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Academy Awards

The Tennessee Arts Academy honors individuals and organizations each year in a variety of categories during the Bravo Awards Banquet and Performance and during the TAA Finale luncheon. Current and previous award winners are listed below, as well as descriptions of each award category.

2022 Tennessee Arts Academy Award Recipients

The Tennessee Arts Academy honors individuals and organizations each year in a variety of categories during the Bravo Awards Banquet and Performance and during the TAA Finale luncheon. Current and previous award winners are listed below, as well as descriptions of each award category.

2021 Tennessee Arts Academy Award Recipients
Donna Anderson
Joe W. Giles Lifetime Achievement Award
Finale Luncheon
Curb Event Center
11:30 am
July 19, 2019

Donna Anderson is a much admired and devoted visual art educator from Knoxville, Tennessee. During her forty-year teaching career in the Knox County Schools, she won numerous awards and honors and held many leadership roles in state, regional, and national art education professional organizations. Her first teaching assignment was at Beardsley Junior High, followed by subsequent positions at both South-Young and South-Doyle high schools. She retired from teaching in 2015 from Hardin Valley Academy. As an educator, Anderson taught a wide range of courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and AP Art. She was named the South Doyle Teacher of the Year three times and received the Knox County Teacher of the Year award in 1997. She served as president of the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) and was a recipient of the organization’s Tennessee Distinguished Service within the Profession award. TAEA also presented her with the Tennessee Secondary Art Educator of the Year award on more than one occasion, and in 2003, they named her Tennessee Art Educator of the Year. In 2005, Anderson received the Liz Whorley Bradley Professional Growth Award from Delta Kappa Gamma International.

A frequent National Art Education Association (NAEA) conference presenter, Anderson served as the organization’s southeastern regional director from 2005 to 2007. In 2008, she was named the NAEA National Secondary Division Art Educator of the Year. As a professional artist, her work has been seen in many exhibitions, including TAEA’s members art exhibition Connections; the Downtown Gallery’s ArtSource, for which she won best of show; and TVA’s You Gotta Have Art and Diversity. As a Fulbright Scholar, she did research and work in Japan, Egypt, and Israel in 1999 and 2000. She is the author of Experience Printmaking, which is part of a studio series produced for high school students by Davis Publications.

Jeff Calhoun
Distinguished Service Award
Bravo Awards Banquet and Performance
Curb Event Center
6:30 pm
July 17, 2019

Jeff Calhoun is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, director, and producer. His work has been seen in countless venues from Broadway to London and in theatres across America.

Calhoun began his career as one of the seven brothers in the Broadway production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He then went on to replace Tommy Tune in the Broadway production of My One and Only starring Twiggy and the legendary Charles “Honi” Coles. His Broadway directing debut was Tommy Tune Tonite! at the Gershwin Theater. Calhoun’s collaboration with Tune led to the 1991 Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Will Rogers Follies. As a dancer in the film version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Calhoun met Dolly Parton. Just this year, he worked with her again when he directed her show 9 to 5: The Musical on London’s West End as well as on its U.S. and U.K. tours.

Calhoun’s Broadway experience is extensive. He directed the hit Disney musical, Newsies, which was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including for best musical and best director. His revival of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s Jekyll and Hyde played the Marriott Marquis Theatre following its U.S. National Tour. Also in collaboration with Wildhorn, Calhoun directed and choreographed the Broadway production of Bonnie and Clyde. Calhoun’s numerous other Broadway credits include his roles as producer, director, and choreographer of Brooklyn: The Musical; director and choreographer of the 1994 Broadway Grease revival; co-choreographer with Graciela Daniele of the Broadway Tony Award winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun; and the musical staging for the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Grey Gardens.

His additional projects across the United States include work at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where he directed the critically acclaimed production of Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy, based on the Jane Austen novel, and co-directed Himself and Nora with Joe Hardy. Calhoun also directed the world premiere production and tours of Disney’s High School Musical: On Stage! and Disney’s High School Musical 2: On Stage! For the North Hollywood, California-based Deaf West Theatre, he directed and choreographed Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum and the company’s Tony Award winning production of Big River.

Calhoun is currently an associate artist at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. He also serves on the board of directors for Covenant House International, a nonprofit organization helping homeless youth in thirty-one cities across six countries.

Tennessee Arts Academy Awards
Arts Leadership Award of Excellence
is presented to an individual or group who has achieved a unique milestone in the arts that deserves recognition and honor.

Distinguished Service Award
is presented to an American whose work stands as a monument to the importance of the arts in the lives of all people.

Joe W. Giles Lifetime Achievement Award
is conferred upon a Tennessee teacher, whose life's work is widely acknowledged to have positively influenced the role of the arts in education, thereby benefiting the students of Tennessee's schools.

Lamar Alexander Founder's Award of Distinction
is presented to an individual whose meritorious accomplishments in the fields of education and the arts have profoundly impacted American culture and life.

