The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

Dear Grant Applicants,

We have made the difficult decision to suspend the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant for 2020.

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum closed last week without a set date to reopen. Accordingly, we are unable to process the grant applications and cannot have our jurors here together to pick the recipients, something that we feel is a crucial part of the process. Moreover, I’ve been contacted by dozens of artists this week who even with the two week extension will not be able to prepare their materials in time. We are not alone in our uncertain situation about the upcoming season and year.

The good news (yes, there is some!) is that applications will be automatically rolled over for the 2021 cycle. You don’t need to do anything, unless you decide you want to substitute anything. If you’d like to update or change anything you’ve submitted, you don’t need to reapply, but rather send the materials to me and I’ll switch them out for you.

If you are currently working on an application, you are still welcome to submit it and I’ll add it to the pile for 2021.

For those of you who have not yet applied, the application will not change for 2021. The application postmark due date will be Thursday, April 1, 2021.

This has not been an easy decision. The grant is a real highlight of my year here at PAAM. I enjoy talking to applicants, reviewing artwork, working with the jurors, and seeing the recipient exhibition come to fruition.

We are proud to have dispersed more than $315,000 to 37 recipients from 14 states and 1 territory. We are committed to the continuance of this wonderful opportunity as we know our work of supporting American painters ages 45+ with economic needs has just begun.

While we are suspending it for now, The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant will be back in 2021.

Stay healthy and keep painting,


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.

Recipients are selected by a diverse group of jurors—artists, curators, professors, writers—based on the strength of the materials submitted in this application as well as the perceived adherence to the spirit of the grant: to assist under recognized artists. Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 and an exhibition at PAAM.

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.


  • You are 45-years old or older.
  • You are a painter. For the purposes of this grant, painting is considered the application of various media (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein, enamel) on paper, canvas, fabric, or wood. This includes fresco. This excludes mixed media, encaustic, collage, dry pastels, chalk, 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 as they will not be reviewed. Only paintings will be considered.
  • You are American. You must be either a citizen of the United States or have permanent residency in the United States, though you can be presently living abroad.
  • A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated.


The 2020 grant has been suspended. Please check back for the 2021 deadline. If you’d like to review the application, you may do so online or download in Word (if prompted, press the “Enable Editing” button at the top of the page) and send it to us in the mail. We do not accept hand-written applications.

This is an anonymous application. All applications are processed by PAAM staff and assigned a number before the jurors receive your materials. Your name should only appear on the Personal Information section of the Application Form.

Please note that the deadline is a postmark deadline: if you are mailing your application, we strongly discourage you from paying for overnight shipping, it confers absolutely no advantage.