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Hofstra University Museum
  • Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age | January 28-June 19, 2020 | 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

Jackie Geis
Senior Assistant to the Director
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 040 Memorial Hall
Phone: (516) 463-7446
Fax: (516) 463-4743
E-Mail | Bio

Alexandra Giordano
Communications Director
Hofstra University Museum of Art

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


Curatorial

Kristen Rudy
Associate Curator and 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

Annemarie Brusca
Museum Educator
Hofstra University Museum of Art

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

Jill M. Mellow
Education Program Coordinator
Hofstra University Museum of Art

Office: 040 Memorial Hall
Phone: (516) 463-5675
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


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.

Annemarie Brusca is a Museum Educator at the Hofstra University Museum of Art.  Annemarie attended the Fashion Institute of Technology where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Accessories Design & a Minor in Art History.  She then designed handbags for brands like Rosetti & Jones New York.  She is now eager to start a new career journey of getting her Masters in Art Education and teaching young students to appreciate the arts and explore their own creativity as a way to expand their horizons.

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.

Jackie Geis is the Senior Assistant to the Director of the Hofstra University Museum of Art. Prior to joining the Museum, she spent 3 years as the department administrator for Global Studies and Geography in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Jackie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, along with a minor in Sociology, from Moravian College and a Certificate in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management from Hofstra University. She has worked in a variety of industries including banking, cosmetics, healthcare and non-profits, acquiring experience in IT asset management, consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketing, web content, social media and event management.

Alexandra Giordano is the Communications Director at the Hofstra University Museum of Art. She is responsible for promoting the Museum’s exhibitions, education and public programs to further both campus-wide and community engagement. Previously, Alexandra worked for The Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Assistant National Manager of Visual Planning where she coordinated visual campaigns that coordinated with merchandising, marketing, design and curatorial departments. She is also currently adjunct faculty at SUNY Farmingdale College and LIU Post, where she teaches classes that vary in topic from American Art History to History of Graphic Design. Alexandra holds a Master of Arts in Art History from CUNY Queens College.

Jill M. Mellow is the Education and Public Programs Coordinator at the Hofstra University Museum of Art. Jill has taught as a classroom teacher and coach in grades Pre-K through the College level, as well as having taught and created adult Training & Professional Development courses/Continuing Education programs. She was both a professor at Hostos Community College and a Field Supervisor. Later she went on to work in the Queens Superintendent’s Office as the Regional Instruction Supervisor for Elementary School Science Teachers. Jill has also worked as a Community Program Developer at a non-profit and as a Site Supervisor/Lead Teacher for a private tutoring company.

Jill has an undergraduate Degree in Communications with a Minor in Criminal Justice and Advertising. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a second Master’s Degree in Administration. She has a permanent New York teaching certificate and permanent SAS and SDA certificates (Principal and Superintendent license).

Kristen Rudy is the Associate Curator and 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.


  • Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age | January 28-June 19, 2020 | 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