It has a new name, a new logo, and now Danforth Art will have a new building.
Late last month, Town Meeting members in Framingham approved a $1.5 million plan by the downtown art museum’s board of directors to buy the town-owned Jonathan Maynard Building, a historic property located on the village green in Framingham Centre.
Above is “The Apartment,’’ a 1993 watercolor by Richard Yarde, donated to the Danforth collection by Ellen Wineberg.
The museum’s name was changed from the Danforth Museum and School of Art to Danforth Art, and the rebranding includes a bold new logo, in an effort to integrate the institution’s art collection element and its educational programs effort.
Richard Yarde’s 1987 “Yellow Apartment,’’ watercolor on paper.
More than 40 professional artists offer 500-plus classes and workshops each year for preschoolers, children, teens, adults, and teachers.
In collaboration with Framingham State University, Danforth also offers graduate credits for professional development courses.
Reed Kay (center), an artist whose works are exhibited by Danforth Art, was one of the participants at a discussion at the downtown Framingham museum in April.
Danforth Art executive director Katherine French (left), with education director Pat Walker, oversees a collection in the Children’s Gallery .
“We look for ways to deepen the art experience. Students here can be inspired by art on the walls and in the galleries created by professionals, and also by that of other students in the school exhibit spaces,’’ said Walker.
Officials hope to begin the transition in the fall of 2014, moving classrooms first, and then exhibits.
Eventually, classes and galleries will exist on the same floors, instead of being divided as they are in its current building.
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Waterboy I, 1930, painted plaster.
Since its grass-roots start in 1975 by a group of citizens interested in boosting arts and culture in the community, the museum has accumulated more than 3,500 works.
Its speciality is 19th- and 20th-century American artists, including such well-known names as James McNeill Whistler, Charles Sprague Pearce, Albert Bierstadt, Hyman Bloom, and Richard Yarde.
Hyman Bloom, Seascape II, 1974, oil/canvas.
“From the town’s perspective, we have a wonderful community reuse for a historic building on the town common that has been vacant for a number of years, and until recently suffered from years of neglect,’’ said Selectman Dennis Giombetti.
Joan Snyder, Life of a Tree, 2007, oil, acrylic, cloth, berries, paper maché, glitter, nails, pastel on linen.