In 1907, Charles Webster Hawthorne, the 35-year-old son of a sea captain, built a barn-like studio on a sandy bluff in Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. Hawthorne was an Impressionist painter. And he turned the barn into the Cape Cod School of Art–the first in America to hold outdoor sessions.
In the weekdays between our events, we welcome artists into the Barn to live and work in the space, and share their experiences at Open Studios on the final night of their residency. Learn more about the painters, musicians, and photographers who joined us in our past seasons. Details here.
We put together a brief video introducing the Barn, its history, and our organization, Twenty Summers. Sean Gannett produced and directed the film. We hope you enjoy it. You can watch here or on YouTube.
Several publications and news outlets have featured stories about Twenty Summers and the Barn, which NPR has called "part of the foundation of American art history." Learn more about our organization and what others have had to say about it.