Stillman Honors Third President with Bust and Portrait
Tuscaloosa, AL—Former first lady, Constance R. Stinson marveled at a bust of her husband, at an unveiling on September 16 in the building named in his honor.
“Friends, my feelings at the sight of this bust are overwhelming,” said Stinson. “To see the memory of Harold recalled in such a faithful and compelling way is a moving experience. I am deeply grateful.”
Current Stillman President, Dr. Ernest McNealey commissioned the bust, which sits in the lobby of the Harold N. Stinson Math and Science Building. The bust is the handiwork of artist/sculpture Carla Kathryn Cope, who also sculpted a bust of President Barack Obama. Cope has designed for fashion design houses, as well as costume design and character design for Walt Disney World and MGM Studios.
“Myself and a group of artist and artisans pay homage to our great leaders and inspirational people through art. We strive to create respectful likenesses of those that reshape our culture and future,” remarks Cope. “Our artful creations help us to remember our gratitude to these ‘movers and shakers’, to keep on our path of improving our lifestyle, and making positive changes in our world.”
During the program, Stinson praised McNealey for taking the time to honor her husband.
“Certainly, the claims on Dr. McNealey’s time and energy have been tremendous; yet despite the demands of his position, he has had an awareness of a previous administration—one that existed more than 25 years ago,” said Stinson.
To the surprise of Stinson and all assembled, a portrait of Dr. Stinson was also unveiled. This portrait, painted by McNealey himself, will also hang in the lobby of the building.
“The bust and painting are of great significance,” said Stinson. “No words can express my gratitude. They will stand through the years, giving silent testimony to the life of Harold, his work and his love of Stillman College.”
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