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.



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.



Dear Friends,

As Fenimore Art Museum heads into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am happy to report that we are back once again with a full slate of programs and activities for you. Your support and dedication have been an inspiration to us, and our commitment to the community and the region is stronger than ever! Thank you for making the museum a vital part of your lives as we navigate the uncertain times ahead.

It feels good to counter difficult times with a powerhouse lineup designed to give you a great year. At Fenimore we have a truly amazing range of exhibitions in 2022, including our showstoppers Drawn from Life: Three Generations of Wyeth Figure Studies, Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of Water, and North by Nuuk—Greenland after Rockwell Kent. Our programs include three separate weeklong residencies with Victoria Wyeth, who will give lectures, tours, and special programs. We will offer a full range of on-site programs for the Wyeth and Venice exhibitions that will include docent tours, character tours, interactive stations for families, Food for Thought lunchtime tours, a film series, and much more!

We are also back with our ever-popular performing arts program, with the Fenimore’s Glimmer Globe Theatre showcasing Romeo and Juliet in the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater in July and August. Our Art by the Lake special event will return in August, with more than twenty-five outstanding artists showing their work in our lakeside tent. Back by popular demand, we’re excited to announce that Fenimore will appear on Main Street in Cooperstown with a new, Wyeth-inspired mural in Pioneer Park! To top things off, one of the highlights of the season will be the week-long presence of the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hotshop, featuring live glassmaking demonstrations and special tours of the glass artworks in the Venice exhibition and the Thaw Collection. What a memorable season we have in store!

I can’t wait to see you at the museums this season!

Sincerely yours,

Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.

President & CEO




Andrew R. Marietta, Secretary
Jeffrey H. Pressman, Chairman
Charles B. Kieler, Vice Chairman
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Anthony Fasano, Treasurer
James K. Patrick, Assistant Treasurer


Laurene Krasny Brown
Gary Cassinelli
Jane Forbes Clark
Kathleen Flanagan
Shelley Graham
Charles B. Kieler
Reginald Q. Knight, M.D.
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Thomas Morgan
Erna Morgan McReynolds
James K. Patrick
Jeffrey H. Pressman, M.D.
Thomas O. Putnam
Henry F. C. Weil, M.D.
Francesca Zambello



Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Todd A. Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions
Danielle Henrici, Director of Education
Jeff Gardner, Senior Accountant and Department Coordinator


Find our 2021 Annual Report here.


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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:

Human Resources Coordinator – Generalist Position • Full-time
Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum have a full-time opening for an HR Coordinator. The successful candidate will be highly professional, confidential, and have an excellent work ethic; be able to prioritize work; have excellent verbal and written communication skills; and be proficient in Microsoft Office software applications. Previous HR experience preferred. Must be familiar with or able to learn how to use an HRIS payroll system and be familiar with or able to learn Federal and NYS employment regulations and compliance rules. Responsibilities include various administrative activities involving health and dental benefits, payroll, retirement, employment policies and procedures, recruitment and staff training. This position requires the ability to maintain strict confidentiality. The salary will be commensurate with experience. This position is generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some flexibility, and comes with a generous benefits package. To apply, please send resume along with three professional references to: HR Director, Fenimore Art Museum, PO Box 800 Cooperstown NY 13326 or email to hr@fenimoreart.org. Covid-19 vaccination required. EOE

Development & Membership Assistant • Full-time
Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY are seeking a Full Time  Development & Membership Assistant. This position will serve in a supporting role for all development department functions with a specific focus on grant management and donation processing. Duties include assisting with grants, reviewing guidelines, gathering pertinent materials, and aiding with organization and submission. Assisting with database management, including processing donations, gift acknowledgements, renewals and assist with creating reports. Proficiency with Microsoft products, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to multi-task are necessary. Experience with Raiser Edge a plus. Confidentiality is critical, and a friendly, professional outlook is essential. This full-time, year-round position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package. Covid-19 vaccination required. EOE.

To apply, please send resume along with three professional references to: HR Director, Fenimore Art Museum, PO Box 800 Cooperstown NY 13326, or email to hr@fenimoreart.org.


Security/Safety Guard • Full-time, Year-Round
Applicants must have a clean driving license,  be able to walk considerable distances in all weather conditions and have open availability including weekends and holidays. The workday includes using computer based monitoring systems, walking extensive museum grounds, completing incident reports, and troubleshooting for potential hazards. We provide training, certification, an excellent benefit package, including health and dental insurance, paid holidays, vacation, and sick pay.

To apply visit fenimoreartmuseum.org for an application, or contact Mary Myers in Human resources, at 607-547-1462, or mary.myers@fenimoreart.org. Covid-19 vaccination is a requirement of employment. EOE


Custodian/Maintenance Worker • Full-time, Year-Round
The Fenimore Art Museum has an opening for a Custodian/Maintenance Worker. This is a Full-Time, Year-Round position with an excellent benefit package. Applicants with basic construction and carpentry knowledge for small to moderate repair jobs are sought. Responsibilities include routine cleaning/maintenance of public and office spaces, light carpentry/painting, and special event setup. If you are a steady, reliable worker; have a valid driver’s license; are capable of operating power equipment and enjoy working both inside and outdoors year-round, apply today!

To apply for any position, applications can be found at fenimoreartmuseum.org and mailed to PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Human Resources can be reached at 607-547-1462.


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