Art and Music News
The department is excited to announce that beginning in Fall 2021 we will be adding a new concentration in Photography to our existing Studio Art programs. Students interested in this new concentration option should contact their advisor for more details.
The department is also 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.
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.
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.