Past Standing Ovation Award Recipients

The Standing Ovation Award has been presented to these honorees for their outstanding commitment to the cultural organizations of southern New Jersey since 1996. In 2006 the Award was renamed the Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Award in honor of her steadfast commitment to the arts and her lifetime engagement with the nonprofit arts in NJ.

2018
Nicholas Paleologos received the Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Awardfor his six years of leadership and support of the Southern Region as Executive Director of the NJ State Council on the Arts. Donald Ehman received the Lifetime Achievement Award for over a decade of service to New Jersey artists. Mr. Ehman recently retired as Director of Artists Services at the NJ State Council on the Arts.

2017
Stockton University for strengthening the southern region with the University’s recent expansion of cultural facilities and programs and Alan Willoughby, for his outstanding leadership as previous Executive Director of Perkins Center for the Arts.

2016
Julie Ellen Prusinowski, previous Director of Programs and Services of the NJ State Council on the Arts and Ralph Hunter, founder and President of the African American Heritage Museum of southern NJ.
2015
Dr. Herman Saatkamp, Jr. for his efforts and commitment to the region’s educational, arts and cultural landscape.
2014
Sara Cureton for her years of service and commitment at the NJ Historical Commission and the NJ Cultural Trust and to artist Pat Witt for her lifetime commitment to the arts.
2013
Carol Cronheim for her commitment to the arts and years of service and commitment as Assistant Secretary of State.
2012
Steve Runk for his dedication and years of service as Executive Director of the NJ State Council on the Arts.
2011
NJN for excellence is public broadcasting and 40 years of service promoting the arts in New Jersey and Dr. Marc Mappen for his lifetime commitment to NJ history.
2010
Mark Packer was honored as founding president and a dynamic leader and Paul Stankard as a pioneer in the studio glass movement.
2009
AtlantiCare Foundation for innovative leadership supporting the region’s artists and the Honorable John J. Burzichelli for his political and business leadership
2008
Carol Ann Herbert, Chair of the New Jersey State Council
on the Arts.
2007
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for commitment and support of the arts organizations in southern NJ.
2006
Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew for his longstanding support of the arts and history in southern NJ.
2005
Bank of America was honored for their support of the arts, history and cultural organizations of southern NJ.
2004
Senator Wayne R. Bryant for his advocacy on behalf of the cultural organizations of southern NJ.
2003
Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald was honored for his commitment to increasing public funding for the arts in NJ.
2002
Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo and Assemblyman Joseph Roberts for increasing public funding for the arts.
2001
The Courier-Post Dan A. Martin, President and Publisher & William “Skip” Hidlay, Executive Editor.
2000
The Honorable Jack Collins, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.
1999
Governor Christine Todd Whitman, was honored for her commitment to increasing public funding for the arts.
1998
Mr. Scott McVay, Executive Director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Honorable Gualberto Medina, NJ Commissioner of Economic Development.
1997
Ms. Sharon Harrington, past Chairperson NJ Council on the Arts and the Chamber of Commerce of southern NJ.
1996
Ms. Lillian Levy, Chairperson of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.