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2005 Ovation Award goes to local alumnus

The executive director of Clarksvilles Customs House Museum and Cultural Center was honored recently as the recipient of the 2005 Ovation Award, presented annually by APSUs Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

Ned Crouch was presented the Ovation Award on the evening of Nov. 14, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the arts in the region.

Crouch earned a bachelors degree in art and sociology with a minor in psychology from APSU and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Township, Pa.
The executive director of Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural Center was honored recently as the recipient of the 2005 Ovation Award, presented annually by APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

Ned Crouch was presented the Ovation Award on the evening of Nov. 14, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the arts in the region.

Crouch earned a bachelor's degree in art and sociology with a minor in psychology from APSU and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Township, Pa.

In 1974-75, he taught sculpture at APSU for now-Professor Emeritus of Art Olen Bryant who was on a sabbatical, and Crouch was artist-in-residence at APSU in 1976. That same year, he was curator of “American Folk,” a major exhibit of 20th century folk art, at Vanderbilt University. He has been a consultant for Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville.

Crouch designed the wrapping, transportation and installation for the Walter Chrysler Collection, Norfolk, Va., and the Armand Hammer Collection, Los Angeles. During 1975-82, he created a series of large, plaza-style steel sculptures, which are included in prominent public and private collections throughout the Southeast.

His work has been displayed in many one-man and group exhibits, including the 1975 Mid-South Biennial Exhibit in the Brooks Gallery, Memphis, and his one-man, by-invitation exhibit at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He studied paintings restoration with the Cumberland Art Conservation Center in Nashville and later established his own conservation lab in Clarksville, specializing in conservation and restoration of 19th and early 20th century American paintings.

Crouch served two terms on the Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Council. He is on the boards of the Mid-Cumberland Arts League, Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Council.

For more information on the Ovation Award, telephone Professor of Art Kell Black at (931) 221-7358. — Dennie Burke