ARTSPeak                                                                          Summer 2015

Caitlin Olsen - Editor

Media Communications Coordinator & Event Planner


"Magic Hour" by Meg Saligman at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.  Photo by Tom Kessler.

Executive Director's Notes

Greetings from the Executive Director - and welcome to the relaunch of our periodic enewsletter ARTSpeak


Tell us and the National Endowment for the Arts your story: did the arts change your life? Our federal funder the National Endowment for the Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and as part of its big 5-0 bash, the NEA is gathering stories from each of the states about how the arts and the NEA have influenced the lives of people and arts organizations across the country. Share your story with the NEA here.

I've long believed in the transformative power of the arts as I know first-hand the benefits of participating in the performing arts. I never worked professionally in the theater but it remains one of my first loves. I acted in plays in high school and college and from those experiences I learned about timing and how best to frame a story to make words come to life. I also gained self-confidence by performing in front of audiences, which has served me well in my professional life where I often have to speak in public, many times off the cuff.


New Mexico Arts and our advisory Governor-appointed New Mexico Arts Commission also are marking our 50th anniversary over the next year so stay tuned for some Land of Enchantment twists to the NEA celebration. We want to do some kind of visual exhibition of the arts in action in our state. This will be a fun, temporary, public art installation for which we will be doing a call for submissions in the coming months.


Our Department of Cultural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales  will be hitting the road to visit many New Mexico communities as a key part of DCA's response to the economic impact study DCA commissioned from the University of New Mexico's Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER). According to the BBER report, arts and cultural industries in New Mexico have a $5.6 billion impact on our state's economy and employ more people than the manufacturing and construction industries. The BBER study found that our arts and cultural industries support nearly 77,000 jobs in New Mexico - that's one in 10 jobs statewide.


A key finding in the BBER study is that cultural vitality is no longer a luxury but a precondition of economic development. The study also identified a number of challenges for us to capitalize on regarding our creative economy and how to expand it and help our artists become successful entrepreneurs.


As part of DCA's BBER follow up efforts, New Mexico Arts continues to collaborate with the Economic Development Department's MainStreet program, our DCA Historic Preservation Division, and other partners on Arts and Cultural Districts across our state, as well as our second statewide Building Creative Communities Conference scheduled for Nov. 4-6, 2015 in Santa Fe. This year's conference will focus on connecting creative communities in our state.

An important goal of our arts-based economic development and cultural tourism efforts is to enable New Mexicans to make a decent living wherever they live in New Mexico, so that our artists and creative entrepreneurs do not have to move to find jobs.


But the importance of funding the arts goes beyond economic and tourism benefits. We believe our arts and culture define who we are as New Mexicans.


We know that arts education teaches our children critical thinking skills and helps make them better problem solvers, which prepares them for whatever career path they might choose.


I want to congratulate the 2015 recipients of our annual Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, who are highlighted in this issue and will be honored in ceremonies on September 18 in Santa Fe. This will be the 42nd celebration of our Governor's Arts Awards, which are a collaborative effort of New Mexico Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Governor's Office, and other partners. The September 18 events kick off with a reception from 3:30 pm to 4:40 pm at the Governor's Gallery located outside the Governor's Office on the 4th floor of the State Capitol. The Governor's Gallery exhibit, curated by Merry Scully, chief curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art, will feature artwork by this year's governor's arts awardees as well as highlights about their lives and careers. The awards ceremony with Governor Susana Martinez follows at 5:15 pm at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art. Both events are free and open to the public and we hope to see you there!


I also want to congratulate and acknowledge Tom Udall, our senior U.S. senator from New Mexico, for receiving this year's Congressional Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts. Senator Udall is now the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee with jurisdiction over the budget of the NEA, our federal funder. Senator Udall has taken the lead in writing a Dear Colleagues letter the last several years in support of increasing the NEA's funding. So please be sure to thank Tom and all the members of our Congressional delegation for all they do on behalf of the arts in New Mexico and across our great country.


Summer is a great time to connect with our members of Congress when they are back home in New Mexico during the Congressional recess. Summer is also a great time to schedule meetings with your local state representatives and state senators and to invite them to your arts events and openings. Please beat the drum about the importance of arts funding and be sure to share your stories with our political leaders about how the arts make a difference in the lives of our people and benefit our great state.

