The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU is accepting nominations for the Acuff Circle Ovation Awards until Tuesday, Jan. 20.

There are four categories of these awards that individuals and institutions may be nominated for: Individual Artist, Young Artist, Community and Business. Nominees for the Individual Artist category must be Tennessee artists who are current or past residents of Montgomery County. A senior in high school living in Clarksville-Montgomery County may be nominated for the Young Artist category for excelling in any of the subcategory award areas, including visual arts, theatre, instrumental music, vocal performance and creative writing. Winners in the Young Artist category are given preference when applying for Acuff Circle’s $1,000 scholarship in the arts at APSU. The Community category accepts Clarksville-Montgomery County organizations or institutions with impressive arts community projects or programs, but schools and school districts are not eligible for this award. Any business in Montgomery County that has notably supported the arts may be nominated for the Business category. Government agencies will not be accepted.

Acuff Circle sponsors the awards and is a non-profit organization associated with the APSU Center of Excellence. The awards have been presented since 1996.

APSU Photography Professor Susan Bryant is a past winner from the Individual Artist category. “It was a real honor to be selected and recognized as an artist in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community,” Bryant said.

Anyone who wishes to nominate an artist, organization or business for one of these awards can get a nomination form at Customs House Museum, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce or the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library. The form can also be downloaded online at

Nominations should include a description of the artist or organization’s contribution up to 250 words.
Forms may be mailed to:

Ovation Awards
Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts
Austin Peay State University, Box 4666,
Clarksville, TN 37044

Or emailed to: Contact the Center of Excellence at (931) 221-7876 for more information.
The awards ceremony will be March 1 at the Customs House Museum.