Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)


Christine McCarthy is the Chief Executive Officer of PAAM (since 2001). She is responsible for all artistic, administrative, fiscal and strategic directions at PAAM, the largest presenter of Cape Cod art by national, regional and international artists. Since 1985, McCarthy has worked in numerous galleries and museums in New England. They include the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery at Providence College; the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT; The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY; and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. She received a B.A. from Providence College in Providence, RI in 1989 and an M.A. from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY in 1992. She was an adjunct professor at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and taught Managing a Visual Arts Organization for 12 years. She loves cooking Italian food for family and friends, taking her dog Romey for a walk, and spending time with her wife Evette.

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Amy Davies is an award-winning television producer who has been telling the story of Cape Cod through video, radio, and print for 25 years.

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Grace Emmet is the Curator of Community Education for the Lillian Orlowsky William Freed Museum School here at PAAM.

She is a visual artist, teaching artist, and certified educator. She holds her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and spent college summers working at an art gallery in Provincetown as well as a summer intern with PAAM during their centennial celebration. During these summers are when Grace first fell in love with the art, the whimsy, and the salty air of Provincetown. Following graduation from MassArt, Grace worked as a designer at a wallpaper company outside of Boston for several years. However, her search for an artistic community led her back to the Outer Cape where Grace became a year-round resident, the last one in her family to do so.  Grace returned to PAAM as a teaching artist in their Youth Programming and, prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak, applied for an emergency teaching license to teach art in an elementary school during the pandemic school year. Though her time in public school was brief, the transformative experience shaped her values and goals as they relate to supporting education and the arts.

Grace is fond of strolling on the beach and in the pine forests, collecting seashells, plants, and mushrooms. Her artistic work centers on her fascination with the natural world and experimenting with painting, natural dyes and inks, as well as recycled and foraged materials.

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Mark Enright has been an actor and voice and speech teacher and coach for over 25 years. He has worked in New York and regionally throughout the country. Mark has taught voice and speech at Playwrights Horizons at New York University, Yale School of Drama, the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, and has served as the Director of Membership for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Mark holds an MFA degree from Brandeis University. In addition to working in the theater, Mark spent 20 years at Weill Cornell Medical College where he led departmental administration for the Physician Organization. He is happy to now live fulltime with his husband, Ira, in one of the most inspirational arts communities in the country.

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Madeleine was born on Cape Cod and has been excited to return to year-round life here. Growing up, she was lucky enough to travel around the world with her family and credits her parents for turning her into a true “museum kid.”

After graduating from Barnard College with a BA in Art History and Economics, she worked in museum collections at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, where her love of collections management took shape. Madeleine attended the George Washington University and received her MA in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management. While in DC, she had the opportunity to work at the renowned Avenir Conservation Lab at the GWU Textile Museum, cleaning and rehousing textiles. Before becoming the Collections Manager at PAAM, Madeleine was a summer Collections and Exhibitions Intern at the museum, and in 2021, she catalogued the incredible Edward and Josephine Hopper Archive of letters, photographs, and other ephemera.

Outside of the museum world, depending on the time of year, you can find her beaching, biking, hiking, or knitting. She also serves on the Board of Helping Our Women, a nonprofit in Provincetown and Eastham.

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Annie grew up in Albany, NY, in a family that loved Provincetown more than just about anything. In 2010, after graduating with a BA in English and Women’s Studies and an MA in Public Administration, both from Clark University, she moved to Provincetown for a summer restaurant job. Before she knew it, she was living in the East End and working at PAAM. After 10 years in town, Annie moved to Orleans, where she’s raising two daughters with her partner, Erik.


Milisa Simone Moses is a gardener, natural dyer, and writer living in Eastham. She works with plants from her garden and from properly foraged, natural materials to create color for art and textiles. She most recently has taught workshops at The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Castle Hill in Truro, and formerly out of her studio space, Plant Work Shop, in Orleans.

