The Fenimore Art Museum had another great year in 2015, with its 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 Maxfield Parrish: The Art of Light and Illusion and A Perfect Likeness: Folk Art and Early Photography drew critical praise and robust attendance. We also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the gift of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art with a stunning exhibition 50 at 20: Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection and a special gala tribute to the Thaws. Our ongoing collaboration with the Glimmerglass Festival continued to spark interest in both organizations, through our stunning display of Magic Flute costumes and props from the Metropolitan Opera created by renowned artist Marc Chagall.

In the area of educational programming, our education department launched a new performing arts program in our brand new Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater. Our performances of Macbeth played to overflow audiences all through 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. I am particularly proud of our hosting a record 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 and programs that are worthy of note; these are highlighted 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 truly memorable 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 provoke, 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
Kathleen Flanagan
Nellie Gipson
Shelley Graham
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Erna Morgan McReynolds
Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD
Thomas O. Putnam
John B. Stetson
Ellen Tillapaugh
Richard Vanison
Craig S. Wilder, Ph.D.

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
Michelle Murdock, Director of Exhibitions
Danielle Henrici, Director of Education
Erin Richardson, Director of Collections