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October 15, 2010 Arts and Entertainment

Lillian Orlowsky And William Freed Foundation Grant Recipients Announced

From: Provincetown Art Association And Museum
Provincetown, MA - Provincetown Art Association and Museum is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant. Congratulations to D. Morgan Russell of Hingham, MA and Jo Hay of Provincetown, MA and Brooklyn, NY.

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant

The late Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed were former students of Hans Hofmann who studied with him in both New York and Provincetown. They were very active at PAAM as artist members, instructors in the summer school and they served on a variety of committees throughout their 50 years on Cape Cod. Lillian, in particular, was sensitive to the challenges artists' face, especially those working against the mainstream or outside of popular schools of art. Her desire to provide financial support to mature artists through this generous endowment gift speaks to her passionate commitment to art for art's sake and art created regardless of the demands and whims of the marketplace. Grants are offered to American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. The primary emphasis is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

This year's jurors were Brooke Anderson, Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Evan Garza, Editor-at-Large for New American Paintings; and Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Douglas Hyland.

The jurors felt as though the winners presented a strong, cohesive body of work which stood out. They were impressed by the technical proficiency, appreciation for the palette and application of paint. The jurors wrote that "the surface of the work was not simply a passive receiver of pigment, but instead a highly active place. The freshness of the work is undeniable and expressed singularity within tradition".

Hay and Russell have been awarded $15,000 each and a two-person exhibition to take place at PAAM in the fall of 2011.

More than 285 applications were received. Applicants hailed from 35 states and two countries, ranged in age from 45 to 87, and were 61% female and 39% male.

Overall, the jurors were encouraged by the national scope and quality of the applicants. They found themselves drawn to artists who were pushing themselves towards tougher, newer terrain within a cohesive body of work and to work which had been completed in the past few years. They were impressed by the thoroughness, imagination and expressiveness of many of the applications.

Jo Hay was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 1964. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design from Middlesex University in London. After working several years for Rupert Murdoch Publications as an art director she moved to New York City in 1990. It was there she began to explore painting. She began studying at The Art Students' League, while maintaining her career as an art director for Conde Nast Publications. In 1996 she exhibited her first piece at the Curt Marcus Gallery in New York City and has since continued to show in New York, and Provincetown. She is represented by Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown and pursuing her MFA at New York Academy of Art.

Hay writes, "all around I wish to create a more solid, strong foundation for making painting whilst having the courage to stay open to new ideas and ways of working to become not just an adequate painter but a great one."

D. Morgan Russell received his BFA from Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont. He's studied at Parsons School of Design, National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. Russell has exhibited at the Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY;  Four Walls Gallery, Portland, ME; and The Cooke Building, New York, NY. Solo exhibitions include Landscape Becoming at Dolphin Gallery, Hingham, MA and Gesture of a Landscape at Capla Kesting Fine Arts, Brooklyn, NY.

Russell writes, "the combination of funding and validation at this time will give me a buoyancy that will help to both sustain me as an artist and introduce my work to a larger audience. This type of grant couldn't be timelier for me. As someone who has never received a grant this opportunity seems a perfect fit".

Of his work, Russell states, "This particular body of work is sourced in the natural landscape where I live. Walking into nature armed with a camera is the first action I take. Back in the studio there is a point at which observation stops and something else takes over. Once that threshold of abstraction is crossed a reshaping of elements can begin."

Applications for the 2011 grant cycle are currently being updated and will be available on December 1, 2010 online at or by calling 508.487.1750.

Since its founding in 1914, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) has been the anchor of Provincetown's vital arts community, which has thrived for over a century and left an indelible imprint on American cultural history. PAAM's collection-compiled of work by artists who have worked on outer Cape Cod-boasts artworks by masters such as Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Milton Avery, Red Grooms, Wolf Kahn, Blanche Lazzell, Hans Hofmann, Man Ray, and Andy Warhol, among others. The collection, nearing 3,000 objects, is both a veritable record of American art in the twentieth century and a rich resource for contemporary art.

Retooling for the 21st century, in 2004-2006, PAAM engaged in a $7 million capital campaign to renovate and expand its facility, constructing the first LEED-certified "green" art museum in the nation and doubling its size to accommodate a growing collection, an increasing membership and school enrollment. In the past decade, PAAM also has reached far beyond Cape Cod, contributing works to exhibitions at venues ranging from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to New York's Hollis Taggart Galleries, and mounting a traveling exhibition of 80 works from the collection which toured to nine venues across the Southern and Midwestern U.S.

In 2009, PAAM received accreditation from the American Association of Museums-becoming the only accredited art museum on Cape Cod. Its professionalism validated, PAAM is now positioned for loans of significant artworks such as those from the Metropolitan Museum of Art which comprised the greater part of PAAM's recent exhibition Search for the Real: Hans Hofmann and his Students.

Today, the museum serves over 45,000 visitors annually with an extensive program of exhibitions, lectures, classes, concerts, and events; employs over 60 artist teachers; and engages 200+ volunteers. It is both the major cultural resource for rural outer Cape Cod and a destination for artists, art enthusiasts, scholars, and tourists from New England, New York and beyond.

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