The award recognizes a Cape-based artist whose work shapes thought, inspires change, and creates a deeper sense of connection in the community.

Artist of the Year is selected based on craftsmanship, artistic quality, creative ability, and impact on our cultural region and beyond. This recognition is ultimately at the sole discretion of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.  

2022 Artist of the Year

February 14, 2022 (Cape Cod, MA) – The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) is excited to announce that painter Jo Hay of Provincetown has been selected as the nonprofit’s inaugural Artist of the Year. The award recognizes a Cape-based artist whose work shapes thought, inspires change, and creates a deeper sense of connection in the community. “Jo Hay’s work does all of that and more,” said AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake. “Through her art, she tackles difficult topics, stimulates dialogue, and allows us to better understand our world by highlighting changemakers in society. Her work really encapsulates watershed moments happening right now.”

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2023 Artist of the Year

Nominate a local artist for 2023! There is no application process, but there is an opportunity for the public to nominate an artist. While there is no firm deadline, the review of Artists begins in September with a decision announced in January. This timeline is subject to change. The AFCC works with an Advisory Committee made up of arts professionals that may include educators, gallerists, museum directors, and curators. Committee members are the connection to what is happening in the arts community.  They have the ability to introduce candidates for group discussion, but the AFCC Board of Directors makes the final decision with a strong reliance and guidance of the Advisory Committee. 

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Creative Exchange Podcast Series

The Creative Exchange Podcast is a collaboration between the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. Hosted by AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake, the series is an ode to the artistic process and its unique manifestation on Cape Cod and beyond. Season Four includes some of our most engaging past guests who will cohost with Julie to introduce new conversations on the art of overcoming the disruptions of COVID, avenues for artists to exchange ideas, and ways to respond to challenges within our local and global communities.

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