Loie Fecteau

Executive Director


Governor's Arts Awards 2015


Musical group from the Academy for Technology and the Classics performing at last year's Governor's Arts Awards at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe. 

Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Arts Commission were honored to have announced the seven artists and art supporters who are this year's recipients of the annual Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.


"Artists are a cornerstone of New Mexico's economy.  That's why each year we honor those who exemplify the diverse and vibrant talent in our state, and the dedicated supporters of the arts, who continue to make this a thriving industry," said Governor Martinez.  "Art is deeply woven into the very fabric of New Mexico."


The 2015 Governor's Arts Awards ceremonies will be held on Friday, September 18, at 5:15p.m. at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony is preceded by an exhibition opening from 3:30 - 4:30p.m., in the Governor's Gallery at the State Capitol.  Both the awards ceremony and gallery exhibition are free and open to the public.  


This year marks the 42nd annual celebration of the Governor's Arts Awards, which was established in 1974 to celebrate the extensive role that artists and their work have in New Mexico.  A diverse and noteworthy list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights, and potters have been honored by the Governor's Arts Awards, New Mexico's most prestigious arts awards.  Past awardees include: Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Maria Martinez, Tony Abeyta, Glenna Goodacre, Tony Hillerman, Patrick Oliphant, N. Scott Momaday, Tammy Garcia and Catherine Oppenheimer.


Nominations are accepted 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.


Governor Martinez and the New Mexico Arts Commission announce that the awardees for this year's Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts are:


Dr. William Clark: Dr. Clark was director of bands at New Mexico State University (NMSU) from 1985 to 1994 and then headed the NMSU Music Department where he is credited with doubling the number of music majors to more than 200 during his 11 years. Clark founded the Mesilla Valley Concert Band in 1986 and has served as conductor and music director for the past 30 years, during which some 220 free concerts have been presented by the 100-piece professional adult concert band for about 150,000 residents of central and southern New Mexico.  Clark's honors include: Las Cruces Citizen of the Year in 1988 and New Mexico Music Educator of the Year in 1992. He was inducted into the New Mexico Music Educator's Hall of Fame in 2007 and elected to the American Bandmaster's Association - the highest honor for international professional bandmasters - in 1993. Clark maintains an active private studio and is a freelance tuba player.


Catalina Delgado-Trunk:  Artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk of Albuquerque has pushed the boundaries of traditional papel picado (cut paper) to a high art form. Much of her work is composed of complex panels that narrate Nahua mythology and explore contemporary themes. The roots of Mexican paper cutting reach back into pre-Hispanic times when obsidian knives were used to cut figures out of bark paper. In its modern form, tissue paper is used to form flags, typically displayed on a string, for decorating Day of the Dead altars. Delgado-Trunk is credited with transforming the art into larger works with more intricate designs and broad subject matter, with each piece telling a complete story. "As an immigrant living between two worlds, my language of art serves me well to bring down walls of misunderstanding as well as to build bridges of communication and comprehension between cultures," Delgado-Trunk said. "It is a metaphor for life because it is both fleeting and traditional." Born in Mexico City in 1945, Delgado-Trunk grew up in the Coyoacán district with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo as neighbors and family friends.  Her art has been featured at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.  She was one of the artists selected in 2014 to represent New Mexico at the Crystal Bridges Museum's "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now."


Vincent N. Figliola: Vincent N. Figliola, 79, has dedicated his life and art to expressing the dignity of the human struggle and the narrative of the land and its people. Figliola and his wife, Barbara moved to Las Cruces from Manhattan nearly 30 years ago, leaving behind the world of advertising where he was an award-winning creative art director. On Figliola's 50th birthday, after driving cross-country, he chose to settle in New Mexico's desert and mountain landscapes to "see if I could become a serious painter." Gary Biel of Las Cruces said he once asked Figliola why New Mexico. "He looked out his sunroom and pointed to the rock spires of the Organ Mountains and said, 'Look," Biel noted.  John O'Hern, Arnot Museum curator and current New Mexico editor for "American Art Collector" in Santa Fe called Figliola one of the "important realistic painters of this century." Whether exploring a complicated social issue with his "Border Paintings" or a seasoned man with the lilt of his cello in New Mexico snow, Figliola paints truthfully for humanity. 


