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

at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

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2018 PPAC Awards

Master List of Nominees and Award Winners

Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award


Arts Champion of the Year Award

AWARD WINNER: Deborah Thornton and Dan Wecks               

Future of the Arts Award

AWARD WINNER: Edward Longfield

Rising Star Award

AWARD WINNER: Christine Flores

Excellence in Dance

1. Dance/Choreography in a Musical production

NOMINEE: Starz Theater Company: Singing In The Rain

NOMINEE: Oklahoma: UCCS TheaterWorks in collaboration with Ent Center for the Arts

NOMINEE: Village Arts: Oliver


2. Collaborative Performance

NOMINEE: Ormao Dance Company: Bernstein Piano Solos

NOMINEE: Colorado Springs Dance Company: The Esther Geoffrey Ballet and Jazz

Scholarships & Master Classes 2018

NOMINEE: Ormao Dance Company: A collaboration with Larry Keigwin and the Green Box



3. Exceptional Performance of The Nutcracker

NOMINEE: A Time to Dance: An American Nutcracker

NOMINEE: Zamuel Ballet School

NOMINEE: Colorado Ballet Society: A Colorado Nutcracker with the Chamber Orchestra of

the Springs

Excellence in Film


1. Comedy Short Film

NOMINEE: First Kiss by Josh Boehnke

NOMINEE: A Project Yellow Light by Kai Dickson

NOMINEE: Mort by Drew Wilbur

2. Drama Short Film

NOMINEE: Tent by Nathaniel Shields

NOMINEE: Clippings by Jamey Hastings

NOMINEE: Petal In Time by Paige Awtrey

3. Music Video

NOMINEE: Dreamland by Wesley Clark

NOMINEE: Problem by Alex Fahl

NOMINEE: Believer by Coover Torke

Excellence in Music

1. Classical Performance

NOMINEE: Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs: Timeless Voices 

 NOMINEE: Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra : Scott Yoo, Cond.

Susan Grace

NOMINEE: . Colorado College – “Leonard Bernstein at 100,” Leonard Bernstein


2.  Music Group

NOMINEE: Tigerwine

NOMINEE: High Ghostly

NOMINEE: Sleep Academy

3. Local Venue

NOMINEE: Western Jubilee recording Company

NOMINEE: SaGaJi Theatre: Colorado Springs Fine Arts center at Colorado College

NOMINEE: Triple Nickel


Excellence in Literary Arts

Printed Chapbook Work

NOMINEE: Words from a Field Negro by Kevin C. Mitchell

NOMINEE: Sexy Train Things by Mackenzie Boyer

NOMINEE: Hear Here Youth Poetry Team Chapbook by Naya Conception & Manny Lake


Literary Arts Leadership

NOMINEE: Ashley Cornelius

NOMINEE: Christopher Beasley

NOMINEE: Sipho N'Jedi & T'Challa


Recurring Poetry Events

NOMINEE: The Lab: Hosted by Sipho N'Jedi & T'Challa

NOMINEE: First Tuesday Open Mic: Hosted by Dr. Rosenna Bakari

NOMINEE: Colorado Springs Black Voices Matter: Hosted by Ashley Cornelius &

Christopher Beasley

Excellence in Theatre

1. Make ‘Em Sing

NOMINEE: FunHome: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company

NOMINEE: Annie: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company

NOMINEE: Oklahoma: TheatreWorks

2. Make ‘Em Laugh

NOMINEE: CAKE: Milibo Art Theatre

NOMINEE: Fully Committed: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company

NOMINEE: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company

3. Make ‘Em Think

NOMINEE: Intimate Apparel: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company  

NOMINEE: North Plan: Springs Ensemble Theatre

NOMINEE: Heisenberg: TheatreWorks

4. Small But Mighty

NOMINEE: Bible Her Story: Funky Little Theater Co.

NOMINEE: Angels In America Parts 1&2: THEATREdART

NOMINEE: Gnome in the Room: Springs Ensemble Theatre

Excellence in Visual Arts


Up and Coming Artist

NOMINEE: Cymon Padilla

NOMINEE: Elizabeth Selby

NOMINEE: Adam Williams:

Established Artist

NOMINEE: Lance Green

NOMINEE: Abigail Kreuser

NOMINEE: Sheary Clough Suiter.


Gallery Exhibition

NOMINEE: Cottonwood Center for the Arts: "Waste Not, Want Not"

NOMINEE: The Independence Center: "Art of Accessibility"

NOMINEE: Manitou Art Center "Artists in Action"

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 Ragnarӧk: 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

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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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