2010 Governor’s Awards for excellence in the Arts
With just more than two million people, New Mexico boasts a disproportionate number of artists. Every September, the governor’s office honors the state’s artists, writers, actors, architects, filmmakers, and the advocates who support them. The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts were established in 1974 by then governor Bruce King and first lady Alice King.
This year’s recipients are Woody Gwyn, a Galisteo painter who depicts New Mexican landscapes; Arlene Cisneros Sena, a Santa Fe santera; Tom Noble, a thirdgeneration Taoseño known for his watercolors; David Scheinbaum, a Santa Fe photographer who has been documenting hip-hop culture; Paul Shapiro, an abstract painter based in Santa Fe; actor Wes Studi, a Santa Fe resident who is known internationally for his portrayal of Native American characters in Hollywood films; the Whited Foundation, which supports theatrical and musical projects in Raton; Marian and Abe Silver Jr. of Santa Fe, ambassadors for the arts in their home city and throughout New Mexico; Working Classroom, an Albuquerque arts organization devoted to teaching painting, writing, and sculpture to young people from historically ignored communities; and writer and director Robert Redford, who collaborated with the state of New Mexico in building Milagro at Los Luceros, which serves as a training studio for Native American and Latino filmmakers.
A reception honoring winners and the opening of the honorees’ exhibit (up until Dec. 10) takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Governor’s Gallery, fourth floor of the Capitol (corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta, 476-2289). This is followed by an awards presentation ceremony from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave., 476-5072). Both events are free and open to the public.