MOWA is pleased to announce Dr. and Mrs. James and Karen Hyde as the recipients of the 2015 Hyde Award for Wisconsin Art. Named in their honor, the award was established in 2015 to recognize individuals who contribute significantly to the advancement of Wisconsin art.
This special exhibition of studio glass celebrates some of the gifts the Hydes have contributed to the museum, and includes works by Patrick Casanova, Audrey Handler, Karen Naylor, Jeremy Popelka, Nolan Prohaska, and Stephanie Trenchard. The exhibition ends with the large glass sculpture Interconnection by Douglas and Renee Sigwarth, which the Hydes commissioned for the new building.
Over the years, the Hydes have helped build not only MOWA’s collection but the reputation of Wisconsin art. Their interest in Wisconsin art began with the 1988 exhibition 100 Years of Wisconsin Art. The show catalogue provided a perspective on which they based their personal collection. This interest later expanded to include Wisconsin studio glass, which originated in Madison in the 1960s. Wisconsin remains one of the great centers for glass-making in the United States.
Embracing Wisconsin art at every opportunity, Jim was deeply involved in the development of the new museum building and has served on the MOWA Board of Directors since 2009. MOWA congratulates Jim and Karen on their wonderful achievement and the legacy they are establishing at MOWA.