Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, image credit: Robert D. Flaherty I

Celebrating the Significance of the Arts in the State of 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 significance of the arts to the State of New Mexico. Nominations are accepted from interested individuals and art organizations statewide culminating in an exhibition and awards ceremony each year when the Governor acknowledges the extraordinary achievements and contributions of New Mexican artists, arts organizations and arts supporters.

2022 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts Nominations Now Open!

We are moving into the 21st century! For the first time ever, you can submit your nomination ONLINE for Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. We will be accepting nominations for the 2022 Awards from April 20 - May 17, 2022, using the Call for Entry online submission system.

The link to the nomination information is here: Click the green "APPLY NOW" button to start the process.

You will need to create a simple account in CaFE to make the nomination. If you require assistance, please follow this link for step-by-step instructions on how to apply

2022 Awards Celebration

"We very much look forward to celebrating our 2022 Governor's Arts Awards recipients in late October of this year," said New Mexico Arts Executive Director, Michelle Laflamme-Childs. "The short film created for the 2021 awards was hugely popular and has been viewed almost 2,000 times. Never before have so many people all across the state (and the globe) been able to watch the Awards. We look forward to producing a similar lasting tribute for the 2022 honorees to showcase their talents and commitments as pillars of the New Mexico arts community."

In addition, there will be an exhibition of work and information about the 2022 Governor's Arts honorees in the Governor's Gallery at the New Mexico State Capitol opening on September 16, 2022.

2021 Governor's Arts Awards

In 2021 the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts were presented online as a documentary project. You can watch the 2021 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts film here.

Our 2021 Award Recipients were:

You can read the 2021 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts official press release here.

View a complete list of past Governor's Arts Awards recipients here.