Melissa Hyde received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her field of specialization is eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, with an emphasis on cultural history, gender studies, feminist theory and the history of art criticism. She teaches courses on European art (especially French); and on gender and the visual arts, and has taught in UF's study abroad programs in Paris and Florence. Hyde has been a recipient of the College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Award, and was named College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year in 2005 and 2011. She was awarded a UF Research Foundation Professorship in 2008-11, and again for 2016-19. In 2017, she was College of the Arts' Teacher-Scholar of the Year, and the College's nominee for UF's Distinguished Alumni Professor. In fall 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Colorado College.
Professor Hyde's research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in eighteenth-century France. Her work has appeared in The Art Bulletin, and Eighteenth-Century Studies; books include Making Up the Rococo: François Boucher and his Critics (2006), and several co-edited volumes, the most recent being Rococo Echo: Art, Theory and Historiography from Cochin to Coppola, a collection of essays edited with Professor Katie Scott (Courtauld Institute, London).
Hyde is currently completing two book projects, both on women artists. One is entitled, Painted by Herself: Marie-Suzanne Roslin, the Forgotten Académicienne; the other, co-authored with the late Mary D. Sheriff, W.R. Kenan J. Distinguished Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is entitled Women in French Art. Rococo to Romanticism 1750-1830. The proposal for this book won the inaugural Mellor Prize, an award bestowed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA).
She acted as consulting curator for an exhibition on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women artists entitled Royalists to Romantics (NMWA, 2012) and has written catalogue essays for this and several other exhibitions at the National Gallery, DC, the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm and Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, NYC and for UF's Harn Museum of Art. Hyde collaborated with Mary Sheriff as guest curator for an exhibition of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French drawings from The Horvitz Collection in Boston, entitled Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment, which opened at the Harn in fall of 2017, before traveling the Ackland Museum of Art, UNC Chapel Hill, The Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento and the Smith College Museum of Art. She is co-editing a volume of essays,Thinking Women: Strategic Reinterpretations of Eighteenth-Century Art, based on a major symposium held in Mary Sheriff's honor at the Harn in October 2017, in conjunction with the exhibition.
Professor Hyde lectures widely in Europe and the US. Her research has been supported by the American Association of University Women and the Getty Research Institute. More recently, she has been a fellow at the Clark Art Institute and at the Institut national de l’histoire d’art (INHA), Paris. She has served on the Executive Board of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. She has been an Advisory Editor for Eighteenth-Century Studies, an Editorial Board member of H-France and is currently on the board of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. She is a past president of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA), and is President of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2018-19).
In cooperation with the Harn Museum of Art, Professor Hyde was one of the inaugural organizers, three years ago, of a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Art + Feminism, now held annually at the Harn. Hyde is steering commitee chair for the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) Lecture Series.
Museum Catalogue Essays