CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Acuff Circle of Excellence, a non-profit patron society of the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is seeking nominations for the coveted Ovation Awards, presented annually since 1996.
The nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations.
While the Ovation Awards will be presented at a celebration on March 2, 2014, at the Customs House Museum, nominations are being sought now through Tuesday, Jan. 21.
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. The 2013 award winner was Tom Rice.
Young Artist: A high school student in Clarksville-Montgomery County who has shown exceptional gifts through student or community performances, exhibitions or publications. The 2013 winners were Elizabeth Bell of Kenwood High School, and Brittney Griffin of Montgomery Central High School.
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. The 2013 winner was Immaculate Conception Catholic Church International Day.
Business: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Clarksville-Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. The 2013 winner was Beachaven Vineyards and Winery.
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 and David Alford.
To nominate someone in the Individual, Young Artist, Community or Business categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at www.apsu.edu/creativearts/ovation or obtained at the following locations: the Customs House Museum, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library or the Clarksville-Montgomery County 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.