Virgil Ortiz: Hailing from a family of celebratedCochiti Pueblo artists, Virgil Ortiz says it never crossed his mind to be anything other than an artist. "Art is in my blood," said Ortiz, 46, the youngest of six children, who grew up in a creative environment in which storytelling, collecting clay, gathering wild plants, and producing figurative pottery were part of his everyday life. "I have something very important to do before I go. I want to preserve my culture and inspire our youth to accomplish whatever it is they dream to be."  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said Ortiz should be honored not only for his significant artistic contributions but for his dedication to youth and children. "When a special artist comes into our lives with a willingness to share their heart and soul, able to share a piece of themselves through the magic that flows through them, all while not forgetting to mentor others, we have the responsibility to recognize them for making New Mexico even more special than she already is. Virgil Ortiz is one of those artists," Lujan said. "From his pottery in a clay medium, to live canvasses that breathe inspiration, to fashion collaborations with Donna Karan, his art has moved people and inspired a new generation to tell the stories that have lived here for generations."


Irvin Trujillo: "Irvin Trujillo is a seventh generation master weaver who has taken Rio Grande weaving to new heights of mastery and innovation in a career spanning 50 years," said nominator Michael Pettit, a writer and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. "Every weaving pays homage to a profound tradition in his family, community, culture, and state; at the same time they assure traditions will find new vitality going forward," Pettit said. Trujillo has mastered traditional dyeing and weaving methods, and then brought innovations to those techniques and tools. "All of which he has shared freely with his peers and the public," Pettit said. "No weaver in New Mexico - none in the Southwest - enjoys or deserves a higher reputation than Irvin Trujillo."  The Denver museum has purchased two of Trujillo's weavings that will be featured in Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry, which opened on May 28, 2015.  Trujillo learned the art of weaving at age 10 from his father, master weaver Jacobo "Jake" Trujillo. In 1982, in partnership with his father and his wife, Lisa, Trujillo opened the Centinela Traditional Arts studio and shop. Trujillo was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 2007 for lifetime achievement in Folk and Traditional Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), our nation's highest honor in the field. "Irvin has not only continued the weaving tradition in his family for seven generations, but he has reinvigorated Chimayó weaving by drawing upon his engineering and music experience to create large, richly colored and exquisitely intricate tapestry weavings," said Helen R. Lucero, the retired director of visual arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, who co-authored Chimayó Weaving: The Transformation of a Tradition. "In my opinion, Irvin is by far the best New Mexican Hispanic weaver of all time."


Edgar Foster Daniels:  Edgar Foster Daniels, 83, is an accomplished actor, singer, and major patron of the arts. "Edgar has dedicated his life to the arts," said nominator Charles MacKay, the general director of the Santa Fe Opera. "I can think of no one more deserving of the honor (Governor's Arts Award)." Daniels spent the first 30 years of his professional career acting on the Broadway stage, as well as in Hollywood films and on television. "Even before his retirement from acting in 1983, he began to focus his keen and boundless energies on supporting the arts from the other side of the stage," MacKay said. The first production Daniels underwrote at The Santa Fe Opera was Strauss's Daphne in 1981. He founded the Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation in Santa Fe in 1995. "Edgar was the first recipient of the Best Philanthropist/Sponsor Award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in 2014," said MacKay. Daniels has supported numerous other arts organizations in New Mexico, including Performance Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. In addition to his substantial giving, Daniels also has been unstinting in his service and currently serves as an honorary board member at The Santa Fe Opera.


Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer have devoted some three decades to the historical art form of pinhole photography.  They established Pinhole Resource, Inc. in 1984 to provide resources, advice and information for photographers around the world.  In addition to a journal and website, they have authored many books that are used as resource texts by artists and students around the world. "Nancy and Eric's devotion to Pinhole art, their dedication to providing various rich resources to others interested in the topic, and their efforts to educate the public about the art form have helped to raise awareness of Pinhole photography in New Mexico while enriching artists, students and their New Mexico community for decades," said nominator Faye McCalmont, the long-time executive director of Mimbres Region Arts Council in Silver City, which received a Governor's Arts Award in 2013. Renner and Spencer donated their Pinhole collection of more than 6,000 photographs, cameras and books to the New Mexico History Museum in 2012. In April 2014, the History Museum opened "Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography," which has been one of the museum's most popular exhibitions, with an extended run through January 10, 2016. "The New Mexico History Museum's presentation of "Poetics of Light," based on the Pinhole Resource Collection is an in-depth, eye-opening survey of contemporary pinhole photography, the largest exhibition of its kind ever assembled," said Daniel Kosharek, Photo Curator at the History Museum.  Mary Anne Redding, former chair of the Photography Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design said: "If any two individuals with a long history of influence on the photographic arts in New Mexico deserve the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, it is Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer - for their vision, their passion, and their commitment to education in the arts." 


