TNCC Faculty Member Honored by Region’s Cultural Arts Community


Published: November 10, 2008

Thomas Nelson Community College faculty member Shar Wolff has received the Bettie Minette Cooper Arts Educator Award.  The photography department head was acknowledged on Nov. 9 among honorees at the 2008 Alli Awards at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Presented annually by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, the Alli Awards celebrate contributions in the past year to the local arts community by individuals, businesses and the media.

“What an honor it was to be recognized alongside the caliber of people awarded ‘Allis.’ I think it’s great to have an award that brings attention to the importance of art education.

What made it special for me was to have an award named after and presented by founding member, Minette Cooper because I had the pleasure of serving with her on the Hampton Arts Foundation.”

A Thomas Nelson faculty member since 1996, Wolff is an exhibiting artist and heads TNCC’s Cultural Affairs committee. She personally funds a photography award at the Genesis Student Show, at the

The associate professor holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

In addition to chairing TNCC Cultural Affairs for four years, she has served on several committees at the College including Academic and Professional Affairs; Curriculum; and Professional Development.

An artist and supporter of the region’s creative community since moving to the area from Las Vegas, Nevada 12 years ago, Wolff also serves on the Hampton Arts Foundation Board of Directors. She and her husband, Bruce, of Newport News reside in Hampton.



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