Fine Arts Work Center
24 Pearl Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
The Fine Arts Work Center was founded in 1968 by a group of public-spirited artists, writers and patrons, including Stanley Kunitz, Robert Motherwell, Myron Stout, Jack Tworkov and Hudson D. Walker, among others. They envisioned a place in Provincetown, the country’s most enduring art colony, where artists and writers could live and work together in the early phase of their careers amid the unique natural beauty of the Outer Cape.
Since its beginning the Work Center has awarded 1,000 Fellowships and has become one of the premier residencies of its kind. The Fellowship Program runs annually for seven months off-season (October 1-April 30). The Fellowships provide housing, work space, stipends and each other to 20 Fellows selected annually from an applicant pool of some 1,600 emerging artists and writers from the United States and abroad. Work Center Fellows have gone on to number among the most accomplished artists and writers working today, winning MacArthurs, Guggenheims, Whitings, Pollock-Krasners, Tiffanys, Tufts, Prix de Romes, National Book Awards, and eight Pulitzer Prizes.
The extraordinary success of Fellows’ work during the last 50 years is testament to our founders’ vision – that time, space, freedom, and talented peers and mentors are the ideal catalysts for creative growth.
In addition to its flagship Fellowship Program, the Work Center offers open-enrollment workshops in writing and visual arts. Building on a tradition of creative excellence, the Summer Program offers workshops taught by faculty who are among the most respected in their fields and over its history has drawn some 5,000 students. 24PearlStreet connects the Work Center with a global literary community by offering engaging online writing workshops led by nationally recognized poets and writers.
In collaboration with other arts organizations around the country and abroad, the Fine Arts Work Center also hosts one- to three-month Collaborative Residencies for mid-career artists and writers. The Work Center’s Returning Residency Program encourages former Fellows, Collaborative Residents and workshop participants to return to Provincetown during the Work Center’s spring and fall shoulder seasons.
Central to our mission is a continuing contribution to the vitality of arts in Provincetown. The Work Center offers workshops to public school children and seniors taught by Fellows-in residence. Our programming also offers 100 public events, bringing 10,000 annual visitors to Provincetown for readings, artist talks, and exhibitions by nationally recognized artists and writers.
In all of this, the Work Center’s focus is giving creative people the opportunity to work and study in a community of their peers. Hundreds of emerging artists and writers come to the Work Center each year to do this. The Work Center plays a significant, transformative role in their lives as artists and writers.
The Work Center operates with a staff of 13 full- and part-time employees, several seasonal employees and interns, numerous volunteers, and consultants in marketing, tech support, and bookkeeping. Each year over 125 faculty members, all working artists and writers, teach the summer and online workshops. The FAWC Board of Trustees has 45 members, and includes artists, writers, business and community leaders, patrons, collectors, and supporters.
The Program Committees and juries for the Fellowships are comprised of internationally recognized artists and writers. Fellows are accepted entirely on the basis of the excellence of their work. Past jurors include Louise Bourgeois and Martin Puryear for the visual arts and Grace Paley and Mary Oliver for writing.
The Work Center is located in Provincetown, the nation’s oldest art colony. Provincetown offers an environment renowned for its beauty and artistic heritage. Surrounded by dunes and beaches, it provides the idyllic setting for artistic inspiration, creativity and learning. With its unique natural environment and exciting cultural opportunities, Provincetown has inspired artists for generations.
The Work Center is situated on Pearl Street near the commercial center of town on the site of the historic Days Lumberyard, where studios have been offered since 1914 to the likes of Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickinson, Ross Moffett, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler, among many others. The location of the Fine Arts Work Center on this historic compound provides a communal experience among the Fellows and other residents that is a hallmark of its programs.
Work Center facilities include 30 apartments, 13 large working studios/classrooms, a state-ofthe- art print shop, a woodworking shop, a digital media lab, a Fellows lounge, a computer lab, a large common room, an art gallery and administrative and program offices.
FAWC is an equal opportunity employer and provider.