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Gov. announces award recipients

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Arts Commission have announced the seven artists and art supporters who will be recipients of the 2014 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The 2014 recipients are: Robert Mirabal of Taos, artist, musician; Jean Anaya Moya of Galisteo, artist, straw appliqué; Donald Redman of Santa Fe, artist, sculpture; Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt of Hillsboro, artist, graphite/cowboy art; Dr. Kent Jacobs and Sallie Ritter of Las Cruces, major contributors to the arts; George R.R. Martin of Santa Fe, major contributor to the arts; and Dave Warren of Santa Clara Pueblo, major contributor to the arts.

The 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremonies will be held at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 19 at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony will be preceded by an afternoon reception and exhibition opening from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Gallery, fourth floor, State Capitol. Both the awards ceremony and gallery reception are free and open to the public.

Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal will receive the Governor’s Award for his music. (Courtesy of Kate Russell)

Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal will receive the Governor’s Award for his music. (Courtesy of Kate Russell)

Nominations for the awards are invited each year from arts groups and interested New Mexicans. All nominations are reviewed by a committee of the New Mexico Arts Commission, which sends its recommendations to the full Commission and to the Governor.

Mirabal has been described as a Native American Renaissance man. The world-renowned musician is a composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer, who is dedicated to keeping alive the centuries-old customs of Taos Pueblo.

A Grammy Award-winning musician, Mirabal is a leading proponent of World Music and has merged his Indigenous American sound with the music of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, tapping into a planetary pulse with a style that defies categorization.

Straw appliqué artist Jean Anaya Moya is credited with taking this New Mexico art form to the next level. Moya’s artistic vision is rooted in the traditions of her family life. She lives in the village of Galisteo.

Moya is active on the board of the local arts organization, La Sala de Galisteo. She has received numerous awards including first place for painted bultos at the 2012 Spanish Market in Santa Fe.

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.

Redman participated in a yearlong 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 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.

Robert Shufelt is an artist renowned for illustrating “the cowboy way” and is among the elite artists in the world in his chosen medium of graphite. Through his uncanny understanding and control of light values, he creates, in what many consider a monochromatic medium, a full palette.

A working cowboy, Shufelt has used his artistic talents to capture an important part of New Mexico’s heritage and culture, ranching and the work of the modern-day cowboy. Shufelt was recently identified as one of 20 “Legends of Fine Art” by Southwest Art magazine. He has been recognized with the coveted American Cowboy Award at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

In 2013, Shufelt and his wife donated more than 130 framed pieces of his art to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

Dr. Kent Jacobs and his wife, artist Sallie Ritter, of Las Cruces are being recognized as major contributors to the arts.

Dr. Kent Jacobs and his wife, artist Sallie Ritter, of Las Cruces are being recognized as major contributors to the arts.

Dr. Kent Jacobs and Sallie Ritter are recognized as major contributors to the arts. Retired physician, writer and longtime arts advocate Jacobs and his wife, Ritter, an internationally renowned artist, both learned the value of giving back at an early age – a lesson that has resulted in a lifetime of public service and philanthropy to Las Cruces and New Mexico.

Jacobs and Ritter are leaving their home and its priceless art collection to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation to create a satellite state art museum in Las Cruces. The bequest includes the couple’s extensive collection of American Indian pottery and textiles, as well as contemporary art.

Significantly, the bequest comes with an endowment of more than $3 million to be used by the New Mexico Museum of Art to create arts and culture educational programs and exhibits for the benefit of children and families in the Las Cruces region.

Jacobs served on the Board of Regents of the Museum of New Mexico from 1987 to 2000 and from 2001 to present, and was president of the board for five years. He is both a member of the museum’s Board of Regents and a trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

Jacobs helped bring the coveted Neutrogena Collection to the Museum of International Folk Art, open the Amy Rose Bloch Wing at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and launch the Van of Enchantment to send exhibits and art history classes to the far reaches of New Mexico.

Ritter is an award-winning artist, whose works have been featured in more than 20 one-woman exhibitions and numerous private and public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Author George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy novels are the premise for HBO’s popular series “Game of Thrones.”

Author George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy novels are the premise for HBO’s popular series “Game of Thrones.”

George R.R. Martin is an American novelist and short story writer in the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres, as well as an accomplished screenwriter and television producer.

He is best known for “A Song of Ice and Fire,” his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for its acclaimed and wildly popular dramatic series “Game of Thrones.”

A Santa Fe resident since 1979, Martin serves as the series co-executive producer, while also scripting one of each season’s 10 episodes.

In 2013, Martin re-opened the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a cinematic landmark in downtown Santa Fe and has since hosted numerous events featuring important authors, filmmakers and artists.

Dave Warren, Pueblo scholar and historian, is being recognized for being one of the first American Indians to obtain a doctorate, and for his leadership and scholarship contributing to creating awareness of the role of arts in the development of cultural institutions.

Warren was at the forefront of a movement to change policies aimed at destroying Native culture to preserving and protecting the oldest cultures of the Southwest.

Warren received his doctorate in 1955 from the University of New Mexico in history. He is an enrolled member of the Santa Clara Pueblo and is an historian of North American Indians and Latin American Indigenous people. He has taught at the University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University and Albuquerque Public Schools.

Warren was deeply involved with the Institute of American Indian Arts for more than three decades, where he served as director of curriculum and instruction, director of the Cultural Research and Resources Center and was acting president in 1978-79.

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