Art and Music News
Kappa Pi International Arts Society
On November 13, 2019 we inducted 17 new members into our chapter of the Kappa Pi International Arts Honor Society. These students have completed at least six (6) courses in Studio Art and/or Art History and have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the major. We would like to congratulate the following students on this accomplishment: Markha Baieva, John Blanchette, Nick Carlson, Chris Delaney, Ashley Fontes (Secretary), Julie Foran (Officer), Hallie Giebner (Treasurer), Justine Greenwood, Noah Lajoie (Officer), Cassia Landry, Brianna Medina, Kerri Morse-Patterson (Officer), Sammi Ohlson, Aemilia Ohop (Vice-President), Rose Piz (Officer), Isaac Vu (President), and Justin Williams.
Student Awards and Recognition
At the Annual Awards Ceremony for the College of Arts and Humanities the faculty announced the winners of the following awards: Cheryl DiMento Art History Essay Prize - Elizabeth Goodreau (First Prize), Kierstyn Brady (Second Prize); Outstanding Graphic Design and Illustration Thesis Exhibition - Samantha McQueen; Outstanding Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition - Kaela Henderson; Mancuso Student Artist Purchase Award - Kierstyn Brady, Hannah Nesbitt, Rinat Natanel.
In January 2019 we opened our new Ceramics and Sculpture Studios in the FSU Cultural Arts Center on the Village Green across Route 9 from main campus. This new facility includes a full woodshop, expanded ceramics studios with updated equipment including new kilns, pottery wheels and a dedicated space for glaze formulation.
Danforth Art Museum
Danforth Art Museum is now part of Framingham State University, and opened to the public in April 2019. This new chapter in the long relationship between the Danforth and the University will provide new educational resources for our faculty and students in the arts and beyond; new course offerings; and the prestige of becoming the first state university in Massachusetts home to a comprehensive art museum and cultural destination. The museum’s collection of more than 3,000 pieces of American art will be gifted to the University, including the work of Framingham sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller.
New Scholarship Opportunity for Fall 2019
We are thrilled to announce a new scholarship opportunity for incoming First-Year and Transfer students interested in pursuing our Graphic Design concentration beginning in Fall 2019. This award generously sponsored by the Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation will provide students with the opportunity to receive $1,000 towards tuition based on merit and financial need. The award is renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA in the Studio Art major with an emphasis in Graphic Design. To be considered for this scholarship applicants need only to indicate their interest on Slideroom when submitting their portfolio for admission into the major.
The department is pleased to announce a new award of distinction made solely possible through the generous support of Halcyon Mancuso and Thomas Krebs. The Mancuso Student Artist Purchase Award recognizes senior Studio Art majors who exhibits talent, tenacity, and vision. It also serves to build a collection of FSU student work and to ensure that it is displayed in public areas across the campus.
Elaine Rubenoff (BA in Studio Art, 2014) who recently completed her MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has a solo exhibition in November 2018 at the Randy Alexander Gallery in Chicago.
Brittany Cormier (BA in Studio Art, 2017) was honored by Governor Charlie Baker and state legislators during the annual 29 Who Shine Ceremony on May 5th at the Massachusetts State House. Cormier, an exemplary student, maintained a 4.0 GPA during her time at FSU and was a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. She continues to use her skills in Graphic Design to bring about positive social change, and is currently working as a Product Visual Designer for MathWorks.
FSU participated in the 2017 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a one-of-a-kind survey that explores the lives of arts alumni nationwide. This Fall, all arts graduates of Framingham State will receive an email invitation to participate in the on-line survey. After completing the survey, alumni will have access to a site where they can see how their experience compares with those of other arts graduates across North America. They can see where arts graduates live, where they work, what they earn and how their arts educations have influenced their lives.