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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,

Thank you all for the support and enthusiasm you bring to the Fenimore Art Museum each year! I want you to know how much you are appreciated and how meaningful it is to have you behind us as we plan each season of exhibitions and programs!

Our 2024 season is off to a great start, thanks to some groundbreaking initiatives over the past few months and, as always, to the hard work and dedication of the staff and Boards of our two beloved museums. These new efforts are designed to make your museums even better places for you and your families to enjoy and experience.

The first of these exciting changes, the American Masterworks Initiative, has transformed the Fenimore’s fine art collection. As you know, our original benefactor, Stephen C. Clark Sr. left the museum a superb collection of American art ranging in date from the late 1700s to about 1860, including works by William Sidney Mount and Thomas Cole. In recent months, through the generosity of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, we have acquired major works from the 1860s to about 1930 by such artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Martin J. Heade, Thomas Eakins, and others. As a result, we now have a fine art collection broadly representative of American art up to and including the early twentieth century. Along with our renowned collections of American folk art and the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, you can now enjoy a broad and inclusive American experience through the art at the Fenimore!

For our 2024 season, the Fenimore offers you another sensational menu of opportunities to engage with the museum. Enjoy Bob Dylan . . . Banksy . . . Marc Hom (in the Great Hall and larger than life on the Lakeside Lawn!) . . . American Masterworks . . .Caldecott Award-Winning Children’s Book Illustrations . . . Women in the Arts—something for everyone! If you love live theater, don’t miss our Glimmer Globe Theater production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater.

The other major change is at The Farmers’ Museum, where we launched the Glimmer Nights holiday light show late last year. It was an extravaganza that attracted many more people than we typically have in November and December and was enjoyed by all! We plan on making Glimmer Nights even bigger and better this year, with new light features, free Carousel rides, visits to Todd’s General Store and Bump Tavern, which will be open for business, and, of course, the now-famous hot chocolate at the Crossroads Café! Do not miss Glimmer Nights this holiday season!

This year, the Farm offers a major new exhibit, The Buzz about Pollinators, along with rides on our much-loved Carousel, engagement with our Interpreters throughout the Historic Village, visits to our working farm and animals, and a chance to enjoy live drama by the Templeton Players. Along the way, our popular special events will be back—Harvest Festival in September and Tractor Fest in October. Last, we are bringing back our ten-year holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol!

As you can see, there is plenty for you and your families to enjoy in Cooperstown in 2024! Please remember that these are your museums, and we would be not able to do all of this without you, our valued members.

I look forward to seeing you during our wonderful season!

 

Sincerely yours,


Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.

President & CEO

 

BOARD & STAFF

OFFICERS

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

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

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

ANNUAL REPORT

ANNUAL REPORT
Find our 2021 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.) Internships are located at the bottom of the page.

 

JOBS

Groundskeeper • Full-time, year-round position
Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum have an opening for a full-time groundskeeper. The successful candidate will be a steady, reliable worker and enjoy working outdoors year-round. Must have sufficient strength and manual dexterity to operate power equipment and lift 50 lbs. Experience with basic construction and carpentry a plus. Duties include maintaining grounds, soil preparation and planting, plowing, and shoveling snow and cleaning and maintaining power equipment, as well as performing light carpentry and repair jobs. This is a full-time position, flexibility necessary, must be willing to work occasional overtime. $15.50-$18 per hour. This position offers an excellent benefits package and pleasant work environment. EOE. Send letter of interest and completed application to Human Resources, Fenimore Art Museum, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or email to: hr@fenimoreart.org.

Security/Safety Guard • Full-time, year-round position
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. $15-$16 per hour. To apply visit fenimoreartmuseum.org or farmersmuseum.org for an application, or contact Human resources, at 607-547-1462, or hr@fenimoreart.org.

Food Service Worker • Part-time, Seasonal (April – December)
The Farmers Museum and Fenimore Art Museum are seeking motivated food service workers. Ability to follow directions, prepare recipes and to work weekends, events and holidays are necessary. Point of sales knowledge is helpful. A background in food service is preferred, but not necessary.  Pleasant attitude and a professional appearance are required. Reliable transportation a must. Starting wage of $15/hr.

Museum Teachers
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! Qualified candidates will demonstrate strong communication skills and be comfortable speaking in a one-on-one or group setting. Starting wage of $15/hour.

 

For more information, or for an application, please go to: fenimoreartmuseum.org or farmersmuseum.org. Applications may be mailed to PO Box 800, Cooperstown, New York 13326. You may also contact Human Resources at 607-547-1462 or e-mail hr@fenimorerart.org. EOE

 

INTERNSHIPS

Assistant STEAM Educator Internship
We are offering a unique interactive learning environment where our museums double as interactive classrooms for students entering 4th – 7th grades. The intern would spend the week before each summer session getting acclimated to the museum grounds, learning materials, and helping with prep work. The weeks that we are in session, the intern would assist in providing instruction, supervision, and support. The intern must be adept at a variety of teaching techniques that are applicable to a museum setting. This includes making activities adaptable to various skill levels, introducing and explaining higher level thinking concepts and helping making museum exhibits more digestible for young minds.

Training will be provided for leading youth group inquiry based historical tours, group discussions, role playing and more. Total of 7 weeks, 25 hours per week during prep, 40 hours per week on in session weeks. Please call Mary Myers, Associate Director for H.R. at 607-547-1462, email at mary.myers@fenimoreart.org.

Exhibition Experts Internship • Seasonal, Part-Time (unpaid, for college credit)
Fenimore Art Museum is offering a unique opportunity for two internships for college students interested in art who enjoy interacting with the public. In this position, interns will conduct hands-on activities with visitors related to artwork in our exhibitions with a special focus on Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat.” Interns will be stationed at our Art Cart within the gallery, greeting visitors and discussing Banksy and subversiveness in art. Exhibition Experts will also provide scheduled mini guided tours. Shifts are four to five hours per day during the peak hours of operation at Fenimore Art Museum. Availability between Wednesdays and Sundays required. Candidates should have an interest in the arts and should be comfortable talking and interacting with others.

Otsego: A Meeting Place (FAM) Interpretation Internship • Up to 30 Hours/Week (unpaid, for credit)
Fenimore Art Museum seeks an intern to support interpretation of our outdoor Native American cultural exhibition, Otsego: A Meeting Place, for the 2024 season. The ideal candidate will enjoy speaking with a diverse array of museum visitors and display energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn. This position entails staffing a recreated Mohawk Bark House and an original Seneca Log House and cultivating a small garden. A keen interest in Haudenosaunee culture and history required. Knowledge of local history, anthropology, and ecology will support superior performance in this role. This is an excellent opportunity for a student looking for a fun, rewarding internship at Fenimore Art Museum.

 

For more information, or for an application, please go to: fenimoreartmuseum.org or farmersmuseum.org. Applications may be mailed to PO Box 800, Cooperstown, New York 13326. You may also contact Human Resources at 607-547-1462 or e-mail hr@fenimorerart.org. EOE

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