PAAM is pleased to offer The Robyn Watson and The Romanos Rizk Memorial Scholarships to eligible recipients on an annual basis. Both of these scholarships honor significant members of the PAAM family and are supported through generous donations.

The Robyn Watson Scholarship

In memory of the late director’s dedication to quality art education, this scholarship awards a high school or Cape Cod Community College student (age 15-22) opportunity to attend one PAAM workshop in the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School. Workshops are offered year-round both at PAAM and at artists’ studios from Harwich to Provincetown; class duration may be from 2 days to 1 week long, or once per day over multiple weeks. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the scholarship is awarded.

2014 recipient of the Robyn Watson Scholarship Elias Hansen, working with Teaching Artist Christa Marquez during her studio class, found the experience of working with Christa “neat and useful” and appreciated the opportunity to work on his drawing skills with a group of focused adults.

“I applied for this scholarship because I am working on a series of comic books. I especially wanted to learn to draw/paint detailed, contrasting backgrounds. Without the scholarship I would not have been able to attend. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”

Eli works with Christa

The Romanos Rizk Memorial Scholarship

Romanos Rizk trained as a classical painter, then came to Provincetown to study with Henry Hensche at his Cape School of Art. Forty years later, Rizk was still active in the Provincetown arts community. Because of his lifelong pursuit of artistic excellence, a scholarship has been named in his honor.

The Romanos Rizk Memorial Scholarship is awarded to prospective students who have demonstrated talent in painting and drawing. The award will consist of a tuition credit for the study of painting or drawing at PAAM. There are no cash grants. There is no age restriction on this scholarship. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the scholarship is awarded.

Scholarship recipient Drahomir S. wrote “I have very nice memories [of PAAM]. I would like to thank you once again for a Rizk scholarship in 2013 and helping me get involved in PAAM workshops. It was short, but it gave me a lot. I graduated in June and since that I am trying to make living as a painter. And slowly it is getting better.”

PAAM is grateful for the generous donors who fund these efforts to continue developing future generations of Provincetown artists. The Romanos Rizk scholarship is funded by Irma Ruckstuhl.

Above: Elaine Cohen paints in one of PAAM’s sculpture gardens