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Hofstra University Museum
  • Environmental Impact | September 3-December 13, 2019 | Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
  • David Filderman Gallery | Other People’s Parties | August 13, 2019-March 13, 2020 | Joan and Donald Axinn Library Ninth Floor, South Campus

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Mailing Address

Hofstra University Museum of Art
112 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549

Telephone: (516) 463-5672
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail


MUSEUM STAFF

Administration

Karen T. Albert
Acting Director and Chief Curator
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 040 Memorial Hall
Phone: (516) 463-7449
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail | Bio


Curatorial

Kristen Rudy
Collections Manager
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 027 Emily Lowe Gallery
Phone: (516) 463-5673
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail | Bio


Education

Elizabeth Dysart
Director of Education and Engagement
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 040 Memorial Hall
Phone: (516) 463-5671
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail | Bio

Elisa Bruno
Museum Educator
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 114 Emily Lowe Gallery
Phone: (516) 463-4975
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail | Bio

Amy G. Solomon
Museum Educator
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 040 Memorial Hall
Phone: (516) 463-4975
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail | Bio


Communications

Charmise P. Woodside-Desire'
Communications Director
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 040 Memorial Hall
Phone: (516) 463-3565
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail | Bio

Karen T. Albert is currently the Acting Director and Chief Curator at the Hofstra University Museum of Art. For more than thirty years, Karen has organized and curated exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. During 2018, Karen curated exhibitions that featured works from the Museum’s permanent collections:  Romare Bearden: Storyteller, Changing Perceptions: World War I and the Visual Arts and Portfolios II: Offset Lithographic Prints. Two exhibitions curated by Karen, Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art (2014) and We Hold These Truths… (2013), received highly competitive grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, she has curated the following exhibitions over the past five years: Andy Warhol, Converging Voices: Gender and Identity, Political Slant II: Editorial Cartoons, Over the River: Transforming Long Island, In Print, AFRICA: Sub-Saharan Diversity, Doug Hilson: Urbanscapes, Portfolios I: The 1970s, From Portraits to Tweets: Imagery, Technology and the U.S. Presidency, Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art, Don Resnick: Essence of Place, and David Jacobs: Sight and Sound. Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Museum Studies, both from Syracuse University. In 2012 she was a Seminar Fellow for Academic Museum and Gallery Leadership, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  Karen serves as a peer reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services federal grants.

Elisa Bruno is a Museum Educator at the Hofstra University Museum of Art where she is responsible for teaching in the Museum galleries as well as in local school district classrooms for the Museum program "Art Travelers through Time: Literacy and History through Art," and for the Museum's monthly ARTful Adventures family program (formerly Second Saturdays). Prior to coming to the Hofstra University Museum of Art, Ms. Bruno enjoyed her work as an early education art teacher in a program she developed called Doodlin' DaVinci's. Prior to that she was a packaging designer for Clairol, Inc. and for various other design firms, including a company she co-founded with her husband. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Packaging Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and earned a Master's degree in Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University in 2014. Ms. Bruno is committed to providing all visitors to the Hofstra University Museum of Art with an inspiring educational experience, highlighting works of art from artists all over the world.

Elizabeth Dysart is the Director of Education and Engagement at the Hofstra University Museum of Art. Elizabeth develops instructional materials, provides in-classroom and in-gallery teaching to K-12th grade students, professional development for educators, and in-gallery talks for the Museum’s visitors. Elizabeth holds a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Queens College, with permanent teacher certification in Nursery- 6th grades. Her teaching experience has been shaped by her unique training as an elementary education teacher, and as a teacher trainer, and writer/developer of curriculum for Newsday. From 2001-2016, Elizabeth was the manager and writer for Newsday’s FutureCorps, a multimedia program highlighting Long Island students community service in Newsday and newsday.com/futurecorps. Elizabeth is passionate in her commitment to inspiring students’ interests, providing opportunities for museum visitors to have meaningful connection to works of art and instilling a sense of self-worth among all.

Kristen Rudy is Collections Manager at the Hofstra University Museum of Art, caring for the almost 5,000 objects in the Museum’s diverse collections. Previously, Kristen worked at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL as Curatorial Fellow, assisting with multiple exhibitions of contemporary art, including research, catalogue publishing, and educational programming. Kristen earned her Bachelors of Art in Art History and German from Dickinson College and her Masters of Art with Distinction in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Amy G. Solomon is a Museum Educator at Hofstra University Museum of Art. She develops curriculum and delivers sessions for the Enrichment to Excellence (E2E) program, which brings 6th-8th grade students from the Freeport School District to the Museum for hands-on learning opportunities. As an educator, Amy works to create opportunities for authentic learning using museum works of art, allowing students to make connections between the arts and their world. Prior to coming to the Hofstra University Museum of Art, Amy taught middle school socials studies in Brooklyn, NY at an arts-based public school. She was also an adjunct professor of social studies education at New York University, and has provided classroom mentorship to many aspiring teachers over the years. Before moving to New York, she worked in international development in Washington, D.C. mainly focused on democracy-building in Africa. Amy has a B.A. in International Affairs, with a minor in Art History from The George Washington University, and an M.A. in Secondary Social Studies education from New York University. She holds a New York State professional certificate in teaching social studies 5-12. Amy looks forward to engaging her students in exploration of their artistic and critical-thinking abilities.

Charmise P. Woodside-Desire is the Communications Director for the Hofstra University Museum of Art.  Her main responsibility is marketing and promoting the Museum and it’s various exhibitions and public programs throughout Hofstra University as well as within the public eye. Another area of emphasis is on enhancing membership, fundraising, and building the Museum’s awareness to the public. She holds a Bachelor of Information Science and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany. She has over 15 years of graphic design experience and often uses her skills to help not-for-profit organizations as well as other corporations. This will be especially useful when working with fellow Museum staff on the design and publication of event promotional materials. Charmise is a certified Microsoft Certified Trainer and Master Instructor and offers her skills to serve as a Computer Trainer in various continuing education programs in her local community. She is a trustee on the Board of Education for the Uniondale Union Free School District. She also serves on the board of the Public Relations Professional of Long Island (PRPLI) and is a member of the Social Media Association as well as the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter. In her spare time she enjoys her love for music and utilizing her gift of singing in various capacities across the country. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations at Lawrence Herbert School of Communications, Hofstra University.


  • Environmental Impact | September 3-December 13, 2019 | Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
  • David Filderman Gallery | Other People’s Parties | August 13, 2019-March 13, 2020 | Joan and Donald Axinn Library Ninth Floor, South Campus