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.
- 50 years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons - Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition (April 1-May 14, 2017)
- Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance (May 27-September 4, 2017
- The Art of Figure Skating Through The Ages: The Dick Button Collection (April 1-September 17, 2017)
- Rise Up Singing: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard (May 27-September 17, 2017)
- Edward S. Curtis: Among the Kwakiutl (April 1-December 31, 2017)
- Hamilton's Final Act (April 1-December 31, 2017)
- Between Observation and Imagination: Paintings by Tracy Helgeson (April 1-December 31, 2017)
- Still and Solemn Chambers: Recent Paintings by Frank Farmer (April 1-December 31, 2017)
- Our Strength is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine (September 16-December 31, 2017)
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.