The Governor's Gallery is an outreach facility of the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Department of Cultural Affairs. The Gallery features several exhibitions a year representing the art and culture of New Mexico. It is located on the 4th floor of the State Capitol, at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta.
Clara Apodaca, former First Lady of New Mexico (1975-1978), founded the Governor's Gallery in 1975. The first exhibition featured the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, who closely supervised the installation of her show. Subsequent displays featured the art of nationally recognized New Mexican artists such as Fremont Ellis, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth.
Every fall, the New Mexico Museum of Art and New Mexico Arts co-sponsor the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, honoring major contributors to the arts. The Governor's Gallery hosts the exhibition honoring that year's recipients of this prestigious award.