Gala Honorees

October 5 - October 28, 2018

Curated by:
Christine McCarthy

About the Exhibition

At this year’s Benefit Gala, we celebrated the PAAM membership, the foundation of our art association. PAAM has always championed the advancement of art and encouraged artists to explore its boundaries. This year, we honor our contemporary artists, our membership, who govern our association, compose our collections, teach our classes, and form our lifeblood. Through a variety of media, they enlighten, educate, and inspire us.

This exhibition celebrates the 2018 Gala Honorees: Helen Miranda Wilson, Joe Fiorello, and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.


Award for Individual Artistic Excellence

After living and working for decades in New York City, Helen Miranda Wilson has made her home in Wellfleet, Massachusetts since 1999. Her early career consisted of painting and drawing from direct observation, creating representational works. Today, Wilson creates paintings without recognizable subject matter, inviting the viewer to reflect upon what is not on the canvas as much as what is. Working on a small scale, her paint surfaces are unvarnished, with a contiguous, skin-like quality due to her use of pure oil paint. Helen is represented by Bookstein Projects in New York and Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown. PAAM is honored to celebrate Helen Miranda Wilson and her impressive career, which spans five decades and embraces a variety of artistic styles.


Award for Outstanding Volunteerism and Artistic Excellence

Joe Fiorello’s volunteer tenure began in 1976, while spending summers in Truro and trekking to the Art Association. He was drawn to the sculpture of Gil Franklin, Dmitri Hadzi, and Sidney Simon, and the paintings of Hans Hofmann, Herman Maril and George McNeil, all of which impacted his work. Joe’s roles at PAAM have varied, including everything from exhibiting, jurying exhibitions, and curating the solo shows of Sidney Simon and Taro Yamamoto, to working at the front desk, painting gallery walls and installing exhibitions. A trustee since 2003, he has served on the Exhibition and Development Committees for over ten years. PAAM is thrilled to honor Joe Fiorello, and his steadfast dedication to the arts.


Award for Extraordinary Support of Art and Artists

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, established and endowed by the artist during her lifetime, became active in 2013. The Foundation is dedicated to pro-moting a greater public understanding of the visual arts. It supports the artist’s legacy through a variety of initiatives, including exhibitions, loans of artworks, publications, conservation, grants, and programs for the public and the scholarly community. As the principal beneficiary of Frankenthaler’s estate, its holdings include an extensive selection of her work, her collection of works by other artists, and original papers pertaining to her life and work. In 2018 PAAM and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation partnered to present the stunning exhibition Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown.

Image: Helen Miranda Wilson, Dappled Sky, (detail), 1997, oil on panel, Private Collection