NY State has funded The Fenimore House $74,000 this year to develop its 2014 summer exhibition season.
The money is designated for the summer highlight exhibition, “Winsolw Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life,” (June 6-August 24, 2014).
The gift was awarded through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative, created in 2011 and tuned to re-direct the state’s economic development initiatives from a top-down model to more of a community based, performance-driven effort.
Fenimore Museum’s record breaking attendance last summer was one of the criteria given attention in bestowing this grant. “We are thrilled to be included in this round of REDC awards. These additional funds will allow us to go above and beyond what we could normally achieve, which in turn attracts more visitors to the museum and increases tourism spending in the area,” said Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO of the New York State Historical Association, (NYSHA) and the Fenimore Art Museum.
Todd Kenyon, director of Marketing and Communications for the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum, credited the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie for making the exhibit possible.
“They are really fifty percent of this,” Kenyon said. “Without them, we could not do it. It’s really exciting to work with them. They’re a great museum, and it’s nice to have them close by.
“Basically, this money will go to renting the exhibit from the Arkell, shipping fees, and strengthen our program for the exhibition. It will bolster our lectures, including our ‘Food for Thought,’ (lecture and lunch), and help us with exhibition catalogue costs. We’ll also have art cards in conjunction with the exhibition which is more of a touchy-feely thing, giving visitors the chance to not only see the art work but feel the brushes used to paint them,” he continued.