Dr. Pearl Hansen

Acting Chair Art & Design Department
Art Education, Watercolor, Art Appreciation

[ see examples of Pearl's work ]



Pearl Hansen is a native of northeast rural Nebraska. She received her B.F.A.E. from Wayne State College in Art and taught K-12 in Brisbane, Australia following graduation. Wanting to see the world, she spent a period of time backpacking through the outback of Australia, the East and Middle East and through Europe before returning to study at Kansas State University where she received her M.A. in Sculpture and Art History. She taught high school sculpture and pottery in Ralston, NE before returning to Wayne State College to teach in the art department and farm. She later furthered her studies at University of Nebraska in Lincoln where she received her Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction with research interest in the area of art hazards. In addition to teaching at Wayne State College she has also served as the Division Head of Fine Arts and Department Chair for the Department of Art and Design.


As a college professor her strongest interest is that of teaching and providing integrated experiences for her students. Her teaching has consistently involved students in creating public art, which more recently has been with the support of Service Learning grants. Projects have involved art students, the community, K-12, art appreciation and elementary education students in collaborative experiences. Pearl has received numerous teaching awards at the state, regional and national levels. She is sponsor for the Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association and provides the opportunity for her art education students to present and attend at least one national convention during their college career. She has also organized cultural study courses with the most recent being to Russia.


Pearl has lectured and consulted on art hazards and safe work environments with many individuals, schools, and organizations at local to international levels, directed national conferences (grant supported) and has served on several governor appointed committees addressing these concerns. She serves as member of the Arts, Crafts and Theatre Safety, Inc., New York City. She was appointed by Governor Orr to the position of Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, a state service award, for her services in the area of art hazards.


She is very active in the studio and focuses on the use of safe water-based materials. Her work has a strong focus on landscape and abstractions. Through her artwork she utilizes both 2- and 3-dimensional processes. She has had exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Through her world travels and northeast Nebraska rural roots, the experiences have served well for generating subject matter for her work.


Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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