Art and Music News

Danforth Art Center
Danforth Art Museum/School will become the Danforth Art Center at Framingham State University. 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. The museum is slated to open in the spring semester of 2019 along with expanded studios for the ceramics and sculpture programs.

Department News
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.

As part of the renovation of the Jonathan Maynard Building for the Danforth Art Center, we are pleased to announce that we are in the construction phase of new studios for Ceramics and Sculpture. The new facilities will provide our students with expanded programs and tools including new kilns, glaze mixing, and woodshop. The new studios are slated to open for classes beginning in the spring semester of 2019.

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
Jacie Cloutier

Outstanding Graphic Design and Illustration Thesis Exhibition
Shayna Yacyshyn

Outstanding Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Hannah Ferrante

Mancuso Student Artist Purchase Award
Emily Bowling
Kari Long
Rohma Shirwani

Student News
Six current students and one recent alumnus were recently selected for the 10th Annual Boston Printmakers Student Exhibition which will be on view from January 27-March 4, 2018 at the VanDernoot Gallery at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge. Congratulations to Trisha Danforth, Hannah Ferrante, Diane Inman, Maria 
Greici, Deanna Degon, Brian Reddy, and Gabrielle Gura-Gold for being selected from entries from approximately twenty area college and university art programs. 

Theta Mu, The FSU Chapter of Kappa Pi International Art Honors Fraternity initiated the following new members on October 24, 2017: Abby Ames, Emily Bowling, Robert Bradley, Kierstyn Brady, Jacie Cloutier, Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath, Kelsey Goosens, Kari Long, Kayla Manning, Renee Marinone, Colin Moran, Ren Naylor, Kayla Otten, Erin Shepherd, Emily Teich, and Heather Walker. Congratulations to all for achieving the academic qualifications to qualify for membership in this honor society.

Alumni News
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 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 is participating 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.

Faculty News
This fall the Department welcomed two new full-time tenure-track faculty members. Dr. Yumi Park Huntington joins us as an Assistant Professor of Art History, Professor Ellie Krakow joins us as an Assistant Professor of Studio Art (Sculpture).