Every year the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts honors artists, musicians, writers, performers, patrons of the arts, and other members of New Mexico’s cultural sphere in recognition of their contributions to the state. Since it was established by former Gov. Bruce King and first lady Alice King in 1974, nearly 300 individuals and organizations have been awarded. The recipients for 2015 are master weaver Irvin Trujillo, multimedia artist Virgil Ortiz, painter Vincent N. Figliola, papel picado (cut paper) artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk, music educator William Clark, pinhole photography advocates and collectors Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer, and actor, singer, and philanthropist Edgar Foster Daniels. A free public awards ceremony occurs on Friday, Sept. 18, at St. Francis Auditorium following a reception and exhibit opening for the honorees at the Governor’s Gallery (fourth floor of the State Capitol). On the cover is a photo of Trujillo’s 2014 tapestry Saltillo Shroud (hand-dyed merino wool and silk and 14-karat-gold thread).