Academy Awards


Tennessee Arts Academy Award Recipients


The Tennessee Arts Academy confers awards on individuals each year in a variety of categories during the Bravo Banquet ceremony and the Finale luncheon. The categories and previous award winners are listed below.


The 2015 award recipients are as follows:


Charles Brindley

Spirit of Tennessee Award

 
Charles Brindley lives and works out of several Victorian structures in Adairville, Kentucky, a small community thirty-five miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. He has received gallery representation across the United States, including in the cities of Memphis, Nashville, New York City, Taos, and Washington, DC. His work appears in private, public, and corporate collections throughout the United States and in private collections internationally. Five touring exhibitions of Brindley’s works have travelled to museums and art centers in the Southeast and Midwest. Brindley’s paintings and drawings depict a variety of symbol-laden subjects, including giant deciduous trees, panoramic landscapes, prehistoric ruins, rock formations, architecture and still lifes. His images are highly representational while containing multi-layered abstract elements. In addition to his artistic work, Brindley has taught his creative drawing and painting class to adults for more than thirty years. He is known for embracing all levels of artistic development—from beginning to advanced students.


Gregg Coats

Joe W. Giles Lifetime Achievement Award

 
Gregg Coats is currently the fine arts instructional advisor for Shelby County Schools. He is known throughout the arts community for his unflagging commitment to exposing every student to the arts. Prior to his current role, Coats taught art in the classroom for thirty-one years, including time at Whitehaven High School as chair of the art department. He was the first elementary art teacher for Memphis City Schools while teaching at Lester Demonstration School. His accomplishments include the creation of a strong mentoring and professional development program for both new and experienced art teachers, as well as playing a key role in the development of two programs that offer art opportunities to area students: Echoes of Truth, a four-week summer work-study program for high-school students, and the annual ArtsFest, which made its debut in 2010. Coats serves on advisory boards for numerous arts organizations. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Art Education Association’s Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award and the Broadway League’s 2010 Educator’s Apple Award in association with Orpheum Theatre.


Richard Maltby, Jr.

Distinguished Service Award

Richard Maltby, Jr., is a director, producer, lyricist, book and screenplay writer, creative consultant, and all-round theatrical idea man. As an undergraduate at Yale, Maltby collaborated with composer David Shire on two musicals. Their enduring partnership continued after college, resulting in full scores for multiple hit shows including Baby (book by Sybille Pearson); Big (book by John Weidman); Closer Than Ever; Starting Here, Starting Now; and Take Flight (book by John Weidman). Many of their songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand and other notable artists. In 1978, Maltby conceived, wrote additional lyrics for, and directed the revue inspired by Fats Waller’s life and music, Ain’t Misbehavin’. The show won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Direction. In 1999, Maltby achieved numerous honors for Fosse, a celebration of the life and work of choreographer Bob Fosse. The show received Best Musical awards from the Drama Desk, the Tonys, and the Outer Critics Circle. Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Fosse are the only two musical revues ever to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. Other notable achievements include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, for which Maltby was adapter, co-lyricist, and director. He collaborated as lyricist with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg on Miss Saigon, which ran for nearly a decade and won both Tony and Drama Desk awards. Recent projects include directing The Story of My Life—both regionally and on Broadway, as well as conceiving and directing Ring of Fire, The Johnny Cash Musical Show. In 2007, he ventured into film with a screenplay for Miss Potter, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Maltby and Shire are currently working together again on Waterfall, an epic new musical love story slated for a Broadway run. Maltby, who has five children, is notorious for contributing devilish crossword puzzles to Harper’s Magazine.


Music Makes Us

Arts Leadership Award of Excellence

 
A joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders, the Music Makes Us® initiative aspires to be a national model for music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. The vision of Music Makes Us is for all kindergarten through twelfth grade students in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools to have access to high quality traditional and contemporary music instruction that is standards-based and sequential, taught by highly qualified music educators, and enhanced by a network of music professionals and music industry and community-based organizations from the Nashville community and beyond. Since its launch in 2012, the initiative has restored band at all thirty-three middle schools; created new choral programs in ten schools; established forty-five new classes in eighteen schools in mariachi, rock band, world percussion, country/bluegrass, songwriting, and hip hop; and launched an online hub to connect Nashville music professionals with teachers.

Accepting the award on behalf of Music Makes Us will be Dr. Jay Steele, chief academic officer at Metro Schools.

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.

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.

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

 

Lorin Hollander Award

 

Distinguished Service 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
2011
2011
2012
2013
2014
  James R. Holcomb, Memphis
Flowerree W. (Galetovic) McDonough, Knoxville
Joe W. Giles, Nashville
Richard Mitchell, Knoxville
Carol Crittenden, Nashville
Fred Patterson, Knoxville
 
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 educator
2001   Solie Fott, music educator
2008

  Jeanette Crosswhite, arts education administrator
 2013

2014
   Pat and Thane Smith, arts patrons and philanthropists
Cindy Freeman and Michael Meise, music educators and arts advocates
     
 
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
2011

2012

2013

2014
  Henry Krieger, Broadway composer
Marvin Hamlisch, composer and pianist
Richard Sherman, composer and lyricist
Marc Cherry, Hollywood writer and producer
Rupert Holmes, playwright, composer, and lyricist



 

Spirit of Tennessee Award

 

Partner in the Arts Award

 

Arts Leadership Award of Excellence

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   Cherry Jones, Broadway actress
 
2008   Steve Spiegel, president of Theatrical Rights Worldwide
 
2013   E. Frank Bluestein, Germantown



Lamar Alexander Founder's Award of Distinction

2013
2014
  Senator Lamar Alexander, United States Senator
Douglas Henry, Tennessee State Senator