The Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts were established in 1974 by Governor Bruce King and First Lady Alice King to celebrate the significant roles – both economic and cultural – that artists, craftspeople and arts supporters play in the life of New Mexico. During its 38-year existence, a diverse and prestigious list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights and potters have been honored.
The 2012 recipients of this life time achievement award are:
Tony Abeyta (Santa Fe)
Michael P. Berman (San Lorenzo)
Lonnie Klein (Las Cruces)
Ed Sandoval (Taos)
Thomas B. Catron III (Santa Fe)
J. F Maddox Foundation (Hobbs)
Catherine Oppenheimer (Santa Fe)
The 2012 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts exhibition, featuring the work of the recipients, will open September 14, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the Governor’s Gallery, 4th Floor, of the State Capitol. The award ceremony will be held 5:15 - 7:00 p.m., in the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. Both the awards ceremony and gallery reception are free and open to the public.
Exhibition continues through December 7, 2012.