Meta Fuller Series: Gallery Talks and Workshops


The Danforth Art Museum and Danforth Art School are collaborating to present the Meta Fuller Series, a set of gallery talks and workshops highlighting the life and work of this important American artist. As steward of a special collection of Meta Fuller’s work on permanent display in the museum, the Danforth has developed this series to provide a deeper look into various perspectives and processes employed by the artist over time.  Meta Fuller is starting to receive long-overdue attention, as seen in this recent article in the Magazine Antiques.

Each gallery talk will be paired with an art making workshop.  Both talk and workshop will be presented virtually with Zoom.  Workshop participants will be mailed the supplies needed for that workshop class.

At Home in the Studio: Meta Fuller and the Space of a Professional Women Artist

December 12, 2020 Gallery Talk: 1:00- 1:45pm/ Workshop 2-4pm

Gallery Talk via Zoom presented by Jessica Roscio

The collection of the Danforth Art Museum contains one photograph of Meta Fuller at work in her first Framingham studio, which was in the attic of her home.  Women artists often had to merge domestic and professional space while balancing multiple roles, and a home studio served multiple purposes.  Join Danforth’s Curator Jessica Roscio for a discussion about Meta Fuller’s studio and how her practice fit into the larger context of being “at home in the studio” at the turn-of-the-twentieth century.

Workshop via Zoom facilitated by Michele Francouer

Inspired by the creative space used by MVWF, use a variety of materials and techniques to create a collage interpretation of what home/studio means to you as we navigate this period of extended time at home.  No experience required. All supplies included and shipped to participants.


Meta Warrick Fuller and the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art

January 23, 2021.  Gallery Talk: 1:00-1:45pm/ Workshop 2-4pm

Gallery Talk presented via Zoom by Sara MacDonald

Why did Meta Warrick Fuller attend the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia), and what did she learn there? What is a school of industrial art as opposed to a fine art school? Not only did Warrick Fuller earn her diploma from PMSIA; she returned at least twice for additional classes and was a long-time member of the Alumni Association. Explore this little-known part of Fuller’s education and learn about turn-of-the-20th-century art education.

Sara MacDonald recently retired after 32 years at the University of the Arts’ University Libraries & Archives, where she answered many questions about Meta Warrick Fuller’s time at PMSIA.

Workshop via Zoom facilitated by Susan Bauer

During Meta Fuller’s time at the school of Industrial art, her studies involved a great deal of drawing from life, specifically focusing on geometric and plant forms. Join faculty member Susan Bauer in this relaxing drawing workshop, following some of the processes Mrs. Fuller learned to create a series of lovely drawings of sculptural plants.  No experience required. All supplies included and shipped to participants.

Drawing classroom, 1898-1899.  Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art (PMSIA).  UArts Archives.
bronze bust  

Pricing and Tickets

$25.00 for the Gallery Talk.  Danforth Art Museum Members receive a 5% discount.  Please click on the links below to be brought to the registration for the Gallery Talks.

$100.00 for Gallery Talk with virtual Workshop.  Max number for each workshop is 10, so make sure to book early!  Please click on the links below to be brought to the registration for the Gallery Talk and Workshop.