Provincetown Art

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America’s Oldest Art Colony

Provincetown is America’s oldest art colony. Its history began in the late 19th century with the arrival of Charles Hawthorne and flourished with the arrival of artists in other disciplines during the summer of 1916.

Through the years, other notable artists working in the fine arts began summering and living here. As its reputation grew, artist in other disciplines such as Tennessee Williams and Norman Mailer arrived, with Mailer making this his part-time home in his later years.

We’ve got all the information here for you to enjoy Provincetown’s rich artists history.

Art Galleries

Art galleries dot Commercial St from the East End to the West End. Given the significant number of galleries in this section of town, the East End is known as the Gallery District. During June through September, the galleries hold show openings on Fridays, known as the Friday night gallery stroll.

World-Class Art Institutions

Additionally, we have two outstanding art institutions:

Provincetown Art Association and Museum

460 Commercial St.
Winter Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm

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Fine Arts Work Center

24 Pearl St.
Winter Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:30am-5pm

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Early 20th Century Art Class
Provincetown Art Association & Museum