Danforth Art

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Established as a grassroots organization in 1975 by a committed group of community activists, business owners, educators, and artists, Danforth Art is a museum and school that invites you to see, learn about, create, and be inspired by art. Danforth Art educates the public through its Permanent Collection of American art from the 19th century to the present day, changing exhibitions of contemporary artists, studio art classes and workshops, and a variety of community outreach programs. Under the leadership of Executive Director Debra Petke, Danforth Art plans to better showcase its exceptional Permanent Collection, to further refine its quality studio art classes with a focus on foundational skills, and increase programming in the museum and in the community. In the fall of 2016, Danforth Art relocated to 14 Vernon Street, Jonathan Maynard Building on Framingham Centre Common, in Framingham, MA. Through 2017, Danforth Art Museum exhibitions will take place offsite at museums, schools, and community partners. The Danforth Art School will open to the public with studio art classes and workshops for adults and children in January of 2017.

Winter Session classes are underway and already some interesting things to be seen. Starting with this fabulous dog duo ...
02/05/2020

Winter Session classes are underway and already some interesting things to be seen. Starting with this fabulous dog duo painting in progress, here are student works from Intermediate Acrylic Painting, Independent Painting, Intermediate Pallet Knife, Beginning Acrylic Painting and Foundations in Watercolor, all for adults. Then we see High School Drawing: Illustration and Children's Art Studio I.

Coming up: February Vacation Week Workshops for Children, a family workshop on Feb 29, some Kids Nights Out and interesting adult workshops with artists on view in the museum. See danforth.framingham.edu for more details.

Our Opening for our Winter Exhibitions Saturday night was a huge success! We would love for you to share photos if you h...
02/04/2020

Our Opening for our Winter Exhibitions Saturday night was a huge success! We would love for you to share photos if you have them.

Check out this coverage of our exhibitions in "What Will You Remember," and then come see the shows!
01/29/2020
Family Fictions and Circles | What Will You Remember

Check out this coverage of our exhibitions in "What Will You Remember," and then come see the shows!

Remember family slides? And family slideshows? Check out Family Fictions and Family Circle at the Danforth!

We are pleased to announce that two of our instructors were selected to show their work in the new exhibit titled "Energ...
01/21/2020

We are pleased to announce that two of our instructors were selected to show their work in the new exhibit titled "Energy" at ArtSpace Maynard! On the left is "Spinning on Water", a mixed media piece by Donna Melanson, and on the right is "Windscape" , a monotype with collage by Paula DeSimone. Congratulations to you both. See our website for a bio of these incredible artists and to find classes and workshops you can take to study with them. danforth.framingham.edu

"Family Circle" opens tomorrow!  Here's a sneak peek!  Thank you to all who helped make this happen.
01/17/2020

"Family Circle" opens tomorrow! Here's a sneak peek! Thank you to all who helped make this happen.

We're busy installing "Family Circle," which opens this Saturday!  [dance ball by Lisa Barthelson, and our installer Kev...
01/15/2020

We're busy installing "Family Circle," which opens this Saturday!
[dance ball by Lisa Barthelson, and our installer Kevin Bird and curatorial intern Renan De Oliveira preparing for a work by Mary Morazzi-Henderson]

With our first week of children’s, teen and adult classes down, we are excited to see what else our students create! Ima...
01/14/2020

With our first week of children’s, teen and adult classes down, we are excited to see what else our students create! Images from our children’s painting and art studio classes as well as from our adult beginning watercolor and acrylic painting classes.

Registration is still open for our adult Saturday workshops - Register online today!

#danforthart #danforthartschool #danforthartframingham #artclasses #adultartclasses #childrensartclasses #teenartclasses @ Danforth Art

Very proud of these two amazing artists...  Donna Richmond Melanson is on our faculty here at the Danforth School and Ma...
01/13/2020

Very proud of these two amazing artists... Donna Richmond Melanson is on our faculty here at the Danforth School and Mary Morazzi-Henderson will be a part of the upcoming exhibit at the Danforth Art Museum, "Family Circle" which opens January 18! https://danforth.framingham.edu/exhibition/new-exhibition/
Congratulations to you both! ArtSpace is lucky to have you!

