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Fenimore Art Museum Acquires Important Landscape Painting by 19th-Century American Painter Thomas Hicks

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Cooperstown, N.Y., December 13, 2006—The Fenimore Art Museum is very pleased to announce that it has recently acquired the painting, Otsego Lake, N.Y., by well-known 19th-century American painter Thomas Hicks (1823-1890) to further enhance its comprehensive American art collection. The painting was bought at auction at Hesse Galleries in Otego on Saturday, December 2 and will be on view in the fine art gallery located on the first floor of the museum as of December 15th. The 1862 oil on canvas, which is signed and dated by the artist, is a significant landscape painting that offers a unique historical perspective of James Fenimore Cooper’s Glimmerglass, Otsego Lake.

“This painting is a magnificent panorama of the northern end of Otsego Lake, with Springfield, Sleeping Lion, and Hyde Bay depicted much as they appeared in James Fenimore Cooper’s time. The artist also paid homage to the importance of the lake in mid-19th-century outdoor recreation, as he depicts a variety of watercraft in use in the foreground. This work is a local visual document of national quality and significance,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator, Fenimore Art Museum.

The purchase of Otsego Lake, N.Y., was made possible through funds provided in part by Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of The Farmers’ Museum Board and Fenimore Art Museum patron.

“It is exciting to see Otsego Lake so beautifully captured by Thomas Hicks. This painting is a historically significant work, and will fit beautifully into the Museum’s exceptional collection of American art,” remarked Jane Forbes Clark.

Thomas Hicks (1823-1890) is a well-known American portrait and landscape painter who was born in Newtown, PA. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and abroad, where he lived for several years. He settled in New York City in 1849 and there became one of the outstanding portraitists of his day. He is also the cousin of famed folk art painter Edward Hicks, who is most recognized for his work, Peaceable Kingdom. Thomas Hicks’ paintings are held in museum collections across the country, including the National Portrait Gallery; Smithsonian Institution; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Baltimore Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery; North Carolina Museum of Art; The Newark Museum; Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute; Utica, NY; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; National Academy of Design; New-York Historical Society; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; among others.

About Fenimore Art Museum

One of the nation’s premier art institutions, the Fenimore Art Museum is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. Founded in 1945 in Cooperstown, New York, the museum is part of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), founded in 1899. The museum’s renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection, housed in the American Indian Wing, comprises more than 800 significant art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures. The collections of folk and American art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere. The museum offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults, including lectures and workshops for museum visitors and distance learning instruction for classrooms nationwide. The museum further explores and examines our cultural history by organizing and hosting nationally touring art and history exhibitions, including Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation; Treasures from Olana: The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church; A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.; Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks; and Ralph Fasanella’s America.

Located on the shores of legendary Otsego Lake, the Fenimore’s proximity to other institutions in historic Cooperstown, The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, as well as its natural setting, provides a rare experiential and interactive environment in which visitors can explore America’s rich cultural history.

The Fenimore Art Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and NYSHA members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open from April 1 through December 31. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

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For further information, please contact:
Christine Liggio, Public Relations Office
Fenimore Art Museum/New York State Historical Association
(607) 547-1472/Email: cliggio@nysha.org

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December 2006
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Fenimore Art Museum Presents Major Exhibition of Western Art Masterpieces by Frederic Remington

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COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK—This summer, Fenimore Art Museum will be home to more than 20 original paintings and drawings, and four original sculptures by famed Western painter and illustrator Frederic Remington (1861-1909). Culled from one of the finest Remington collections in the world, The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York, Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, showcases not only the breadth of the artist’s work, but also the extensive Remington holdings of the art museum. This major exhibition premieres Saturday, May 26th, at Fenimore Art Museum and will be on view through September 4th.

The exhibition highlights the comprehensive collection of the Frederic Remington Art Museum with the showcase of the artist’s best-known and significant works, including an 1885 watercolor, Sunday Morning Toilet on the Ranch, which is a fine example of Remington’s early devotion to the theme of cowboy ritual and camaraderie. The exhibition also features examples of many of Remington’s illustrations, including the 1888 oil on board One of the Boys, one of many works he produced for an important early commission to illustrate six stories of Theodore Roosevelt’s western exploits in The Century. Remington is also known for his bronzes, of which four original sculptures will be featured in the exhibition, including a fine, early example of The Broncho Buster, 1895.

Regarded as a chronicler of the American West, Frederic Remington was a multitalented artist who made a name for himself as an illustrator of Western and military subjects for many of the widely circulated magazines of the late 1880s and 1890s including Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Monthly, Century, Collier’s, Outing, Boys’ Life, and Cosmopolitan. Although highly associated with the American West, Remington spent most of his life on the east and resided in New Rochelle, New York. Born in Canton, New York, in 1861, Remington briefly attended the School of Fine Arts at Yale before traveling in the west, then beginning work as an illustrator. As a young man, he traveled widely, sketching the people and places of the new American frontier. By the mid-1880s, Remington became one of the most popular and successful illustrators of the age. Remington also found success as a writer, painter, and sculptor. In Remington’s forty-eight years, he produced over 3,000-signed paintings and drawings, 22 bronze sculptures, and wrote articles and novels that comprised eight books.

