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APSU's Acuff Circle still accepting nominations for annual Ovation Awards

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts.

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts.

            Nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 20. The awards ceremony will be Sunday, March 5, at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.

            The sponsoring Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patron society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.

            The award categories in which nominations are sought are:

            Individual Artist: A living Tennessee artist, active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture or design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice, Mike Andrews, Billy St. John, and Debbie Wilson.

            Community: A Clarksville-Montgomery County community organization or institution with an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are not eligible in this category. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Downtown Artists Co-Op., and Madison Street Music & Arts Academy.

            Business: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&M Bank, Silke's Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, The Framemaker, Planters Bank and Richview Family Dentistry.

             Young Artist awards also will be presented. Deadline for these awards was Dec. 16.

            The Ovation Awards also include The George Mabry Award. Nominees for this honor come from the Acuff Circle board. It recognizes a living Tennessean who has made a significant impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County through philanthropy, leadership or direct involvement, or a Tennessee individual who has advanced arts and culture through innovative work in creating or supporting the arts in Montgomery County. Past winners include Frank Lott, Anne Glass Olen Bryant, David Alford, Joseph B. Trahern Jr., Joe Giles and Wade Bourne.

            To nominate someone in the Individual, Community, or Business categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at www.apsu.edu/creativearts/ovation.  Forms for the Individual, Community or Business categories also can be obtained at the Customs House Museum, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, or the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

            The nomination should include a description of up to 250 words of the individual's or organization's artistic contributions. Nominations can be emailed to cannonm@apsu.edu at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, or mailed to Ovation Awards, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.

            For more information on the nomination process or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.