We have both been accepted into Energy, a multi-media exhibit of works from regional artists, juried by Jessica Roscio, Assistant Director and Curator of The Danforth Museum of Art at Framingham State University.

ArtSpace Maynard
63 Summer St, Maynard
January 15-February 21
Reception Saturday Jan 18, 5-7pm

Miss slideshows?  "Liz Albert: Family Fictions" opens today at the Danforth.  Don't miss it!
01/11/2020

Miss slideshows? "Liz Albert: Family Fictions" opens today at the Danforth. Don't miss it!

February Vacation Week is fast approaching! Sign up today for our 2 day workshops for children grades K-8, on Feb 18-19 ...
01/08/2020

February Vacation Week is fast approaching! Sign up today for our 2 day workshops for children grades K-8, on Feb 18-19 and Feb 20-21.The theme this year will be Family, to coincide with our new museum exhibit "Family Circle" from which we will draw inspiration. Children have lots of fun while learning about and making art. Here are some great memories from last year. For details and to register go to danforth.framingham.edu.

01/02/2020

Please note that the Danforth Art Museum is closed December 30-January 10 for installation of the winter exhibitions. We will reopen on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Thank you!

Ready for the winter exhibitions at the Danforth?  Thank you for the mention, Elin Spring and Suzanne Révy!  Come visit ...
01/02/2020
Best Photo Picks January 2020 | What Will You Remember

Ready for the winter exhibitions at the Danforth? Thank you for the mention, Elin Spring and Suzanne Révy! Come visit starting January 11 for the work of Liz Albert, then check out more amazing photography as part of Family Circle, opening January 18.

Kick off the New Year with exciting photography shows and events around Boston and beyond! (Photo ©Andy Warhol, courtesy Worcester Art Museum).

Danforth is your neighborhood art school. We welcome everyone to enjoy learning about and making art. Our winter session...
12/27/2019

Danforth is your neighborhood art school. We welcome everyone to enjoy learning about and making art. Our winter session starts January 7 with classes for all levels, including many for absolute beginners. Try Art for Beginners or Portrait & Figure Studies on Wednesdays from 12:30-3:30. Wednesday evenings we have Beginning Drawing or Beginning Watercolor. We know how scary it can be to try something new, but you don't need to know anything about art or supplies to enjoy our relaxing beginner classes! Our teachers will help you every step of the way. Come in out of the cold, meet some new friends, and start the new year creating art with us!
visit danforth.framingham.edu for more information.

This is the last week to see "Dressed" at the Danforth!  The museum is closed December 23-25, but we are open December 2...
12/23/2019

This is the last week to see "Dressed" at the Danforth! The museum is closed December 23-25, but we are open December 26-29 from 12:00-5:00. Come be dazzled by these amazing artists--with Catherine Bertulli, Jodi Colella, Merill Comeau, Mia Cross, Nancy Grace Horton, and Marky Kauffmann.

On Saturday was the first of our two December Family Workshops. Families enjoyed time together as they used printouts of...
12/11/2019

On Saturday was the first of our two December Family Workshops. Families enjoyed time together as they used printouts of photos we provided from their phones, images they brought, and other materials, to create inspired collages on boards or cards that celebrated family, friends and pets. The energy was relaxing, warm and creative, and participants went home with some beautiful work. The night before was our first of two Kids Night Out workshops, and the children had such a ball exploring the museum at night for an exciting scavenger hunt, dining on pizza, and making Treasure Boxes out of cigar boxes and eclectic materials.

We have another Kids Night Out and Family Workshop coming up this weekend on Friday Dec.13th and Saturday the 14th. We hope you will join us! Register at danforth.framingham.edu

Today Debra Petke celebrates her last day as Executive Director of the Danforth Art Museum. We are grateful for all she ...
12/05/2019

Today Debra Petke celebrates her last day as Executive Director of the Danforth Art Museum. We are grateful for all she has done to get us where we are in our new home on Framingham Centre Common. Good luck in retirement Debra! We will miss you!

