Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

UNCSA History

Facts and information about the history of the UNCSA campus and programs.

Giannini Society Award Recipients

Established in 1989, the Giannini Society pays tribute to the UNCSA's first President, Vittorio Giannini, and his dream of a world-class arts conservatory. The Giannini Society Award is given annually in recognition of meritorious service to the School of the Arts and is one of the School’s most prestigious honors. The Society recognizes individuals with annual gifts of $1,000 or more for current operations of the School.

The first medallion, designed by Winston-Salem designer/goldsmith Shirley Taylor Gobble, was made of sterling silver and onyx and contained two sapphires. It represents all disciplines at the School: a conductor’s hands (with baton), for music; a ballerina, for dance; a jester, for drama; and a proscenium arch with swag, for design and production. The medallion could either be displayed as a sculpture or worn with its accompanying navy satin ribbon.

Date

Recipient

9 November 1990 Dr. James Semans and Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans
Presented by Dr. Robert Ward
28 September 1991 Wallace Carroll
Presented by Chancellor Alex Ewing
3 October 1992 John Ehle
Presented by Joel Fleishman at Performance Place Proscenium Thrust Theatre during Giannini Gala
9 October 1993 Terry Sanford
Presented by Chancellor Alex Ewing at Performance Place Proscenium Thrust Theatre during Giannini Gala
24 September 1994 R. Philip Hanes, Jr.
Presented by Chancellor Alex Ewing at Adams Mark Winston Plaza Hotel Ballroom during Giannini Gala
7 October 1995 Frank H. Kenan
Presented by Chancellor Alex Ewing at Performance Place Proscenium Thrust Theatre during Giannini Gala; accepted by Kenan's son, Thomas S. Kenan III. Glass sculpture created by artist Jak Brewer.
5 October 1996 Jeanelle Coulter Moore
Presented by Chancellor Alex Ewing at Performance Place Proscenium Thrust Theatre during Giannini Gala. Medallion designed by DeLouis Wilson, 1978 graduate of Visual Arts NCSA.
4 October 1997 Dr. Robert Ward
Presented by Chancellor Alex Ewing at Crawford Hall special Birthday Celebration Concert (Oct. 18). Award announced at Southern C’s Farm, Summerfield, NC.
3 October 1998 June Montague Ficklen
Presented by Chancellor Alex Ewing at Performance Place Proscenium Thrust Theatre during Giannini Gala
11 March 2000 Alex and Sheila Ewing
Presented by Giannini Society Co-Chairs Barry and Lynn Eisenberg at Maxims Grand Salon Restaurant during NYC Giannini Weekend
1 March 2002 Janie and Jackson D. Wilson, Jr.
Presented by Chancellor Wade Hobgood at Shelly's Restaurant during NYC Giannini Weekend
7 March 2003 Lynn and Barry Eisenberg
Presented by Chancellor Wade Hobgood at La Caravelle Restaurant during NYC Giannini Weekend
6 March 2004 Edwin W. Schloss, Drama Class of 1972
Presented by Chancellor Wade Hobgood at Maloney and Porcelli Restaurant during NYC Giannini Weekend
5 March 2005 Thomas S. Kenan III
Presented at Wintergarden Foyer, Rihga Hotel during NYC Giannini Weekend
4 March 2006 Helen Copenhaver Hanes and James Gordon Hanes, Jr.
Presented by Interim Chancellor Gretchen Bataille at Warwick Suite, Warwick New York Hotel during NYC Giannini Weekend
3 March 2007 Judy and Bill Watson
Presented by Chancellor John Mauceri at Warwick New York Hotel during NYC Giannini Weekend
31 May 2008 Patricia Athey Brown and Dr. Malcolm McDougal Brown
Presented by Chancellor John Mauceri at Stevens Center during 42nd College Commencement
30 May 2009 Claire Penn Christopher and F. Hudnall Christopher
Presented by Chancellor John Mauceri at Stevens Center during 43rd College Commencement (announced at Giannini Spring weekend)
29 May 2010 Mary Louise (Bizzell) and John Woodfin Burress III
Presented by Chancellor John Mauceri at Stevens Center during 44th College Commencement
28 May 2011 Phyllis Hemrick Dunning
Presented by Chancellor John Mauieri at  Stevens Center during 45th College Commencement
6 May 2012 Susan S. and John D. Gates
Presented by Chancellor John Mauceri at Stevens Center during 46th College Commencement
4 May 2013 Nancy and Paul Gwyn
Presented by Chancellor John Mauceri at Stevens Center during 47th College Commencement
10 May 2014 Elaine Doerschuk Pruitt
Presented by Interim Chancellor James Moeser at Stevens Center during 48th College Commencement
9 May 2015 Jim and Mary Allen Martin
Presented by Chancellor Lindsay Bierman at Stevens Center during 49th College Commencement
7 May 2016 Doug and Sue Henderson
Presented by Chancellor Lindsay Bierman at Stevens Center during 50th College Commencement
6 May 2017 Charles and Lamar Taft
Presented by Chancellor Lindsay Bierman at Stevens Center during 51st College Commencement
5 May 2018 Rev. Douglass M. Bailey and Carolyn L. Bailey
Presented by Chancellor Lindsay Bierman at Stevens Center during 52nd College Commencement
4 May 2019 Anne and Steve Sessions
Presented by Chancellor Lindsay Bierman at Stevens Center during 53rd College Commencement
27 May 2020

Mary Lynn and John Wigodsky
Announced by Chancellor Brian Cole

2021 Ralph Womble and Ashley Edwards
Presented by Chancellor Brian Cole during the 2022 Celebration of Excellence
27 April 2022

Mark Land
Presented by Chancellor Brian Cole during the 2022 Celebration of Excellence