henriette reiss award


2016 Recipients

Elizabeth Gale
Class of 2015

Elizabeth is a BFA Theatre and Development Major at Concordia University in Montreal. In her own words: “To express empathy for others’ experiences through spoken word and interdisciplinary performance, is the theatre I would like to create or take part in.” 

Cecilia Bellows
Class of 2016

Cecilia has written and performed a play for her Senior Project, Belated. She is planning to move to Portland, Oregon to work and attend Portland Community College, part-time to begin with while getting established on her own.

Please join us for the Award Presentation
Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m.
Hawthorne Valley School Hall



About the Award

Henriette ReissThe Henriette Reiss Award at Hawthorne Valley was created in
1993 through the generosity of Elizabeth Hughes Papas to honor the work and spirit of artist/teacher Henriette Reiss (1889-1992).

Central to the life and work of Henriette Reiss was the abiding insight that art is crucial to individual and social development, a view also embraced and furthered in Waldorf schools around the world. The recognition of these truths moved Elizabeth Papas, who lived in Philmont, to establish an award at the nearby Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, in order to help aspiring students further their educations in the arts.

The award is given annually to Hawthorne Valley School seniors and/or alumni. It is administered by the Henriette Reiss Award Committee which solicits applications, selects recipients, organizes award events, and engages in fundraising. Committee members are David Anderson, Pamela Dalton, Eric Muller, Ted Pugh, Peter Reiss, Renate Reiss, George Riley, and Fern Sloan. The award's endowment fund is part of the school's endowment. Award amounts can vary from year to year and have ranged from $500 to $1,500, depending on the success of annual fundraising efforts to supplement the endowment’s income. 

Photo: Henriette Reiss, 1912. Pastel portrait by Winold Reiss.

Eli Gale
Eli Gale, 2016.