As invaluable to The Hyde Collection as its world-class art collection is the community with which we share it. Over the next several weeks, we have numerous opportunities to foster the arts in our region, and we could not be more excited.
- Beginning April 7, The Hyde will feature A Magical World: The Art of Jacob Houston, comprised of twenty-three paintings by Greenwich (Washington County)-based artist Jacob Houston. In his young career, Jacob has already shown his artwork at galleries throughout the region, into Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York City. We are proud to give him his first museum exhibition, and believe it will be one of many for this talented young man. A Magical World closes June 23.
- Every year, The Hyde offers the annual High School Juried Show. In its twenty-eighth year, the Juried Show gives high school students from throughout the region the opportunity to have their artwork exhibited at the Museum. For many of the more than 600 students from Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton, and Essex counties who submit artwork, it is the pinnacle of their high school art careers, a goal to which to strive, and a celebration of accomplishments. This year’s exhibition opens May 4 and runs through June 2.
- April showers might bring May flowers to some, but at The Hyde, they bring tour groups! Many area schools save their field trips to the Museum until the spring, so students of all ages can see the High School Juried Show, as well as historic Hyde House. The Museum is proud to offer free admission to children and students all year, and loves the rush of nearly daily tours for field trips — approximately 1,000 students a year. Charlotte Hyde founded the Museum on the ideals that her art collection and home be used to educate and inspire the community. At a time when budget cuts and mandated curriculum make field trips difficult to fit in, we are grateful so many school districts still bring their students to The Hyde.
The Hyde Collection has a long history of cultivating art throughout the community. Part of Mrs. Hyde’s mission was to foster the arts and we take that commitment seriously. We hope you visit the Museum to see the incredible talent of local young artists and the bright future of our region’s students.
Norman E. Dascher
Chief Executive Officer