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Governor's Arts Awards Collection

Identifier: AC 476

Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative files and individual portfolios (by name) of nominees and recipients for the Governor's Arts Awards. Administrative files are defined as: lists of nominees, minutes, nomination forms, nomination procedures, correspondence, awards programs, press releases, articles in Pasatiempo, New Mexican, El Palacio.

Portfolios are defined as: nominations, letters of support and recommendations, examples of art, supporting documents, reasons for selection. The collection came with books that support nominees. They were transferred to FACHL book collection. Photographs and video tapes of the artists have been transferred to the Photo Archives.
Awardees by Year
Grace Thompson Edmister (Music), Georgia O'Keefe (Painting), E. Boyd (Cultural Preservation), Maria Martinez (Pottery), Laura Gilpin (Photography), John Gaw Meem (Architecture)
Raymond Jonson (Art), Agueda Martinez (Weaving), Michael Naranjo (Sculpture), Dr. J. D. Robb (Music), Elizabeth Waters (Dance), Frank Waters (Literature)
Fray Angelico Chavez (Literature), John Crosby (Music), Andrew Dasburg (Painting), Eliot Porter (Photography)
Maria Benitez (Dance), Bainbridge Bunting (Archecture), Charles Mattox (Sculture), Doel Reed (Art)
Felipe Archuleta (Sculpture), Howard Cook (Painting, Art Education), Yoshimi Takeda (Music), Jack Williamson (Liturature)
Rudolfo Anaya (Literature), Alexander and Susan Girard (Supporters of the Arts), Allan Houser (Sculpture), Mark Medoff (Playwrite), Eliseo Rodriguez (Painting)
Blue Corn (Pottery), Fremont Ellis (Painting), John Nichols (Literature), Leonora Curtin and Y. A. Paloheimo (Supporters of the Arts), Henriette Wyeth (Painting)
Helen Cordero(Storytellers), George Lopez (Santero), Janusz and Nancy Kozikowski (Weaving), William Kirschke (Music), David Salazar (Music), Alan Vedder (Art Restoration and Education)
Donald B. Anderson (Art), Lucy Lewis (Pottery), Bill Mauldin (Cartoons), Beaumont Newhall (Photography), Fritz Scholder (Painting)
Paul Caponigro (Photography), Peggy Pond Church (Literature), Angelina Delgado Martinez (Tinsmithing), William Weinrod (Music), Bank of Santa Fe (Corporate Support) 1985: Clinton Adams (Art Education), William Lumpkins (Architecture), Margaret Tofoya (Pottery), Cleofes Vigil (Folk Art and Music), Mountain Bell (Corporate Support)
Van Deren Coke (Photography), Doris Cross (Visual Arts), Cleofes Ortiz (Folk Music) Elmer Schooley (Visual Arts), Dr. John Glowacki and Max Roybal(Contributors), Cottonwood Printing Co. (Corporate Support)
Garo Z. Antreasian (Visual Arts), William Clift (Photography), Eleanor King (Dance), Dr. Sabine R. Ulibarri (Literature), Col. and Mrs. E. E. Fogelson (Contributors to the Arts), International Mineral & Chemicals Corporations (Corporate Support)
Hector Garcia (Music), Barbara Latham (Visual Arts), Lydia Pesata (Crafts), Keith Wilson (Literature), Sheldon M. Rich and Alicia Schachter (Contributor), Ovenwest Corporation (Outstanding Support)
R. C. Gorman (Visual Arts), Antoine Predock (Architecture), Agnes Sims (Visual Arts), Carmen Velarde (Adobe Art), Burlington Resources (Support of the Arts)
Larry Bell (Visual Arts), Pop Chaleee (Painting), Tony Hillerman (Literature), Donna Quasthoff (Sculpture), Corrales Historical Society (Support of the Arts), KGGM TV-13 (Corporate Support)
John Farrer (Music), Alex Seowtewa (Painting), Ricardo Lucero Valenzuela (Music Education), R. D. and Joan Dale Hubbard (Major Contributors), First National Bank of Belen (Outstanding Corporate Support)
Antonia Apodaca (Music), Austin "Slim" Green (Saddlemaking), Irene von Horvath (Painting and Architecture), Dorothy McCray (Painting and Printmaking), John McHugh (Major Contributor), John Sinclair (Literature), Tamarind Institute (Printmaking), First National Bank of Dona Ana County (Corporate Support)
Max Evans (Literature), Al Hurricane (Music), K. Lloyd Higgins (Art Education/Music), Luis Jimenez (Sculpture), Wilson Hurley (Painting), American Home Furnishings (Corporate Support), Julia Jaramillo (Music), Bonifacio Sandoval (Tinsmithing), John Meigs (Major Contributor)
