Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration
Faculty Associate | Bolz Center for Arts Administration|Management and Human Resources
3344 Grainger Hall
(608) 263-4161

Biography

As the director for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sherry Wagner-Henry is responsible for center strategy, which includes recruitment of students as emerging leaders, teaching through applied professional practice, job placement, and the development of enhanced educational experiences, including the rollout of the campus-wide Arts Business Initiative. ABI is program that connects artists and creative majors to business students and curriculum, fostering collaboration and creative inquiry around the processes for making a living and life with the arts at the center of exploration.

The ABI program launched the Aesthetics and Business Project—a coordinated series of activities, experiences and coursework that lead BBA students toward the development of their personal aesthetic, which hopefully lead to such outcomes as deeper empathy, better communication skills and a heightened sense of perspective—all, which in turn, develop better leaders. More recently, Sherry has been working to connect her students and the Bolz Center to regional and national Creative Placemaking initiatives, utilizing arts and artists to catalyze community development and rejuventation. Early attempts have included the launch of a Nonprofit Board Leadership program and Strategic Impact Consulting projects for graduate students at UW-Madison.

Sherry came to the Bolz Center from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she was director of graduate programs for the College of Continuing Education and faculty director of the Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership (ACL), a program that she founded. For 14 years, at the University of Minnesota, she was managing director of University Theatre and Dance, and executive director of the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, where she built and expanded the opportunities to create and manage public/private partnership development.

Sherry graduated with her MBA in Arts Administration and Marketing from Illinois State University and was a Follett Fellow in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management (AEMM) at Columbia College-Chicago. Sherry also serves as an affiliate member of the Arts Institute on campus, is a board member of the international Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), and is a founding network partner at Sort Sol Consulting Group.

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

Arts Enterprise: Arts and Business as Art (MHR 365), Spring 2013.
Introduction to arts entrepreneurship--making a living and a life through your work in the arts.

Graduate Courses

APAP/Dawson Research Project (MHR 799), Spring 2014.
First year student in the Bolz Center attend the APAP Conference in NYC in January, where they are assigned a market research project or program evaluation to perform for the membership.

APAP/Dawson Research Project (MHR 799), Spring 2013.
First year student in the Bolz Center attend the APAP Conference in NYC in January, where they are assigned a market research project or program evaluation to perform for the membership.

APAP/Dawson Research Project (MHR 799), Spring 2015.
First year student in the Bolz Center attend the APAP Conference in NYC in January, where they are assigned a market research project or program evaluation to perform for the membership.

Independent Study-Creating a Business Plan (MHR 799), Fall 2015.
worked with DMA candidate to learn and create a business planning model for a start-up organization.

Independent Study-Creating a Business Plan (MHR 799), Spring 2015.
worked with DMA candidate to learn and create a business planning model for a start-up organization.

APAP/Dawson Research Project (MHR 799), Spring 2016.
First year student in the Bolz Center attend the APAP Conference in NYC in January, where they are assigned a market research project or program evaluation to perform for the membership.

APAP/Dawson Research Project (MHR 799), Spring 2016.
First year student in the Bolz Center attend the APAP Conference in NYC in January, where they are assigned a market research project or program evaluation to perform for the membership.

Bolz Center Thesis Project (MHR 790), Spring 2014.
Capstone project for the completion of the degree in Arts Administration.

Bolz Center Thesis Project (MHR 790), Fall 2012.
Capstone research paper for the completion of the degree in Arts Administration.

Bolz Center Thesis Project (MHR 790), Spring 2013.
Capstone project for the completion of the degree in Arts Administration.

Bolz Center Thesis Project (MHR 790), Fall 2013.
Capstone research paper for the completion of the degree in Arts Administration.

Arts Seminar (MHR 774), Spring 2013.
Continuation of the foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

Arts Seminar (MHR 774), Spring 2014.
Continuation of the foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

Arts Seminar (MHR 774), Spring 2015.
Continuation of the foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

Arts Seminar (MHR 774), Spring 2016.
Continuation of the foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

(MHR 774), Spring 2017.

(MHR 774), Spring 2018.

Arts Seminar (MHR 773), Fall 2015.
Foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

(MHR 773), Fall 2016.

Arts Seminar (MHR 773), Fall 2013.
Foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

Arts Seminar (MHR 773), Fall 2014.
Foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

Arts Seminar (MHR 773), Fall 2012.
Foundations of arts and nonprofit management for first year Bolz Center MBAs and DMAs completing a doctoral minor in Arts Administration.

Nonprofit Board Leadership (MHR 765), Fall 2013.
2nd year Bolz Center students, other MBAs and other graduate students (MPA, Education, Nonprofit Management) learn best practices for serving as a nonprofit board member. Content delivered in the classroom, with service learning on a board.

Nonprofit Board Leadership (MHR 765), Spring 2014.
2nd year Bolz Center students, other MBAs and other graduate students (MPA, Education, Nonprofit Management) learn best practices for serving as a nonprofit board member. Content delivered in the classroom, with service learning on a board.

Strategic Impact Consulting and Thought Leadership (MHR 765), Fall 2014.
Capstone project for 2nd year Bolz Center students in which they construct and complete a strategy consulting project with an arts nonprofit organization or municipality looking to create a cultural plan.

Strategic Impact Consulting and Thought Leadership (MHR 765), Spring 2015.
Capstone project for 2nd year Bolz Center students in which they construct and complete a strategy consulting project with an arts nonprofit organization or municipality looking to create a cultural plan.

Nonprofit Board Leadership (MHR 765), Fall 2014.
2nd year Bolz Center students, other MBAs and other graduate students (MPA, Education, Nonprofit Management) learn best practices for serving as a nonprofit board member. Content delivered in the classroom, with service learning on a board.

Strategic Impact Consulting and Thought Leadership (MHR 765), Spring 2015.
Capstone project for 2nd year Bolz Center students in which they construct and complete a strategy consulting project with an arts nonprofit organization or municipality looking to create a cultural plan.

Strategic Impact Consulting and Thought Leadership (MHR 765), Spring 2016.
Capstone project for 2nd year Bolz Center students in which they construct and complete a strategy consulting project with an arts nonprofit organization or municipality looking to create a cultural plan.

(MHR 765), Spring 2017.

(MHR 765), Spring 2017.

Strategic Impact Consulting and Thought Leadership (MHR 765), Fall 2015.
Capstone project for 2nd year Bolz Center students in which they construct and complete a strategy consulting project with an arts nonprofit organization or municipality looking to create a cultural plan.

(MHR 765), Fall 2016.

(MHR 765), Fall 2016.

(MHR 765), Fall 2017.