Treat yourself and your children...Kids' Night Out is happening tomorrow,December 6 from 6-9 pm right here at Danforth. ...
12/05/2019

Treat yourself and your children...Kids' Night Out is happening tomorrow,December 6 from 6-9 pm right here at Danforth. Drop the kids off with us while you get some shopping done or simply have a quiet meal out! This fun event will feature pizza, Pictionary, a scavenger hunt, and a great art project- making a personalized treasure box. We have around 12 spots left so don't wait- register now! danforth.framingham.edu

How many art schools have access to an art museum in the same building? Rebecca Davidson's eager 2nd/3rd grade class ask...
11/25/2019

How many art schools have access to an art museum in the same building? Rebecca Davidson's eager 2nd/3rd grade class asked for this visual treat on their last day of fall session. It was remarkable how engaged and thoughtful their discussions were. As an educator who believes in visual thinking, Rebecca asks three important questions of them. What is going on? What makes you say that? What more can we find? This enables the student to connect on a deep level to each work, as was evident here, preparing them for a lifetime of art appreciation.

Have your art detectives join us for our Kid's Nights Out on Fridays Dec 6th and Dec 13th! We will not only make art but will explore the museum at night with a scavenger hunt as we search deeply for visual clues. To register and to see more classes and workshops go to: danforth.framingham.edu. We hope you will join us!

Today was our last Saturday of fall session. Here's a glimpse into the studios of Meaghan Kacavich and her Drawing II an...
11/17/2019

Today was our last Saturday of fall session. Here's a glimpse into the studios of Meaghan Kacavich and her Drawing II and Art Studio II classes. They tackled a myriad of concepts and materials including watercolor wash with india ink silhouettes, 3D sculptures inspired by the artist John Dahlsen, collage, and in drawing: shape, line, pattern, and value. They learned about Abstract Expressionism, and made 2 different paintings while listening to different music: one Mozart, and the other the modern digital group Daft Punk. Here is one student's paintings side by side; maybe you can you tell which is which.:) We are so pleased Meaghan will be teaching at both of our Family Workshops on Saturdays Dec. 7th and Dec.14th, both 1-3 pm. All ages welcome! Come create with the whole family.
Also coming up: Kids' Night Out! On Fridays Dec 6th and Dec 13th, 6-9 Pm. Drop your children with us for a few hours while you get stuff done or enjoy a date night. Have them invite a friend! Pizza will be served and children will enjoy art-making and a scavenger hunt in the museum. Register for all events on our website: danforth.framingham.edu under learn/create then children's December workshops. Also look for Winter session classes which will post on Nov.21st.We hope you will join us!

Three more winners from the Trashion Show at the Danforth!  Congratulations to Kevin Follis (Honorable Mention), Gina Vi...
11/06/2019

Three more winners from the Trashion Show at the Danforth! Congratulations to Kevin Follis (Honorable Mention), Gina Vilayphone (Honorable Mention), and Abigail Kurtzer (Viewer's Choice). All six winning designs are on view at the museum through November 17.

We're thrilled to have six winning designs from FSU's Trashion Show on view in the permanent collection galleries until ...
11/05/2019

We're thrilled to have six winning designs from FSU's Trashion Show on view in the permanent collection galleries until November 17! Congratulations Brittany Nyman (First Place), Santiago Lopez Caicedo (Second Place), and Amy Westlund (Third Place).

Impressive drawings by 6-8th grade students in Rebecca Davidson's and Susan Bauer's Drawing IV classes. One cannot empha...
10/30/2019

Impressive drawings by 6-8th grade students in Rebecca Davidson's and Susan Bauer's Drawing IV classes. One cannot emphasize enough the importance of drawing as a foundation! As the great Abstract Expressionist painter Arshile Gorky once said," Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint."

