the Governor's Arts Award Winners

2017 Governor's Arts Award Winners

 Bayou Seco (Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie)

Bayou Seco (Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie)
Artists, Music
Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, known the world over as Bayou Seco, are not only extraordinary performers but they are ambassadors of New Mexico music.

William deBuys

William deBuys
Artist, Writing/Literature
William deBuys is an internationally recognized author and conservationist, who has worked throughout his lengthy literary career to celebrate New Mexico's distinctive peoples and landscapes.

Gustavo Victor Goler

Gustavo Victor Goler
Artist, Master Santero/Spanish Colonial Bultos and Retablos
Raised in Santa Fe, Gustavo Victor Goler's early years were spent apprenticing in his family's conservation studios where he learned wood carving skills.

Helen R. Lucero

Helen R. Lucero
Major Contributor to the Arts
Dr. Helen R. Lucero has spent her entire career helping to promote and educate the public about the Hispanic arts of New Mexico. One of the first female Hispanic curators in the country.

 Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program of Roswell

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program of Roswell
Major Contributor to the Arts
The Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) Program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, provides about six contemporary artists a year with "a gift of time" -- a one-year residency with a house, studio, living stipend and an exhibition at the

Russell Sanchez

Russell Sanchez
Artist, Pottery
Russell Sanchez of San Ildefonso Pueblo, who has been making pottery since he was 12 years old, has continued a Native American tradition that has been in New Mexico for hundreds of years.

William Wilson

William Wilson
Major Contributors to the Arts
William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation. Born in San Francisco in 1969, Wilson studied photography at the University of New Mexico.