the Governor's Arts Award Winners

William Field

Santa Fe

2007 recipient, Major Contributor to the Arts

William Field is the director of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and a driving force behind Santa Fe's annual Spanish Market.

Field was raised in Santa Fe in a small 1870s adobe farmhouse purchased in the 1920s by his mother, Lois Field, who was instrumental in the revival of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in the 1950s. A graduate of Harvard University, Field established the design department at the Polaroid Corporation in 1957, and in 1976 launched his own design firm, William Field Design, in Santa Fe.

Over the past three decades, his agency has garnered more than 400 local, regional and national design awards and is known for being generous in providing pro-bono design work to nonprofits including the New Mexico Community Foundation, Santa Fe Childrens Museum, Salvation Army, Santuario de Guadalupe and Hospice Santa Fe. Bill Field's personal contribution to the arts in New Mexico cannot be overstated, according to nominator and Spanish Market Director Bud Redding. "Bill has worked in the design and advertising business for 48 years and has long been praised by his clients and applauded by his peers."