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PAAM Facilities Manager Bill Rigby lived in Boston and worked at Logan Airport for 20 years, until moving to Cape Cod in 2002. Here he started his own landscaping business in 2003 and worked full-time outside, under the sunshine, until he saw an ad in the paper for a part-time job at PAAM. He came aboard in 2012, and switched to working full time here in 2015. His love for art museums began when he was a boy living on the North Shore, when his Grammy Iowe, an oil painter, would take him to visit the Peabody Essex Museum. As a child, he came to Wellfleet in the summers with his parents, where the family enjoyed a summer cottage. His love for the Outer Cape only grew and he spent his college summers in Provincetown. He now lives in Truro with his husband Marty and their dog Pippen. Bill’s favorite thing to do is run on Longnook Beach, and you’ll see him out there year-round, weather not-permitting.

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Grace Ryder-O’Malley was born and raised in Provincetown. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College in English Language and Literature and Neuroscience. She earned her Master of Science from Boston University in Arts Administration.

Her love for the arts began as a kid frequently visiting PAAM. She worked backstage at the Provincetown Repertory Theater (now the Provincetown Theater Foundation) through high school. A college internship at the Fine Arts Work Center morphed into a full time job and made her realize it was where she wanted to focus her professional career. She joined the staff at PAAM in 2008.

She began working in the education department, before moving into Community Relations & Operations, and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer.

Grace serves on the Scholarship and Trust Administration Committee and the Friends of the Provincetown Public Library. She was the chair of the Provincetown Cultural Council and vice-chair of the Provincetown Planning Board. She lives in Provincetown and enjoys having family nearby. She lives with her husband Todd, son Cameron, and their cat.

As a kid, Grace’s parents would ‘drag’ her to cultural institutions; she disliked it so much that she referred to museums as ‘the m word’ and begged for a vacation at an amusement park. Clearly, times changed and her parents’ love for the arts paid off. Both Grace and her parents are thrilled that she came around to love ‘m’ words!

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Ruby T is an artist, educator, and cultural organizer, joining PAAM as the Curator of Museum Education. She relocated to Provincetown after spending several years in Chicago, where she received her MFA in Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2016.

She is passionate about expanding access to art education and creating opportunities for learners of all ages to contextualize their artistic experiences within broader socio-political & historical frameworks. Ruby has worked as both a teaching artist and adjunct lecturer, teaching elementary through graduate-level classes at SAIC, Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency, After School Matters, and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. She has also served as an arts administrator and directed public projects for various Chicago organizations including Ox-Bow and Woman Made Gallery.

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Lydia Vivante worked at Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City, New York and at Julie Heller Gallery here in Provincetown. She serves on the Recycling Committee and in Wellfleet, her hometown.

When she’s not at work, Lydia enjoys painting and being outside.

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Jim Zimmerman’s first visit to Provincetown was in 1968, but it wasn’t until 1970, as an art student studying with Gandy Brodie, when he learned about Provincetown’s history as an art colony. His first visit to PAAM was that same year, to see a painting by his mentor hanging in an exhibition. While honing his skills as a young artist, he lived in Vermont and worked in New Hampshire, until one morning he woke up in -25 temperatures, no wood, no gas, and flat-as-a-pancake car tires from the bitter cold temperatures. He called his friend who lived in Provincetown and asked to borrow money. The friend didn’t have money but did have a place, where he offered Jim to stay, until he got on his feet enough to eventually move to New York. Jim moved to Provincetown in the fall of 1970 and since then has moved only once, to Truro.

During his pre-PAAM years in Provincetown, he managed retail stores and sold hammocks. In 1987, he was invited by then PAAM director Bill Evaul, and member of the Board Napi van Dereck, to oversee the building and grounds responsibilities. He was hired on a trial basis for the winter, and his first job at PAAM was to facilitate the Thanksgiving Craft Fair, which was held in the Hawthorne Gallery. According to Jim, facilitating the craft fair meant chalking out areas on the floor where the vendors would install themselves, and the rest was up to them.

PAAM was closed during the winters back then, so Jim got his start in archival work that first winter by going through old files and cataloging articles, photographs, and old exhibition brochures. When the weather warmed again, he was offered a full-time position at PAAM and accepted.

Jim traces his photography skills back to his time at PAAM, when he had to take photographs for in-house use. He built a darkroom and developed his own black and white photos right here. Now, Jim serves as PAAM’s Photographer, Archivist, Exhibition Installer, and all-around Genuine Good Guy.