Pikes Peak Arts Council

The Pikes Peak Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 to honor, connect, and enrich local artists, working to ensure that artists are thriving in, and essential to, the Pikes Peak region. Join today!


PPAC Awards

The 18th Annual Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5-8pm

at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Please purchase tickets here

Tickets are $35, PPAC members pay only $25, please use promo code PPAC2108

Thank you to our 2018 Premier Sponsor:


PPAC lauds outstanding creative performances and exhibitions from the region every year at the PPAC Awards. This red carpet event celebrates artists and their contributions in film, theater, literature, visual arts, music, dance, and more. Nominees are revealed in September, with winners announced at the ceremony. The PPAC Awards has been held in October each year since 2000 to coincide with Arts Month, the largest annual celebration for the arts in the nation. Pikes Peak Arts Council Members are eligible to nominate standout performances and events all year long here

2017 PPAC Awards

Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award: Patti Boles

Arts Champion of the Year Award: Chris McGarry 

Future of the Arts Award: Concrete Couch

Rising Star Award: Steven Sabell


Youth Dance Production

Colorado Ballet Society for The Music Man
Professional Academy of New Dramatic Arts for Shrek the Musical
Turning Pointe School of Dance for Annie Jr.

Pas de Deux: Outstanding Collaborative Performance

Colorado Springs Dance Theatre for Parsons Dance
Ormao Dance Company with Glen Whitehead for PrePress
Ormao Dance Company with Green Box Arts, Green Box Arts Festival 2017

Exceptional Performance of The Nutcracker

Colorado Springs Philharmonic with Oklahoma City Ballet
Colorado Youth Ballet with Colorado Ballet Society
Zamuel Ballet School


Comedy/Drama Film

(Because In The End) It’s Only Helium by Josh Boehnke
Hapless Horror by Wes Clark
Lunatic by Nathaniel Shields

Documentary Film

Love Me by Josh Sun
Movement for Movement’s Sake by Thomas Crandall
Surviving by Tea Santos

Young Filmmaker Award

Tea Santos
Josh Sun
Josh Boehnke


Outstanding Classical Performance

*Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Chorale, and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
Opera Theatre of the Rockies for Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs for JazzMasters: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Music Group

Dead Set
Fortune’s Fool
*Tejon Street Corner Thieves

Technical or Venue Achievement

The Flux Capacitor and Pikes Peak Library District Partnership
Jonathan Rose and The Black Sheep
*Wescott Pro Audio Recording Studio

Literary Arts

Individual Literary Artist 

Phil Ginsburg
*Idris Goodwin
Nat Stein

Program by a Literary Arts Organization 

Poetry West 
*Hear Hear Poetry Youth Slam Program 
Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Program 

Collective/Individual Published Work

Colorado Collective Volume 4 
*Inauguration by Nico Wilkinson and Idris Goodwin
Poetry West 


Make ‘Em Sing

UCCS Theatre Company for Cabaret
The Millibo Art Theatre for Babette's Knockout Opera
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College for Man of La Mancha

Make ‘Em Laugh

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College for Bye Bye Birdie
The Millibo Art Theatre for Babette's Knockout Opera
THEATREWORKS for Game of Love and Chance

Make ‘Em Think

Springs Ensemble Theatre for The Elephant Man
THEATREWORKS for The Hairy Ape
UCCS Theatre Company for Cabaret

Visual Arts

Excellent Gallery Exhibit

Chris Mike and Rob Miller for Skateboarding - Not One Ounce of Compromise at Kreuser Gallery
*Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik for RagnarÓ§k: Anthropocene at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College 
The Black Power Tarot at the Gallery of Contemporary Art

Outstanding Established Visual Artist

Steve Weed
*Lindsay Hand
Kim Nguyen

Outstanding Emerging Visual Artist

Jasmine Dillavou 
*Han Sayles
JD Sell

Click below for photo highlights from 2016:

Thank you to our 2016 Premiere Sponsor:

2016 PPAC Awards Nominees

*In categories with multiple nominees, an asterisk denotes the 2016 Awardee

Arts Champion of the Year Award


Aventa Credit Union Spirit of the Arts Award

AWARD WINNER: Lynette Reagan

Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award


Rising Star Award

AWARD WINNER: Claire Swinford


Dancing From The Heart

Brittane Hughes

*Krithika Prashant

Larry Keigwin

Inspiring Cultural Dancer

Adriana Jones

AuraTejas Hemsell

*Jacob Flesher

Outstanding Collaborative Dance Performance

Bound Ormao Dance Company

Press Ormao Dance Company

*Shakti Colorado Springs Dance Theatre


Excellent Experimental or Documentary Film

Dom Kalia Hunter

*Out of Our Heads Shaienne Knox

Spaceship Earth David Gardner

Outstanding Comedy or Drama Film

*Drop It by Tyler Hunt

Fifty Shades of Kilroy by Nathanael Letteer

Into the Night by Kai Dickson

Young Filmmaker Award

Kai Dickson for Into the Night

Kalia Hunter for Dom

*Shaienne Knox for Out of Our Heads


Engaging Community Event Showcasing Music




Extraordinary Solo Musician

Colin McAllister

Curtis Boucher

*Dear Rabbit

Outstanding Musical Group Achievement


*Eros and the Eschaton



Amazing Poem or Collection of Poems

Every Step An Arrival by Tyler Hill

*Front Range, Nature's Irony by Mark Cooney

Language Lesson by Mallory Everhart

Excellent Poetry Program

Colorado College SpeakEasy

*Hear Here's Youth Program


Outstanding Poetry or Spoken Word Performance

*Hear Here Poetry Slam at Lon Chaney Theatre

The Story Project at Manitou Bindu

Queer Open Mic at Mountain Folds Books


Make ‘Em Laugh

9 to 5 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

*Buyer & Cellar Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Tuna Christmas Millibo Art Theatre

Make ‘Em Shudder

Death and the Maiden Theatre d’Art

*Endgame Star Bar

Wait Until Dark Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Make ‘Em Think

Driving Miss Daisy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

*Lonesome Hollow Springs Ensemble Theatre

Putting it Together Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Visual Arts

Excellent Gallery or Visual Art Experience

Cottonwood Center for the Arts

First Friday Art Walk

*The Kreuser Gallery

Outstanding Visual Artist

*Brett Andrus

Caitlin Goebel

Chuck Mardosz

Outstanding Exhibition

Karen Khoury at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Same Day Different Tree by Mike Pach

*the surREAList show at The Modbo

Want to nominate an incredible artist or arts experience for the 2017 PPAC Awards?

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Past Ceremonies

2015 PPAC Awards Recipients | 2014 PPAC Awards Recipients | 2013 PPAC Awards Recipients

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