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Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden present the 2019 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award
Annual award recognizes excellence in arts leadership

LOUISVILLE, KY, JANUARY 31, 2019- Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC presented Ted and Mary Nixon with the 2019 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award at the Brown Theatre on Tuesday evening. Presented annually, the award recognizes the substantial impact to the arts made by an individual through significant volunteer commitment and exemplary leadership in the community.

Todd Lowe, Carolle Jones Clay, Ted Nixon, Mary Nixon, Jim Welch, Jane Welch, Doug Barr, Christen Boone, & Carl Thomas 

“Ted and Mary Nixon are tireless leaders who’ve significantly elevated Greater Louisville through their arts commitments,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “We’re grateful for their longtime service and support which creates more art for more people in more places. Special thanks to Stoll Keenon Ogden for their partnership in recognizing those volunteer leaders who drive systemic change.”

Ted Nixon is Chairman and CEO of DDW The Color House, the former Board President and current board member at Actors Theatre of Louisville and a past Board member with the Louisville Orchestra. Mary Nixon was the VP of tax and internal audit for Yum! Brands and serves on the Board at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. She currently leads the Paristown Point capital campaign. Together, they exemplify selflessness and service to our community.

Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Odgen created the award in honor of James Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided strong guidance and support to the Louisville arts for decades.

“Stoll Keenon Ogden congratulates Ted and Mary Nixon for their outstanding service in enhancing our region through the arts,” said Doug Barr, Stoll Keenon Ogden Managing Director. “Their passion and service serve as a shining example of the James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award.”

Previous recipients include:

  • 2017: Carolle Jones Clay, Senior Vice President and Managing Director-
  • Community Relations, Republic Bank
  • 2016: Bill Blodgett, Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • 2015: Marlene Grissom, Director of Special Projects,
  • Waterfront Development Corporation
  • 2014: Carl M. Thomas, Executive Director, V.V. Cooke Foundation
  • 2013: Nana Lampton, CEO, Hardscuffle Inc.
  • 2012: Todd Lowe, President and Founder, Parthenon LLC
  • 2011: Morton Boyd, Chairman Emeritus, Gheens Foundation, Inc.
  • 2010: Tom Noland, Senior VP of Corporate Communications, Humana Inc.

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the impact of the arts on economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund is a convener, promoter, leader, and driver of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, the region’s arts & cultural plan. It facilitates the largest arts grant program in Kentucky as well as conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit

About Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
In boardrooms and courtrooms, Stoll Keenon Ogden provides strategic legal counsel to clients in Kentucky, across the country and around the world. Our attorneys are recognized among the best in their fields and they build client relationships for the long haul, because succeeding at business is a marathon, not a sprint. Learn more at


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