UMass Dartmouth Professor Donald Beal has won the Provincetown Art Association and Museum's Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant, which was set up specifically to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.
Prof. Beal, who teaches at the University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and will share the award with fellow artist Steve DeFrank, beat out stiff competition to win the grant: nearly 500 applications were submitted by artists from 41 states and seven countries.
Born in New York and raised in Massachusetts, Prof. Beal studied painting at the Swain School of Design, the predecessor to CVPA and settled in Provincetown nearly 30 years ago. He has served as Professor of Fine Arts at the University since 1999.
More about the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant
The late Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed were artists, teachers, and active members of PAAM and the Provincetown arts community for over 50 years. Lillian, in particular, was sensitive to the challenges that artists confront, especially artists 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 market place. This gift has positioned PAAM to, for the first time, be a grantor - an opportunity to financially assist artists on a national level.
More about PAAM
Provincetown Art Association and Museum was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community. Through a comprehensive schedule of exhibitions of local and national significance and educational outreach, Provincetown Art Association and Museum provides the public access to art, artists, and the creative process.