The 2016 Grant Recipients

October 20 - January 14, 2018

Curated by:
Christine McCarthy and Grace Ryder-O'Malley
Opening Reception:
Friday, October 20, 6pm

About the Exhibition

Every year, hundreds of artists across the country apply for PAAM’s Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant.

This fall, we’re thrilled to present the five recipients selected in 2016: Frank Gregory (Greenfield, MA), Masako Kamiya (Dorchester, MA), Marjorie Kaye (Cambridge, MA), Gail Spaien (South Portland, ME), and Clay Wagstaff (Tropic, UT).

These recipients were selected through a blind process out of nearly 300 applicants by three jurors: Jeff Andersen, Director of the Florence Griswold Museum; Jason Andrew, Curator and Archivist for the Estate of Jack Tworkov and Founding Director of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts; and Honour Mack, Professor of Painting and Drawing at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

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 Artists


Frank Gregory was born in Brockton, Ma in 1962 and has been a practicing artist since graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1985 with a degree in Painting. Initially a landscape painter, he later focused on large-scale public art commissions for state and federal agencies, creating several permanent installations nationwide. Frank has been painting seriously again in the studio since 2010. His easel paintings are being exhibited widely and are in many collections. He is also self-employed in the art museum industry as a framer, mount-maker and exhibition preparator. Frank currently maintains a painting studio and workshop in Greenfield Massachusetts.


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Masako Kamiya’s acrylic gouache paintings are constructed of thousands of tiny nodules of paint, one built upon another, creating fields of color that shift and move, generating patterns and illusions.

Kamiya’s work has shown at Gallery NAGA since 2002. She is a recipient of Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship and the A.R.T Fund (2017), Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed Foundation Grant (2016), Brother Thomas Fellowship (2015), and Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Painting (2006 & 2010). She has a BFA from Montserrat College of Art, and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is an associate professor in Painting and Drawing Program at Montserrat College of Art since 1999.


Marjorie Kaye’s paintings and sculpture cover vast ground of richness of color and form. Organic in nature, they exude deep playfulness and are an antidote to the doldrums of a tense society. Her paintings are chaotic yet controlled patterns of gradated color. She uses gouache, which gives itself easy to the architecture of color. Her sculptures are layered and shaped pieces of plywood, built up either vertically or off the wall. Painted with either house paint or gouache and acrylic medium, they suggest natural formations.

Kaye is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Galatea Fine Art, a large artist-run gallery in the SOWA Art and Design District of Boston. She also operated and originated Caladan Gallery, an on-line venue specializing in the spirituality and psychology present in art, which ran for 10 years. Additionally, she owned Gallery 181 in Lawrence, MA, bringing national and international artists to the community. She also served on the Cultural Council board in that city.

Kaye has exhibited widely in the Boston area as well as nationally.


Gail Spaien is a painter who has been the recipient of numerous fellowships including the Djerassi Foundation Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has received grant funding from the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Artist Advancement Grant, and the Maine Arts Commission.

Spaien’s one and two person exhibitions include the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; Vanier Gallery, Tuscon, AZ; Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, and George Marshall Store Gallery of the Old York Historical Society, York, ME. Her group exhibitions include the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, California; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento,CA; Jack Meier Gallery, Houston,TX; the Portland Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine.

Reviews and mentions in in notable publications include New American Painting; Sharon Butler’s on-line publication Two Coats of Paint; Art New England; The Portland Press Herald; The Boston Globe; and Down East Magazine. Spaien’s work is in the collections of Fidelity Investments, University of New England, the University of Southern Maine, Intuit Corporation and Portland Museum of Art. A Professor of painting and core faculty in the MFA program at the Maine College of Art, Spaien received her BFA from the University of Southern Maine and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is affiliated with the George Marshall Store Gallery in Maine and resides with her husband and daughter in South Portland, Maine.


Clay Wagstaff resides in the small, remote town of Tropic, Utah—situated under the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park with his wife, Rebecca who is also a painter and daughter Miriam. He relishes the clean air and calm lifestyle this affords, and is inspired by the stunning landscapes which surround the freestanding painting studio he built behind his home. Many of his paintings originate in the high desert wilderness where he lives. He also enjoys periodic extensive road trips across the U.S. which provide him painting inspiration and photographic reference materials as well as refreshing my perspective. His “ocean/coast/river series” are examples of paintings from these trips.