The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

William Freed and Lillian Orlowsky, photo by Norma Holt

Applications for the 2022 Grant Cycle are now closed. Join the mailing list below to be alerted to the opening of the next cycle (January, 2023).

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need.

The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

Recipients are selected by a diverse group of jurors—artists, curators, professors, writers—based on the strength of the materials submitted in this application as well as the perceived adherence to the spirit of the grant: to assist under recognized artists. Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $36,000 and an exhibition at PAAM.

The late Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed studied with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown. They were very active at PAAM as artist members and instructors in the summer school, and they served on a variety of committees throughout their 50 years on Cape Cod. Orlowsky, in particular, was sensitive to the challenges artists face, especially those working against the mainstream or outside of popular schools of art. Her desire to provide financial support to mature artists through this generous endowment gift speaks to her passionate commitment to art for art’s sake and art created regardless of the demands and whims of the marketplace.


  • You are 45-years old or older.
  • You are a painter. For the purposes of this grant, painting is considered the application of various media (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein, enamel) on paper, canvas, fabric, or wood. This includes fresco. This excludes mixed media, encaustic, collage, dry pastels, chalk, digital paintings, prints, and work in graphite or drawings. The use of multiple paint mediums is allowed (ie mixing acrylics with oil paints). Do not submit images in ANY of these excluded mediums as they will not be reviewed. Only paintings will be considered.
  • You are American. You must be either a citizen of the United States or have permanent residency in the United States, though you can be presently living abroad.
  • A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated.


Applications for the 2022 Grant Cycle are now closed. Join the mailing list below to be alerted to the opening of the next cycle (January, 2023). In the meantime, feel free to review the guidelines–they remain mostly the same from year-to-year.

Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. The application asks for specific materials that must be prepared in advance, read what those are and other guidelines here prior to proceeding to the application.

This is an anonymous application. All applications are processed by PAAM staff and assigned a number before the jurors receive your materials. Your name should only appear on the Personal Information section of the Application Form.

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