Fenimore Art Museum had a remarkable year in 2017, with superb art exhibitions and exciting 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 50 Years, 50 Words, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition, Rise up Singing: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard, Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance, The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection, and Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine drew critical praise and strong attendance.

In the area of educational programming, audiences continue to be enthralled by the live productions in our Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, and our performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented throughout July and August, enjoyed rave reviews. 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, who gained a better understanding of the cultures that shape America and created lasting memories of their time at 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, M.D., Chairman
Thomas O. Putnam, Vice Chairman
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Richard C. Vanison, Treasurer
Alexander R. Charlton, Secretary
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
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Erna Morgan McReynolds
Anne G. Older
Jeffrey H. Pressman
Thomas O. Putnam
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
Christina Ely Milliman, Director of Museum and Library Collections