GLENS FALLS, NY — The Hyde Collection brings back its Pay as you Wish program for the month of December. Visitors are invited to tour the Museum, interact with the collection and exhibitions, then make a voluntary donation based on their experience. The program provides a fun, flexible, and participatory way for visitors to tell The Hyde what they value about their time at the Museum.

“We want The Hyde to be as engaging to as many people as possible,” said Erin Coe, Director of the Museum. “Pay as you Wish is a great way for us to show visitors we’re listening and care about their experience.”

The program, which was offered for the first time last year, stemmed from Coe’s desire to make the Museum, historic home, and world-class collection accessible to the greater community. “Last year’s Pay as you Wish was all about community engagement,” Coe said. “We asked what the public thought, and we listened and took those suggestions seriously.”

During last year’s program, visitors made recommendations on ways to improve The Hyde experience, and several of those ideas have been implemented. After hearing from the public, the Museum began opening its doors to seniors free of charge on Wednesdays throughout the year. The Hyde is also taking steps to improve lighting in its historic Hyde House, and to provide more interactive programs, such as the Museum’s Community Day, in which visitors created their own Christo and Jeanne-Claude-inspired art, and Face Off, during which the public watched twelve artists work from a live model, then voted for their favorite portrait.

This year, visitors have even more ways to interact, with Discover Guide and Family Kit packets, and voting on their favorite Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson (MHR-80) space.

“Pay as you Wish gives the community the opportunity to see The Hyde’s remarkable collection on their terms,” said Bill Belcher, Director of External Affairs at the Museum, “and it gives us a chance to hear about what we’re doing well and how we can improve the Hyde experience for our visitors.”

Throughout December, The Hyde features the 80th anniversary of MHR-80, an exhibition juried by Michael Oatman, artist and associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The juried show is on view in the Charles R. Wood, Rotunda, and Whitney-Renz galleries, on the Museum grounds, and in Hyde House. In the Hoopes Gallery, the exhibition Transforming The Hyde: The Feibes and Schmitt Gift showcases a selection of Modern art gifted to the Museum by Werner Feibes. Both exhibitions run through December 31.

What is The Hyde?
The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American art, and 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 three galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its modern museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls.

For more information, please visit www.hydecollection.org or call 518-792-1761.