Four Alumni Inducted into Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Four Mount Saint Charles graduates were inducted into the Mount Fine Arts Hall of Fame at the 2023 annual gala: Mark Blanchette ‘76, Gianna Costa ‘96, Steve Dumaine ‘91, and Norm Parenteau ‘72. 

The Fine Arts Hall of Fame was instituted in 2013 to honor those who exemplify the spirit of Mount Saint Charles Academy through their contributions to and achievements in the fine arts.

Ms. Costa was honored for her creative work in the entertainment industry as an art director and production designer, primarily in the reality television genre. Her work has been widely recognized, and in 2022 she won the Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for work on RuPaul’s Drag Show.

“The opportunities I had in both academics and extracurricular activities at Mount guided me on the path to where I am today. My experiences in my art classes, drama and art club, choir, and more, led me to pursue my career and life in the arts,” she said.

Mr. Parenteau built his career in the Nashville music industry. He has managed artists such as Parker Milsap, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, The Felice Brothers and the Grammy Award winning Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show. He produced their 11-times platinum song “Wagon Wheel,” one of the biggest songs in country music history with over 10 million equivalent units in sales.

“It all started at Mount for me – the opportunity to play music, to work with professionals in the music industry and attain career fulfillment,” he said.

Mr. Blanchette’s professional accolades range from the local – a Rhode Island Diocesan “Companions On The Journey” Award – to the national, earning a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and an international Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to study in Japan. 

“After graduating from college I took a job as a two year sub as Mount’s music director and I stayed for 41 years. That makes a total for 57 years as a member of the Mount music department,” he said. “Along with that, my four children all attended Mount for six years (and concerts from birth). My wife, Amy, was Mount’s librarian for 31 years. My entire family is forever grateful for the wonderful Mount family that has been part of our lives.”