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Provincetown Art Colony Comes to Endicott

Endicott College is pleased to announce Provincetown Artists: A Survey of American Modern to Abstract Art, presented this fall in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly.  This unique opportunity to experience first-hand the actual art that led to the rise of Provincetown as a world famous art colony is on view October 1 through December 11. Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Gallery Hours from December 12 – January 6 are: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – No weekend or evening hours. Closed on October 12November 21 – 29, and December 24 – January 3, please call for special appointments, group tours and College closings.


A special event for this exhibition is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. with a gallery talk in the Rose Hall by Dr. Robert Anderson - Art Historian, Walter J. Manninen - Collector and Benefactor, and Christine McCarthy - Executive Director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.  The gallery talk is followed by a hors d’oeurves reception in the Grillo Gallery featuring live music  by the Brian Fitzpatrick Trio.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.  Please call 978-232-2655 for special events, gallery hours, inclement weather, College closings, or to book a private tour for your organization.


This historical survey from the Endicott College Collection – Walter J. Manninen Trust is accompanied by works on loan from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM).  The exhibit includes 71 works of art by 29 artists with a wide range of media from oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, pastels, to mixed media and drawings.  A partial list of artists in this exhibit includes, Chiam Gross, Peter Busa, Remo Farruggio, Oliver Chaffe, Ross Moffett, Karl Knaths, Selina Treiff, Charles Hawthorne, Lucy L’Engle, and Tod Lindenmuth.  Although these and the other artists’ works can be seen in major museums throughout the nation, rarely has such an overview exhibition been presented outside of Provincetown.


This extraordinary exhibit is made possible by Mr. Manninen’s generous commitment to Endicott College; encompassing one of the College’s largest philanthropic gifts in its history: His entire art collection, antiques, and his primary residence in Rockport. Jay MacDonald, Carola Schropp, and Endicott College provided additional financial support. This exhibition has been in the planning stages for two years, and consists of many of the most influential Provincetown artists who helped shape the oldest art colony in the United States.  Art Historian and Professor Robert Anderson states, “This exhibition offers insight and opportunities for new analysis, research and inspiration in its re-situated academic context on the North Shore.  It also provides the potential for a new educational forum, of cross-disciplinary nature, to be comprised of lectures and discussions in-and-out of the classroom.” A catalog accompanies the exhibit and can be purchased at the gallery during the reception.


If you have any questions regarding Provincetown Artists: A Survey of American Modern to Abstract Art, or any of our programming in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, please contact Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts at 978-232-2655 or