Clarksville, TN – The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts.
The nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, January 20th. The awards ceremony is March 1st at the Customs House Museum.The sponsoring Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patrons society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.
The awards have been presented since 1996.
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. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice and Mike Andrews.
Young Artist: A high school senior in Clarksville-Montgomery County who has shown exceptional gifts through student or community performances, exhibitions or publications. Category awards are visual arts, theatre, instrumental music, vocal performance and creative writing. Winners in each category also receive preference when applying for the annual $1,000 endowed scholarship in the arts that the Acuff Circle has established at Austin Peay. Past winners include Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King and Hugh Poland with the Roxy School of the Arts; Abigail Elmore, Northwest High School; Elizabeth Bell, Kenwood; Brittney Griffin, Montgomery Central; Clare Grady, Clarksville; Will Silvers, West Creek; and Jeremy Carey, Northeast. Nominations in this category mostly come from teachers.
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. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church International Day, and the Family and Community Education Association.
Business: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&M Bank, Silke’s Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery and The Framemaker.
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, David Alford and Joseph B. Trahern Jr.
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: Customs House Museum, which co-sponsors the awards ceremony; the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library or the Clarksville Area 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 e-mailed to 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 or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at 931.221.7876.