The Schoolhouse Gallery is Provincetown’s premier gallery for contemporary fine art and collaboration with a focus on painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Founded in 1998, we are celebrating our twenty fifth year. The gallery represents a roster of over 50 artists while maintaining a large inventory of related works. We produce a rigorous annual exhibition schedule, participate in a number of outside projects and fairs, and work closely with clients on placement and collections management.

 

 

The Schoolhouse building is located at 494 Commercial Street in Provincetown’s Historic East End Gallery District. It is the only remaining one of three built in 1844 to replace the one room schools throughout the town. Known as the Eastern School and until the early 1900s it contained the first three elementary school grades. In 1931 its students moved to the Central and Western Schoolhouses. In 1936 Charles H. Hapgood began a movement to convert the abandoned schoolhouse to a Community Center, with advocacy from Labor activist and journalist Mary Heaton Vorse.

 

 

Thus, quote: “Thirty or forty years before the notion of “adaptive reuse” gained currency in the preservation movement, the Eastern School was adaptively reused. Again. And again. And again. It has a remarkable track record of community service, made even more astonishing by the fact that is one of the few extant buildings in Provincetown that were mentioned by Henry David Thoreau in Cape Cod: “Notwithstanding all this sand, we counted three meeting-houses and four school-houses nearly as large."

 

 

During the depression it served a community center, and later as an art school and then as art galleries. The ground floor was headquarters for the American Legion Morris Light Post Number 71. In 1997 Howard G. Davis III, a local patron and collector lovingly restored the building and opened a community arts center named The Schoolhouse Center. This innovative center housed galleries, studios, a performance space, musical rehearsal rooms and featured educational and community programming. One of the galleries, The Driskel Gallery, was named in memory of David’s friend Kevin Driskel, who died of complications from AIDS on April 4, 1997. On May 26, 2007 Mr. Davis also named the building’s restored bell tower after Kevin. In 2005 Mr. Davis sold the center to WOMR, a local radio station. Presently the building operates as an arts and media center comprised of three individual businesses.


 

2024 EXHIBITIONS 

 

 

 

June 14 – July 17            Amy Arbus, David X Levine, Jo Sandman, Han Feng, Stephen Aiken               

 

 

July 19 – August 7           Paul Stopforth, Mark Adams, Kahn & Selesnick, Lydia Kinney, Breon Dunigan, 

                                        Fred Liang, Sean Flood, Ted Kincaid               

 

August 9 - 28                   Elise Ansel, Sarah Lutz, Joel Janowitz, Maud Bryt, Danielle Rante, 

                                        Lauren Ewing, A pop-up with LaMontagne Gallery                                

 

August 30 – Oct. 6          Carlotta Luke, Lydia Kinney, Cindy Kleine, Jennifer Amadeo- Holl, 

                                        Stephen Vassilakos, Vicky Tomayko, Rebecca Doughty, Jen Bradley

 

 


 

HOURS: Daily 11-6/ Fri & Sat 11-8


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494 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
US
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