Ark. (April 3, 2017) – Dr. Rosemary Henenberg, Willis H. Holmes Distinguished
Professor of Theatre Arts, Emerita, will be recognized with the Faulkner County
Library Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Conway Arts Awards
celebration and reception. This event is
sponsored by the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA).
Conway Arts Awards celebration and reception will be Thursday, April 13, at 7:30
p.m., in the Trieschmann Fine Arts Building on the Hendrix College campus. Other awards to be given include Outstanding
Arts Educator, Outstanding Student Achievement, Gene Hatfield Outstanding Individual
Artist, Rollin R. Potter Outstanding Patron of the Arts and the Mayor’s Award
for Community Advocate in the Arts.
Dr. Henenberg earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master
of arts degree from Baylor University, and a doctorate in Comparative Arts from
Ohio University. During her tenure at
Hendrix, Dr. Henenberg served as chair of the Theatre Arts department and area
chair for the humanities division. She was also named the original director of
the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language at
Hendrix. She retired in 2002.
Under Dr. Henenberg’s leadership, Cabe
Theatre Arts Center was constructed. Her energy and vision assured that the
College now has one of the finest performing arts centers in the region. Dr.
Henenberg has directed more than 100 productions, involving almost 5,000
students, at Hendrix.
The late Dr. Eric Binnie, Professor of
Theatre Arts, Emeritus, and past recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, said
of Dr. Henenberg, “The best image for Rosemary’s teaching, directing and
aesthetic/pedagogical collaborations is that of a pebble dropped gently into a
pool creating an ever-expanding series of ripples: she draws out responses that
reverberate in the recipient’s awareness long after the initial thought.
Rosemary’s method may be characterized as an initial precision which leads to a
deeper, more subtle, multi-layered engagement long afterwards. What’s more, she
herself has, and she creates for others, a great deal of fun in doing so; ably
demonstrating the chiasmus which has become one of her more memorable maxims,
‘serious play, played seriously.’”
to CAFTA board chair, Dr. Gayle Seymour, “We were very impressed with the
impact that Dr. Henenberg has made not only at Hendrix, but in the cultural
life of the Conway area. We encourage all of her former students to come out
and support Dr. Henenberg as she receives this prestigious award.”
public is invited to attend the artist awards ceremony free of charge, which
will include performances by local artists. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.
Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway,
Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since
1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges
That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is
nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic
quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.