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Fine Arts Work Center

The FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown offers a unique residency program for emerging artists and writers. Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30. Fellows pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers.


Provincetown, Massachusetts: United States

The location of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown provides an environment renowned for its beauty and artistic heritage. Surrounded by dunes and beaches now protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown was the Pilgrims' first port of landing in 1620 and developed into a colorful Portuguese fishing community and the nation's most enduring art colony. The Work Center is situated on Pearl Street near the commercial center of Provincetown on the site of the historic Days Lumberyard, where studios have been used since 1914 to the likes of Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickinson, Ross Moffett, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, and Helen Frankenthaler, among many others.


  • Residency Length: 7 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 20+
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 20
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1100


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships are open to writers and visual artists in the emerging stages of their careers. Juries of professionals make the admissions decisions. Writers may apply in fiction and poetry. In the visual arts, 2D, 3D and time-based work is considered. Collaborative teams may apply, however if selected only one Fellowship will be awarded and split amongst collaborators.
    The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Fine Arts Work Center welcomes family members and partners of Writing and Visual Fellows during the Winter Fellowship Term.

  • Application deadline: February 01, December 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    Each year, the deadline for the Writing Fellowship applications is December 1, and the deadline for The Visual Arts Fellowship applications is February 1.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Sarah Oppenheimer, Ellen Gallagher, Angela Dufresne, Jack Pierson, Lisa Yuskavage, Yun-fei Ji, Elliot Hundley, Duane Slick, Michael Jones McKean, Geoffrey Chadsey, Michael Cunningham, Louise Glück, Portia Munson, Denis Johnson, Adam Haslett, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Nick Flynn, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Patchett, Paul Harding, Major Jackson, Maurice Manning, Susan Choi.
A Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship means freedom and community. It allows me the freedom to explore, play, and grow as a creative individual without constraints and expectations, to fall in love again with my craft, to rigorously challenge myself, to unfurl, to free-fall. And I savor the camaraderie formed by the writing and visual arts fellows and the extended community of Provincetown and Cape Cod, the three-mile stretch of sand, shacks, and quirky souls edging the gleaming ocean, boundless and open.
— Viet Le
FAWC is dedicated to the belief that freedom to pursue creative work within a community of peers is the best catalyst for artistic growth. Since 1968, we have offered residencies – the gift of time and space – to twenty Fellows selected from some 1,000 applications worldwide. Each year, these emerging visual artists and creative writers leave behind routine distraction and obligations to live and work here in Provincetown, the country’s most enduring arts colony. Many Fellows have made a profound contribution to, and impact on, contemporary art and literature around the world. Year after year Fellows describe their residencies here as “life-changing.” We cherish this legacy, and are proud to continue what one of our founders called, in the late 1960s, an “adventure of hopefulness.”
— Margaret Murphy, Executive Director

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    All fellows are provided with private furnished apartments with kitchens and baths.
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    Fellows are responsible for their own meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Pets Allowed, Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    Pets allowed in three units, available on a first come, first served basis ($100 nonrefundable deposit). Spouses/partners and children allowed for full stay.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    First-floor living quarters and studios are accessible; public areas are accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Painting, Photography (digital), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    Visual Arts Fellows are provided with apartments and separate working studios of approximately 400 square feet of floor space. Additional facilities include a basic woodshop, a print shop with etching and lithography press and a computer lab featuring a basic video editing suite and large format digital printer. Writing Fellows are housed in two- to three-room apartments. The Stanley Kunitz Common Room is handicapped accessible, as are some living spaces and working studios.
  • Other facilities and services: Common room or meeting space for residents' use; laundry facilities and parking onsite; smoking permitted at designated outdoor areas only.

Residency Fees

The Writing Fellowship application fee is $45. The Visual Arts Fellowship electronic application fee is $57.

Stipends / other support

Fellows are provided living accommodations and a monthly stipend of $750. Visual Fellows are also provided with a separate studio space.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Fellows are expected to live and work in Provincetown during the fellowship year. Optional group activities are organized both formally and informally and provide Fellows with the opportunity to meet program committee members, trustees and local artists and writers. The Stanley Kunitz Common Room is the site of frequent presentations by visiting artists and writers as well as readings by Writing Fellows. Visual Arts Fellows present shows in the Center's Hudson D. Walker Gallery. Visiting artists and writers engage in dialogue with the Fellows throughout the year. Shankpainter, a collection of prose and poetry, has been edited by the Writing Fellows since 1970 and is now available online. The Fine Arts Work Center also seeks to identify local and national venues for both Fellows and Former Fellows to share their work.

Contact Information

24 Pearl Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
United States
Tel: 508-487-9960