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Selections from Fenimore's Premier Folk Art Collection are Showcased in 2007 Exhibition

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., March 26, 2007—Selections of folk art from the permanent collection of Fenimore Art Museum are featured in American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art, on view through December 30, 2007.

“This exhibition is organized in two sections that examine visual histories. National History explores the varied ways folk artists express national events. Personal History examines depictions of individuals, memories and experiences,” said Murdock, Curator of the exhibition. “Today, these artworks serve as documents of national society and the lives of the artists.”

Folk artists express through their art the events – ordinary and extraordinary – that have shaped their lives and communities. Through the process of creating, folk artists make a permanent record of their cultural ideals, experiences, and community heritage. This exhibition examines 19th- and 20th-century representations of memory in historical and personal folk art.

Memorial paintings, scenes of everyday life, quilts, woodcarvings, and other artifacts will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery at the museum. Among the most noted include “Columbia,” artist unidentified, ca. 1858, “Applique Quilt” by Anna Putney Farrington, ca. 1825-1911, and “Whig Political Banner,” ca. 1840 by Terence J. Kennedy.

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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Ancient American Indian Pottery on View at the Fenimore Art Museum

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, March 20, 2007—Outstanding examples of ancient American Indian pottery from the Southeastern and Southwestern regions of the United States will be featured in America’s Ancient Past: Art of the Mounds and Canyon People, opening April 1 at Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y. The exhibition will close on December 30, 2007.

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Renowned 20th-century American Photographer Ansel Adams Featured in Solo Exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum

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Cooperstown, NY, March 20, 2007—The dramatic black and white landscape photographs by renowned 20th century photographer Ansel Adams will be on view in an upcoming exhibition, Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth’s Beauty, at the Fenimore Art Museum in historic Cooperstown, NY. The exhibition will feature 25 of the artist’s photographs and will highlight his unique ability to capture the American West’s astounding natural beauty. Organized by the Mint Museum of Art, in Charlotte, NC, Ansel Adams will be on view at the Fenimore Art Museum from April 1, 2007 through May 13, 2007.

Born in San Francisco, Ansel Adams (1902–1984) took his first photograph when he was fourteen with a Kodak Brownie box camera in Yosemite Valley, CA. Although trained as a concert pianist from 1914 through 1927, Adams also studied photography with the photo-finisher Frank Dittman. By 1930, Adams had become a professional photographer, choosing the American West as his life-long subject.

Among the last of the romantic artists in the 20th century to view the vast American landscape and wilderness as metaphors for freedom and heroism, Adams was one of the few photographers able to capture nature’s true power and beauty. His love of nature coupled with his artistic vision and technical skills led him to play a seminal role in forming a new pictorial understanding and reverence of the American landscape. Some of Adams’ most renowned works which highlight his artistic vision include Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico; Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California; and Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California.

In 1932, Adams was a key figure in the founding of Group f/64 with Edward Weston, Imogene Cunningham, and others to promote what they called “pure” photography. Adams also founded the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1940; the department of photography at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA in 1946; and The Friends of Photography in Carmel, California in 1967. Also a talented writer and teacher, Adams made a tremendous impact on the history of creative photography. From 1955 until 1984, he conducted annual photography workshops, first in Yosemite National Park, and later closer to his home in the Carmel Highlands. Adams was also recognized as a dedicated conservationist, serving as a member of the Sierra Club board of directors from 1934 to 1971, and receiving numerous awards for his conservation work, most notably the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Carter in 1980.

The Mint Museum’s collection of Ansel Adams’ photographs was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Scotese, whose primary interest was to give the public access to Adams’ works. The photographs in this exhibition were published by the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust in 1980 and 1981 from vintage negatives.

Exhibition Organization and Tour
Ansel Adams will visit fourteen cities, including Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art & Culture, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, among others over a three-year period, from 2006 through 2009. The tour was developed and is being managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri. Martha T. Mayberry of the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, curated the exhibition.

This presentation of Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth’s Beauty at Fenimore Art Museum is sponsored in part by Fenimore Asset Management.

About the 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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Fenimore Art Museum/New York State Historical Association
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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Fenimore Art Museum Present Stunning Display of Antique Firefighting Memorabilia

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, March 26, 2007Folk Art on Fire celebrates the camaraderie and bravery of 19th century American firefighters through a stunning display of folk art of the time. Fire companies were eager to celebrate their value to their communities by embellishing their everyday gear and ceremonial dress, and by commissioning noble portraits of firefighting heroes. In this exhibit, drawn from the collections of Robert and Katharine Booth, the Bucks County Historical Society, and Fenimore Art Museum, viewers will see more than 70 objects including elaborately decorated hats, buckets, banners and clothing as well as paintings and firefighting equipment. The exhibition will be on view through December 30, 2007.

