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Ovation award presented to alumna and visual arts advocate

May 13, 2002

Longtime community visual arts advocate and Austin Peay alumna Joyce Norris was named recipient of the 2001-02 Ovation Award. The award was presented to Norris by the University's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

In honor of her selection as Ovation Award recipient, Norris was presented with an engraved crystal plaque by Marlon Crow, associate director of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts before the premiere performance of APSU's 75th Anniversary show, "Memories, Milestones & Mischief!" on April 26.

This marks the seventh annual presentation of the award, which was established in 1995 and honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville community.

Norris, a senior community banking officer at Firstar Bank, was cited for the key role she has played in providing a venue for exhibition of works by local artists. Retired APSU art department chair Max Hochstetler said, "It is amazing that, even though the bank changed ownership more than once, Joyce was successful in convincing the new directors to continue the exhibit."

The community artists' exhibition has been an annual event since 1994. Each year a percentage of sales from the exhibition is earmarked for an art department scholarship endowment, which has provided financial aid for many APSU students over the years.

Former Ovation Award recipients include James Mann, Mabel Larson, Peg Harvill, Olen Bryant, Charlsie Halliburton, Arthur Goldsmith Jr., John McDonald and Tom Thayer.