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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.

 

WHAT IS FENIMORE ART MUSEUM?

Fenimore Art Museum is a museum of American art.

It is named for the property on which it stands, land once owned by the novelist James Fenimore Cooper. The Museum occupies a 1933 mansion built by Edward Severin Clark, an heir to the Singer Manufacturing Company fortune. Following his death the building was given to the Museum by his brother, philanthropist and art collector Stephen Carlton Clark, who also gave much of the fine art and folk art collections. Stephen later turned his brother’s farm complex across the road into The Farmers’ Museum, which to this day shares much of its staff with Fenimore Art Museum.

For a museum of its size, Fenimore Art Museum tells a remarkable range of American stories.

  • Its fine art collection illustrates everyday life in early America and chronicles the development of the young nation.
  • Its folk art collection shows the work of self-taught Americans who were inspired to create and who probably never thought their work would be in an art museum: traveling portrait painters, quilters, ship carvers, sign painters, students in female academies, and people from many different backgrounds and all walks of life.
  • The photography collection illustrates the entire history of photography in the United States, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary photographers.
  • The Cooper family collection shows the unique qualities of Cooperstown and Otsego Lake as seen in the writings of America’s first novelist, James Fenimore Cooper.
  • The American Indian Art collection shows the masterful artistry of Native peoples from across North America from prehistory to the present.
  • Special exhibitions and programs held regularly at the museum introduce visitors to a wide range of artworks and stories from our own as well as other museums and collections.
  • Our members and visitors give us valuable ideas and feedback to guide us in future programming.

Fenimore Art Museum, and the stories it tells, aspires to provide an engaging experience leading to a renewed or enhanced appreciation of American art, history, and culture, and the many and varied people who comprise the American story.

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Dear Friends,

As we begin a new season, our re-entry into what promises to be a year full of fun and engaging exhibitions and programming seems surreal. After what was a tough year for us all, we persevered and know that the future is bright after having come through it all together. The winter months in Cooperstown were spent carefully preparing and planning exhibitions and programming with the intention of drawing a diverse crowd from our region and beyond. From exhibitions featuring Ansel Adams, Pop artist Keith Haring, and children’s book authors and illustrators Jan Brett and Marc Brown, there is something special for each generation this season. I can promise one thing—visitors will find a wide range of artistic mediums and styles from some of the most iconic names in the art world!

The season’s lineup will present feature exhibitions alongside Fenimore’s already impressive permanent 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. In 2020, Fenimore celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Thaw Gallery.

The summer is highlighted by two major exhibitions including Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams (April 1–July 25) and Keith Haring: Radiant Vision (May 29–September 6). Adams’ Manzanar photographs, created in 1943, are a departure from his signature style of landscape photography and serve as documentation of the American concentration camp in California, where thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced to move during World War II. Keith Haring: Radiant Vision will feature more than 100 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 16), BELIEVE IN YOURSELF: What We Learned from Arthur (August 6–December 31), Toying with the World: Work by Laurie Krasny Brown (August 7–December 31), Elegant Line/Powerful Shape: Elements of Native American Art (April 1–December 31), among others. For more detail on upcoming exhibitions, please visit: Click here for more detail on upcoming exhibitions.

In addition to all of this, Fenimore Art Museum will also present many engaging, educating, and fun-filled virtual programs to accompany the exhibition lineup throughout the season. Much of our in-person programming will be assessed as we approach opening day such as the popular Food for Thought lecture series and our workshop offerings and classes. For more information on upcoming programming, please visit:  Click here for more information on upcoming programming.

We are finally here and I am thrilled to be sharing 2021 at Fenimore Art Museum with you. We certainly are looking forward to seeing you all again!

Sincerely yours,


Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.

President & CEO

 

BOARD & STAFF

OFFICERS

Alexander Charlton, Secretary
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen M. Duff, Assistant Treasurer
Anthony Fasano, Treasurer
Charles B. Kieler, Vice Chairman
Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD, Chairman
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Jane Forbes Clark
Stephen M. Duff
Douglas E. Evelyn
Kathleen Flanagan
Nellie Gipson
Shelley Graham
Robert S. Hanft
Josef E. Jelinek
Charles B. Kieler
Reginald Knight
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Thomas Morgan
Erna Morgan McReynolds
Anne G. Older
Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD
Joanne Shenandoah
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 2020 Annual Report here.


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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.

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

 

The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum seek the following positions:

 

Marketing Assistant
Temporary for 2021

Fenimore Art Museum/ The Farmers’ Museum are seeking a temporary Marketing Assistant for 2021. The purpose of the position is to create content for the museums’ social media and websites. Skills required include graphic design (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Rush); knowledge of photography and videography; photo and video editing (Adobe Photoshop, adobe Premier or Apple iMovie); proficiency in WordPress; and capability in working with Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Facebook, YouTube, Google Business, Twitter and similar platforms. Expertise in writing copy is essential. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate skills and share examples of their work. Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. Flexible hours are available. To apply for this position, please send a current resume, along with writing samples to: Human Resources, Fenimore Art Museum PO Box 800 Cooperstown NY 13326 or email application materials to [email protected]

 

Visitor Services Associate
Part-Time, Seasonal (April – December) position

Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum seek friendly individuals to fill part-time, seasonal positions during the museum season (April – December). You would assist visitors in the museum stores and at admissions kiosks. Successful applicants will work well with a team; deliver exemplary customer service; have previous sales experience; knowledge of daily retail shop operations; must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays.

 

Museum Teacher
Minimal Hours, Seasonal (Academic School Year) position

The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum seek enthusiastic and engaging seasonal museum teachers to share their knowledge and expertise of the trades of the 19th century. If you enjoy speaking with students and visitors of all ages this is the job for you! Ample training provided. Qualified candidates will demonstrate strong communication skills and be comfortable speaking in a one-on-one or group setting. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

 

Food Service Worker
Part-Time, Seasonal (April – December) position

Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum are seeking Cafe Attendants for the Fenimore Cafe and Crossroads Cafe. Cafe Attendants prepare and serve all food and beverages to visitors of the museums. Cooking and/or food prep experience is preferred but we are willing to train enthusiastic individuals. Serv-Safe is a plus as is cashier or POS experience. Successful candidates will have a professional appearance and display strong customer service skills; always putting the customer first. Must be willing to work weekends, holidays and occasional evening events.

 

To apply, send a completed Employment Application, or contact Human Resources at 607-547-1462 or email [email protected]. EOE.

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