About The Hyde Collection
Despite the cold, work continues on the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery and, as the new exhibition space takes shape, our dreams for The Hyde’s future become more tangible. After an exciting 2016 that included critically acclaimed exhibitions, a transformational gift to the Museum, a Gala the community is still talking about, and a wildly successful exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, we still have much to look forward to in 2017.
In January, we opened Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature and, in February, Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden. These two contemporary artists represent two different generations, each focused on nature and wildlife, but executing their work in very distinct ways. Lorna Bieber uses resized stock photography to create compositions that reinterpret the natural world. Allen Blagden is one of America’s greatest watercolorists, creating landscapes, images of wildlife, and portraits of friends and family strongly rooted in the tradition of American Realism, specifically the work of Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. Bieber lives and works in New York City, Blagden in the bucolic Connecticut countryside. It is fitting that the Museum is pairing these exhibitions, with one celebrating the rich tradition of Realism in American art and the other questioning the very conventions that have come to define it.
As The Hyde prepares for the June opening of the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, we are grateful to the many donors who have given generously to the transformation campaign. We are especially thankful to the Charles R. Wood Foundation and the Hoopes Family Foundation, who have recently provided significant funding, ensuring we will reach our goal of completing the project by June.
Embracing Modern and Contemporary art provides an unprecedented opportunity to expand educational programming, attract a broader audience, and exert an even greater economic impact on the region. We thank all our members, individual and corporate, for your support. We want you to be part of this extraordinary transformation and know that, as our members, you join us in shaping the future of The Hyde Collection and the region.
Director of The Hyde Collection