Fuller Craft Museum offers expansive opportunities to discover the world of contemporary craft. By exploring the leading edge of craft through exhibitions, collections, education, and public programs, we challenge perceptions and build appreciation of the material world. Our purpose is to inspire, stimulate, and enrich an ever expanding community.
Fuller Craft Museum aspires to be the nexus of contemporary craft. Embodied by creative aesthetic, concept expression, and cultural meaning, we will serve as a public resource to chronicle, interpret, and present craft in its many forms. We will support, redefine, and influence the field through exploration, education, and thought leadership. Our goal is to expand awareness, insight, and accessibility for our growing audiences.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of its foundation (1969), Fuller Craft Museum is proud to share its vision for the next five years. Our new strategic plan is built upon the values of integrity, innovation, inclusivity, excellence, collaboration, connection, and wonder. As the result of a 10-month intensive process, the new plan identifies the mission and vision of Fuller Craft, laying out a foundation of four key core goals: advance the field, expand our audience, engage the community, and sustain our resources.
Click here to read or download the Fuller Craft Museum Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022.
Fuller Craft Museum Freedom of Speech Commitment
Freedom of speech is the foundation of our communities and our nation. The works Fuller Craft Museum exhibits may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, confound, provoke, and, at times, offend. We defend the freedom to create content and to exhibit such work anywhere in the world, and we recognize the privilege of living in a country where creating, exhibiting, and experiencing such work is a constitutional right. To exhibit works of art is not to endorse the work or the vision, ideas, and opinions of the artist. It is to uphold the right of all to experience diverse visions and perspectives. If and when controversies arise from the exhibition of an artwork, we welcome public discussion and debate with the belief that such discussion is integral to the experience of the art. Consistent with our fundamental commitment to freedom of speech, however, we will not censor exhibitions in response to political or ideological pressure.
A Brief History
Fuller Craft Museum was made possible by Myron Fuller who set up a trust fund for an art center to be educational in nature. A native of Brockton, Fuller was a geologist and a hydrologist. During his career, he amassed a small fortune. From his accumulated wealth, Fuller set aside the sum of one million dollars, to establish the art museum and cultural center in memory of his family. In 1969, the Museum was built and first opened its doors as the new Brockton Art Center-Fuller Memorial. There was no collection, but there were lectures and exhibitions of mostly drawings and paintings, all for the annual membership price of $10. The Museum eventually changed its name to The Fuller Museum of Art and began collecting artwork in every medium. In 2004, the Museum changed again to Fuller Craft Museum to focus solely on collecting contemporary craft, which is rooted in the creation of functional objects and dates back roughly to the end of World War II. Makers who work primarily with their hands in materials that are tactile and familiar (wood, metal, glass, ceramics, and fiber) have stretched the boundaries of these functional everyday objects into the conceptual, the personal, the virtuosic, and wildly imaginative studio craft scene. We strive to keep this work accessible, to put people in touch with the minds and methods of the makers and the values embodied by craft.