Lorin Hollander Award
is given to a Tennessean whose influence has benefited arts education in general and/or the Tennessee Arts Academy in particular. This award is named in honor of internationally renowned concert pianist Lorin Hollander, a special friend of the Academy.

Partner in the Arts Award
honors an individual or business whose generosity and support have contributed in sustained and significant ways to the success of the Tennessee Arts Academy's mission.

Spirit of Tennessee Award
recognizes an individual or group whose work exemplifies the highest standards of artistic endeavor and brings positive recognition to the place of the arts in the lives of Tennesseans.
Previous Recipients
Joe W. Giles Lifetime Achievement Award
1995 Joseph Edward Hodges, Crossville
1996 Freda Kenner, Bells
1996 Sue Blass, Jackson
1997 Elizabeth Rike, Knoxville
1997 Celia Bachelder, Kingsport
1998 James Charles Mills, Johnson City
1998 Gene Crain, Memphis
1999 Patricia Brown, Knoxville
2000 Robert Pletcher, Nashville
2000 Kathy Hawk, Kingsport
2001 Tommie Pardue, Memphis
2001 Tully Daniel, Memphis (awarded posthumously)
2004 Marilyn duBrisk, Greeneville
2004 Bobby Jean Frost, Nashville
2005 Nancy Boone-Allsbrook, Murfreesboro
2005 Sally Crain Jager, Cookeville
2006 Michael Combs, Knoxville
2006 Jean R. Thomas, Chattanooga
2006 Mitchell Van Metre, Knoxville
2007 David Logan, Johnson City
2010 James R. Holcomb, Memphis
2011 Flowerree W. (Galetovic) McDonough, Knoxville
2011 Joe W. Giles, Nashville
2012 Richard Mitchell, Knoxville
2013 Carol Crittenden, Nashville
2014 Fred Patterson, Knoxville
2015 Gregg Coats, Memphis
2016 Ted Rose, Lebanon
2017 Margaret Campbelle-Holman, Nashville
2018 Linda Wilson Miller, Paris
2019 Donna Anderson, Knoxville
Lorin Hollander Award
1994 Cavit Cheshier, education executive
1995 Steven Cohen, state senator
1996 Nellie McNeil, teacher and advocate
1997 Tom L. Naylor, music educator and administrator
1998 T. Earl Hinton, music educator
1999 Jane Walters, educator and arts advocate
2000 Martha McCrory, music educator2001 Solie Fott, music educator
2008 Jeanette Crosswhite, arts education administrator
2013 Pat and Thane Smith, arts patrons and philanthropists
2014 Cindy Freeman and Michael Meise, music educators and arts advocates

Spirit of Tennessee Award
2000 Wilma Dykeman, writer
2001 Jim Crabtree, theatre director and writer
2002 Alice Swanson, arts education administrator and advocate
2003 George Mabry, choral conductor
2006 Dolph Smith, visual artist
2009 George S. Clinton, Hollywood film composer
2009 Jackie Nichols, theatre administrator
2009 Michael Stern, symphony conductor
2010 Charles Brindley, visual artist
2015 Cherry Jones, Broadway actress
Arts Leadership Award of Excellence
2013 E. Frank Bluestein, Germantown
2015 Music Makes Us, Nashville
2016 Belmont University, Nashville

Lamar Alexander Founder's Award of Distinction
2013 Senator Lamar Alexander, United States Senator Douglas Henry,
2014 Tennessee State Senator
2017 Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor
Distinguished Service Award
1994 Charles Strouse, Broadway composer
1995 Charles Fowler, arts educator, writer and advocate
1996 Jerome Lawrence, playwright
1997 Lorin Hollander, concert pianist and philosopher
2000 Scott Ellis, Broadway theatre director
2000 Mary Costa, opera singer
2001 Sheldon Harnick, Broadway lyricist
2001 Tina Packer, Shakespeare actor and director
2003 Bob McGrath, singer and host of Sesame Street
2005 John Simon, author and arts critic
2005 Dean Pitchford, songwriter, lyricist, screenwriter, and director
2006 Andre Thomas, choral conductor
2007 Joe DiPietro, Broadway playwright and lyricist
2008 Henry Krieger, Broadway composer
2011Marvin Hamlisch, composer and pianist
2012 Richard Sherman, composer and lyricist
2013 Marc Cherry, Hollywood writer and producer
2014 Rupert Holmes, playwright, composer, and lyricist
2015 Richard Maltby, Jr., director, lyricist, producer, writer
2016 Audrey Flack, painter and sculptor
2016 Andrew Lippa, composer, lyricist, performer, and writer
2016 Doc Severinsen, musician and bandleader
2017 Christopher Durang, Broadway playwright
2018 Tony Walton, Broadway set and costume designer
2019 Jeff Calhoun, Broadway choreographer, dancer, and director

Partner in the Arts Award
2008 Steve Spiegel, president of Theatrical Rights Worldwide

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