The exhibition, Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, was curated and organized by Laura T. Foster of The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY.

Fenimore’s presentation of Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum has been sponsored in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About the Frederic Remington Art Museum
Founded by the estate of Frederic Remington's widow, Eva, the museum has been open since 1923. Open year-round, the museum exhibits Remington masterpieces in oil, many bronze sculptures, scores of works on paper, and many of the artist's working tools and the sketches and photographs that were his inspiration. Fittingly, the museum enjoys a view of the St. Lawrence River, near Canton where he was born and buried, and near the northern woods and waters that were Remington's other frontier. The museum's latest expansion brings Kid's Place, offering classes and
interactive exhibits for kids and their families. The museum is 2.5 hours north of Syracuse and online at www.fredericremington.org

About Fenimore Art Museum
One of the nation’s premier art institutions, the Fenimore Art Museum is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. Founded in 1945 in Cooperstown, New York, the museum is part of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), founded in 1899. The museum’s renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection, housed in the American Indian Wing, is a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures. The collections of folk and American art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere. The museum offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults, including lectures and workshops for museum visitors and distance learning instruction for classrooms nationwide. The museum further explores and examines our cultural history by organizing and hosting nationally touring art and history exhibitions, including Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation; Treasures from Olana: The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church; A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.; Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks; and Ralph Fasanella’s America.

The Fenimore Art Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown. The museum’s Fenimore Café, overlooking beautiful Otsego Lake, features wonderful views and a tranquil setting amid the terraced gardens. The Museum Shop offers fine jewelry, art reproductions, and a wide selection of publications on folk art, history, and Native American art. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and NYSHA members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open from April 1 through December 30. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

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For more information and images, please contact:
Christine Liggio, Public Relations Office
Fenimore Art Museum/ New York State Historical Association
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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March 2007
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The Impact of Railroads on New York State in the 1800s

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Students learn how railroads began to overtake the Erie Canal in importance in the mid-1800s, were vital to the Civil War, connected all major cities in New York State, and promoted the growth of other cities and towns by the 1870s.

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19 total (cover page - 1; teacher guide - 6; student DBQ - 5; primary source documents - 7)
Publication Date: 
June 2000
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Discovering Government Documents

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Document 1

Students develop an awareness of the importance of local government records and how they can enrich their understanding of history, and analyze a variety of local government records through a guided learning experience.

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26 total (cover page - 1; interpretive guide - 12; primary source documents - 13)
Publication Date: 
June 2000
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Dairy Farming: A Growing Industry

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Document 7

Students develop an awareness and an appreciation for local records and primary source documents related to the dairy industry, and learn how new technology helped the dairy farmer to increase production.

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19 total (cover page - 1; teacher guide - 5; student DBQ - 6; primary source documents - 7)
Publication Date: 
June 2000
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The Late 1800s Farm Family and the Economy in New York State

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Document 6

Students learn about the typical farm and farm family (Wedderspoon family) in the late 1800s and how they contributed to the local and national economy.

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24
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June 2000
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Treasures from Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church

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Fenimore

The paintings selected by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) for his home, Olana, are part of the whole that makes Olana unique—an interior carefully orchestrated by the artist to reflect his interests, travels, and aesthetic. Olana is one of the few intact homes of an American artist and the highlight of Olana is the artist's own paintings that he chose to feature. These canvases represent the story of the artist through his own work.

start date: 
06/11/2005
end date: 
09/17/2005
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Sunset, Jamaica, 1865. Courtesy of the Olana Partnership.

Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks

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Fenimore

Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks includes thirteen of the artist's greatest works in watercolor and oil, along with twelve wood engravings from popular periodicals. These works represent a broad chronological overview of Homer's interest in the New York wilderness, from the early 1870s to 1902. The Guest Curator for the exhibition is Dr. David Tatham, Professor of Fine Arts, Emeritus, Syracuse University.

start date: 
06/20/2004
end date: 
09/05/2004
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finite
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Two Guides, ca. 1875. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA.

A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.

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Fenimore

John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854) was a deaf portrait painter who created hauntingly beautiful images of American life during the formative period of the nation. Born in rural Connecticut, Brewster helped create a style of American folk portraiture that came to dominate rural New England: a striking adaptation of the English Grand Manner filtered through the works of Connecticut portraitist Ralph Earl.

start date: 
03/31/2005
end date: 
12/30/2005
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One Shoe Off, 1807. Oil on canvas. Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation

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Fenimore

Developed in thematic sections that connect Moses' work to America's transition from the Great Depression and World War II to prosperity and domesticity in the 1950s, the exhibition incorporates Moses' paintings with photographs, artifacts, and source material for her art.

start date: 
05/26/2006
end date: 
12/30/2006
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finite
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Sugaring Off, 1945. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Stephen Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

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