The Danforth at Framingham State University

Meet The Team
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Danforth Art Museum and School was established in 1975 by a group of community members who were committed to bringing the arts to Framingham, through exhibitions, museum programs, and studio art classes. The Danforth's founders, led by Paul Marks, a local businessman and fine arts enthusiast, and Justin McCarthy, President of Framingham State, envisioned the Danforth as a cultural destination for the region. Today, the Danforth continues that legacy.

The Danforth has a storied history. Located in downtown Framingham since 1975, the building housing the Museum and School abruptly closed in 2016, shuttering the classrooms and galleries. A new location resulted when the Danforth merged with Framingham State University in 2018 to become the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University and the Danforth Art School at Framingham State University. The new Museum space opened to the public in April 2019.

Now located in the Jonathan Maynard Building on the historic Framingham Centre Common, the Museum and School continue to invite the public to see, learn about, create, and be inspired by art. The Museum’s Permanent Collection focuses on American art from the 19th century to the present day. Changing exhibitions feature both historic works and the works of regional, contemporary artists. The Art School, part of Framingham State University’s Department of Continuing Education, offers studio art classes and workshops for all ages and levels of ability. The Danforth is a proud member of the newly designated Framingham Centre Common Cultural District.

We are a public art museum and community art school.
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The FSU Community
The Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University is home to the largest collection of work and ephemera by the twentieth-century sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller.” the Danforth—See the collection