This year's Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee was chaired by New Mexico Arts Commissioner Glenn Cutter of Las Cruces, and included Arts Commission Chair Sherry Davis of Santa Fe; Arts Commissioners Charmay Allred of Santa Fe; JoAnn Balzer of Santa Fe; John Rohovec of Silver City; as well as Chuck Zimmer, New Mexico Arts Deputy Director and Manager of the Art in Public Places Program (AIPP).  New Mexico Arts Executive Director Loie Fecteau served on the committee in a nonvoting capacity.


New Mexico Arts is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and partners with the New Mexico Museum of Art in presenting the annual Governor's Arts Awards events. 





The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project on the DACC East Mesa campus. The work will be situated at the center of the campus in the quad area surrounded by the Academic Resources Building, the Student Resources Building, the Auditorium, and the Digital Media & Main Building. Professional artists working in the United States and demonstrating a level of experience that is commensurate with the project scope and budget are invited to submit qualifications to this project opportunity. A total of $183,500 is available for the project inclusive of all costs, taxes and fees.

To learn more about this call for artists and to apply please click here. 


"Inside/Out" public art light installation by Ivan Toth Depeña at Wise Pies Arena aka The Pit in Albuquerque, NM. Photo by Jennifer Sensiba.

Inside/Out is an interactive public art light installation created by Ivan Toth Depeña for WisePies Arena aka the Pit at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  It premiered on May 8, 2015, as part of the UNM graduation ceremonies.  In honor of graduation it glowed the spirited Lobo red on Friday and Saturday and then on Sunday, May 10, 2015, it began its programmed light sequence, which is especially dramatic in sunset mode.  DePeña, a Miami and Charlotte based artist, created this permanent art installation in the glass stair tower of the renovated UNM Pit Athletic Facility.  Inside/Out will enliven the building through a dynamic nighttime light display programmed to convey the excitement of activities held at the facility. 


"The project is inspired by the idea that architecture can be a living, breathing organism that gets injected with life as it is inhabited by its visitors and, in turn, projects the energy that takes place within the structure outward into the city itself. Conversely, the structure could incorporate the characteristics of its surroundings during given time frames," explained artist Depeña.


During Lobo games and special events, the interior of the building is revealed on the exterior.  This means that all of the noise that is made during the game or event is captured and directly represented on the exterior of the building in real time via the dynamic quality of the lighting.  The LED lights are connected to a microphone/sensor near the seating at the Pit and the activity of the crowd is tied to the colors displayed on the glass tower light installation.  The exterior of the building will be responding to the noise levels that occur within it.


Additionally, the lighting is programmed, down to the minute, to respond to the environmental/color conditions of the sunset time frame.  The intention is for the architecture to have a direct dialogue with the landscape, horizon and the site's general environment.  Given the location and site conditions, Depeña thought the "Outside" portion of Inside/Out should become something that integrated itself into the surroundings.  He was inspired by the New Mexico sunset and the brilliant colors that are revealed during the magical ending of the day.  He wanted there to be a ritualistic discussion between the natural and the artificial.  This sunset mode will be different each evening just as the incredible sunsets of New Mexico are never exactly the same.


Inside/Out is part of the Art in Public Places program of New Mexico Arts, the state arts agency and a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.  The total cost of the installation is $200,000.  Insight, a Rio Rancho, NM, company manufactured the lighting fixtures used in the installation.


Paul Krebs, Vice-President for Athletics at UNM said, "Inside/Out adds another feature to what already is one of the most iconic venues in all of sports.  We continue to look for ways to enhance the fan experience and the vibrancy surrounding all of our athletic facilities."


