1968, and past fellows include writers Michael Cunningham, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Denis Johnson, and artists Lisa Yuskavage, Ellen Gallagher, and Jack Pierson, among many others. Fellows have gone on to receive virtually every major prize awarded to writers and artists working today, including the Turner Prize, the Prix de Rome, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award.
The Work Center celebrates this milestone with a year of celebratory readings, exhibitions, and events, including the July exhibition Ai Weiwei: Rebar and Case. A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei‘s work is rooted in political urgency and contemporary relevance. Rebar and Case is a sculptural installation that draws on the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, which caused the deaths of more than 5,000 school children. FAWC is honored to present this compelling work on the 10-year anniversary of the Wenchuan Earthquake. Ai Weiwei: Rebar and Case is on view July 22-August 30, with a private preview with the artist on July 20 and a public opening on July 22.
Weiwei will also be honored for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts at this year’s Summer Awards Celebration on July 21 at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, along with fellow honorees Salvatore and Josephine Del Deo (in memoriam), Fine Arts Work Center Co-Founders; Fine Arts Work Center Trustee and esteemed patron of the arts Alison Ferring; Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellow and award-winning writer Denis Johnson (in memoriam); and Fine Arts Work Center Fellow and distinguished artist and educator Sam Messer.
Additional highlights include a reprisal of Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project on August 10, featuring readers from Provincetown’s exceptional creative community; the Annual Art Auction, to be held on August 18; and “The Lyric Series,” offering a full calendar of musical events. Throughout the summer, the Work Center is opening nightly for public readings, artist talks and open studios; during the day, open enrollment workshops are offered in writing and visuals arts.
Join the Fine Arts Work Center in celebrating 50 years of artistic community that informs culture and inspires the mind. Creativity thrives here.