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2022 Mayor's Awards

2022 Mayor's Arts Awards


City of Santa Fe Announces the 30th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award Recipients

Santa Fe, NM, [DATE]—Mayor Alan Webber, the Arts & Culture Department, and the Santa Fe Arts Commission are pleased to announce the six recipients of the 2022 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

  • Arts - Judy Tuwaletstiwa
  • Philanthropy – Ellen and Robert Vladem
  • Arts Innovator – Santa Fe Art Institute
  • Culture Connects – Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe
  • Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award – Indigo Austin
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Patrick Lannan, Lannan Foundation

The Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts were established in 1989 with the first event held in 1991.  The awards acknowledge living individuals and active organizations that have made a significant contribution to arts and culture in Santa Fe. Nominations from the community are collected each year for consideration. Throughout the years, the awards have honored a remarkable list of artists, individuals, organizations, and businesses.

In recognition of the 30th Anniversary, this year’s event will recognize the six stellar honorees for 2022, including the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Also invited are all of the over 150 previous recipients from the entire thirty-year history of the event to recognize the rich legacy of the people and organizations who help make this city the cultural magnet and hotbed of creativity for which it is known.

The following are brief profiles of the 2022 Mayor’s Arts Award Recipients:


ARTS - Judy Tuwaletstiwa

The work of Judy Tuwaletstiwa is somewhere between fire and water, beautiful, scientific, and broadly conceptual. Her work has been introduced and shown in numerous galleries as well as local and national venues. She has won multiple awards and is an important voice in the Santa Fe arts community and beyond. Her work is translucent yet grounded in the chemistry of color, sand, heat, and light. Her exhibits are a beautiful collaboration between art and science, melding the two in ways that draw in those observing her work.


PHILANTHROPYEllen and Robert Vladem

In addition to their generous lead gift for the New Mexico Museum of Art’s Vladem Contemporary, a new cultural venue in the Santa Fe Railyard, Ellen and Bob have provided major support for the Santa Fe Opera, and have served on numerous boards and as volunteers for various arts organizations, including The Food Depot and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Their philanthropy and community engagement illustrates their commitment to enriching the cultural life of Santa Fe and making a difference in the artistic vitality of this city.


ARTS INNOVATORThe Santa Fe Arts Institute

The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is an incubator for innovation, based on critical social issues that have the potential to bring about changes at a micro/macro social scale. The arts historically have been the location for change in cultures across the globe, and have been essential to the success of social movements ending repressive governments. Additionally, SFAI furthers the linkages between the arts and sciences by connecting local knowledge with global actions. The SFAI continues its forward-thinking and evolutionary purpose in its focus this year on the need to explore climate change. SFAI has continued to push for Midtown efforts and has created a culture of visible diversity and importance with regard to board representation and involvement of community in their residency programs.


CULTURE CONNECTSKiwanis Club of Santa Fe

The mission of the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club is to help the children of our community dream, grow, learn, succeed and thrive. Children are Zozobra's most loyal fans, and children 10 and under still enjoy free admission to the Burning. Santa Fe is renowned for its arts scene, and Kiwanis discovers young talent through the Student Art Contest and Zozobra Art Exhibit, as well as during ZozoFest and the Burning at which young musical and dance artists perform. Local schools, prominently Piñon Elementary, have lesson plans on Zozobra, and hundreds of student drawings are displayed in the art show. Kiwanis members speak on Zozobra's connection to Santa Fe history at local schools, including programs for at-risk youth. The Zozobra National Anthem performer has been under 18 more than once and New Mexico Ballet School dancers portray the Zozobra gloomies.



Indigo Austin demonstrates commitment and dedication to developing athletic and artistic skills used in performance and expression art with Wise Fool where she is also a teacher. Her inspiration to create a video that expresses the polarization of our society during the Pandemic is impressive in its demonstration of a dedicated initiative and creative approach to a tough, complex subject.


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDPatrick Lannan/Lannan Foundation

The Lannan Foundation has dedicated its resources to cultural freedom, diversity, and creativity by supporting exceptionally creative artists, recognizing Native activists in rural communities and bringing exceptional writers, poets, and environmental, political and cultural activists to Santa Fe from around the world. Providing awards and fellowships to writers of poetry, fiction, and cultural freedom, the organization was founded in 1960, and in 1999 the organization's offices were transferred to Santa Fe where its fearless and brave support of art and artists has continued to impact the globe at large.


Organized by the Arts Commission, the awards ceremony will be held live on Thursday, October 13th from 5 to 8 pm at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Peralta). The ceremony will be hosted by Carlos Medina, local artist and comedian, and a reception will follow. Tickets are free with an RSVP, and more information for reservations will be provided here.




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