The Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass., houses the Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Special Collection. This collection, the only one in the country, spans seventy years of creative output from Fuller’s early works in Paris, to her role as a precursor to the Harlem Renaissance, to her late works celebrating members of the African-American intelligentsia. It offers not only a holistic and rich overview of her work and artistic process, but also a very intimate look at her life, family, and creative community.
“We are grateful for the support of the Henry Luce Foundation…for recognizing Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller’s significance as an artist, as well as the potential for her life and her work to inform our understanding of race, gender, and class in the early 20th century,” says Debra Petke, museum director. “The funds provided under this grant are essential to our efforts to inventory, photograph, and rehouse these objects. By improving both storage and our collections database, we will stabilize this one-of-a-kind collection, prepare it for our eventual move to the Jonathan Maynard Building, and begin to make it accessible for scholars.”