Three Exciting New Exhibitions Open at Framingham State University’s Danforth Art Museum on September 19th

Three Exciting New Exhibitions Open at Framingham State University’s Danforth Art Museum on September 19th

Sep 16, 2020

Photo Credit: Katherine Gulla, Fossil 4, 2015

The work of artists Katherine Gulla, Rebecca Hutchinson and Catherine Smith will be on display at Framingham State University’s Danforth Art Museum starting September 19th as part of the museum’s fall exhibition series.

The Museum is now open to the public Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-5:00, with advance registration available via Eventbrite accessed through Enhanced safety measures are in place to protect all patrons and museum staff, including strict limits on the number of visitors at any one time, face covering and social distancing requirements, and hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.

“Our fall exhibition series features the work of three extremely talented New England artists,” says Danforth Museum Director and Curator Jessica Roscio. “It’s a special opportunity for anyone looking to experience a safe, quiet, and in-person museum experience.”

The three exhibitions will be on display through February 28th, 2021. Full descriptions are below. For more information, visit

Upcoming Exhibitions

Katherine Gulla: Passage - Sept. 19th, 2020 - Feb. 28th, 2021

Katherine Gulla’s work has long been about the natural world and how we move through it. Passage presents work from three series—Path, Falling, and Fossil—whose names imply the process, travails, and remnants of the journey the artist envisions through her work.

There is an inherently meditative quality to all of Katherine Gulla’s works, something that is felt across media. In her studies of how the natural world responds to climate change, she translates the apprehension that permeates our daily lives into a coolly mysterious journey through the everyday landscape. Walks through places like the Arnold Arboretum, contemplative in their own right, become abstracted forms that transcend the natural world. Funerary monuments are juxtaposed with natural patterns, and the imprints that appear to float on these largely androgynous and stoic figures evoke ways in which the manmade and natural collide. Subtle, neutral, glacial tones remind us of absence, loss, and forces of nature beyond our control.

Catherine Smith: A Cabinet of Curiosities - Sept. 19th, 2020 - Feb. 28th, 2021

Catherine Smith is an installation artist, sculptor, and collector, viewing three-dimensional art objects not only as sculptures, but as souvenirs, memorials, relics, and icons. Smith uses unique materials to shape context, with the expectation that the meaning embedded in the work will shift with each viewer’s experience.

A Cabinet of Curiosities visualizes Smith’s definition of both an artist and collector through an exploration of objects that evoke both history and remembrance. This exhibition includes her sculptural series Dread Running: A Memorial to Lost Dogs, pieces from the Whale Project, and selections from her personal collection of nineteenth-century photographs, the basis for her book Women in Pants, which will be hung in conversation with contemporary works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Smith’s work is rooted in history yet relevant for our times, as we mark 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, face the ever-increasing effects of climate change, and reconcile the meanings behind monuments and public mourning. Smith explores how forgotten objects and narratives can be used to tell contemporary stories.

Rebecca Hutchinson: Midnight Blooms - Sept. 19th, 2020 - Feb. 28th, 2021

Midnight Blooms is work for a time in which we are turning to nature for the solace it can provide but remain filled with uncertainty for the future. Hutchinson describes her work as “speaking to the depth and complexity of living with the hopes of revealing the human condition in sculptural form,” and her installation balances human fragility with resilience and strength.

Rebecca Hutchinson’s work is a unique response to the natural world. The blooms that she creates from handmade paper, ceramics, and recycled materials fill spaces, are abundant and slightly overwhelming, and tower around and above the viewer. These are works about survival, and how nature adapts to its circumstances. But taken together, the overall experience of Hutchinson’s forest of blooms is quiet, muted, and calming.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.