Ansel Adams, Toulouse-Lautrec,
Whistler, State Grant Credited
COOPERSTOWN – The Fenimore Art Museum is crediting Ansel Adams, Toulouse-Lautrec, and James Whistler exhibits with a 42.8 percent increase (as of yesterday) in paid visitors this season.
“An average of 7,440 people visited the museum each month since its opening on April 1,” Todd Kenyon, director of marketing and communications, announced today. “We’re well on our way to surpass our record-breaking season of 44,000 visitors in 2004 which featured an amazing Winslow Homer exhibition.”
The Fenimore benefited this year from a Market NY grant through I Love NY and the state Division of Tourism, which provided additional marketing dollars for the Ansel Adams exhibition.
“Our increased visitation not only benefits the Fenimore but all the attractions and businesses in the Cooperstown and Otsego County area,” Kenyon added.
While the Toulouse Lautrec exhibit ended Labor Day Weekend, “Ansel Adams: Early Works,” is open through Sunday, and “The Perfection of Harmony: The Art of James Abbott McNeill Whistler,” continues through Oct. 2.
New exhibits this fall are “The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls’ Schools and Academies in Early America,” opening Saturday the 24th, and “Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture,” opening Oct. 19.
2017 also has the promise of another record breaking-season with exhibitions featuring Andrew Wyeth, Maurice Sendak, and others.