Pasatiempo - - ART STARS -

When artists and per­form­ers of all kinds, as well as arts pa­trons and arts ed­u­ca­tors, are hon­ored with the Gover­nor’s Award for Ex­cel­lence in the Arts, they join a ros­ter that in­cludes some of New Mexico’s most prom­i­nent cul­tural ad­vo­cates. This year, the awards go to eight re­cip­i­ents in two cat­e­gories: In­di­vid­ual Artist and Ma­jor Con­trib­u­tor to the Arts. The first cat­e­gory’s win­ners in­clude master weaver IRVIN TRU­JILLO, mul­ti­me­dia artist VIR­GIL OR­TIZ, pain­ter VIN­CENT N. FIGLI­OLA, pa­pel pi­cado (cut pa­per) artist CATALINA DEL­GADO-TRUNK, and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor WIL­LIAM CLARK. Arts con­trib­u­tor awards go to pin­hole pho­tog­ra­phy ad­vo­cates ERIC REN­NER and NANCY SPENCER, and ac­tor, singer, and phi­lan­thropist EDGAR FOSTER DANIELS. They stand shoul­der-to-shoul­der with Hen­ri­ette Wyeth, Fred­er­ick Ham­mer­s­ley, Fritz Scholder, Laura Gilpin, and other past re­cip­i­ents, a list go­ing back to 1974, when the awards were es­tab­lished by then-Gov. Bruce King and first lady Alice King. Since that time, New Mexico has be­stowed this recog­ni­tion on 289 in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Pasatiempo, which re­ceived the award in 2009.

The Gover­nor’s Arts Awards pay trib­ute to the role that New Mexico’s artists and arts sup­port­ers play in the vi­tal­ity of the state’s econ­omy and cul­tural land­scape. In Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary of each year, New Mexico Arts so­lic­its nom­i­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als and groups. The dead­line for sub­mit­ting a nom­i­na­tion form, avail­able on New Mexico Arts’ web­site, is in March. The nom­i­na­tions are then re­viewed by a com­mit­tee of the New Mexico Arts Com­mis­sion. In the last part of the nom­i­na­tion process, rec­om­men­da­tions are sent to the gover­nor, who makes the fi­nal se­lec­tion. A public an­nounce­ment of the award re­cip­i­ents hap­pens in June. This year’s cer­e­mony takes place at the New Mexico Mu­seum of Art’s St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (107 W. Palace Ave.) on Fri­day, Sept. 18, at 5:15 p.m., fol­low­ing a 3:30 p.m. re­cep­tion at the Gover­nor’s Gallery on the fourth floor of the State Capi­tol, where an ex­hibit of the hon­orees’ art­works is on view through Dec. 11. The re­cep­tion and cer­e­mony are free to the public. For more in­for­ma­tion, call New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490.

We had sev­eral news­pa­pers and af­ter my fa­ther and three un­cles died, my cousins de­cided it was time to sell the bulk of them. We di­vided the money be­tween the liv­ing rel­a­tives. I was an only child so I came out with a nice hunk of it, and I wanted to do some­thing mainly for opera and theater be­cause I had been

in the theater for so long.

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