Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Tapestry by Ramona SakiestewaThe 2021 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts will take place online on October 22, 2021.

Our 2021 Awardees are:

  • Edward "Gus" Foster
  • Ricardo Caté
  • Susan Contreras
  • Dave Grusin
  • Kathleen Wall
  • gallupARTS
  • The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

2021 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts Press Release

"Although we are disappointed the awards will be online this year, especially after postponing them last year, we are thrilled to be honoring the passion, talent, and commitment of New Mexico's artists and arts supporters in a way that is safe for and accessible to everyone," said Michelle Laflamme-Childs, Executive Director of New Mexico Arts.

TIMELINE

August 2020 through March 2021 - Nominations sought
June 2021 - Public announcement of awardees
October 2021 - Award events

NOMINATION PROCESS

The nomination deadline for the 2021 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts is March 5, 2021. Complete nominations submitted for the 2020 Awards will be rolled over to 2021.

To nominate an individual artist or a major contributor to the arts, select the fillable nomination formPDF File

Visit the complete list of all past recipients.

To re-nominate an individual artist or a major contributor to the arts, simply download and fill out a current nomination form, submit updates with a new nomination letter or addendum. Please contact New Mexico Arts to check if nomination materials are still on file before submitting. It is not unusual for a nominee to be nominated several times before being awarded a Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts. However, not every individual nominated will receive an award.