Each year COTA presents the following awards. A complete list of recipients is printed in each year's program. 

The Fred Waring Award was initiated by Rick Chamberlain in COTA's second year. It is given annually to honor each recipient's 'outstanding contributions to the arts and the community'.

Previous recipients:

  • 2013 - In Memory of Virginia Waring
  • 2012 - Michael & Elvi DeLotto
  • 2011 - Molly Whalen & Joe Ashcroft
  • 2010 - Spencer Reed
  • 2009 - Bob Bush
  • 2008 - Eric Doney
  • 2007 - Jim Dellaria
  • 2006 - Numa Snyder
  • 2005 - Dorothy Hauser
  • 2004 - Bob Hartman
  • 2003 - Susan Wilson
  • 2002 - Kent & Lois Heckman
  • 2001 - David Liebman
  • 2000 - George Graham
  • 1999 - Laura Goss
  • 1998 - Chris & Dona Soliday
  • 1997 - Bette Bowman
  • 1996 - Suspended in honor of Bob Lehr
  • 1995 - Karen Nickels
  • 1994 - Susan Bradford
  • 1993 - Maxwell T. Cohen
  • 1992 - Antoine Dutot School & Museum
  • 1991 - Bill Cohea
  • 1990 - Patrick Dorian
  • 1989 - Rick Chamberlain
  • 1988 - In memory of Al Cohn
  • 1987 - Wolfgang Knittel
  • 1986 - Phil Woods
  • 1985 - Carol Dorshimer & Jill Goodwin
  • 1984 - Todd Mann
  • 1983 - John Coates Jr.
  • 1982 - In memory of Ed Joubert
  • 1981 - Bob & Fay Lehr
  • 1980 - Bob Dorough
  • 1979 - Fred M. Waring Sr.

The Joanne Mayer Award was created in 1991 in memory of long-time volunteer Joanne Mayer to honor the COTA volunteer spirit.

Previous recipients:

  • 2013 - Constance Walck
  • 2012 - Brian & Anita Labar
  • 2011 - Pat & Terry Gaughan
  • 2010 - Allisen Trotter
  • 2009 - Randy Shumaker
  • 2008 - Gloria & Mert Shane
  • 2007 - Gary Berger
  • 2006 - Kevin Haines
  • 2005 - Tim Snow
  • 2004 - Tim Helman
  • 2003 - Ron & Norma Hart
  • 2002 - Wayne MacWilliams
  • 2001 - Maria Horn
  • 2000 - Fran & Ralph Harrison
  • 1999 - Ron Zuk
  • 1998 - Barbara McMahon
  • 1997 - Phil Svoboda
  • 1996 - Suspended in honor of Bob Lehr
  • 1995 - Celia Siptroth Cerino
  • 1994 - Jim Daniels
  • 1993 - Cheryl A. Read
  • 1992 - Frank DiSalvo
  • 1991 - Alan Oren

The Sterling & Dorothy Strauser Award was created in 1989 to honor artistic contributions in the visual arts. Sterling Strauser (the award's first recipient) and his wife Dorothy Strauser have long been acknowledged for their excellence as painters and for their generosity towards young and emerging artists. The award honors each recipient who has demonstrated excellence in the arts and has shared his or her insights and inspiration by always encouraging creativity.

Previous recipients:

  • 2013 - Penny Ross
  • 2012 - Suspended in honor of Bob Doney
  • 2011 - Barbara Robinson
  • 2010 - James Gloria
  • 2009 - Liz Pemberton
  • 2008 - Jill Elizabeth
  • 2007 - Nancy Bohm
  • 2006 - Dawn & Steve Linden
  • 2005 - Jan Selving
  • 2004 - Jim Wyckoff
  • 2003 - Dorothy Strauser
  • 2002 - Fred Beaver
  • 2001 - David Coulter
  • 2000 - Andrea Levergood
  • 1999 - Walter bredel
  • 1998 - Ellen Garrett
  • 1997 - Alan & Helen Weichman
  • 1996 - Suspended in honor of Bob Lehr
  • 1995 - Jamie Downs
  • 1994 - Shirley Gilmore
  • 1993 - Peter Salmon
  • 1992 - Gerta Harriton
  • 1991 - Bob Doney
  • 1990 - Nancy Hebard
  • 1989 - Sterling Strauser
 
 

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