From the President
The Fenimore Art Museum had another great year in 2012. Our featured exhibition, American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life, was the cultural highlight of the summer and Artist & Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed broke new ground in folk art scholarship and drew critical praise. The Eugene and Clark Thaw Collection completed a spectacular national tour and the traveling masterpieces once again graced our galleries in a stunning exhibition, To Great Acclaim. Other exhibitions commemorated the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and delighted history-loving visitors to the museum, and our opera-related exhibitions featuring costumes and props from historic Metropolitan Opera productions of Aida and Armide enhanced our ongoing collaboration with Cooperstown’s Glimmerglass Festival.
Our programs in 2012 were equally lively and engaging. Thanks to a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, our Iroquois site, “Otsego: A Meeting Place,” features superb Native artists and was the centerpiece of our first Iroquois Cultural Festival. Our commitment to the youth of our state shined once again in the New York State History Day state finals held on our campus. The many additional programs and activities kept our galleries alive with activity throughout the season.
As always, none of this would be possible without our talented and dedicated staff and volunteers, our highly committed Board of Trustees, and our generous donors, members, and visitors. Thank you all for another rewarding and exciting season in Cooperstown.