Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

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.

2024 Awards Celebration

The State Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts look forward to finally celebrating our honorees at an in-person celebration in October of 2024. We are planning to recognize the Details about the event will be forthcoming.

 2023 Governor's Arts Awards

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA) and New Mexico Arts (NMA) are proud to recognize a diverse group of worthy individuals for the 2023 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

2023 Award Recipients:

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