The William Warfield Scholarship Fund (WWSF) along with Thomas Warfield, The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, RIT, and the City of Rochester honored William Warfield with a Bronze sculpture and commemorative plaque September 27 in the Miller Center Courtyard of the Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street.
“William Warfield is considered one of the finest singer-actors of the 20th century,” noted Thomas Warfield, WWSF Board Historian and nephew to William Warafield.
“This bust will stand as a testament to his triumphant career and broad influence as a performing artist and educator, and his legacy that inspires others to strive for excellence.”
Mayor Lovely Warren praised Warfield as “one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century,” and said the installation of this sculpture “will serve to inspire young classical singers all around the world and honor Rochester’s rich African American history.”
Pictured above and to the right are scenes from the celebration and unveiling of a Bronze sculpture and commemorative plaque at the Eastman School of Music on Gibbs Street on Monday in honor of William Warfield. In top photo from left, Thomas Warfield, nephew to William Warfield,; Lolita Forsett, President of the William Warfield Scholarship Fund; and Bust sculptor Shawn Dunwoody, nationally recognized and award winning Rochester artist . In photo above,Warfield family members celebrate aftrer the unveiling. Photos by Larry C. Pough