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Recipients announced for Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANTA FE, N.M. — Eight people — five of them from northern New Mexico — were named Friday as recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Two area men got credit in the category of Major Contributor to the Arts: George R.R. Martin of Santa Fe and Dr. Dave Warren of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Best known as the author of his book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which formed the basis of the popular HBO “Game of Thrones” television dramas, Martin has lived in Santa Fe since 1979. Since buying the defunct Jean Cocteau Cinema and reopening it last year, he has attracted a number of authors, filmmakers and performers for events at the theater.

“He has shaped the landscape of film exhibition in Santa Fe, bringing first-class events, including many free-to-the-public screenings,” wrote Jacques Paisner, executive director of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, in nominating Martin.

Warren, a scholar and historian, has been a leader in preserving Native cultures and emphasizing the role of the arts for those peoples. He has been involved for years with the Institute of American Indian Arts, serving a couple of years as acting president; was founding deputy director of the National Museum of the American Indian; and wrote the guiding principles for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

Robert Mirabal of Taos won an award for his music. A Grammy winner and performer on the Native American flute, Mirabal also was involved with a PBS special, “Music from a Painted Cave,” and published books of poetry, short stories and a photographic memoir.

“Robert is a gifted and visionary musician who has taken on the important task of representing Native American music in not only an authentic way, but a way that brings its message and beauty into the present and future…,” wrote his nominator, David Schwartz, chairman of the New Mexico Music Commission.

Straw appliqué artist Jean Anaya Moya of Galisteo received recognition for her ability to “paint with straw,” while sculptor Donald Redman of Santa Fe was named an award recipient for his more than three decades of work in a variety of media creating sculptures.

Other recipients are Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt of Hillsboro, and Dr. Kent Jacobs and Sallie Ritter of Las Cruces.

All recipients will be honored with a reception 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Governor’s Gallery in the Capitol, followed by a 5:14 p.m. ceremony at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.