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Visual arts and writing fellows begin work at Fine Arts Work Center

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PROVINCETOWN — The Fine Arts Work Center 2021-2022 visual arts and writing fellows have arrived at the campus at 24 Pearl Street, and will be at work through Aug. 30. The 20 fellows arrived earlier this month. The program was on hold for the 2020-2021 residency program due to the COVID-19 threat. Visual Arts Fellows include Lavaughan Jenkins & Tom Pappas.

LAVAUGHAN JENKINS is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. He was raised in Pensacola, Florida and currently lives and works in Boston, MA. Since earning his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2005, Jenkins has received the 2019 James and Audrey Foster Prize, awarded annually by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Jenkins is also the recipient of the 2015 Blanche E. Colman Award. He has exhibited his work most recently at venues such as Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Abigail Ogilvy Gallery (Boston), The Painting Center (NY), and the Fitchburg Art Museum (MA).Tired of viewing art history through a lens devoted to Western European Art, Lavaughan Jenkins decided to contribute his vision, a vision where Black people were not subordinate to a European construct, but instead were featured, by a Black Artist. His sculptural paintings tell a story, a story that reflects the ordinary, the non-heroic, the quiet countenance of a single Black individual, a “Watcher,” a witness to their experience.

TOM PAPPAS is a painter working in an intuitive, material-based tradition. Born in Miami Florida, Pappas received an MFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1989. He was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in 1990-91, as well as residencies at Yaddo, Dorland, VCCA and Bemis Foundation. From 1995-99, Pappas was Tenzo (head chef) at the Zen Mountain Center, San Jacinto, CA and authored The Three Bowl Cookbook; Secrets of Enlightened Cooking / Carroll & Brown Publisher. He was awarded an Elizabeth Foundation grant in 1999. In 2011-13, he lived and worked at Meadow Road, part of a Fine Arts Works Center long-term residency program. Pappas has traveled extensively and currently lives and works in Ridgewood, NY.

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