About the Goetemann Artist Residency
Rocky Neck is known for its exceptional geographic beauty, its unique and penetrating light, a rich cultural history and a spirited, committed, and supportive community.
Notable artists including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Frank Duveneck and Childe Hassam, lived and worked on Rocky Neck in the 19th and early 20th centuries and inspired the Cape Ann style of American Impressionism, a critically important contribution to American art history.
Alongside these were modernists Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, Adolph Gottlieb, Nell Blaine and Mark Rothko who came to Cape Ann and were charmed by the landscape and working waterfront and found a community of artists which continues to thrive here today.
In 2011 colony members and supportive friends joined forces to raise funds and purchase the former Christian Science Church at 6 Wonson St. Construction began immediately and included restoring the beautiful wooden floors and the picturesque windows which flood the rooms with light. Handicapped accommodations were added providing access for all. The restored building was renamed The Rocky Neck Cultural Center at a community-wide celebration.
The Cultural Center has developed and expanded since that time. A full-time Director was hired to oversee the contemporary art gallery, classes for children and adults, dance and theatre performances, musical productions, yoga, drumming, weddings and more.
The recent purchase of a nearby wharf area signals another major improvement for the community.
The Goetemann Artist Residency Program is an all volunteer, not for profit endeavor. All contributions are gratefully accepted and help maintain our continued presence on Rocky Neck in Gloucester.
See the links below to find out about some of our past Goetemann Artist Residents.