One of the nation's premier art institutions, the Fenimore is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art, as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and 20th century art. Formal gardens overlook Otsego Lake and visitors can get a glimpse of American Indian lives circa the 1750s at the Bark House on the shores of the lake.
- The Clothing Project (April 1 - June 5)
- Ansel Adams: Early Works (April 1 - September 18)
- Matika Wilbur, Project 562 (April 1 - September 19)
- Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris (May 28 - September 5)
- The Perfection of Harmony: The Art of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (May 28 - October 2)
- Scott McKowen's Shakespeare Illustrations (June 17 - September 5)
- The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls' Schools and Academies in Early America (September 24 - December 31)
- The Clothing Project: A Victorian Holiday (September 24 - December 31)
- Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture (October 19 - December 31)
Season Long (April 1 - December 31)
- Traditions of Spirit and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
- A New York View: Country Landscapes by Robert Schneider
Thousands of art pieces from the Museum's collection are on frequent rotation between the many galleries of the museum and the Study Center, an open storage space to allow guests a behind-the-scenes glance at the research and preservation efforts of NYSHA.
The Coopers of Cooperstown
Ten generations of Coopers have been tied to the Otsego Lake region. This includes James Fenimore Cooper, considered to be America's first novelist, who actually settled at the site of Fenimore Art Museum as a gentleman farmer. This exhibition includes gorgeous landscapes around Lake Otsego that inspired Cooper's The Leatherstocking Tales and many other of his pieces.
Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
This growing collection was graciously gifted by Eugene and Clare Thaw and other donors. The collection is representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures including:
- Northwest Coast
- Great Basin regions
These spectacular pieces are on constant rotation in the changing galleries and in the Study Center, providing a unique visit and new experience each time you visit the museum!
American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art
Folk artists are truly fascinating - using their cultural ideals, experiences and community heritage to craft beautiful statements of life, belief and memory. Take your time in this mesmerizing exhibit, located in the Main Gallery.
Fine Art from the Permanent Collection
Paintings in the Museume's permanent collection include Hudson River School artists such as Thomas Cole, genre painters such as William Sidney Mount, and folk artists such as Edward Hicks and Ralph Fasanella. Selections can be viewed throughout the museum, including The Main Gallery, The James Fenimore Cooper Room, and the American Genre Painting Gallery.