Joy in the fall season was expressed with pastels by the 4th and 5th grade students in Linda Pierce's drawing class, and...
10/25/2019

Joy in the fall season was expressed with pastels by the 4th and 5th grade students in Linda Pierce's drawing class, and Jamie Bowman's adult students in Foundations in Drawing/ Painting made some beautiful breakthroughs with these palette knife tonal studies.

Curatorial intern Libby Goodreau checks works as we prepare for our new exhibition, "Prints From Campus: Selections from...
10/24/2019

Curatorial intern Libby Goodreau checks works as we prepare for our new exhibition, "Prints From Campus: Selections from Faculty Teaching in New England," opening this weekend. Today is Libby's last day as our intern--our inaugural curatorial intern since reopening--and we will miss her!

#repost “What's new in the galleries? In the European Wing, "Slave Ship" (1840, oil on canvas) is currently juxtaposed w...
10/24/2019

#repost “What's new in the galleries? In the European Wing, "Slave Ship" (1840, oil on canvas) is currently juxtaposed with #HymanBloom's "Seascape II" (1974, oil on canvas), on loan from @danforthartframingham. Bloom, who took high school art classes at the MFA, deeply admired the work of J.M.W. Turner, particularly this work from the Museum's collection.”

We are excited to have one of the treasures of our collection on view at the MFA as part of the Hyman Bloom exhibition!

This week, students of all ages are fully absorbed in printmaking, drawing and painting in all mediums. Many students ha...
10/16/2019

This week, students of all ages are fully absorbed in printmaking, drawing and painting in all mediums. Many students have been taking classes with us for years which creates a warm sense of community as classmates and teachers reunite and encourage each other!

We are so excited to welcome our new watercolor teacher, Sandy Wilensky! Her beginning students are making incredible pr...
10/11/2019

We are so excited to welcome our new watercolor teacher, Sandy Wilensky! Her beginning students are making incredible progress after only a few weeks. She actually brought them beet juice to try painting with! Stay tuned for our winter session schedule which runs Jan 7- March 7. We expect registration to open around November 21.

Many events coming up at the Danforth! We are honored to host an adult workshop with textile artist Merill Comeau on Sat...
10/09/2019

Many events coming up at the Danforth! We are honored to host an adult workshop with textile artist Merill Comeau on Saturday Nov.2nd. Her installation "A Woman's Work is Never Done", now hanging in the Danforth Museum tells a story with samples of a multitude of flawless needlework techniques. More of her art can be seen on her website: merillcomeau.com. In the workshop, Merill will share her methods and students will transform a garment into a meaningful piece of artwork. No experience required.

Also coming up:
A new session of adult Life Drawing Open Studio with live models begins Oct 24th. Nan Hass Feldman will teach a 2 day adult collage workshop on Nov.16th and 17th. Come spend some quality family time (all ages) at our Family Workshops on Dec.7th and 14th, or leave your kids with us for a Friday evening on Dec 6th or Dec 13th for a Kids Night Out! To see more details or to register for any of the above visit our website at: danforth.framingham.edu
We hope you will join us!

OK. Look how cool these pieces are! Last day to register for the Chemigram Workshop- taking place tomorrow from 9-2 with...
10/04/2019

OK. Look how cool these pieces are! Last day to register for the Chemigram Workshop- taking place tomorrow from 9-2 with Marky Kauffmann. $75. No experience needed! On the left: Gold and Green Avedon Dress; on the right: Dance.
Visit these pieces and more in the museum, then join Marky in the studio to play and create! danforth.framingham.edu

Welcome autumn! Our fall session of art classes begins tomorrow. There is still space in several classes including Begin...
09/23/2019

Welcome autumn! Our fall session of art classes begins tomorrow. There is still space in several classes including Beginning Drawing for Adults, and Beginning Watercolor for Adults. Both classes take place Wednesday evening from 6:30-9:30. No experience needed and we supply the art materials for your first class.
Back by popular demand...Open Studio Life Drawing with a model- Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30.
After school and Saturday classes still available in most age levels including High School Drawing on Tuesday and High School Painting on Wednesdays, both meet 4:30-6pm.
Browse our full schedule and register today at danforth.framingham.edu

