On October 1, 2004, the twenty writers, poets and visual artists chosen by the Fine Arts Work Center for the 2004-2005 Winter Fellowships arrived in Provincetown to begin their seven-month residencies. They were greeted by Visual Arts Coordinator Maryalice Johnston and Writing Coordinator Salvatore Scibona, who collaborated on a New England-style cookout attended by FAWC board members, staff and former Fellows. In the first weeks they also enjoyed an exhibition by the Visual Arts Committee, including work by Paul Bowen, Bert Yarborough, Pat de Groot, Susan Lyman, Maryalice Johnston, Jim Peters, Mira Schor, Duane Slick, and Doug Ritter; a reading by former Fellows Franz Wright and Nick Flynn; and a blustery bash at the Malicoat dune shack.
Selected from an international pool of more than 1500 applicants, the Fellows are a diverse group, but one that has quickly coalesced into a creative and supportive community. By the third week in October, the Visual Arts Fellows assembled an exciting group show featuring paintings, drawings, video and mixed media constructions.
FAWC offers the only long-term residency program in the country designed for emerging artists and writers, funding 20 Fellows for seven months with housing, studio space and modest stipends that allow them to focus on and develop their work. Over the years former Fellows, who include Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Cunningham, Jhumpa Lahiri, Franz Wright and former US Poet Laureate Louise Glück, have earned the most prestigious national and international prizes and awards in arts and letters.