at The Provincetown Art Association and Museum

September 29 – November 12, 2017

Please join us at a reception for an exhibition of work by Provincetown artist Mark Adams at Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) on Friday, September 29 at 8pm. MARK ADAMS: EXPEDITION is on view September 29-November 12, 2017.


Mark Adams is a painter, printmaker, and a cartographer with the National Park Service. He works primarily on paper and wood using images based on observations of nature, scientific data recorded alongside personal writing in sketchbooks, and the human figure.


Adams has taught at PAAM, Castle Hill Center for the Arts (Truro MA), and the Provincetown School Academy program and as a guest in the MFA program of the Fine Arts Work Center/Massachusetts College of Art. He has studied ecology, landscape architecture, printmaking and photography at University of California, Berkeley, California College of Arts and Crafts and studied with artists at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He also worked as a wildlife field biologist, scientific illustrator, forest fire fighter, gymnastics coach. His current interests include geologic time, taxonomies, coordinate systems and layering of information in maps.


He has exhibited throughout the US and regularly at the Schoolhouse Gallery, where he is represented. He lives and works on Cape Cod where he has been based for over 25 years.


The exhibition will present three themes: first, it is a mid-career retrospective for a unique and important Provincetown artist that has been practicing and teaching on the Outer Cape for 27 years. Next, it is a presentation of high quality fine art including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, media and data. And last, it is an important discussion of how artwork functions in the culture including ideas about collecting and gathering, artist’s collectives, opening the landscape to interaction and interjection, how objects represent reality and how Adams’ interpretation of the function of objects from the Outer Cape vernacular relate to how artists are currently interpreting the use of objects and data globally.


Adams states: “The powers of observation deployed by artists and scientists are crucial to navigating the chaos of the future. Looking at the planet as a lifeboat in which we are adrift together – capturing clues about where we are, navigating and foraging in a sea full of remnants of past abundance. We settle for surrogates of nature, but our fulfillment requires authentic things. We will survive shrewdly with memories of our losses: the evolved world hollowed out and wiped clean, waiting for time to rebuild some strange new order.” The exhibition has been curated by Breon Dunigan and Joe Fiorello.


Provincetown Art Association and Museum was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community. Through a comprehensive schedule of exhibitions of local and national significance and educational outreach, Provincetown Art Association and Museum provides the public access to art, artists, and the creative process.


The PAAM Membership is a vibrant community of over 1,800 individuals. Whether you’re an artist or you simply love the arts, a PAAM Membership opens the door to programs and events that enrich and inspire.


PAAM, located at 460 Commercial Street, is open Thursday through Sunday, 12-5pm, October – May; and daily at 11am, May – September. General admission $10, with free admission for members and children 12 and under, and to the public on Fridays after 5pm. For more information, please call 508.487.1750 or visit


The Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 494 Commercial Street in the heart of Provincetown’s historic East End Gallery District. For more information about our artists, exhibitions and projects contact us at 508 487-4800 and at