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Ovation Awards

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) Ovation Award acknowledges an individual's dedication toward building and sustaining arts and culture in Montgomery County. The award, established by the Center in 1995, is presented each year at a gala event.

Ovation Awards Nomination Form

The Ovation award categories include:

  • Artist: A living Tennessee artist active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture, and design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County.
  • Young Artist: A high school senior within the Clarksville-Montgomery County schools who has shown exceptional gifts through student or community performances, exhibitions, or publications, who lives in Montgomery County.
  • Community: A Tennessee community organization or institution for an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are ineligible in this category.
  • Business: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are ineligible.
  • The George Mabry Award: A living Tennessee individual 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 beneficial to the arts in Montgomery County. (Nominations are not accepted in this category. The honoree is selected by a special committee of the Acuff Circle of Excellence Community Advisory Board.)

The Ovation Award Recipients

  • Mabel Larson (1996)
  • James T. Mann (1996)
  • Peggy D. Harvill (1997)
  • Olen Bryant (1998)
  • Charlsie Halliburton (1999)
  • Arthur Goldsmith (2000)
  • John McDonald (2001)
  • Tom Thayer (2001)
  • Joyce T. Norris (2002)
  • Sally Welch (2003)
  • Lilo Rogoish (2004)
  • Ned Crouch (2005)


  • F&M Bank (2010)
  • Silke's Old World Breads (2011)
  • The Leaf Chronicle (2012)
  • Beachaven Vineyards & Winery (2013)
  • The Framemaker (2014)


  • Downtown Clarksville Association (2010)
  • Empty Bowls (2011)
  • The Roxy Regional Theatre (2012)
  • Immaculate Conception Church/International Festival (2013)
  • Family & Community Education Association (2014)


  • Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King and Hugh Poland (2011)
  • Abigail Elmore (2012)
  • Elizabeth Bell & Brittney Griffin (2013)
  • Clare Grady, Will Silvers, Jeremy Carey (2014)


  • Charlotte O. Marshall (2010)
  • Susan Bryant (2011)
  • Mike Fink (2012)
  • Tom Rice (2013)
  • Mike Andrews (2014)

The George Mabry Award Recipients

  • Frank Lott (2010)
  • Anne Glass (2011)
  • Olen Bryant (2012)
  • David Alford (2013)
  • Joseph B. Trahern, Jr. (2014)