• Students at The Yager Museum of Art & Culture
  • Yager Museum basket collection
  • Hartwick Yager Museum painting by Kent
  • Students at The Yager Museum of Art & Culture

Museum News & Announcements

On Wednesday, December 7, from 5-7 p.m., the Yager Museum will 
officially open the exhibition:

"A Lost Loyalist Logo:  A Remnant of the Revolutionary War,"  curated
by Rejoice Scherry '13,
Museum Studies minor, History Major.

"Understanding the Revolutionary War through Objects"
A lecture with objects presented by Stuart W. Lehman, Hartwick College ‘79,
Education Coordinator, NY State Office of General Services, New York State Capital.
Refreshments will be served.


Friday, November 11th, 5-7 p.m.

Italian Renaissance Event- Lively illustrated lecture from K. Michelle Hearne, Ph. D, an art historian who has served as guest curator for our Venetian Renaissance paintings. She will share the results of her research, which sheds new light on the history of the paintings donated by Rev. Louis van Ess in 1960. This is also the opening of an interactive exhibition called "The Inventions of Leonardo," which includes models based on the drawings in Leonardo's notebooks. Hartwick college students will be performing music from the Italian Renaissance, and there will also be a reception featuring Italian Renaissance-inspired foods.


If you enjoy "Antiques Roadshow" you'll love the program we're having on Saturday, July 23 at the Yager Museum: Textile historian Rabbit Goody will examine heirloom textiles you bring to the museum--coverlets, quilts, tablecloths, etc. She will be here from 12:30 until 4:30. The   program is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.


 Hartwick’s Yager Museum Hosts ‘Wearing Propaganda:  Kimono Textiles in Japan, 1925-1945


ONEONTA, NY--Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, textile historian, curator, and author, will present a discussion of her work, which resulted in an exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum and a book entitled, Wearing Propaganda:  Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931-1945. 

A reception will open the evening at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th at The Yager Museum of Art & Culture, First Floor, Yager Hall. The illustrated lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the museum. The presentation is sponsored by The Yager Museum of Art & Culture and the Museum Studies Program at Hartwick College.

The lecture will include beautiful and startling examples of silk textiles with visual propaganda, including images of warplanes and patriotic symbols.  Dr. Atkins’s research is innovative, including perspectives on material culture, fashion, gender, and history.

Atkins, a textile historian, is Consulting Curator of Textiles and former Chief Curator for the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has written and lectured extensively on 19th-century American needlework and quilt history, American folk art, and Japanese textile history and quilts, and she has developed a number of textile-related exhibitions for the Allentown Art Museum and other institutions. Her publications include Quilting Transformed: A History of Contemporary Quilting in the United States (2007); Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931–1945, based on her exhibition of the same name; essays on needlework, quilts, and schoolgirl art for the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art; Shared Threads: Quilting Together Past and Present; Folk Art in American Life (co-authored with Robert Bishop); and numerous textile articles in American, British, and Japanese magazines and journals. Atkins has a Ph.D. from The Bard Graduate Center in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.


Hartwick's Yager Museum Hosts 19th-Century Music Duo

Simple Gifts duo

 ONEONTA, NY-The Yager Museum of Art & Culture at Hartwick College will host a musical performance by the Simple Gifts Duo at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in the museum, Yager Hall, on the Hartwick campus. The performance is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The award-winning band performs on an impressive array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders, and guitar plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, banjolin, guitjo, and doumbek.

Simple Gifts presents a wide variety of ethnic folk music, including everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performances, they put their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots. Tickets are (amount) and can be purchased by calling (number).

Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon have performed as Simple Gifts since 1995. The group was founded by Littleton in 1989 and has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including appearances at the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Governors' Convention, Longwood Gardens, National Theater, Whitaker Center, Hershey Theatre, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ontario Center for Performing Arts, and dozens of colleges and universities throughout the region. Simple Gifts has opened for Natalie MacMaster, Tom Paxton, John McCutcheon, Robin and Linda Williams, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, and Boys of the Lough.

Simple Gifts has recorded six albums. Their newest, "Crossing Borders: Music of Many Lands," was recognized by Indie Acoustic as including "one of the best songs of 2005." Their previous album, "Time and Again," won a bronze star (third place) in the Crossroads Music Awards.

For additional information, contact the Yager Museum of Art & Culture at 607-431-4480



Art Historian Talk at the Yager

Spend an evening at the Yager Museum of Art & Culture browsing images from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and going behind the scenes at the Pierpont Morgan Library.

On May 11, 2010 the Yager Museum of Art & Culture will welcome Art Historian Michelle Arthur to talk about her work as an assistant curator at the Morgan Library in New York City. Her talk is entitled "Collaboration and Outreach: Curatorial Projects at the Morgan Library and Museum." 

The event is sponsored by the Hartwick College Museum Studies Program. The talk will begin at 5 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided by the Hartwick College Museum Club and Museum Studies. Admission to the Yager is free and open to the public.

Pope Joan Author Speaks at the Yager Museum

On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 5:45 p.m., the Yager Museum will host Donna Woolfolk Cross, author of the historical novel Pope Joan. The event will be in the Main Gallery of the museum and is free and open to the public.

