Arts NC State Award Winners

The Arts NC State Performing and Creative Arts Awards celebrate NC State students – all non-arts majors – who create and perform in dance, music and theatre. There are two awards—the Creative Artist Award that students apply for and the Performing Artist Award that faculty vote on.

The awards are administered and funded by Arts NC State and were originally made possible from a generous grant from the NC State Foundation, Inc. The Creative Artist Award is now partially funded by the Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf Endowment for Creativity in the Performing Arts.


For more information, please contact Amy Sawyers-Williams, Coordinator of Arts Outreach, at 919.513.1044 or email

These awards were made possible with grant funding provided by the NC State Foundation, Inc.

Read about the 2021 Visual Art Award Winners Here

Read about the 2021 Creative & Performing Art Award Winners Here

Read about the 2020 Winners Here

2019 Winners:

Creative Artist Winners

  • Bassam Bikdash: Music
  • Katie Quinn: Dance
  • Olivia Prevost: Dance

Performing Artist Winners:

  • Hannah Monroe: Dance
  • Isa Cortes: Dance
  • Ryan Vasconcellos: Theatre
  • Nicholas Murphy: Music (Piano)
  • Colin Nash: Music (Voice)
  • Will Shen: Music Wind/String/Percussion (Clarinet)

Visual Artist Winners:

  • Britney Symone
  • Tea Blumer
  • Heike Schneider & Abram Magaldi  (Joint Submission)


Pictured above (from left), Arts NC State executive director Rich Holly, Emma Simon, Daniel Hueholt, Helena Boldizar, Jasmine Rouse, MaryJo McCoy, Natalie Sherwood, Noah Baldwin, Dedreanna Scott, Adrian Haywood, and Arts NC State director of development Jill Orr. Photo Credit Ross Joyner.

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Creative Artist Award


Adrian Haywood and Dedreanna Scott


Noah Baldwin


Natalie Sherwood

Performing Artist Award


MaryJo McCoy- NCSU Dance Company

Jasmine Rouse- Panoramic Dance Project


Helena Boldizar- Vocal Performance

Daniel Hueholt-  Piano Performance


Natalie Sherwood

Visual Artist Award

Emma Simon


2016-2017 Winners

Creative Artist Award


Gini Brown and Raine Conti


Peter Lalush

Performing Artist Award


Gini Brown- NCSU Dance Company

Danyale Calhoun- Panoramic Dance Project


Kristen Lovell- Vocal Performance

Chelsea Abad- Piano Performance

Chris Suggs- Trumpet Performance


Areon Mobasher

Visual Artist Award

Claire Hider

The award winners will receive a monetary prize, be featured in our 2017-2018 Creative State Magazine, and will be honored at the annual Bowers Award Ceremony in the fall of 2017.


2015-2016 Award Winners

Link to Press Release HERE

 2015-2016 Award Recipients

2015-2016 Performing Artist Awards

  • Dance: Rebecca Anderson and Holley Holmes
  • Music: Areon Mobasher (Voice), Spencer Monaco (Instrument), Drew Marshburn (Piano)
  • Theatre: Natalie Sherwood

2015-2016 Creative Artist Awards

  • Music: Carter Harris, Waltzometry for Jazz Ensemble
  • Theatre: Teal Lepley, Of Ghosts and Strangers
  • Dance: Leslie Barber, Everything in My Head

2014-2015 Award Recipients

2014-2015 Performing Artist Awards

  • Dance: Alexandra Cohen and Jacob Marx
  • Music: Gautaum Nagara
  • Theatre: Blair Downs

2014-2015 Creative Artist Awards

  • Theatre: William Stewart, INK
  • Theatre honorable mention: Britnique Hodge and Bethel Maekele

2013-2014 Award Recipients

Performing Artist Awards

  • Dance: Holley Holmes
  • Music: Alexandre Mangot
  • Theatre: Morgan Piner

Creative Artist Awards

  • Music: Cody Ellington
  • Theatre: Christian O’Neal

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Performing Artist Awards

  • Dance: Agee Taylor
  • Music: Nathan Schnoor
  • Theatre: Andrew Enloe and Brett Williams

Creative Artist Awards

  • Music: Robert Zachary Howell

2011-2012 Award Recipients

Performing Artist Awards

  • Dance: Hayley Dirscherl, graduate studies, Biomedical Engineering
  • Music: Daniel Kim, Nuclear Engineering and Biological Engineering
  • Theatre: Robert Steinberg, Marketing

Creative Artist Awards

  • Theatre: Michael Seebold, English (World Literature) and Philosophy
  • Read more about the 2011-2012 award recipients >

2010-2011 Award Recipients

Performing Artist Awards

  • Dance: Kelly Ann Bryant
  • Music: Daniel Cunningham
  • Theatre: Brett Williams

Creative Artist Awards

  • Dance: Ashley Nicole Walls
  • Music: Joseph M. Pilot