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.
The 2017 recipients of this life time achievement award are:
- Bayou Seco of Silver City, Artists, Music: Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie
- William deBuys of El Valle, Artist, Writing/Literature
- Gustavo Victor Goler of Taos, Artist, Master Santero/Spanish Colonial Bultos and Retablos
- Russell Sanchez of San Ildefonso Pueblo, Artist, Pottery
- Will Wilson (Diné), Photographer
- Helen R. Lucero of Albuquerque, Major Contributor to the Arts
- Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program of Roswell, Major Contributor to the Arts
The 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts
exhibition, featuring the work of the recipients takes place in the Governor’s Gallery, 4th Floor, of the State Capitol. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are organized by the New Mexico Museum of Art and New Mexico Arts, divisions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.