In the pre-photographic era, many painted images documented and commented upon fires and firemen of the time. Many have become familiar icons and images that remind us of both the horror of fire and the heroism of its combatants. They are symbols of another era, rendered with varying proportions of artistic naturalism and license by both accomplished and untutored hands. They enriched everyday utilitarian objects, such as hats, buckets, oilcloth capes, trade signs and engines or fire pumpers. They have an element of whimsy and individuality that relieves the seriousness of their common theme.

Choice of symbol or theme spoke volumes about the volunteer fire company and resonated loudly in the minds of their observers. Images of well-known and secular heroes celebrated the duality of artisan and gentleman that characterized many of the individual firemen. Greek legends and classical imagery created a visual link to heroic citizens and civilizations of the past. The Liberty figure was common and represented the triumph of our new democracy and our civic freedoms.

The most lavish and imaginative decorations were reserved for the fire engines, whose condenser sides were slotted to receive oil-on-board painted panels. These were often applied for parades and removed for work.

Whatever the ultimate place of these firefighting artifacts in the spectrum of American folk art, it is important to remember that legions of our ancestors paraded proudly beneath these hats and truly treasured their buckets. That some survive to this day should remind us of the unselfish courage and personal valor of our firefighters, then and now.

David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Aurora, Illinois, is the guest-scriptwriter for the exhibition.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Robert and Katharine Booth and New York Central Mutual.

About the 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 Shops offer 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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Fenimore Art Museum/ New York State Historical Association
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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Fenimore Art Museum Presents an Exploration of the American West Through the Eyes of Plains Indian Artists in New Exhibition

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, March 20, 2007—Fenimore Art Museum presents Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains, an exhibition of more than 25 narrative artworks by Plains Indian artists chronicling 19th-century life and culture on the Great Plains. Drawn from Fenimore’s Thaw Collection and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, these artworks tell the stories of the Plains Indians and unravel some of the myths surrounding the Great Plains. This exhibition will be on view through December 30, 2007.

For America and most of the world, the Great Plains evokes images of painted tipis, savage buffalo hunts, and warriors on horseback wearing elaborate feather headdresses. Frederic Remington, as well as other artists, anthropologists, explorers, businessmen, and Hollywood moviemakers have all had a hand in shaping a mythic vision of the American West. These stereotypes promoted in popular culture were so pervasive that many people came to accept them as fact.

Native American artists, however, created complex and individualized renditions of the reality of their own life and times. This exhibition features Plains artists’ representations from their own culture through four distinct subject areas: Horses, Women, The “Other” and the Battle of Little Bighorn. Each subject explores a richer, more nuanced, and personalized account of life on the Great Plains as experienced by the people that lived there.

Life histories and important events, such as battles, were recorded in narrative drawings and paintings on buffalo hides, muslin and paper. This exhibition includes several pictorial representations of the well-known confrontation between the United States Cavalry and the Plains Indians, The Battle of Little Bighorn, which took place in June of 1876 in today’s south-central Montana.

Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains was guest curated by Joe D. Horse Capture, A’aninin (Gros Ventre), Associate Curator, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The exhibition is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About the 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 Shops offer 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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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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Detailed 19th-Century Views of New York State Are Focus of Fenimore Art Museum Exhibition

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Cooperstown, New York, March 26, 2007—During the 19th century a number of artists traveled throughout the United States creating panoramic scenes of each state’s burgeoning settlements, towns, and cities. These highly detailed lithographic prints, created by artists as if seen from high above, came to be known as “bird’s-eye views.” Their representation of street patterns, prominent buildings, transportation networks and landscapes are almost photographic in detail. In addition, Bird’s-Eye views appealed to local pride and provided visual proof that a community had succeeded in the rough-and-tumble world of 19th century America.

On View from April 1 to December 30, 2007, the Fenimore Art Museum presents Panoramas of Pride: 19th-Century Bird's-Eye Views of the Empire State, an exhibition comprising impressive and remarkably accurate snapshots of many communities, large and small, across New York State. Birds-eye views recall an era when Empire State cities and towns vied to promote their interest and encourage growth. Culled from the permanent collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, the exhibition features an 1855 image of New York City and lithographs of upstate cities including Syracuse, Utica and Oswego. Each of the latter prominently depicts the network of canals that helped ensure the economic dominance of the metropolis at the mouth of the Hudson. Smaller communities were also depicted in Bird’s-Eye views during this era. Of local interest, Cooperstown, New York, was portrayed amidst the natural beauty of Otsego Lake and its surrounding hills. In such instances, it is evident that these lithographs were used to promote tourism as well as industry.

These prints are not only important historical documents but are works of art as well. Artists created these images by sketching all of the buildings on every street and each feature of the area around the community. After studying the sketches, the artist selected a "vantage point" and translated the sketches into a completed perspective illustration.

About the 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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Fenimore Art Museum Presents Major Exhibition of Western Art Masterpieces by Frederic Remington

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., May 24, 2007—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 the 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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