Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hyde Collection Director Stepping Down

erin coeThe Hyde Collection Board of Trustees has announced that Erin B. Coe will leave the position of Museum director later this summer to accept a position as Director of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University.

A national search is expected to be conducted for a new director. Coe will leave The Hyde in late July.

The board also announced that Anne Saile, non-profit CEO and founder of business development and leadership consulting firm The Saile Group LLC, has been named interim director.

Coe helped The Hyde secure one of the largest gifts in its history, $11 million in modern art and cash from Schenectady architect Werner Feibes and his late partner, James Schmitt. She then led a campaign to raise $500,000 more in private contributions and foundation support to expand the museum and build a new gallery to showcase modern art, the first new exhibition space at The Hyde in more than 28 years.

Anne Saile is the former president of Bellevue Woman’s Center in Schenectady and was previously the executive director of the New York State Office of Professional and Medical Conduct.

The Hyde Collection includes collections of European, American, Modern, and Contemporary art. Its permanent collection of nearly 4,000 works spans centuries and consists of paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. The core collection, acquired by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and American artists Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler.

The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by artists including Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley.

The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions in its four galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls. It opened as a museum fifty years ago, when Charlotte Hyde established a trust to keep the home open to the community in perpetuity.

Erin Coe initially joined the Hyde in 1999 and was with the museum for 15 years, leaving as the Chief Curator in 2014 to focus on her doctoral degree in the history of art and architecture at Boston University. Upon her return, she was appointed Director of The Hyde Collection in April 2015.

Photo of Anne Saile provided.

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One Response

  1. Tim says:

    It’s a wonderful collecion with quite a few world-class paintings: Picasso, Rembrandt, El Greco, etc. Some of the lighting in the permanent collection, however, is very poor and needs to be replaced.

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