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09/23/2019

Danforth Art's cover photo

Happening right now! Come out and join us at our Danforth Open House until 4:00 pm. We have many artists doing demos, ch...
09/14/2019

Happening right now! Come out and join us at our Danforth Open House until 4:00 pm. We have many artists doing demos, childrens fun art activities and snacks. All ages are welcome, it is free and perfect for a rainy day! @ Danforth Art

At our exhibition opening on Tuesday evening many proud young artists had the privilege to show their work to their fami...
09/12/2019

At our exhibition opening on Tuesday evening many proud young artists had the privilege to show their work to their families and now to the public. The exhibition is a culmination of our nine week Summer Arts Program and features many works by our talented students grades K though 12. It is now on view at Framingham Public Library until September 30th. We were delighted to see so many familiar faces and distinguished visitors from our FSU community. @ Framingham, Massachusetts

NEW: FASHION STUDIES CLASS!. Our newest class for teens is Fashion Studies which will be offered on Saturday mornings fr...
09/11/2019

NEW: FASHION STUDIES CLASS!. Our newest class for teens is Fashion Studies which will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 starting Sept. 28. This class is being taught by Catherine Byrne, who holds a degree in Fashion Design from Parsons in NYC and worked for ten years in production and product development for three major fashion companies, before creating her own clothing lines.
http://catherinepbyrne.com/womenswear/
Here is the class description: "An introduction to the world of fashion design from sketching ideas, to understanding the figure, to learning about various fabric choices, and beyond. Students will develop a series of drawings working with a variety of media, creating mood boards and will begin learning rudimentary sewing terminology and skills."
Take your ideas to the next level by learning from a professional in the field! Register today!
https://danforth.framingham.edu/learn-create/teens-fall/

Congratulations to Mia Cross--featured in the Boston Globe!  Come see Mia's work in "Dressed," now open at the Danforth!
09/03/2019
Mia Cross - The Boston Globe

Congratulations to Mia Cross--featured in the Boston Globe! Come see Mia's work in "Dressed," now open at the Danforth!

She took a risk to pursue her art, and it seems to be paying off.

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14 Vernon Street
Framingham, MA
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MBTA Commuter Rail - Framingham Station

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Established as a grass roots organization in 1975 by a committed group of community activists, business owners, educators, and artists, Danforth Art is a museum and school that invites the public to see, learn about, create, and get inspired by art. Our exhibitions and education programs engage, inspire and transform the lives of children and adults. We educate the public through our collection of American art, changing exhibits of contemporary artists, classes, and workshops in the school, as well as a variety of community outreach programs. https://twitter.com/DanforthArt http://www.danforthart.org/

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(508) 215-5116

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Established as a grassroots organization in 1975 by a committed group of community activists, business owners, educators, and artists, Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University is a museum and school that invites you to see, learn about, create, and be inspired by art. The Danforth educates the public through its Permanent Collection of American art from the 19th century to the present day, changing exhibitions of both historic works and the work of contemporary artists, studio art classes and workshops, and a variety of community outreach programs. 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 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. In the spring of 2019, the Museum reopened to the public, as part of Framingham State University, at 14 Vernon Street, Jonathan Maynard Building on Framingham Centre Common.

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Concept and Abstraction: McKeePhoto and Sallie Schacht Strand at The Wall Gallery at Percival Brewing Company from January 5 - February 22. Please come to the artist reception on Thursday, January 10 from 6 - 10 pm and meet photographer Matt McKee. Also mark your calendars for Thursday, February 21 for the Closing Reception and meet artist Sallie Strand. Both artists are represented by Canvas Fine Arts. Join us at the gallery in Percival Brewing Company and Kahfee Roasting Company all at the Norwood Space Center
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