Each year, the deadline for writing Fellowship applications is December 1, and the deadline for visual arts Fellowship applications is February 1.
Second-Year Writing Fellowship applications are due March 1st.
The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown,Massachusetts, an area with a long 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. Residencies run from October 1 through May 1. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. A historic fishing port, Provincetown is situated at the tip of Cape Cod in an area of spectacular natural beauty, surrounded by miles of dunes and National Seashore beaches.
Program: Fellows are expected to live and work in Provincetown during the fellowship year. Optional group activities provide Fellows with the opportunity to meet program committee members as well as visiting artists and writers. The Stanley Kunitz Common Room is the site of frequent presentations by distinguished guests as well as readings by writing Fellows. Visual arts Fellows present shows in the Work Center's Hudson D. Walker Gallery. Visiting artists and writers engage in dialogue with the Fellows throughout the year. The Fine Arts Work Center also seeks to identify local and national venues for Fellows and former Fellows to share their work.
Facilities: 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 press and a large format digital printer. Writing Fellows are housed in two- to three-room apartments. The Stanley Kunitz Common Room is handicapped accessible, as are two living spaces and several working studios.
History: For more than a hundred years, artists and writers have found an invigorating atmosphere in Provincetown. In 1968, the Fine Arts Work Center was founded by a group of artists, writers, and patrons including Fritz Bultman, Alan Dugan, Stanley Kunitz, Phil Malicoat, Robert Motherwell, Myron Stout, Jack Tworkov and Hudson D. Walker. They believed that the freedom to pursue creative work within a community of peers was the best catalyst for artistic growth, and the Work Center has dedicated itself to this goal for more than thirty years. In 1972, the Work Center acquired the Days Lumberyard property on Pearl Street as its permanent home. The grounds of the lumberyard had long been a haven for artists, offering studio space since 1914. Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickinson, Ross Moffett, Hans Hofmann and Myron Stout were among the artists associated with the site in its earlier days. The Barn, now divided into three living units for Fellows, once provided work space for Robert Motherwell.