Cross will discuss the research, writing, and themes of her popular novel, which was originally published in 1996. The existence of a female pope in the 9th century has long been disputed by the Catholic Church. Donna Woolfolk Cross' novel builds on the few facts known about the legendary female pope, creating a vivid sense of everyday life in Germany and Rome during this turbulent period. The author will address the evidence for Pope Joan's existence, including both documentary sources, material culture in the Vatican Museum, and oral histories and traditions. Her novel describes the challenges women faced in acquiring an education in medieval Europe and the disruptions caused by the lack of strong governments, Viking invasions, and the crumbling infrastructure left from the Roman Empire.  The book is in its second printing and a movie of Pope Joan was filmed in Germany in 2009 and is now being released in the United States.

A reception for the author will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by her presentation at 5:45.  A book signing will follow the lecture. The Yager Museum is located on the first floor of Yager Hall on the Hartwick College Campus. For more information, please call Museum Coordinator Donna Anderson at 607-431-4423. The event is co-sponsored by the Yager Museum of Art & Culture and The Hartwick College Museum Club.



Museum Education Class offers Public Program

The 2010 Museum Education class will offer a special public program, "The Real Housewives of the 19th Century," at the Yager Museum on Saturday, April 17. The event will take place from11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be offered, and admission is free. 

See the write-up of this exciting event in Hilltops.



Yager Museum of Art & Culture Store Nominated for Award Two Years Running

The Yager Museum of Art & Culture has been selected as a nominee in NICHE magazine's 2009 Top Retailer Awards in the category of Best Museum Store.

The 2009 NICHE Top Retailer Awards program recognizes the nation's best craft retailers, arts nonprofits, museums, and guilds for growing and strengthening the American craft community. NICHE magazine polled thousands of professional craft artists throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The nominees  were selected based on their adherence to NICHE magazine's Retailer's Guide to Best Practices, which details the characteristics of craft retailers who are committed to fair business practices and to growing and strengthening the North American craft community.

The Yager Museum Store, managed by Nancy Martin-Mathewson, has been honored to be nominated for an award in the Best Museum Store category for two years in a row.

For more information, please contact Nancy Martin-Mathewson at Martin_Mathewson@hartwick.edu or click here for information about the store.

The Museum Club Visits the FDR Library and Presidential Museum

The Museum Club and the Yager Museum of Art & Culture sponsored a trip to visit the FDR Library and Presidential Museum on Saturday, April 18. Museum Coordinator Donna Anderson and  Museum Club members toured FDR's family home and viewed the Presidential Museum. The museum included exhibits featuring the life and humanitarian work of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, America's role  in WW II, and FDR's critical first 100 days in office.

The Hartwick College Museum Club meets on Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. in the Yager Museum.

Yager Museum of Art & Culture Spring Opening

The Yager Museum of Art & Culture held its Spring Opening on April 2, 2009 to present two new exhibits, The Tao of Water: Photography by Zen Master John Daido Loori and The Art Treasure Room at Hartwick College.

The Tao of Water
Photography by Zen Master John Daido Loori
Visitors to the Yager Museum will view a striking assemblage of 18 photographs of water taken by noted photographer John Daido Loori. The photographs are a visual reflection on various ways of seeing water. It is an attempt to go beyond appearances to capture the direct experience of water in its myriad manifestations.
This exhibit will be on view until the end of May.

The Art Treasure Room at Hartwick College
This permanent installation of selections from Hartwick College's fine arts collection celebrates President Arnold's establishment of an Art Treasure Room in the 1950s, which encouraged donations of art to the College and allowed students to experience art directly on campus.
This is exhibit is a permanent installation.

The Spring Opening was attended by members of the Hartwick and Oneonta Communities. It featured a talk on Tao bbbyr Sandy Huntington which helped the visitors connect the current exhibit with the mentality of the Tao philosophy.


Yager Museum Shop Nominated for Award in NICHE Magazine's New Top Retailer Awards Program

The  Yager Museum Shop of Oneonta, NY has been selected as a nominee in NICHE magazine's 2008 Top Retailer Awards.  Yager Museum Shop has been nominated to receive an award in the following categories:

Best Museum Store
Formerly titled the Top 100 Retailers of American Craft, the new Top Retailer Awards program will recognize 24 retailers and gallery owners, one Retailer of the Year, and give separate awards in several new categories.

NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for retailers of fine American craft, will announce the winners at a ceremony on Sunday, August 3, 2008, during the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

More than 10,000 professional fine craft artists throughout the U.S. and Canada nominated nearly 600 galleries, retail stores, arts nonprofits, museums and guilds for the 2008 Top Retailer Awards.

"I am honored to recognize this year's nominees." noted Wendy Rosen, publisher of NICHEmagazine.  "Their commitment to the American craft movement ensures the strength and growth of the arts and small businesses in communities throughout the country."

In addition to publishing NICHE magazine, The Rosen Group produces the bi-annual Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, the nation's largest wholesale American craft tradeshow.  The Rosen Group also publishes American Style  magazine, a consumer lifestyle magazine for arts enthusiasts and collectors.

For more information about this retailer, contact:

Nancy Martin-Mathewson at Martin_Mathn@hartwick.edu or click here for information about the store.