the Governor's Arts Award Winners

Ali MacGraw

Santa Fe

2008 recipient, Major Contributor to the Arts

Since moving to New Mexico more than a decade ago, Santa Fe resident Ali MacGraw has given generously of her time as an activist in the arts community. "As an artist, she has donated much of her own work to auctions and exhibits for nonprofit New Mexico organizations, many of which support the arts community," said nominator Pat French. "Ali never hesitates to lend a hand and is an inspiration to the vast community of aspiring artists." Among the organizations to benefit from MacGraw's efforts are Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Santa Fe Film Festival and the Short Story Festival. MacGraw was born in Westchester County, New York, the daughter of commercial artists. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and began working in 1960 as a photographic assistant at Harper's Bazaar and at Vogue as a photographer's stylist and fashion model. Her film credits include Goodbye, Columbus; Love Story; The Getaway; Convoy and the 1985 ABC prime time soap opera, Dynasty. In 2006 she made her New York Broadway theater debut in the drama Festen.