Hofstra University Museum
112 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549
Telephone: (516) 463-5672
Fax: (516) 463-4743
Beth E. Levinthal has served as Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum since 2006, and is an adjunct professor of Fine Art and Art History at Hofstra University. Additionally, she co-teaches courses on topics of non-profit management and grant writing for Hofstra University’s Continuing Education Program. Prior to assuming her position at the Hofstra University Museum she was the Executive Director of the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington from 2000-2006.
Ms. Levinthal also served as Director of Education and Public Programs at the Heckscher Museum of Art (1996 -2000), and as the first Coordinator of School, Youth and Family Programs from 1994 to 1996. Prior work experience includes service to the Art League of Long Island (1987 to 1994) as an art educator, editor of their arts publication, and as public programs coordinator.
Among other affiliations, she is a founding member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), she is a Peer Reviewer for Accreditation for the American Association of Museums (AAM), a Peer Reviewer for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), and she is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Museum Association of New York (MANY) where she also served from 2002 to 2005.
Among Ms. Levinthal’s other awards and honors, in 2006 she was named a Woman of Distinction by Distinction Magazine and was elected to membership in ARTTABLE (an organization for women who have achieved in the visual arts). In 2005 she was honored by Hofstra University with a George M. Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1996, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums honored her as their Malcolm Arth Fellow.
Karen T. Albert is currently the Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Hofstra University Museum. For over twenty years, Karen has organized and curated exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. In 2011, she curated the exhibitions Soweto Art: From the Collection of Violet and Les Payne, 1930s: Art in America, From the Hand: Drawings from the Hofstra University Museum Collection, in 2010 she curated Acquired Riches: Highlights from the Hofstra University Museum Collection and in 2009 she curated Andy Warhol: The Photographic Legacy Program, Recent Gifts to the Hofstra University Museum Collection and Something’s A Foot: Small Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collection in the Hofstra University Museum’s David Filderman Gallery. Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Museum Studies, both from Syracuse University. Karen serves as a peer reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services federal grants.
Caroline Bigelow is the Senior Assistant to the Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum. She has over five years experience in administrative organization, event planning, and office & project management. Prior to coming to HUM she spent three years with the New York Jets, where she was an office manager and supervised shipping and receiving. She is completing her Bachelor of Art in Art History and Anthropology at Hofstra University. Caroline’s career goal is to work in art restoration in a museum setting. Outside of work she enjoys volunteering as a mentor to middle-school aged girls.
Kristy Caratzola is the Collections Manager at the Hofstra University Museum and is responsible for the care and handling of the approximately 5,000 works in the permanent collection. This past year, Kristy co-curated From the Hand: Drawings From the Hofstra University Museum Collection and she is the curator for the forthcoming original exhibition Opportunity and Impact: Works by Émigré Artists (April 2- Sept. 9, 2012 in the HUM’s David Filderman Gallery). She has over seven years experience working as a museum professional at organizations such as Hillwood Art Museum and Planting Fields Foundation. Kristy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting, both from Long Island University at Southampton College and C.W. Post. Ms. Caratzola is also an Adjunct Professor of Art History in the Visual Communications Department at the State University of New York, Farmingdale State College.
Tiffany Jordan is the Hofstra University Museum’s Development and Membership Coordinator and she is responsible for enhancing the membership program, fundraising, public programming, as well as marketing and promoting the Museum and its programs including design and production of printed materials. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design from the State University of New York at Purchase College. Tiffany has over 10 years of fundraising and development experience including event planning, database management and donor cultivation. She is also an accomplished musician, and performs at theaters and performances throughout the metropolitan area.
Nancy Richner is the Hofstra University Museum’s Education Director, with responsibility for the planning and implementation of programs and interpretive materials that make the works in the Museum’s collection and on exhibit accessible and meaningful to the large and varied audiences served by the Museum. Audiences include University students, faculty, staff; K-12 school groups, teachers, and the general public. Nancy received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Art History from Northwestern University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from George Washington University in Museum Education. She is a Board Member of the Museum Education Roundtable as well as a member of Art Table, the American Association of Museums, EdCom, NAEA (National Art Education Association), and is a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. She received the honor of Museum Educator of the Year, North East region (1993) and has been published in Museum News and Journal of Aesthetic Education.
Renee Seltzer, Museum Educator at the Hofstra University Museum, works with the Museum Education Director toward the development and implementation of educational programs and interpretive materials for the public, schools, and local community organizations. Renee is an active educator providing instructional materials, in-classroom and in-gallery teaching to K-12th grade students, professional development for educators, and in-gallery talks for the Museum’s visitors. Renee holds a BFA degree in Design, and an MA degree in Art Education from Adelphi University, with teacher certification in Visual Art K-12. She has taught elementary and middle-school art, and has experience as a graphic designer for non-profit organizations. Renee engages Hofstra University Museum visitors in the thrill of learning and discovery in ways that encourage thoughtfulness about the works they are studying. She is a member of the National Art Education Association and the New York State Art Teachers Association.