the Governor's Arts Award Winners

Donald Redman

Santa Fe

2014 recipient, Individual Artist

Sculptor Donald Redman has more than three decades of experience using natural elements - water, the sun, light and wind - to connect the observer with space and movement. Redman works in a number of processes to create large-scale sculptures, and has worked in mediums from stone and metals to fiberglass, epoxy resins, carbon fiber, paper, and wood. Nominator Cyndi Conn said Redman is a teacher, environmentalist, and an extraordinary multidisciplinary artist and sculptor. "He has an impressive resume of awards, apprenticeships, and grants, and has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the country," said Conn, executive director of Creative Santa Fe. Redman participated in a year-long study fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute, an exhibit with the Chinese Cultural Exchange Program in Beijing, and served as artist-in-residence at Diverseworks in Houston, Texas, and for the Georgia O'Keeffe Estate from 1995-99. Redman has created numerous sculptural pieces that are now displayed in public spaces, airports, art centers and as part of the state public art collection, including a recent commission to create a sculpture for placement on the southwest side of Rio Rancho City Hall. "Not only has he moved the craft of sculpture forward through his own work, but he is a strong and fervent voice for arts advocacy in our state," said Anna Blyth of the Santa Fe Arts Commission. "Whenever an arts issue has been raised at the statewide or local level, Don has been the first to attend meetings, make phone calls, and gather fellow artists and supporters around a common cause. He loves New Mexico and cares deeply about the arts on a grassroots level. His voice has been tireless in causes dear to the New Mexico arts community."