Announcing the 2023 Governor's Arts Awards

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA) and New Mexico Arts (NMA) are proud to recognize a diverse group of worthy individuals for the 2023 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Top Row - left to right - Paula Castillo, Visual Artist, Belén, J.C. Cervantes, Author, Las Cruces,

Raven Chacon (Diné), Musician, Composer and Artist, Albuquerque, Judy and Ray Dewey, Major Contributors to the Arts, Albuquerque.

Bottom Row - left to right - Jim Harris, Major Contributor to the Arts, Hobbs, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), Fashion Designer, Taos, Mark Ian Saxe, Stone Sculptor, Dixon, Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Visual Artist, Galisteo.

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The objective of the Large-Scale Purchase Initiative is to diversify the state's public art collection by purchasing artwork from artists in all stages of their career. All media in all genres, suitable for both interior and exterior display, will be considered. Artwork must be durable, permanent, low-maintenance, and in compliance with ADA guidelines upon installation.


$50,000-$200,000, all-inclusive. Purchase contracts will be a $50,000 minimum for each artwork. 

Artworks must be submitted with an “all-inclusive” price (artwork, identification plaque, delivery, and secure/permanent installation on site, including any concrete pad required). Purchase contracts will be a $50,000 minimum for each artwork, inclusive of all associated costs.

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Don't forget these important

NMA Grants Program dates:

September 21st - FY2025 Application Process Zoom Meeting October 23rd - Deadline for New Applicants for

mandatory Advance Review

December 8th - Deadline for FY2025 Applications

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Based on the successes of the inaugural round of mini grant funding to NM organizations, New Mexico Arts, the state’s arts agency, announces the Arts & The Military 2024 Mini Grants funding opportunity for arts organizations and veteran-focused organizations to create or expand opportunities for veterans and active-duty service members to engage with the arts. 

New For 2024

More Money! – Mini grants amount increased to $2,500.

More Time! – Earlier announcement, Earlier deadline means more time to implement your project. We anticipate projects can be started in January 2024 and completed before June 30, 2024.

Less Administrative Burden! – Only 8 short answer questions, 2 pages. Submit proposal as a PDF document. No online account needed.

For questions or technical assistance, contact Arts & The Military Coordinator, Kevin Lenkner at 505 412-5791 or via email

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Registration is now open.

Contact: Kevin Lenkner, POL Coordinator 505 412-5791

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The New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary will open to the public in Santa Fe on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Located in the Santa Fe’s Railyard District, this highly-anticipated venue will create a new space for contemporary art in New Mexico. 

New Mexico Museum of Art (NMMOA) Vladem Contemporary will showcase contemporary art to broaden the diversity and reach of the Museum’s collection. It will create opportunities for the Museum to engage living artists from New Mexico and artists from different cultural backgrounds, and to bring world-class exhibitions to New Mexico that showcase diverse perspectives. The new building will allow the Museum to pursue its educational mission with modern exhibition spaces suited for contemporary art, a dedicated artist-in-residence studio, expanded collection storage, educational classroom, and a remarkable collection viewing area. 

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The National Endowment for the Arts Chair, Maria Rosario Jackson and staff were in Santa Fe for last month's Indian Market and met up with NMA Executive Director, Michelle Laflamme-Childs.

From left, NEA Senior Deputy Chair, Tsegaye Sisk, National Endowment for the Arts Chair, Maria Rosario Jackson, NMA Executive Director, Michelle Laflamme-Childs, NEA Chief of Staff, Ra Joy.

In front of the bronze sculpture, “Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer” (1995) by artist is Craig Dan Goseyun (San Carlos Apache)

Opportunities From Our Friends...

City of Flagstaff

Call-to-Artists for Temporary 3D Artwork(s) at Elizabeth “Liz” C. Archuleta County Park

The City of Flagstaff seeks proposals for large-scale, three-dimensional (3D) sculptures for a temporary outdoor exhibition in 2024, at the Elizabeth “Liz” C. Archuleta County Park. The exhibition will feature artworks, existing or newly created, that reflect and make visible aspects of Indigenous and other diverse cultural representation, including Black and Latinx art. Selected artworks will advance essential perspectives and narratives through a myriad of ways and will prompt appreciation, conversation and interaction. 

Closing Date: September 12, 2023, 5pm (Arizona Time)

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The High Road Artisans will be holding their annual studio tour this year (the 26th year!), on the last two full weekends of Sept., Sat & Sun, 9/16 & 17, and 9/23 & 24 2023

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PASEO 2023

Transforming Community with Art

and Art with Community.

September 15th and 16th. In Taos at Kit Carson Park for immersive artwork from over 30 artists.

100% Free.

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Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery was curated by the Pueblo Pottery Collective, a group of more than 60 Native American community members convened from the 22 Pueblo communities in the Southwest.

The Collective was established in 2019 specifically to develop an exhibition that centers the voices of Native American people in the curation and display of Native American art.

In partnership with the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery opened at the Vilcek Foundation on July 13, 2023. The exhibition features works from the Vilcek Collection and from the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research.

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Complete Guide to FREE Artist Grants and Opportunities in 2023

All the best artist grants, residencies, and open calls for 2023.

All of these calls are FREE to apply!

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This Month's Book Club Selection:

An Indigenous Present

Edited with introduction by Jeffrey Gibson. Text by Philip J. Deloria, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Kite, Layli Long Soldier, Jarrett Martineau, Arielle Twist.

Interviews with Candice Hopkins, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Designed by Sébastien Aubin, Otami

This landmark volume is a gathering of Native North American contemporary artists, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, architects, writers, photographers, designers and more. Conceived by Jeffrey Gibson, a renowned artist of Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee descent, An Indigenous Present presents an increasingly visible and expanding field of Indigenous creative practice.

It centers individual practices, while acknowledging shared histories, to create a visual experience that foregrounds diverse approaches to concept, form and medium as well as connection, influence, conversation and collaboration. An Indigenous Present foregrounds transculturalism over affiliation and contemporaneity over outmoded categories.

Published 2023 | ISBN: 9781636811024

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