Hofstra University Museum
112 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549
Telephone: (516) 463-5672
Fax: (516) 463-4743
Nancy Richner, Director of the Hofstra University Museum, is passionate about engaging people in the extraordinary power of authentic works of art as a means to advance knowledge and understanding, a goal that aligns with the mission of Hofstra University.
From 2008 through 2016, Nancy served as Museum Education Director for the Hofstra University Museum where she was responsible for the oversight, planning and implementation of all educational and interpretive materials and programs for the varied audiences served by the Museum. Ms. Richner served as the lead educator working with University students and faculty, P-12 students, teachers, and administrators, and with the general public. Prior to coming to the Hofstra University Museum, she was Program Manager at the Nassau County Museum of Art and prior to that, was the Assistant Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art. She is the chair of the recently formed Long Island Museum Educators Roundtable, serves on the Hofstra University Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Board, the Long Island Arts Alliance Steering Committee, the Huntington Arts Council Re-grant Advisory Committee, and the Nassau BOCES Cultural Education Consortium. She served on the national board of the Museum Education Roundtable as well as on the faculty of Bank Street College of Education and serves on the editorial review panel for the Journal of Museum Education.
Ms. Richner earned her Master’s Degree in Museum Education from the George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She is a member of Arttable, the American Alliance of Museums, EdCom, the Museum Education Roundtable, and the National Art Education Association. She received the honor of Museum Educator of the Year, North East region (1993) and has been published in Museum News, Journal of Aesthetic Education and the Journal of Museum Education. Nancy is committed to advancing museums’ critical role in society and particularly, in underscoring the unique role that a university museum can play.
Karen T. Albert is currently the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Hofstra University Museum. For over twenty five years, Karen has organized and curated exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. During this past year (2016), Karen curated exhibitions that featured works from the Museum’s permanent collections: Over the River: Transforming Long Island, AFRICA: Sub-Saharan Diversity and In Print. Two recent 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. Since 2012 she has curated the following exhibitions: 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, David Jacobs: Sight and Sound, Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan, We Hold These Truths…, 50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the HU Museum, Yonia Fain: Remembrance, The Disappearing Landscape: Selections from the HU Museum Collection, and Barbara Roux: Environments. 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 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, 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 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. 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.
Renee B. Kurot, Museum Educator at the Hofstra University Museum, develops and implements educational programs and interpretive materials for local schools and community organizations. Renee teaches in-classroom and in-gallery 3rd grade students for the Museum partnership program, "Art Travelers through Time: Literacy and History through Art", as well as in-gallery sessions for visitors of all ages. 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.
Karla Oderwald is the Senior Assistant to the Director of the Hofstra University Museum. Prior to coming to the HUM she spent 6 years in the department of Teacher Education in the School of Education, where she assisted faculty and students. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Design and minor in Writing Studies. She has a diverse background that includes investment banking, child care and education.
Pamela Ollendorff, Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at the Hofstra University Museum, works with the Director of Education and Engagement toward the preparation and implementation of educational programs and interpretive materials for the public, schools, and local community organizations. Previously, she worked in television news production including serving as a Coordinating Producer on a PBS international documentary series. Pamela earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently she was actively involved with organizing projects and helping the head teacher in an elementary school art room.
Kristen Rudy is Collections Manager at the Hofstra University Museum, 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. 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, 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. 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). 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 Hofstra University.