Academy Awards


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.


The 2016 award recipients are as follows:


Audrey Flack

Distinguished Service Award
Bravo Awards Banquet and Performance
Curb Event Center
July 13 • 6:30 PM

 

A pioneer of photorealism and an internationally recognized painter and sculptor, Audrey Flack’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Art in Canberra, Australia. Flack was the first photorealist painter to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art and the first woman, along with Mary Cassatt, to be included in Tony Janson’s History of Art. Flack has taught and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. Unlike many photorealists who used masculine and often unemotional subjects, Flack’s paintings concentrated on highly emotional social and political themes. She is known for her feminine color schemes, which were dominated by pastel colors. Flack underwent a transformation in the early 1980s, when she switched her primary medium from painting to sculpture. She began to use iconographic and mythological elements to communicate in this new medium.

Among her public commissions are Civitas, a monumental gateway to the city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, which consists of four twenty-foot high bronze figures on granite pedestals, and Islandia, a nine-foot high bronze sculpture created for the New York City technical college in Brooklyn, New York. Her sculptures Recording Angel (installed 2006) and Colossal Head of Daphne (installed 2008) are located in Nashville, Tennessee. Recording Angel is located at Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. The musical group Audrey Flack and the History of Art Band is a recent venture. Featuring Flack on banjo and playing American old time and bluegrass music, the band treats audiences to songs and entertaining history lessons about the lives of artists. Audrey Flack lives and works in New York City and Long Island.


Andrew Lippa

Distinguished Service Award
Bravo Awards Banquet and Performance
Curb Event Center
July 13 • 6:30 PM

 

Andrew Lippa is an award-winning American composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and writer. His most recent achievements include his highly successful new hit song “Evil Like Me,” which appears in the 2015 Disney movie Descendants. Written for noted performer Kristin Chenoweth, the song rose to number one on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as the iTunes and Billboard soundtrack charts; the video associated with the song has been viewed more than twenty-seven million times on YouTube. Lippa also recently composed and conducted a world premiere piece for the international piano virtuoso Lang Lang and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in Guangzhou, China. This new work, a thirty-two minute, five-movement piece called “Rising Tide,” will be reprised later in 2016 and recorded in China. Lippa’s epic concept opera I am Anne Hutchinson/ I Am Harvey Milk, starring Kristin Chenoweth as Anne Hutchinson and Lippa himself as Harvey Milk, will have its world premiere at the Music Center at Strathmore in Rockville, Maryland, in April of this year. This summer is the United States premiere of Life of the Party, a musical compendium of Lippa’s career. Starring Lippa, the show is produced by Theatreworks in Mountain View, California.

 

Lippa’s Broadway credits include the music and lyrics for Big Fish, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family; and the music for Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway play The Farnsworth Invention. Other credits include the book, music, and lyrics for the Drama Desk award-winning musical The Wild Party; the music for A Little Princess; the music and co-written book for John & Jen; the music and lyrics for Asphalt Beach; and additional music for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Lippa’s epic oratorio for men’s chorus, orchestra, and soloists, I Am Harvey Milk, has been produced more than twenty times including performances at Disney Hall and Lincoln Center. His musical A Little Princess, which he wrote with Brian Crawley, premiered at Theatreworks, was seen in concert at Texas State University in 2011, and is licensed for worldwide production by Music Theater International. Lippa has garnered Tony and Grammy award nominations and shared an Emmy award for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets.” Additional awards include the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award; ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/ New Horizons Award; the Drama Desk Award; and the Outer Critics Circle Award. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lippa currently serves as president of the Dramatists Guild Fund. He was born in Leeds, England and grew up in suburban Detroit.


Doc Severinsen

Distinguished Service Award
Massey Performing Arts Center
Monday Musings
July 11 • 1:10 PM

 

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by the blast of a big band trumpet, was the landmark of late night television for three decades. Of course, that Johnny was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon, and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Beginning in October 1962, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson ruled the night air for thirty years. Severinsen was part of The Tonight Show throughout Carson’s tenure.

Before his time with The Tonight Show, Severinsen toured with the Tommy Dorsey and the Benny Goodman bands in the late 40s. He then spent years playing with NBC’s many studio bands before being invited to play in the highly respected The Tonight Show Band in 1962. In 1967, only five years later, Severinsen became the music director for The Tonight Show. Within only a week of the show’s final telecast, Severinsen was already on the road with his group Doc Severinsen and His Big Band. The band’s repertoire includes Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics, and, of course, The Tonight Show theme. A Grammy award winner, Severinsen has made more than thirty albums—from big band to jazz-fusion to classical.

In 2006, Severinsen moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, ostensibly to retire from performance. However, within weeks, he was jamming with the magnificent guitarist Gil Gutierrez and started making appearances and touring with the San Miguel 5. Over the years, Severinsen has been the principal pops conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony. He has not lost his flair for outrageous fashion statement or his trademark wit. His gregarious nature has never interfered with the fact that he has been one of the greatest trumpeters and musicians of the last sixty years, respected in the worlds of classical music, jazz, big band, and now even world music.



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

 

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
2015
  James R. Holcomb, Memphis
Flowerree W. (Galetovic) McDonough, Knoxville
Joe W. Giles, Nashville
Richard Mitchell, Knoxville
Carol Crittenden, Nashville
Fred Patterson, Knoxville
Gregg Coats, Memphis
 
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

2015
  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
Richard Maltby, Jr., Director, Lyricist, Producer, Writer



 

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
2015
  Cherry Jones, Broadway actress
Charles Brindley, Visual Artist
 
2008   Steve Spiegel, president of Theatrical Rights Worldwide
 
2013
2015
  E. Frank Bluestein, Germantown
Music Makes Us, Nashville



Lamar Alexander Founder's Award of Distinction

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