The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

The late Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed studied with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown. They were very active at PAAM as artist members and instructors in the summer school, and they served on a variety of committees throughout their 50 years on Cape Cod. Orlowsky, in particular, was sensitive to the challenges artists face, especially those working against the mainstream or outside of popular schools of art. Her desire to provide financial support to mature artists through this generous endowment gift speaks to her passionate commitment to art for art’s sake and art created regardless of the demands and whims of the market place.

  • Applicants must be American painters aged 45 years or older at the time of application.
  • For the purposes of this grant, painting is considered the application of various media (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein) on paper, canvas, fabric, or wood. This excludes mixed media, encaustic, collage, pastels, digital paintings, prints, and work in graphite or drawings. The use of multiple paint mediums is allowed (ie mixing acrylics with oil paints). Do not submit images in ANY of these excluded mediums. Only paintings will be considered.
  • A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated.
  • Applications must be submitted by an individual working artist or collaborators in an artist group; organizations cannot apply.
  • Only one application may be submitted per individual during each round of funding.
  • Artist groups or duos may apply. Multiple artists applying together must have an established history of collaboration. Artist groups should complete the application form together, completing one essay, resume, one artist statement, one image identification list and one set of images. Each group member should submit individual personal information and financial disclosure sections. All materials can be mailed together.
  • Applicants must be either citizens of the United States or have permanent residency in the United States, though they can be presently living abroad.

The 2017 application will be available for download after November 1, 2016.


  • The application postmark deadline is April 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.


  • Applicants receive an official notification letter via email or mail (if no email address is supplied) by July 1. There is no personal feedback given by jurors.
  • Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000. Generally, there are three or four grants awarded annually. There are no reporting requirements, nor stipulations about the use of grant funds.

Review Process

  • Complete and on-time applications are reviewed by the Grant Review Committee. The jurors of the Committee are at least three nationally renowned artists, art historians, or curators. Incomplete or late applications are not reviewed.

Review Criteria

  • The review criteria for the grant are artistic quality, creative ability as evidenced by images of work submitted, and financial need.


  • Applications will be judged anonymously. Each applicant will be assigned a number and will not be identified by name. Information in the Personal Information section is viewed only by PAAM staff processing the application.
  • If you have a question, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in the Grant Application Instructions.
  • We strongly encourage applicants to contact us as far ahead of the deadline as possible. During the week prior to the deadline, we are extremely busy and may not have a chance to answer last minute queries.