Beyond our Walls

Photograph of four painted portraits hanging on a grey wall.  

Our Mission Statement: The Danforth Art Museum and Art School at Framingham State University is an innovative cultural resource serving the region by enriching our community with opportunities for transformational art experiences. We exhibit, collect and teach through dynamic and responsive programming. With a welcoming environment in our studios and galleries, the Danforth inspires and engages through art.

When you visit the Danforth Art Museum you see some of the best contemporary art in New England curated by Jessica Roscio and Rachel Passannante.


We don’t want to stop at the Museum walls. Our hope is to connect with artists in the community and provide additional exhibit space for the arts. This desire has led us to launch Beyond Our Walls — a virtual gallery to highlight and involve more artists from Framingham and the surrounding communities. We believe this a way to broaden the opportunities to inspire and engage through art.

Artist and Danforth Community Engagement Coordinator Mary Erickson will serve as a roving reporter by bringing you some of the art out in the world that speaks to her. Think of her as the curator of Beyond Our Walls. Please let Mary know if you have something you want to see on these pages.

Murals Around Town

For my first adventure as our roving reporter, Rachel Passannante (Danforth Museum’s Collections Manager) joined me to spend a sunny morning roving Framingham to photograph some of the public art in our town. After a stop at the Saxonville Mills Cafe & Roastery, we headed out to explore.  Click here to view the amazing murals around town!

To the artists whose work we photographed, we love what you are doing! We see your art and applaud it brightening our public spaces. Thank you for bringing your art to the city!

Close up of a mural of a hand and wrist with black lines coming down from it. On the hand is a gold and black bird.

Artist with a Spirit of Love

Svetlana Burinskaya lives, creates, and teaches in her home in Ashland. She emigrated from Moldova 30 years ago. Svetlana and her husband came to America with their 5-year-old boy and only $9 in their pockets.

When we first met, Svetlana told me right away that she was shy, but she very quickly became comfortable and I loved listening to her wonderful stories about her life, inspiration, and art making!

Click here to learn more about Svetlana.