college of communication fine arts and media
Department of art and art history


Shari Hofschire

instructor, art and art history

(402) 554-2402 • Office: WFAB 328


Shari Hofschire is the Director of the UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education, which received the 2008 Chancellors Strategic Planning Award for Community Engagement and the 2011 Roscoe Shields Award from the Nebraska Art Teachers Association for "service to Art Education in Nebraska." She organized the CADRE II: The Arts program for MOEC (Metro Omaha Education Consortium) and served as its original coordinator. She teaches classes in the College of Fine Arts in both art history and graduate arts education and is a faculty member for Thompson Learning Community. Shari has twice been recognized as Educator of the Year for Higher Education by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association. She has been active in state arts organizations serving as President of Nebraskans for the Arts and Treasurer of the Nebraska Alliance for Arts Education. She has served as Director of the Prairie Visions Institute since 2005, organizing the week-long professional development summer institute for teachers and other educators from across Nebraska and western Iowa. Prairie Visions has been Nebraska's leader in comprehensive arts education for 25 years. Shari has conducted staff development workshops and in-services for school districts, as well as giving state and national presentations at numerous professional conferences such as National Art Education Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. She was selected to attend the Teacher Institute at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Education Leaders Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a member of the Board of Education for Westside Community Schools for 15 years. Shari is part of the team that developed the educational materials and thematic curriculum for the Nebraska Masterpieces project/posters, the Iowa West Public Art project, and the Omaha Mural Project for Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has received over $300,000 in grants for arts education projects for the Center.

Master of Arts/ English, University of Nebraska/ Omaha
Master of Arts/Art History, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Center for Innovation in Arts Education:

Nebraska Masterpieces Project:

Sample units of instruction:




Director, Center for Innovation in Arts Education


Art and Art History


M.A., Art History, The George Washington University
M.A., English, University of Nebraska Omaha
B.S., Education, University of Nebraska Omaha

Activity Interests:

Comprehensive Arts Education

Courses Taught:

Art Appreciation
Survey of Western Art II
Modern Art History
19th-century Art History
Contemporary Art History
Learning In and Through the Arts
Special Topics in Education

At UNO Since:



Nebraska Masterpieces Poster and Website project. Education content for 5 posters of art by contemporary Nebraska artists and 6 thematic curriculum units posted on a website for teachers. Prepared with Dr. Frances Thurber and Dr. Joanne Sowell. Project commissioned by the Nebraska Arts Council. Published January and March 2007. Masterpieces/

Presentations: National Art Education Association Annual conferences:

“Worlds Real & Imagined: 21st Century Literacies and the Arts” 2008, New Orleans

“Nebraska Masterpieces: Contemporary Art Resources for the Classroom” 2008, New Orleans
“Art: Keep the Faith Ringgold” 2007, New York City

“Telling Diverse Perspectives Through Art” 2006, Chicago

Director, Prairie Visions Institute, weeklong professional development for educators from Nebraska & Iowa.

Department of Art & Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554.2420 Fax: (402) 554.3436