How do you make the most of a BIG birthday? Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)’s Executive Director Chris McCarthy reflects on P-Town’s rich legacy as artists’ muse, and shares strategies for capitalizing on a centennial.
Christine McCarthy has been the Executive Director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum since 2001. She is responsible for all artistic, administrative, fiscal, and strategic directions of the largest presenter of Cape Cod art by national, regional, and international artists. In 2006, under the direction of McCarthy, PAAM was awarded Silver LEED Certification as the first “green” art museum in the country upon successful completion of a five million dollar renovation and expansion project. PAAM was awarded accreditation in March 2009 through the American Alliance of Museums. Most recently, McCarthy has spearheaded the 100th anniversary celebrations of PAAM.
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; The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, N.Y.; and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She received a B.A. from Providence College in Providence in 1989 and an M.A. from Syracuse University in Syracuse in 1992. She was an adjunct professor at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and taught Managing a Visual Arts Organization for 12 years.