Keith Avery (Poet), Howard Bryan (Literature), John Nieto (Painting), Pimentel Family (Guitar Makers), Paula Rodriguez (Straw Applique), Col. James Thompson (Arts Education), Cipriano Vigil (Music), New Mexico Council on Photography (Major Contributor), Cheryl Joe, Dine (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Robert Tsosie (Allan Houser Memorial Award), Charlie Carrillo (Santero), Denise Chavez (Literature), Dan Namingha (Painting), Betty Hahn (Photography), Joe hayes (Storytelling), Abad Lucero (Woodworking), Bettina Steinke (Portraiture), Tommy Hicks, Shidoni Foundry (Major Contributor), Lloyd E. Cotsen, Neutrogena Corportaion (Corporate Support)
Ted Egri (Sculpture), Margaret Lefranc (Painting), The Brunett Foundation (Major Contributor), Luis Tapia (Sculpture, Woodcarving), N. Scott Momaday (Literature), Erma Yazzie (Allan House Memorial Award)
Nancy and Richard Bloch (Contributors), Marianna Gabbi (Music), Joy Harjo (Poetry), Morris Rippel (Painting), Pedro Ribera-Ortega (Literature), Myrtle Stedman (Arts/Architecture), Delie Velasco (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Ramon Jose Lopez (Santero, Furniture, Silversmith), Agnes Martin (Painting), Estefanita Martinez (Storyteller), Gordon Snidow (Painting), Jacqueline Spencer (Support for the Arts), American Express (Corporate Support), Robert Ellis (Individual Support)
Walter Chappell (Photography), Cecil Howard (Painting and Art Education), Lloyd Kiva New (Individual Support for the Arts), Thaw Charitable Trust (Outstanding Support), Roberto Martinez (Music), Rogers Aston (Bronze Sculpture), Laura Fragua Cota (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Jonathan Abrams (Supporter of the Arts), Chilton B. Anderson (Supporter of the Arts), Laurena Fernow Babey (Major Contributor), Gloria Lopez Cordova (Woodcarving), Richard Farnsworth (Cinematic Arts), Oreland Joe, Sr. (Sculpture), Simon Ortiz (Literature), La Fonda Hotel (Corporate Support) Sara Wea Irwin (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Charles Dailey (Art Education), Bill Evans (Dance), Monica Sosaya Halford (Santera), Frank McCulloch (Art Education), Marianne and Michael O'Shaughnessy (Contributors), Brinton Turkel (Children's Literature), Melissa Zink (Mixed Media Art), Dorothy Grandbois (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Ruth Cantrell (Theatre Arts), William Freimuth (Architecture), Dale Kempter (Music Education), Janet Lippincotte (Painting), Fredrico Vigil (Music and Fresco Artist), Joyce Walker (Supporter), Charlene Teters (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Paulette Atencio (Traditonal Arts/Storytelling), Frances Fezer (Individual Support of the Arts), Doug Hyde (Sculpture), Patrick Nagatani (Photography), Florence Miller Pierce (Painting), Nancy Zeckendorf (Major Contributor), Don Chunestudey (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Ralph Berkowitz (Music), Glynese Floyd (Theater), Clark Hulings (Painting) Michael McGarrity (Literature), Elias Rivera (Painting), Ruth Schultz (Major Contributor), Nancy Youngblood (Pottery), Lannan Foundation (Major Contributor), Harry Fonseca (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Glenna Goodacre (Sculpture), Douglas Kent Hall (Photography), Fredrick Hammersley (Painting), Kevin McIlvoy (Literature), Edward Lujan (Contributor), Patrick Oliphant (Cartoonist, Painting, Sculpture), Ford Ruthling(Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking), J. Paul Taylor (Contributor), William Tinnie (Sculpture and Painting), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Allan Houser Memorial Award)
Eddie Dominguez (Sculpture), Dolmas Howe (Painting), Jack Parsons (Photography), Ramona Sakiestewa (Weaving), Clara Sherman (Weaving), Rory Wagner (Painting), Edwina Milner (Contributor), Irene Oliver-Lewis (Contritutor), The Santa Fe Opera (Contributor), Joseph Sanchez (Allan Houser Memorial Award)


  • 1974-open
  • Majority of material found in 1997-2004

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.


The Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts was established by New Mexico Arts Committee in 1974 to honor lifetime achievement and support of the arts in New Mexico. The first Governor's Awards were given in 1974 to Maria Martinez and Georgia O'Keeffe. Since then a variety of artists; weavers, painters, dancers, sculptors, musicians, poets, playwrights, potters, and storytellers, have been given awards annually. These awards are administered by the Governor's Awards Committee of the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.


8.5 Linear Feet

Separated Material

Photographic materials have been tranferred to Photo Archives. Books to Chávez History Library's main stacks.
Governor's Arts Awards Collection, 1974-open
Edited Full Draft
K. Robens
© 2009
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090