Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Recognizing Steward’s Greatest Former Artists, Musicians, Actors, Producers, and Fine Arts Program Contributors

In early 2019, Steward established the Fine Arts Hall of Fame to recognize members of the Steward community who have proven exceptionally influential in fine arts. They also serve as role models for current and future Steward student-artists. The new Hall of Fame honorees are celebrated every other January with a ceremony and reception in the Lora M. Robins Theatre.

 

Fine Arts Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

Thursday, January 31, 2019

6-8 p.m.

Lora M. Robins Theatre


 Honoring the inaugural Inductees:

Paul R. Cramer

The late Paul R. Cramer received his B.A. from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and his Master’s of Education from Springfield College. He began his teaching career at the University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he taught French and English. Mr. Cramer’s work as the second headmaster of The Steward School began on July 15, 1975. Mr. Cramer touched hundreds of lives during his time as Headmaster. His legacy can be characterized in a number of ways - as a dedicated educator, an inspiring leader, a staunch believer in doing the right thing, a humanitarian, a supporter of the arts, and a lover of athletics.

Margaret Hassan

Margaret Hassan received her B.A. from Regis College. Ms. Hassan worked at The Steward School from 1975-1984, serving in multiple roles in the administration. She also served as the school “nurse,” guide, and friend of all students. The class of 1984 dedicated their yearbook to Ms. Hassan. Barbara Anchell, a member of the Parents Association in 1984, had this to say about Marge: “Marge...has contributed in substantial ways to the success of Steward...as secretary, receptionist, business manager, nurse, advisor, consultant, to name only a few. Seldom did she miss an athletic contest, a play or a myriad of other activities. She was always willing to and did help out with anything and anyone…” Ms. Hassan played an integral part in just about everything the school did. Her contributions to the school are immeasurable. At the celebration of the school’s twentieth year, the school library was dedicated in honor of Ms. Hassan, as she had a particular love for libraries.

Bonnie Anderson

Bonnie Anderson is a Richmond native, a graduate of Hermitage High School (where she was named Miss Henrico County Firefighter) and Longwood University, and performed as a competitive baton twirler (named Miss Richmond Majorette). Mrs. Anderson joined the Steward faculty in 1983 as the school’s only music teacher. She single-handedly taught music for grades K-12 until 2002. She created what are now known as the Lower School Holiday Program and the Grandparents and Special Friends Day Program, both of which began as all-school events but evolved into divisional programs as the school grew. She wrote and directed the accompanying performances for all of those programs, tailoring each play and the music to the fifth-grade class casts. She reformatted Lower School Talent Night to make sure it allowed all students to feel comfortable participating, not just those with musical talents. She directed the Upper School chorus groups and took students to district competitions for many years. In addition to her school day responsibilities, Mrs. Anderson taught piano lessons for individual students in the early morning and late afternoon for almost 30 years, thus lengthening her school days to as many as 12 straight hours. In 2015, Mrs. Anderson received the prestigious Paul R. Cramer award, which is given annually to the faculty member who reflects the characteristics associated with the former head of school—balance, perspective, and humor.

Rugene Paulette

Rugene Paulette served as the Visual Arts Department Chair at Steward and taught art at the school for 31 years. She received the first Paul R. Cramer Award in 2008, and an honorary diploma to celebrate her service to the school when she retired in 2017.

Michael D. Congdon ‘00

Michael D. Congdon '00 attended Upper School at Steward from 1997-2000. During his time at the school, he participated in the Environmental Science Club, the Arts Club, and Upper School Chorus. He was also a cast member in Steward productions of Rehearsal For Murder, Don’t Drink the Water, and Museum, to name a few. In 2000, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his years of service to The Steward School Theater Program. Mr. Congdon is now is a business strategist, entrepreneur, and media producer. His experience includes ventures in oyster aquaculture, venture capital, education, real estate, professional film, photography, graphics, and more. As owner of Artesian Entertainment Group, Mr. Congdon produces award-winning music, national television, and feature films. In the music world, Mr. Congdon has produced #1 hit records in both America and Taiwan.

Stephanie Mann '93

Stephanie Mann '93 attended Upper School at Steward, where she thrived in music and theatre, was given the superlative “Most Likely to Succeed,” and had the highest academic average her senior year. Ms. Mann spent her undergraduate years at Brandeis University, where she played leading roles in productions like The Sound of Music and many others. She later graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a Master’s of Music in Voice and Opera Performance. She now performs as a featured soprano soloist with several opera companies, where her recent roles have included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the New England Opera Theatre. Future performances include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance in a joint 'Last Minute' production with Longwood Opera and the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society. An active proponent for creating and encouraging artistic opportunities, Ms. Mann has served on the Board of Boston Singers Resource as the Clerk, the Boston Opera Project, and the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society where she also served as Program Chair. She recently served as the Concert and Events Coordinator and Alumni Relations Manager with Boston Opera Collaborative.

Fielding Archer '80

Fielding Archer '80 attended Upper School at Steward, where he participated on the varsity soccer team, but his love was for the arts. He graduated from Steward and went on to receive a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. After college, he received a grant to attend Skowhegan, a residency program for emerging artists in Skowhegan, Maine. Upon his return from Skowhegan, Mr. Archer studied with renowned American painter, Julien Binford. Mr. Archer’s work captures the soul of an object through the use of color and simplicity of form. His compositions rely less on traditional pictorial structure and more on the use of color, perspective, and composition. This seemingly effortless hand that is seen in his paintings, combined with his ability to easily capture the likeness and spirit of his subject, has enabled MR. Archer to become one of the country’s leading portrait painters. Award-winning in national juried exhibitions, Fielding’s art is included in numerous private and corporate collections.


Questions or ideas?

Contact jenn.downey@stewardschool.org or (804) 740-3394, ext. 2331

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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