Fine Arts Work Center
24 Pearl Street, Provincetown 508-487-9960 www.fawc.org
The Fine Arts Work Center is a revered residency program for emerging artists and writers. Founded in 1968 by Stanley Kunitz, Robert Motherwell and Huson D. Walker, among others, the founders envisioned a place in Provincetown, where artists and writers can work together in the early phases of their careers. Each year, the Work Center welcomes twenty Fellows selected from a pool of 1,600 applications from around the world. From October to May, Fellows receive a living and studio space and modest stipend; their only responsibility is to their creative practice. Since its inception 1,000 Fellowships have been awarded.
During the summer months, the historic facility offers 100 open enrollment week-long workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir, painting, playwrighting, drawing, photography, songwriting, and printmaking. Themed weeks include the 4th Annual Poetry Festival, Social Justice Week: Artists and Writers as Activists, Memoir Week and a new Women’s Playwright Series under the mentorship of Paula Vogel. A Words + Music Series presents five evenings of music, storytelling and conversations to benefit the Work Center. Nightly readings and artists talks are free and open to the public.
The Work Center’s annual Summer Awards Celebration will be held at the Pilgrim Monument and Museum on Saturday, July 13. This year’s event salutes FAWC Executive Directors Margaret Murphy, Michael Roberts and Hunter O’Hanian in recognition of their extraordinary service and who worked successively to ensure that gifted young artists and writers continued to come to Provincetown, sustaining the enduring legacy of America’s oldest continuing art colony. FAWC writing Fellows Salvatore Scibona and Ada Limon will also be honored.
The Work Center’s summer season concludes on August 17th with its 43rd Annual Art Auction, featuring a special salute to Fine Arts Work Center Visual Fellows. “On the Rise: Emerging Artists of the Work Center” is a curated selection of work from recent Fellows whose work has received critical praise. As of this writing, confirmed artists include Arghavan Khosravi (Fellow 2018-19) and Heidi Hahn (Fellow 2014-15, 2015-16).
This year’s auction, displayed onsite at the Work Center and online via Paddle8, will also offer 75 lots of contemporary art by Work Center faculty, Fellows, and friends. The Work Center is proud to celebrate the continued achievements of its creative community in this special