Rice Polak Gallery


The Rice Polak Gallery holds a prominent place in Provincetown, Massachusetts as one of the primary venues for contemporary art. Founded by Marla Rice and Richard Polak in 1992 the focus of the gallery is on the quality and context of artwork. Marla Rice assumed sole ownership of Rice Polak in 2005. The gallery represents a select group of emerging and established artists whose work is both contemporary and contemplative. The gallery is not media specific and shows a wide cross-section of artistic approaches, including, paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography and installations.

The philosophy of the Rice Polak Gallery is marked by a spirit of collaboration and exploration. The diverse media in the gallery's program are united by the consistent presentation of challenging and thoughtful work. These works are often motivated by our artists' interests in questioning established boundaries. Provincetown itself has long been recognized as a unique place, a perfect blend of remoteness and rare natural beauty. Vast numbers of artists have made the pilgrimage to Provincetown, where diversity has become the one unifying factor. The Rice Polak Gallery draws from this synthesis and brings a fresh spirit to the art scene on Cape Cod.

As we look to the future the Rice Polak Gallery is dedicated to cultivating solid relationships with museums, art critics, established and emerging collectors, and other fine art galleries. Though many of our artists have already received the imprimatur of museum exhibition or purchase, the gallery remains committed to bringing new talent to its program.

We are challenged and excited by our artists, whose work we find ever changing, often humorous, sometimes political and always stimulating. Our desire to share that challenge and excitement is what keeps us committed to our artists and to the public at large.

Recent News

New Season - New Artists - Opening this April 28, 2018

I'd like to welcome you to the 2018 season at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown. The gallery will re-open on Saturday, April 28th! I can't begin to tell you how excited I am as the gallery is more beautiful than ever. New work has arrived from a…

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Rice Polak Gallery Exhibition Schedule 2017

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Rice Polak Gallery New Season - New Artists

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Rice Polak Gallery Joins 'Artsy'

The days are getting longer, the first day of Spring has come and gone and I am officially back on the Cape after a winter full of travel. Besides multiple studio visits and trips to NYC, I have just returned from an eye opening trip to Israel. I am …

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Do I Repeat Myself?

Do I Repeat Myself by Ellen LeBowAs a young artist in my twenties I came to despair of ever doing anything original (before I understood that nothing is original) because Pablo Picasso had already sucked all the air out of that room.Like some Anti-Ki…

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Highlights from the Summer

It has been great to hear from all of you and thank you so much for the wonderful comments about the videos that we have been sending out. Warren has just shot a new one comprised of the highlights from the gallery's new group exhibition. We are stil…

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Seduction And The Senses

The new, virtual “pencil” at the Apple Store called to her like a siren on a rock.It was a futuristic novelty – lean, elegant, white, weighted. With neither lead point nor eraser it also felt oddly mute, as if a real pencil were hermetically se…

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2016 Rice Polak Online Catalog

Once again, we've made it easy to enjoy some of our artist's work with the Rice Polak Online Catalog.It has over 40 pages of descriptions and images, allowing you to sample the work of all of the artists that will be featured at the gallery this seas…

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