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ince 1974, New Mex­ico’s gover­nor has been hon­or­ing the state’s artists and pa­trons with awards for ex­cel­lence in the arts. The pro­gram, started un­der Gov. Bruce King and First Lady Alice King, rec­og­nizes liv­ing artists and sup­port­ers who have made last­ing con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments in the cul­tural sphere. The se­lec­tion is di­verse, en­com­pass­ing art forms that range from tra­di­tional to cut­ting-edge and con­tem­po­rary. The awards are not limited to vis­ual arts. Awardees have in­cluded play­wrights, mu­si­cians, ac­tors, sto­ry­tellers, and po­ets as well as weavers, pot­ters, pain­ters, sculp­tors, pho­tog­ra­phers, and more. In ad­di­tion, cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions and ma­jor donors have al­ways been ac­knowl­edged.

Past re­cip­i­ents in­clude Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe, Robert Red­ford, Tony Hiller­man, David Bradley, Ge­orge R.R. Martin, N. Scott Mo­ma­day, Fritz Scholder, and Jim Vo­gel. The lineup for 2017 fur­ther en­riches the pool with mu­si­cians Ken Kep­peler and Jeanie McLerie of Bayou Seco, au­thor and con­ser­va­tion­ist Wil­liam deBuys, master san­tero Gus­tavo Vic­tor Goler, San Ilde­fonso pot­ter Rus­sell Sanchez, Diné pho­tog­ra­pher Will Wil­son, and ma­jor arts con­trib­u­tors He­len R. Lucero and the Roswell Artist-in­Res­i­dence Pro­gram.

The Gover­nor’s Awards for Ex­cel­lence in the Arts is man­aged by New Mex­ico Arts, a divi­sion of the Depart­ment of Cul­tural Af­fairs. The cer­e­mony takes place at 5:15 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 15, at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art’s St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (107 W. Palace Ave.) and is free to the pub­lic. Pre­ced­ing the event is a 3:30 p.m. re­cep­tion for the ex­hibit of re­cip­i­ents’ works at the Gover­nor’s Gallery of the State Capi­tol (490 Old Santa Fe Trail).

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