Message from the CEO

Norm Dascher, The Hyde Collection's CEO

Each year, it seems impossible to top the quality of exhibitions, variety of programming, and strength of community at The Hyde Collection. But this year’s exhibition calendar gives us every reason to be as excited about 2020 as years past.

We waste no time jumping into the new year with Francisco Goya: The Caprichos Etchings and Aquatints opening in Wood Gallery and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint in Whitney-Renz and Hoopes Galleries on January 19.

Francisco Goya was an eighteenth-century Spanish artist considered by many to be the first of the modern artists. His criticism of societal injustices to effect change was groundbreaking. Thrash was an American printmaker born in the late 1800s. His works depicted what he knew, offering a look at black life in rural Georgia and urban Philadelphia in a still-segregated nation.

In the spring, Tradition! Russian Lacquer Paintings will open in Hoopes Gallery. The exhibition captures a time in Russian history when tradition inspired out-of-work icon artists to bring to life folk tales and stories of Soviet heroes.

The annual High School Juried Show is in its twenty-ninth year of offering regional teenagers the opportunity to experience an authentic art submission process and, for 100 finalists, exhibit their art at The Hyde.

For the summer tourism season, we celebrate our region’s rich beauty with exhibitions featuring two area artists: Transformations: The Art of John van Alstine and J.S. Wooley, Adirondack Photographer. Van Alstine combines found twentieth-century industrial steel with natural elements to examine the relationship between man and environment. His works are included in major institutions, including The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Collection. Wooley lived and worked in the Adirondack foothills throughout his life, including a stint as the official photographer of Silver Bay. From from 1908 to 1923, he created iconic images of Lake George and the surrounding Adirondack mountains.

The year ends in the warmth only an exhibition of quilts from the extraordinary national collection of the American Museum of Folk Art can provide. Handstitched Worlds, Cartography of Quilts includes more than two dozen intricate works that stand testament to the handiwork of generations of textile artists, telling stories from a lasting legacy of resourcefulness and creativity.

With the new year underway, we are most grateful for your continued support. Without individual and corporate members, donors, trustees, sponsors, and visitors, none of these extraordinary exhibitions would be possible.

We look forward to seeing you in the galleries.


Norman E. Dascher
Chief Executive Officer