About The Hyde Collection
When the Board of Trustees asked me to step into this leadership role, I was excited by the opportunity to lead the organization with a strong vision. As you may know, I was the chief curator here for 15 years, and in this role, I raised the profile of the permanent collection and exhibition program. As director, I aim to build on that success to make The Hyde more accessible while recognizing the role of technology in our lives. At the same time, I want to distinguish The Hyde as a special place that provides authentic encounters with exceptional works of art.
I’m happy to report that since I arrived in July, The Hyde has actively expanded its reach into the community with engaging programs, exhibitions, and events. We have also taken steps to make the Museum more accessible and interactive. And, the collection has significantly broadened in scope and depth with the recent gift of Modern art from Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt. This is the largest gift of Modern art to The Hyde in its history and includes 55 works already accessioned into the permanent collection, plus an additional 105 that are promised to the Museum in the form of a bequest. The Feibes and Schmitt Collection, as it is now known, consists of works by the major figures of Post-war art including Josef Albers, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Bridget Riley, and many others. You have heard me describe this gift as “transformational,” -- indeed it makes The Hyde one of the leading repositories of Modern art in the region. It will profoundly impact the visitor experience, adding a whole new dimension to our exhibition and programmatic offerings.
We welcomed new staff to the Museum including Bill Belcher, director of external affairs; Jonathan Canning, curator; and Jenny Hutchinson, museum educator. At the same time progress has been made to complete The Marquee Project. Begun in 2010, this small capital campaign was designed to unite the campus and improve the Museum’s infrastructure. Upon returning I prioritized the Marquee funds around projects that align with the vision of accessibility, community engagement, and technology.
This spring, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the High School Juried Show followed by a presentation of work of the world-renowned artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude. In July, we step back in time and present the printed masterpieces of Dürer and Rembrandt. In the fall, we host the 80th anniversary of the Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, the longest running juried show of contemporary art in the United States. Along with these milestones, we are embarking on a new strategic plan to guide the Museum through the next phase of growth and development. As we turn the page and start a new chapter at The Hyde, I am counting on you to help make all of this happen!
I am so proud to lead this extraordinary organization
and its dedicated and energetic staff and board. We thank you for your support,
and I look forward to seeing you here soon and often,
Director of The Hyde Collection