GLENS FALLS, New York—The board of trustees of The Hyde Collection is proud to announce it has appointed Norman E. Dascher Jr. as the Museum’s chief executive officer after an extensive national search.
Dascher, a resident of Diamond Point on Lake George and longtime regional nonprofit executive, brings to The Hyde more than three decades of nonprofit leadership experience and a lifetime appreciation of art. He will succeed Anne Saile, who has served as director since June 2017.
“Norm brings to The Hyde long and successful experience in raising money and expanding modern nonprofit institutions to serve the growing needs of communities,” said David Howson, chair of the Museum’s board of trustees. “His commitment to preserving the Hyde legacy, building new audiences, and ensuring the best and most modern visitor experience will build on The Hyde’s momentum and its many strengths.”
Most recently, Dascher served as president of Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Troy, and as vice president of St. Peter’s Health Partners. He has earned numerous honors, including the Regents Award from the American College of Health Care Executives, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Time and Service Award, and United Way’s Unsung Hero Award, among others.
“As the son of an artist, I have great appreciation for the power of art to build community and change lives, so I am very excited to be at The Hyde Collection,” Dascher said. “I look forward to building on the legacy of the Pruyn and Hyde families and working closely with our regional community to continue the amazing energy the Museum has created over the past few years.”
His appointment at The Hyde comes after a particularly successful few years, marked by increased donations, innovative programming, and community collaboration. In June 2016, the Museum opened Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, a 1,500-square-foot space dedicated to the exhibition of Modern and Contemporary art, broadening The Hyde’s scope, which already included Medieval, Renaissance, European, American, and decorative arts.
In June 2017, Anne Saile was appointed interim director to lead the Museum until the ideal chief executive was secured. She is an accomplished nonprofit CEO and founder of The Saile Group LLC, a business development and leadership consulting firm, and former president of Bellevue Woman’s Center in Schenectady.
She has served on numerous boards and blue-ribbon panels, is founding chair of the [email protected] Executive Advisory Board for Hearst, immediate past president of the Board of Directors of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, and founding member of the Forum for Executive Women. Under her tenure, The Hyde thrived, with attendance on target to surpass that of 2017 by 20 percent, children’s programs flourishing, and increasingly innovative programming giving visitors new ways to experience art.
“Anne has embraced The Hyde’s mission and helped prepare the Museum to welcome a new chief executive officer,” Howson said. “She has used her knowledge and experience to advance the work of The Hyde and she is leaving it in a wonderful position for Norm.”
The search committee was led by Chelsea Silver, co-vice chair of the Museum’s board of trustees.
Dascher has also worked at Northeast Health in Troy, Albany Memorial and Samaritan Hospitals, and Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, overseeing capital campaigns and leading construction, expansion, and renovation projects. He created a women’s health center at Samaritan Hospital, negotiated labor agreements with the New York State Nurses Association at Ellis Hospital, and planned and opened the region’s first freestanding urgent care center.
He has served on the Troy Strategic Planning and Development Committee and on the Troy Redevelopment Foundation. Dascher earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a master’s degree from George Washington University. He has lived in Lake George since 2010.
“There are few people in whose care I would feel as confident leaving the Museum as Norm’s,” Saile said. “He has the right connections, knowledge, and passion to keep The Hyde’s trajectory of success and growth moving forward.”
What is The Hyde?
The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished 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, amassed by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such European masters as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Americans Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by 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 five 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.
Also at The Hyde
Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Japanese Woodcuts from the Syracuse University Art Collection is an exhibition of forty prints that provide insight into the impact of woodcuts throughout Japanese history. Beginning at the height of color ukiyo-e printmaking in the late 1700s, the exhibition covers Japan’s Meiji period in the second half of the nineteenth century, and concludes with twentieth-century impressions of the Shin Hanga movement. Included are images of courtesans, landscapes, and Kabuki theater. The exhibition is organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries and runs November 4 through December 30 in Wood Gallery.
West Meets East is an accompanying exhibition that examines the influence of Japanese printmaking on modern Western artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, among others. The Western response to ukiyo-e prints is explored through more than twenty-five prints from The Hyde’s permanent collection, including The Hyde’s treasured van Gogh masterpiece, Orchard with Arles in the Background. Through his use of a reed pen and cropped composition to depict an orchard budding into life in early spring, van Gogh paid homage to traditional Japanese techniques and aesthetics. The exhibition runs through December 30 in Wood Gallery.
Making History: Nuremberg and Augsburg Chronicles displays four early texts purchased by Hyde Collection founder Louis Fiske Hyde. Two copies of The Nuremberg Chronicle — one part of the Museum’s permanent collection, and one gifted to Crandall Public Library by Mr. Hyde — demonstrate the ambition displayed by the 600-page project, the most complex publication of its day with more than 1,800 woodcut images. A few years after it was completed, a less expensive version that drew heavily from the original, an early example of the theft of intellectual property before copyright law existed, was created. The resulting Augsburg Chronicle is also exhibited. Mr. Hyde also obtained a page from the Gutenberg Bible, the first book ever printed with moveable metal type. With the collaboration of Crandall Public Library and the Crandall Trust, the page is included in the exhibition.
For more information, please visit www.hydecollection.org or call 518-792-1761.