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Phone: 508. 487.1750

The Provincetown Art Association And Museum

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) was established in 1914 by prominent artists Charles Hawthorne, Oscar Gieberich, William Halsall, Gerrit Beneker, E. Ambrose Webster and several local business men and women. The donation of works by the organizing artists, and two juried exhibitions mounted in the summer of 1915, began PAAM’s traditions of collecting and exhibiting the work of the local community of artists. By then, the art community at the tip of Cape Cod had become the refuge of artists and expatriates returned from war-torn Europe, and Provincetown was firmly established as "The Biggest Art Colony in the World." (Boston Globe, 8/8/16) PAAM consolidated its role as the anchor of that colony through the purchase and refurbishing of its present building in 1919.

In the '20s and '30s, the philosophical wars being waged throughout the art world were also fought within the Association. Its artist founders had come out of the Impressionist tradition, and although a variety of styles had been represented in members’ exhibitions since the inception, PAAM’s "establishment" did not readily incorporate the modernist movement. Faced with aesthetic differences among its artist membership, PAAM maintained a balance. True to its mission, the organization represented both sides of the artistic argument, mounting separate "Modern" and "Regular" summer exhibitions between 1927 and 1937. Still, the conciliation reached in 1937 was only partial—instead of separate exhibitions, separate juries installed concurrent exhibitions on opposite gallery walls; a coin-flip determined that the modernists' work hung on the left. Throughout this period, much of... [ Read all ]

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Permanent Collection

Hundreds of artists have, for shorter or longer times, called the Outer Cape home. The Art Association Collection has close to 2000 works by more than 500 artists. The Museum also holds an extensive archive of materials referencing the artists whose work is represented in the collection, as well as ephemera associated with the continual activities of the Museum and Association. The Museum provides these resources on request to scholars and historians.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions:

May 4: Two Openings, 7-9pm:

Members’ Open
Figurative works by artist members. In the
Duffy Gallery through June 10.

Consignment Auction Preview
Works by historic Provincetown artists. In
the Hofmann Gallery through May 19.

May 16: Opening, 6-8pm
Provincetown High School Academy
of Art,Science and Technology
Students exhibit their projects for the public,
families and friends. In the Hawthorne Gallery
through May 27.

May 19: Consignment Auction, 7pm
Vintage Provincetown artworks. Spring
consigment auction with auctioneer James
R. Bakker. Benefits PAAM exhibitions and
education programs.

May 25: Opening, 7-9pm
Art of the Garden
To complement the 10th Anniversary Secret
Garden Tour, this exhibition features works
from the historic to the contemporary including
art by Kathi Smith, Connie Black, Michael Walden and others. In the Hofmann Gallery through July 15.

June 8 – July 29
Victor and Charles DeCarlo: Brothers in Art
Opening: June 8, 8 PM

June 8 – July 15
Hyman Shrand (1921-1999)
Opening reception: June 8, 8-10 PM

June 15 – July 22
Jim Hansen
Opening: June 15, 8 – 10 PM

July 27 – September 2, 2007
Selina Trieff (1934- )
Opening: July 27

July 20 – September 23, 2007
Edwin Dickinson
Opening July 20

Opening hours

Noon to 5 pm, Thursday through Sunday,
and by appointment

Memorial Day–September:
11 am to 8 pm, Monday through Thursday
11 am to 10 pm, Friday
11 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday

Getting there

PAAM is located on the corners of Commercial and Bangs Streets in Provincetown's East End.

Take Route 6 to the Provincetown Center exit. Turn left at light onto Conwell Street, then left at stop sign onto Bradford Street, 1/2 mile on right is Bang Street, right one block to Commercial.

Parking is available in many private and municipal lots in Provincetown, and depending on the season, parking may be available on Commercial Street.


The Museum offers versatile indoor and outdoor venues for artful receptions and dinners, masterpiece weddings, and inspired business gatherings. PAAM's facility combines a chic contemporary structure, designed by by the award-winning architectural firm Machado and Silvetti Associates, and the recently renovated Hargood House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated across from the harbor and convieniently located on walkable Commercial Street, PAAM is Provincetown's premier venue for very special events.

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Your membership and supporting partnership with PAAM helps to insure that the organization will continue to bring forth the best in exhibitions, programs, and educational activities. You will be joining a community of over 1,700 artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, and businesses - All who create, participate within, and support the activities that continue to define the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Membership and Supporting Partnership Benefits Include:

Option to submit artwork to approximately 12 members and juried and open exhibitions annually
notices and discounts for Museum School classes and programs
subscription to PAAM newsletter
reciprocal admission to 11 community arts organizations in New England
10% discount on PAAM publications and bookstore merchandise
invitations for special events and activities
promotion: an artist's page in a public membership directory

Additional Benefits specific to levels of Membership and Partnership are listed below.

You may join today by completing and submitting the online form below, or by printing this page and mailing
a check or credit card information to: PAAM, 460 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657,
or simply by calling PAAM . 508. 487. 1750

Venue hire

Our facilities are available and may be reserved for public and private events. Scheduling for events is continuous and can be made well into the future. PAAM offers a range of open availablility and some flexibility in scheduling, inquiries about dates and availability may be made directly to Executive Director Christine McCarthy, or by calling PAAM at 508.487.1750.

Plan your unforgettable occasion at PAAM, and add to the continuing history of this wonderful building and organization.