Depeña's artistry is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design.  His studio combines hands on methodology layered with high tech output and fabrication.  Depeña's work exemplifies the harmonic moment when various creative disciplines come together seamlessly.  Inside/Out is a cutting edge public art light installation that explores the relationship between interior activity and an external display.  The ever-changing colors are a delightful addition to the skyscape of Albuquerque.

In this Issue


Poetry Out Loud State And National Competitions


Poetry Out Loud poster by Joel Nakamura.


Santa Fe, NM - Rachel Patty, a junior from Raton, represented New Mexico in the national finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in Washington DC. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Patty and a chaperone received an all-expense paid trip to the nation's capital. Though not a finalist in the national event, Patty turned in a fine performance of Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll in the first round. In Round 2 she lightened the mood of the somewhat tense audience with her recitation of

Over and Under

by John Brehm:

...and beyond them

the Atlantic Ocean

which I lately learned

was brought here

by ice comets three

billion years ago,

which explains

a few things, ...


The state champions are kept busy during the two and a half day event, April 28-29. In addition to their planning meetings and side-trips, they have the opportunity to meet members of Congress individually and at the annual Congressional Breakfast held in the Cannon House Caucus Room. Patty managed three such visits, meeting one-on-one with U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and her own House District 3 Representative Ben Ray Lujan. A staff member from Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham's office delivered a personal letter of congratulations to Rachel as well as letters for her to give to each of the state finalists from House District 1.


Patty, 17, won her place at the Nationals by beating out nine other finalists on Sunday, February 22, in the 10th Anniversary New Mexico State Finals of Poetry Out Loud. The program is sponsored by New Mexico Arts, the state arts agency and a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The event was held at the historic St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. 


Loie Fecteau, executive director of New Mexico Arts, shared with the participants and the audience a statement from Governor Susana Martinez congratulating the 10 students who represented their high schools in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Championship. "I applaud each of you for the hard work you have done to get this far," Governor Martinez said in the statement. "Poetry Out Loud is an amazing competition and this program, whether you know it or not, has helped build your self-confidence and yourpublic speakingskills. This is great training for your promising future - in college, in the workplace, and in life."


The Governor noted that since Poetry Out Loud began 10 years ago, some 9,000 New Mexico high school students have participated in this exciting program. "These students represent the best our state has to offer and I am proud of all of them - and their teachers - for doing their part to embrace and promote literacy in our state," Governor Martinez said.


In addition to the all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., Patty received a cash award of $200. Her school received a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books for the school library.


Other finalists who participated included runner-up Michelle Zhou, La Cueva High School, Albuquerque; third place, Ryan Szeto, Hiroshi Miyamura High School, Gallup; Vivian Li, Bosque School, Albuquerque; Katie Delgado, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos; Brad Martinez, Oñate High School, Las Cruces; Andrew Pierce, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad; Alex Wiesel, Southwest Secondary Learning Center, Albuquerque; Isacc Ramos, Deming High School, Deming; and Lucas Smathers, Public Academy for Performing Arts, Albuquerque.


Present at the event were State Senator Bill O'Neill of Albuquerque, State Senator William Soules of Las Cruces,

and State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos. Soules and Garcia Richard are educators. All three spoke of the importance of recitation in the Language Arts curriculum for high school students and literacy overall.


New Mexico Poetry Out Loud is extremely fortunate to have generous sponsors of this statewide event: Axle Contemporary Press, Back Road Pizza, Charles Schwab, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Santa Fe, Collected Works Bookstore, Doodlets, Nathalie Rivera-Walsh, Office Depot, Op Cit, Revolution Bakery, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Hemp, Santa Fe Pens, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Trader Joe's, Upper Crust Pizza, Whole Foods Market, and World Market. The state final coordinator was Santa Fe artist Bernadette Freeman.


After graduation, Patty plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in creative writing and to become a published author. Her parents are Carl and Marcia Patty of Raton. The lead teacher for Poetry Out Loud at Raton High School is Tim Keller.


Phyllis Jennings Kennedy

Program Coordinator


New Mexico Arts Mission:

To preserve, enhance, and develop the arts in New Mexico through partnerships, public awareness, and education, and to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations.

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