Welcome to Cape Cod Museum of Art!
The Region's Premier Art Museum
The Cape Cod Museum of Arts vision is to be central to the artistic and cultural life of the region. Our goal is to epitomize excellence in all of our activities and programs and to make them available to all.
The Cape Cod Museum of Art’s mission is to collect, conserve, study, interpret and exhibit works by outstanding artists associated with Cape Cod, Southeastern Massachusetts and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The museum's collections and exhibitions also include works drawn from the broader context of human art and art history to provide the context for our regional artistic heritage.Through its educational and outreach programs, the museum seeks to preserve the artistic heritage of the region and foster artistic and cultural growth.
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Visit CCMA to discover the Cape through historical and contemporary artists:
- See exhibitions in seven galleries
- Stroll through the lovely sculpture garden
- Visit the Artful Hand Gallery @CCMA for unique gifts by artists and artisans
- Explore your creativity in year-round art classes for adults and children
- Be inspired through various lectures by artists and scholars
- Check out the valuable art resources in our library
- Enjoy exciting special events throughout the year
- View independent films in The Screening Room
- ArtQuest in the galleries: Kids and adults will enjoy ArtQuest – an exploration of details from artwork in each of the galleries. Parents enjoy the interaction of sharing art with the children and the children are given a special prize to take home. Adults can place their name in a monthly drawing for a free museum membership!
Image: "Forest Pool" by John Joseph Enneking
CCMA’s Reference Library, located on the second floor, contains books, audio-visual materials, and extensive files on Cape Cod artists, past and present, which support the museum's mission. It also contains special collections from the private libraries of Dr. and Mrs. Elton Yasuna, and R. H. Ives Gammell. The Library is open to the public; you may call 508-385-4477 ext 15 to make an appointment or for further information. On this website you may peruse our listings by artist or topic. Go to Library, and put what interests you in the Bookbag. Then you will have collected titles to look for when you visit the library. At this time, no materials can be borrowed.
Located on the grounds of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts (click here for more information on CCCA)
Route 6A, Dennis, MA 02638
Seniors, ages 62+ : $8
Ages 13 - 18: $5
Children 12 and under: Free
Memberships are available by calling 508-385-4477, ext 14
Janet Preston, Interim Executive Director
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Michael A. Giaquinto, Exhibitions Curator
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Lillian O'Brien, Business Manager
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Angela Bilski, Registrar/Volunteer Coordinator
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Peg Vetorino, Membership Coordinator
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Judy Edmunds, Wedding Events Coordinator
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Doreen Bilezikian, President
Robert Temkin, Treasurer
Kathleen Sidwell, Clerk
Mary T. Cogan
Richard S. Cuda
Roger W. Ludwig
Hrant R. Russian
Phillip W. Wong
Alfred C. D’Alessandro
Robert Douglas Hunter
Thomas J. Lucey
Henry R. Martin
A Brief History of Cape Cod Museum of Art
In 1980, inspired by his father-in-law, sculptor Arnold Geissbuhler, potter/sculptor Harry Holl in alliance with his friend artist/lawyer Roy Freed proposed the creation of an art museum which would both display and preserve the works of generations of artists associated with Cape Cod, and the Islands. They assembled a small group of artists, educators and community activists and the Scargo Lake Museum was incorporated on January 29, 1981.
In 1982, the name was changed to Cape Museum of Fine Arts and a Charter Membership Drive was begun. By 1985 there were nearly 1000 members. A rented storefront in Theater Marketplace on Route 6A in Dennis Village provided the first home for the fledgling museum. To facilitate growth in a permanent location, in 1984 the CMFA Trustees signed an agreement with the Raymond Moore Foundation to lease an acre of land on the grounds of the Cape Playhouse to “erect a fine arts museum for the Cape.” In 1986 the Davenport West family
donated a building to permanently house a growing collection of fine art. A $300,000 campaign entitled Museum on the Move was established to fund the construction of a foundation and to move the building from South Harwich to the grounds of the Cape Playhouse. Groundbreaking Day in 1987 offered a variety of events and exhibits to increase both funds and awareness of the museum. When the building was moved to Dennis in September of 1987, it was divided into 11 pieces and required seven trucks to make the journey across the Cape, traveling Route 6, to Old Bass River Road and Route 6A to reach the Playhouse grounds.
From 1987-1990, the museum continued to hold exhibits and events in its Theater Marketplace location while the Davenport West building was placed on its new foundation and reconstructed to house the Cape Museum of Fine Arts. While several of the planned galleries and amenities remained unfinished, the new facility finally opened in 1990. Giant steps forward were taken in the mid-1990s. The Trustees successfully launched a three-phase capital campaign that led to CMFA becoming a year-round, state-of-the-art facility. With completion of the first two phases of the campaign in the summer of 2001, the museum included seven climate-controlled galleries, an auditorium, sculpture garden, museum shop, administrative offices, conference room, library, an art storage area for the collection, and an elevator serving all floors. The third stage of the capital campaign, the construction of the Weny Education Center, was completed in the summer of 2003. Attached to the museum on the north side of the building, the Weny Education Center has a separate entrance. Its large, open studio space provides room for classes and workshops for children and adults as well as space for special exhibitions.
In 2004, the name of the museum was officially changed to Cape Cod Museum of Art to enhance the museum’s mission and include the total variety of art created on Cape Cod and the Islands.
CCMA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.