The Year In Review


As 2019 comes to a close, the PAAM Staff is reflecting on the past year and dreaming about what’s next. Thank you to all of you for being part of another incredible year!



One of the highlights of my 2019 was our newly organized Studio Tour in which a small group of us went to the studios of Hans Hofmann, Charles Hawthorne, Herman Maril, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler. Looking through the lens of an artist not only propels you to another time, but listening to first hand stories spark ideas, conversation and creativity. My gratitude goes to the studio owners who have preserved and protected this important legacy and allowed us the opportunity to step back in time to an incomparable experience.

Seth Abrahamson


This year’s highlight for me was the Circa 1945: Abstract Art In The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation Collection exhibition. It featured so many fantastic works from my favorite era of modern art, and it was a pleasure to work with Sasha Davis and Brittany Cassandra from the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation. Looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings our way!

Tessa Bry Taylor


2019 brought my inauguration into the PAAM community, and I am so thrilled to be here! Being granted the opportunity to contribute to a purpose I am truly passionate about in such a rich historical environment is by far the greatest highlight of the year. In the short six months since I was warmly welcomed to PAAM, I have been amazed by the strong foundation of art education in place, embraced by the delightful, lovely, and downright fierce staff who keep PAAM alive, and awed by the wide array of members, students, and above all artists, who carry forward the Art Colony here in Provincetown. In the fall of 2019, we built upon our premiere program for youth, Art Reach, expanding the second tier to a full class, and enrolling a total of 62 young people ages 10-20. I look forward to 2020 and the chance to settle in, dig deeper, and envision the next chapter for Youth Education here at PAAM.

Annie Longley


After the explosive energy that came with last year’s Helen Frankenthaler exhibition, I sort of expected 2019 to feel like a denouement. Fortunately, 100+ years of momentum doesn’t just disappear. Our exhibitions ran the gamut from emotionally resonant, to historically important, to down-right beautiful. We gave an emotional goodbye to PAAM’s long-time Curator of Education Lynn Stanley, and welcomed the brilliant and hilarious Tessa Bry Taylor onto the staff. But my highlight may have happened this morning taking the group photo at the top of this page. Technical difficulties tested our patience, but the response was with our proprietary blend of can-do problem solving and laughter. As we ask ourselves What’s next for PAAM? It’s clear that with this group of excellent people, the best is yet to come.



2019 was full of firsts and hurdles, but the good kind of hurdles that make your legs ache in that “I’m a badass” kind of way. In September, we embarked on our inaugural Studio Tour, an opportunity for guests to tour the studios of some of Provincetown’s most historically significant artists: Helen Frankenthaler, Charles Hawthorne, Hans Hofmann, Edward and Jo Hopper, Herman Maril, and Robert Motherwell. At each space, we learned from an artist, art historian, family member, or curator about the history of the space and the significance it had to the artist. It was by far the most amazing thing I’ve ever done at PAAM. Listening to Bob Henry talk about what it was like to take a class with Hans Hofmann as we sat in the Hofmann Studio, or look at Edward Hopper’s view of the ocean through the iconic window in the Hopper house are moments I’ll always remember.

I’m sure my proudest moment was around midnight on October 5, when the 14 th Annual PAAM Gala officially ended. 2019 was the largest gala we’ve ever had, held for the first time on Motta Field, and honored three titans of art, design, and philanthropy in Provincetown: Breon Dunigan, Doug Dolezal, and Ken Fulk. Months of preparation and about 700 emails, phone calls, and meetings paid off when we wrapped on the most amazing gala yet. Now time to start planning the next one!

Grace Ryder-O’Malley


The grant recipient exhibition is a real highlight of the year, where we were able to exhibit the work of 5 American painters over the age of 45. The 2018 Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant recipients are David Barnes, Ronald Hall, Shelley McCarl, Lee Price, and Mie Yim. Their exhibition took place in the fall and three of the recipients were able to be here to celebrate with us! It’s been amazing to have new staff this year including Tessa Bry Taylor, Curator of Youth Education and John Peters Campbell and Lydia Vivante in the bookstore.

A hearty Happy New Year from all of us at PAAM!

Standing, L-R: Seth, Kiah, Chris, Bill, and Jim.
Sitting, L-R: Grace, Lesley, Tessa, and Annie.