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Mission Statement:

The mission of Chadron Visual Arts is to provide a safe, nurturing and equitable learning environment where each student has the opportunity to develop positive attitudes toward Visual Art & Design, as well as competencies encompassing 21st Century Skills and Studio Habits of Mind.

Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity + Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore, Understand Art Worlds


Image of Mr. Hencey under colored lights.

Mr. Hencey

9 - 12 Art & Design Teacher

Mr. Hencey was born and raised in Chadron, Nebraska and graduated Chadron High School, Class of 2005. An early interest in creative pursuits led him to study visual art and humanities at Chadron State College from 2005 to 2009. After working in the tech and design realms, he returned to Chadron State College in 2014 to explore teaching. Mr. Hencey found his way back to Chadron Public Schools in 2017, teaching in the same classrooms that built his art skills as a student. He loves spending all day sharing his passion for art, design, and all things creative.

Mr. Hencey continues to produce and exhibit his own original artwork in the region. His artwork tends to take the form of drawings and mixed media collages which deal with themes of memory, family, and the regional landscape.

Mrs. Whidby

K - 8 Art & Design Teacher

Mrs. Whidby was born in Eugene Oregon . She moved to Nebraska in eighth grade and graduated high school in 2007 at Valentine High school. Mrs.Whidby had a love for art and children which lead her to get her degree in elementary education with an emphasis in art. After graduating collage Mrs.Whidby started working as a third grade teacher at Chadron Intermediate School, and also teaching a summer art program for K-2 grade. For the 2019-2020 school year Mrs.Whidbys dream job opened, a kindergarten through eighth grade visual arts teacher. She now gets to spend her day sharing her love of the arts with many students!

Mrs.Whidby married her high school sweet heart in 2008, and has three beautiful children KC, Blake and Oliver. Outside of school she loves to spend time with her family and work on her artwork.