Fenimore Art Museum had a truly memorable year in 2016, with superb art exhibitions and innovative new programming engaging new and returning audiences. Our constituency continues to guide and inspire us to present a variety of means to enhance the quality of life in the region. Our art exhibitions, which included Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris, The Perfection of Harmony: The Art of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Ansel Adams: Early Works and The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls’ Schools and Academies in Early America, drew critical praise and record attendance. Our ongoing collaboration with the Glimmerglass Festival continued to spark interest in both organizations, through our stunning display of La Boheme costumes from the Metropolitan Opera.

In the area of educational programming, our Education department continued its acclaimed performing arts program in our Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater. Our performances of The Crucible captured audiences throughout July and August. In the meantime, our Dramatic Interpretation program continued to thrive with character tours in the galleries, and the Community Gallery brought art from the local community to the museum throughout the year. We continued to host a large number of school children in the spring and fall, youngsters who gained a better understanding of the cultures that shape America and who now have fond memories of our museum.

The year was marked by many other exhibitions, programs and activities that are worthy of note. The Research Library, for example, continued its important work of preserving and making accessible our rare books and manuscripts. Other highlights appear on the pages that follow. The quality and variety of these offerings is astounding, and they delighted members and visitors alike 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 exciting season in Cooperstown!



President and CEO
Fenimore Art Museum


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.


Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD, Chairman
Thomas O. Putnam, Vice Chairman
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Alexander Charlton, Secretary
Richard C. Vanison, Treasurer
Stephen M. Duff, Assistant Treasurer

Stephen M. Duff
Douglas E. Evelyn
Kathleen Flanagan
Nellie Gipson
Shelley Graham
Robert S. Hanft
Josef E. Jelinek
Charles B. Kieler
Erna Morgan McReynolds
Anne Older
Jeffrey H. Pressman
Thomas O. Putnam
John B. Stetson
Ellen Tillapaugh
Richard C. Vanison

Eugene V. Thaw

Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Barbara Fischer, Senior Director for Human Resources
Todd A. Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions
Danielle Henrici, Director of Education
Erin Richardson, Director of Collections