The Outer Cape Artists in Residence Consortium (OCARC) was founded in 1995 in response to a request by the Cape Cod National Seashore (Seashore) to establish a residency program in one of its historic dune shacks at the edge of the Atlantic “back shore” in Provincetown. It offers the artist the creative stimulation that isolation and solitude provide. In the summer of 1995, OCARC was awarded the Margo-Gelb shack by the Seashore, with the first residencies being held in 1996.
OCARC is made up of four non-profit organizations - three arts organizations [the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (FAWC), Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill (Castle Hill)] and a dune shack advocacy group, Peaked Hill Trust (PHT). PHT oversees the maintenance of the Margo-Gelb shack as well as provides the transportation to/from the shack on Saturdays.
Six residencies are awarded each year during the season of mid-May – mid-October. Writers and Artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, musicians) may apply for a two-week residency. Any practicing artist may apply; however priority consideration for a residency will be given to applicants who are a Former Fellow or member of FAWC, a member of PAAM, or a member of Castle Hill. Those who have never participated in the program will have priority over those who have already had this opportunity.
Those who are awarded residencies will receive a two-week stay in the dunes. The dates are:
Living in a Shack
The Margo-Gelb shack, which was once owned by painter Boris Margo and his wife, printmaker Jan Gelb, sits on a high dune overlooking the ocean. It has views in all directions. The one room shack is about 14 feet by 12 feet in size, with an environmentally friendly, composting outhouse nearby. The shack has one full bed with a folding cot, a work-dining table, sink, gas burners, a gas refrigerator, and cooking/eating utensils.There is no wood stove or other source of heat. A hand pump for water is located about 100 feet from the shack (NOTE: this is good drinking water and is tested every year.) There is a clothesline near the shack for hanging wash.
Mattresses, pillows and blankets are provided. Residents must supply towels, sheets, sleeping bags (if desired), and whatever food, art supplies and clothing they need. The National Park Service doesn't allow pets.
Qualifications and Application
The applicants need not be a Fellow or member of FAWC or a member of PAAM or Castle Hill, but those who fit one of these categories will be given priority, all things being equal. Also given priority are those who have never before received this residency.
The applicant must be a practicing writer or artist who demonstrates through their resume and letter why they wish to receive this residency and how the experience will be beneficial to them and the overall program by means of the public presentation.
Last updated: January 6, 2022