THE COLLECTION OF THE TOWN OF PROVINCETOWN – MANAGED BY
THE PROVINCETOWN ART COMMISSION, Jim Bakker, Chairman
The Town-owned art collection consists of work by artists who have resided in town over the course of the last century. It currently includes paintings, sculptures, murals, prints, and drawings, images can be seen under Art Collection on the Provincetown History Project website.
The Town’s collection holds many fine examples that are displayed for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors alike. Provincetown has the distinction of being the oldest continuous art colony in the United States. The collection of art has been amassed through gifts of citizens, collectors and often by artists themselves. One monumental painting, Charles Hawthorne’s masterpiece, “The Crew of the Philomena Manta” is the centerpiece of the collection on display in the Town Hall, a selection which highlights and reflects the history of the Town of Provincetown which reaches back nearly 400 years.
Another significant venue for the display of the Town Collection is the Provincetown Public Library also on Commercial Street at Center Street. The selection of works was chosen to represent the rich and varied artistic legacy which has been a hallmark of Provincetown since the founding of the first art school in 1899. That rich tradition continues to this day, and Provincetown is host to a plethora of art galleries featuring older works as well as the work of contemporary artist, following the tradition of creativity and exploration fostered by the welcoming and supportive community.
We invite you to explore our town and it’s rich history in the visual arts, Provincetown is “Where Art Lives”.