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ABOUT FENIMORE

MISSION & HISTORY

MISSION

Preserving – Engaging – Educating
Fenimore Art Museum is dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage through exhibitions and programs that engage, delight and inspire.

HISTORY

Fenimore Art Museum originated as the New York State Historical Association, founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hoped to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold manuscripts, paintings and objects associated with the history of the state.

In 1939, Stephen Carlton Clark, offered the organization a new home int he village of Cooperstown. Clark, an avid collector, took an active interest in expanding the holdings of the Association and in 1944 donated Fenimore House, one of his family’s properties, to be used as a new headquarters and museum. The impressive neo-Georgian structure was built in 1930s on the site of James Fenimore Cooper’s early 19th century farmhouse on the shore of Otsego Lake, Coopers Glimmerglass.

Fenimore House was large enough to have both extensive exhibition galleries as well as an office and library space. The collections and programs continued to expand and a separate library building was constructed in 1968. In 1995 a new 18,000 square foot wing was added to the Fenimore House to accommodate the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection which is one of the nations premier collections of American Indian Art. In 1999 in recognition of our world class collections, we renamed the Fenimore House to Fenimore Art Museum.

Fenimore Art Museum is closely  affiliated with its sister organization, The Farmers’ Museum.

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Fenimore Art Museum is closed for the season but reopens on April 1. These winter months in Cooperstown are spent carefully preparing and planning exhibitions and programming that complement each other and draw a diverse crowd from our region and beyond. From exhibitions featuring Ansel Adams, Pop artist Keith Haring, and children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett, there is something special for each generation this season. I can promise one thing—in 2020, visitors will find a wide range of artistic mediums and styles from some of the most iconic names in the art world!

The season lineup will present ten exhibitions, alongside Fenimore’s already impressive permeant fine art, folk art, and Native American art collections on view throughout the season. These collections include The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, which was exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017.

The summer is highlighted by two major exhibitions including Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams (May 23–September 9) and Keith Haring Originals (May 23–September 27). Adams’ Manzanar photographs, created in 1943, are a departure from his signature style of landscape photography and serve as documentation of the Japanese relocation camp in California. Keith Haring Originals features 80 energized works from his brief but storied career in the 1980s, including some of his most iconic images such as “Radiant Baby.”

The season also includes The World of Jan Brett (April 1–May 13), Favorite Things: Costumes and Images from The Sound of Music (June 27–August 30), Albrecht Durer: Master Prints (September 19–December 31), Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer (October 21–December 31), Blue Gardens: Photographs by Gross and Daley (April 1–September 13), among others.

In addition to all of this, Fenimore Art Museum will also present many engaging, educating, and fun-filled programs to accompany our exhibition lineup. Back in high demand, our popular Food for Thought lecture series returns for another season and our workshop offerings will include painting and photography classes, and much more.

2020 will be an exciting year at Fenimore Art Museum and we can’t wait to see you here in Cooperstown!

For more information on Fenimore Art Museum’s 2020 season, please visit our exhibition page.

For more information on upcoming programming, please visit our website calendar.

BOARD & STAFF

OFFICERS

Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD, Chairman
Thomas O. Putnam, Vice Chairman
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Alexander Charlton, Secretary
Richard C. Vanison, Treasurer
Stephen M. Duff, Assistant Treasurer

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Stephen M. Duff
Douglas E. Evelyn
Kathleen Flanagan
Nellie Gipson
Robert S. Hanft
Josef E. Jelinek
Charles B. Kieler
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Thomas Morgan
Anne G. Older
Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD
Thomas O. Putnam
Joanne Shenandoah
Richard Vanison
Henry F. C. Weil

 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Barbara Fischer, Senior Director for Human Resources and Accounting
Todd A. Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions
John Ferguson, Director of Education

ANNUAL REPORT

ANNUAL REPORT
Find our latest annual report here.


PREVIOUS ANNUAL REPORTS
2017
2016

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POLICIES

For the safety of our collections and our visitors, we ask that you please check the following items in the coin-operated lockers in the Visitors’ Room:

• Video recorders
• Briefcases
• Backpacks
• Shopping Bags
• Oversized Purses
• Umbrellas
• Baseball Bats and similar athletic equipment (seriously, this is Cooperstown!)

Non-flash photography is permitted only in select galleries; please check with the admissions desk, security, or refer to your visitors guide.  Videotaping is not permitted.

Service animals are welcome but need to wear their service identification jacket or vest.

Pets and non-service animals are not permitted in the museum or on museum grounds.

Smoking, food, and beverages are not permitted in the galleries.

Fenimore Art Museum and our affiliate, The Farmers’ Museum, offer a wide range of career opportunities for persons with a variety of experiences, skills and educational backgrounds. Working here is exciting, challenging and rewarding. 

To apply, send a completed Employment Application to Human Resources, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326. (Note: Some job postings specify a different application process.)

Full Time

Part Time

Seasonal

Museum Teacher

Seasonal Part-Time

 

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