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Ovation Awards

The Ovation Awards recognize an individual or group's dedication to building and sustaining arts and culture in Montgomery County through active participation in the arts and/or support of the arts. Established by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) in 1995, the Ovation Awards are presented each year at a gala event.

Ovation_Nomination_Form_-_All_Categories.pdf

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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)

BUSINESS AWARD

  • F&M Bank (2010)
  • Silke's Old World Breads (2011)
  • The Leaf Chronicle (2012)
  • Beachaven Vineyards & Winery (2013)
  • The Framemaker (2014)
  • Planters Bank (2015)
  • Richview Family Dentistry (2016)
  • Hand Family Companies (2017)

COMMUNITY AWARD

  • Downtown Clarksville Association (2010)
  • Empty Bowls (2011)
  • The Roxy Regional Theatre (2012)
  • Immaculate Conception Church/International Festival (2013)
  • Family & Community Education Association (2014)
  • Downtown Artists' Co-op (2015)
  • Madison Street Music & Arts Academy (2016)
  • Hilldale Civitan Club (2017)

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

  • Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King, and Hugh Poland (2011)
  • Abigail Elmore (2012)
  • Elizabeth Bell and Brittney Griffin (2013)
  • Clare Grady, Will Silvers, and Jeremy Carey (2014)
  • Kayleigh Baird, Terrell Boykin, Arizona Hurn, and Amy Wyer (2015)
  • Jacob Capps, Brandon Crite, Mercedes Johnson, and Jonathan Weidner (2016)
  • Abbey Hogan, Aaron Smith, Alana Clayton, Bianca Moore, and Addisyn Bryant (2017)

ARTIST AWARD

  • Charlotte O. Marshall (2010)
  • Susan Bryant (2011)
  • Mike Fink (2012)
  • Tom Rice (2013)
  • Mike Andrews (2014)
  • Billy St. John (2015)
  • Debbie Wilson (2016)
  • Beverly Parker (2017)

The George Mabry Award Recipients

  • Frank Lott (2010)
  • Anne Glass (2011)
  • Olen Bryant (2012)
  • David Alford (2013)
  • Joseph B. Trahern, Jr. (2014)
  • Joe Giles (2015)
  • Wade Bourne (2016)
  • Evans Harvill (2017)