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by: Edith A. Tonelli, Ph.D. and Deborah Forman.


ART FROM CAPE COD celebrates the work of 122 artists from the more than 500 represented in the Museum’s permanent collection that spans visual art on Cape Cod and the Islands from the late 19th century to the present. The Cape Cod Museum of Art's collection is unique as it is the only repository of artwork that was initiated to represent the history of art on the entire Cape and Islands. CCMoA, celebrating its 35th year Anniversary in 2016, houses one of the Cape’s longest-running collections of art representing the works of the Cape and Islands’ visual artists. 


Along with images of the works representing realism, impressionistic landscapes, portraits, still life, modernist paintings and sculptures, abstract pieces, photographs, drawings and prints, ART FROM CAPE COD includes fascinating biographies of the artists, who represented the major art movements of the last 150 years. This visual and verbal portrayal gives insight and perspective into the evolution of the creative visual culture on Cape Cod and The Islands.  Executive Director of CCMoA, and co-author of Art from Cape Cod, Dr. Edith A. Tonelli, has been invited to lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on July 5, 2016, expanding on her introductory essay on the history of Cape Cod Art.  

Art From Cape Cod

  • Edith A. Tonelli, Ph.D., was the previous Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art
    Deborah Forman has been covering the art scene on Cape Cod for several decades, as both a writer and editor. 


    Another program being initiated around the book and the Anniversary is “35 for the 35th,” a campaign to encourage the donations of 35 much-needed gifts to the collection. “In the process of inventorying all the works in the collection for this publication, and researching the history of Cape Cod art for the Introduction to the book, I realized that there are many “gaps” in our holdings, especially from the early years of the 20th century, Dr. Tonelli said.  “For instance, we have no Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, or Charles Demuth artworks in the collection, and these are all artists who have had a great influence on the local art scene for generations. Filling in these gaps would allow us to tell the story of “Art from Cape Cod” in a more complete way, and create a more comprehensive school program for children. I hope that the community of collectors locally and globally will come to our aid in raising the collection to the next level."

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