Education at the Hofstra University Museum of Art

HU Museum of Art Support for Remote Learning

The Hofstra University Museum of Art and its professional staff are available to support students, staff, and faculty to enrich virtual learning. While in-person visits to the Museum’s exhibitions and collections are not possible at this time, we can work with you to bring a comparable experience to your virtual classroom. These sessions are tailored to the requirements of your course and its curriculum. 

The Museum’s professional staff can join your online class to consider topics such as developing observation and critical thinking skills using VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) and demystify looking at visual art. Art supports learning in a variety of subjects by providing an alternate lens for examination. The basis for these interdisciplinary discussions to support your curriculum can be either an exhibition or works of art from the permanent collection.  

Online Exhibitions: The web page for each exhibition includes an interactive PDF of the exhibition catalog, installation photographs, and an illustrated, annotated checklist of works in the exhibition. The use of any past exhibition is also possible.

Permanent Collection: This collection contains more than 5,000 works of art and cultural artifacts dating from 1500 BCE to the 21st century. It includes major works of art by American and European modern era artists in painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and other works on paper, along with Asian, Melanesian, African, and pre-Columbian art. Approximately 1,600 works are available through the Museum’s online database.

Recent examples from the fall 2020 semester:

Together with Hofstra University faculty, HUMA facilitated a discussion on incarceration for a sociology course using a series of photographs depicting Texas prisons, "Conversations with the Dead" by Danny Lyon. After a general discussion, the students went into breakout rooms to discuss individual photographs and then returned to the larger group to present their comments.

HUMA staff provided a “gallery” tour of the online exhibition "Nevertheless She Persisted" for a women’s studies class. This was a PowerPoint presentation of works of art by women artists from the collection and was followed by a Q&A and discussion with Museum staff and HU faculty.

Contact us with your ideas and we will work together to enhance the remote learning experience. We look forward to collaborating with you.

Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age

Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age

Nevertheless She Persisted

Nevertheless She Persisted


Collection Database

Contact Information:

Karen T. Albert, acting director and chief curator

Jill Mellow, education program coordinator

The Museum houses a collection of more than 5,000 objects that highlight ancient civilizations from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, and pre-Columbia to the modern. This rich resource offers unique opportunities to University faculty to engage their students in discussions about original works of art, the civilizations that produced them, and their role in the contemporary world, helping them to develop a more complex understanding of the forces that shaped the world in which they live. The diverse permanent collection and changing exhibitions provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines and unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering diversity awareness.

Join our growing list of disciplines that have utilized the Museum as a curricular resource through “out of the classroom” teaching in the galleries, Museum staff-led class tours of exhibitions, or permanent collection object study:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Elementary Education
  • Journalism
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • Secondary Education

To prevent scheduling conflicts, faculty who plan to bring classes to the Museum should schedule their visits through the Education Department even if a tour guide is not required. To schedule a visit at the Hofstra University Museum of Art, please call 516-463-5672.

Students at Museum

Hofstra University School of Education students participate in a class meeting held in Emily Lowe Gallery.

Student with Socrates Statue

A student from the rhetoric class - Performing History - using an outdoor sculpture as inspiration for an oral presentation.