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.
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 student within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School District 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 Larsen (1995-1996)
- James T. Mann (1995-1996)
- Peggy D. Harvill (1996-1997)
- Olen Bryant (1997-1998)
- Charlsie Halliburton (1998-1999)
- Arthur Goldsmith (1999-2000)
- John McDonald (2000-2001)
- Tom Thayer (2000-2001)
- Joyce T. Norris (2001-2002)
- Sally Welch (2002-2003)
- Lilo Rogoish (2003-2004)
- Ned Crouch (2004-2005)
- Charlotte O. Marshall (2009-2010 Artist category)
- F&M Bank (2009-2010 Business category)
- Downtown Clarksville Association (2009-2010 Community category)
- Susan Bryant (2010-2011 Artist category)
- Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King and Hugh Poland (2010-2011 Young Artist category)
- Silke's Old World Breads (2010-2011 Business category)
- Empty Bowls Clarksville (2010-2011 Community category)
- Mike Fink (2011-2012 Artists category)
- The Leaf Chronicle (2011-2012 Business category)
- The Roxy Regional Theatre (2011-2012 Community category)
- Abigail Elmore, Northwest High School (2011-2012 Young Artist category)
The George Mabry Award Recipients
- Frank Lott (2009-2010)
- Anne Glass (2010-2011)
- Olen Bryant (2011-12)