New Mexico Art In Public Places Program In Jeopardy
Former New Mexico Arts Division Director 1983-1988
Former Director of the Governor’s Gallery 1986-1992
The Art in Public Places program was created to facilitate the acquisition and placement of artwork in state-funded buildings across the state. Since its passage with overwhelming bipartisan support in 1986, under the leadership of a conservative coalition in both Houses, the Art in Public Places Act has become a hugely successful program of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
In addition to being a great cultural investment for our State, the Art in Public Places program provides much needed economic support for the state’s artistic community, as the vast majority of the more than 2,500 works purchased to date have been produced by New Mexico artists. This support has a significant multiplier effect that improves the overall economic health of all our communities. The program backs myriad art forms including everything from oil paintings to stained glass, textiles, ceramics, photography, monumental sculpture, and more.
The New Mexico State Museum system is one of the largest and most important in the country, drawing visitors and accolades from throughout the world. The estimated $40 million in maintenance and upgrades that State museums require deserves a long-term plan for sustained annual investment.