Loie Fecteau - Executive Director
Loie Fecteau has headed New Mexico Arts and the New Mexico Arts Commission since her appointment in January 2004. Fecteau has focused much of her tenure on arts-based economic development and cultural tourism, including the development of Arts Trails, designed to put New Mexico artists on the map and bring the market to them, as well as the creation of state-designated Arts and Cultural Districts in partnership with the Economic Development Department's MainStreet program. Fecteau was elected by her peers in 2014 to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and serves on the Executive Committee as 2nd vice president. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), on WESTAF’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, and as the New Mexico State Captain for Americans for the Arts.
Prior to becoming an arts administrator, Fecteau was a journalist for more than 20 years and, among her many beats, covered politics in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. For Soundings magazine, she covered boating and the marine industry, and wrote travel destination pieces. She has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri and a B.A. in English from Marietta College. Fecteau has long believed in the transformative power of the arts. She lives in Santa Fe with little Lily, a terrier mix, and Zorro the cat. An avid skier and hiker, Fecteau commutes to work periodically by bicycle.