Coming soon to FSU …

(Photos courtesy of Dale Hamel. Design by Shanleigh Reardon.)
  • Renderings of renovations for the Jonathan Maynard Building were unveiled to the public on Wednesday, March 28. The building will house The Danforth Art Center at Framingham State University, which was previously known as Danforth Art.
  • The event, which was attended by approximately 50 people, is the last to be hosted in the building before renovations begin, according to Debra Petke, director of the museum.
  • The renovations, according to President F. Javier Cevallos, will start in “just a few days. … It doesn’t mean we will be open. After you finish [renovations], now you have to move everything in and set up a whole museum.”
  • According to Dale Hamel, executive vice president, the University is expecting renovations to be done by the next calendar year.
  • State Representative Chris Walsh spoke to event attendees via Skype. He said he hopes Danforth Art is able to become the “premier tourist, art and cultural centers of the Metro West.”
  • FSU purchased Danforth Art after Framingham Town Meeting members passed two articles on Oct. 17. The votes allowed the University to purchase the Jonathan Maynard Building, where the Danforth Art collection will be housed.
  • FSU will be the first Massachusetts state university to house a “comprehensive art museum and cultural destination,” according to Framingham State’s website.  
  • Danforth Art’s collection of over 3,000 pieces of American art will be gifted to FSU, according to its website.
  • Among the gifted art is a collection of works by African-American sculptor Meta Vaux Warricker Fuller, according to its website. According to Petke, Danforth holds the largest collection of Fuller’s work in the world.
  • The center will operate under the University’s continuing education division, which will offer classes for all age groups, according to its website.