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Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell headshot

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell

This award is presented to individuals who have made a sustained contribution to learning in and through the arts and/or had a positive impact on the quality of education in Vermont. The award is named in honor of Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, former Executive Director of the Vermont Arts Council and President of Marlboro College. Recognition may be for work done on the local, statewide or national level, and is expected to focus on, but not be limited to activities related to pre-K through 12 education.


Selected by the Council, the award may be given to arts educators, professional teaching artists, teachers, or administrators and others whose work has substantially improved student engagement in and knowledge of the arts who:

  • currently reside in Vermont
  • have a statewide, regional (New England), national, or international reputation in arts education as evidenced by third party acclaim or reviews from independent sources
  • have significant recognition in their chosen field by their peers in Vermont
  • have a significant body of work and/or record of service available for review by the Council
  • are nominated by at least one knowledgeable person who is not an Arts Council staff or board member


Steffen Parker

Photo by Lauren McCabe.

Steffen Parker
, musician, teacher

Ray Vega performing on trumpet

Photo by Seth Cashman

Ray Vega, musician, teacher - award video





Joan Robinson
, teaching artist, performing artist, playwright, cartoonist

John Willis
, photographer, teacher

Taryn Noelle, performer, teacher, choreographer, and director

Peter Gould,
performer, director, teacher, and author

2015 (4)
Karen Amirault, dancer, choreographer, teaching artist
Jon Gailmor, singer/songwriter, teaching artist
Geof Hewitt, poet, teaching artist
Verandah Porche, poet, teaching artist


Submit a Nomination

  • complete this online form
  • send a letter of recommendation to 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633, or
  • send an email to the Council with "Award Nomination" in the subject line. Include your name and contact information. Also list three to five achievements, based on awards criteria, that qualify this nominee for the award and provide one to three links to information about the nominee that support this nomination

Recommendations are welcome throughout the year. To be considered for the 2021 awards, candidate names must have been submitted by June 1, 2021.