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2022 Nominations Open

The New Mexico Arts Commission and the New Mexico Arts Division announce a call for nominations for the 2022 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Each year, New Mexico's Governor recognizes the extraordinary contributions that individuals and organizations make to the arts in New Mexico. The Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts were established in 1974 by then Governor Bruce King and First Lady Alice King to celebrate the particular significance of the arts to the State of New Mexico. For more than three decades a prominent and diverse group of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights, potters, and supporters of the arts have been honored.

Nominations for the awards are invited each year from interested New Mexicans and arts groups statewide. Nominations are reviewed by the New Mexico Arts Commission and the Governor. This year's awardees will be honored at a ceremony in October 2022.

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Eligibility Artists

Living artists currently residing in New Mexico from any discipline who have made significant and outstanding achievements in the arts will be considered for this extraordinary achievement award. Individuals who are non-artists, but have made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico may also be nominated. These individuals can be arts patrons, arts advocates, and arts educators.

Major Contributor(s) Organizations or individuals in New Mexico who have made significant contributions or provided outstanding support (financial or otherwise) to the arts in our state. Other possible activities, such as devising special, innovative programs in support of the arts or employee volunteer programs for community arts projects will be considered

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