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With Provincetown’s sense of community and built environment being critical to the way in which the art colony’s artists interacted with their surroundings, as well as with one another, artists’ studios are central to understanding the town’s history. Studios were a source of inspiration for some of the 20th century’s most celebrated creative minds, and should stand as a reminder of the vital role the Provincetown Art Colony played in the art world for generations to come.

This exhibition will dovetail with a special tour in September, which will feature the studios of Charles Hawthorne, Hans Hofmann, Edward and Josephine Hopper, Herman Maril, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler. At the epicenter of creativity that is today’s Provincetown art colony, PAAM’s 700 artist members keep studios in backyards and basements, kitchens, high above treetops and beside the same bay as the above mentioned artists.

The artworks featured in this exhibition are all part of PAAM’s important permanent collection. For over 100 years, the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum has been the basis for many exhibitions and has assisted scholars, researchers and other museums concerning the history of art on Cape Cod. Encompassing 4,000 works from artists who have lived or worked on Cape Cod, the collection is a burgeoning historical record of the original Provincetown art colony. At PAAM, the holdings of local and regional art are extensive and dynamic; the styles were revolutionary and remain noteworthy in the history of American Art.

Embedded into PAAM’s mission, the collection is truly at the heart of our organization. A glance at the newly released Permanent Collection catalog shows how many hundreds of people have been moved to express their generosity through contributions that make up virtually the entire collection. Bringing the art of Provincetown back to Provincetown ensures that PAAM will continue to uphold this incredible responsibility of maintaining the legacy of the oldest continuous art colony in the United States.

Image: Robert Motherwell, La Casa de la Mancha, 1984, Etching with aquatint, 10/70, 24.5″ x 30″, PAAM Collection, Gift of Harvey S. Shipley Miller and The Judith Rothschild Foundation in memory of Robert Motherwell, 2012