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Friday, Jan 4, 2008

The Hyde Collection Appoints New Executive Director



David Setford Named New Executive Director


Glens Falls, NY Bernard R. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Hyde Collection, announced today that David Setford has been selected as the director of the world-renowned Hyde Collection.  Setford is expected to join The Hyde on February 4, 2008.  He is currently director of curatorial affairs at the Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida, which is part of a complex that includes an orchestra and a performing arts facility. 


“David Setford is a highly qualified leader with the experience and credentials to match the high standards of The Hyde,” said Brown.  “The board is excited to bring his enthusiasm, leadership, curatorial skills, and strong track record at art museums and historic houses, as well as his experience in business and fundraising, to The Hyde.  David has both the administrative skills and artistic credentials to take The Hyde to a new level.


Previous to his current position in Naples, Setford served as director of Palm Beach!, Americas International Fine Art & Antique Fair, and other international fine art expositions in Palm Beach, Florida.  He was director and founder of ArtReach International, a firm that curated and toured exhibitions, primarily of European masterpieces, to American museums.  For nearly ten years, he was chief curator of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.  At both the Norton and Naples museums, he organized many prominent exhibitions of American and European artists of distinction, including George Bellows, Man Ray, Andrew Wyeth, Claude Monet, Raoul Dufy and Pablo Picasso.


In 1980, Setford gained a Museum Studies postgraduate diploma from the University of Manchester, England (the course is now an M.A.), and became an associate of the English Museums Association through examination in 1982.  He received his B.A. with Honors in Art History from Leicester University, England, in 1979. 


"I am honored and excited to lead The Hyde Collection, Setford said.  This museum has a tremendous and unique potential, and the terrific importance of its collection belies its current size.  I began my career in atmospheric historic houses with amazing collections, so for me this is like returning home. I look forward to working with the board, staff, volunteers, members, and visitors, and becoming part of the Glens Falls community.  Among other things, I would like to continue to expand The Hydes outstanding program of exhibitions that are both academic and highly popular.  I see The Hyde drawing a local, national and international audience, and consolidating its position as the preeminent institution of its kind in the Capital region.  I want Canadians driving down to winter in Florida to take time to stop at The Hyde, and I want New Yorkers driving up to summer in Lake George to make it their first port of call. The museum also runs vital programs for families and school children, and, having an eight-year-old daughter myself, I highly value these opportunities for children (and adults) to participate in and learn about art.  Moreover, as someone bought up in northern climes, but who has spent the best part of 17 years in Florida, I welcome a chance to dust off my skis and benefit from the four seasons in an area of outstanding natural beauty.


Setford will take the reins from Marijo Dougherty, former director of the University Art Museum, University at Albany who has served as interim director since May, 2007. She will continue until Setford arrives in early February.  In May, 2007, former director of The Hyde, Randall Suffolk became director of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 


The Search Committee was headed by Bernard R. Brown and included board members and stakeholders.  For the national search, it retained Marilyn Hoffman of Museum Search & Reference, an executive-search firm in Manchester, NH.

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