‘New Mexican’ cartoonist among the recipients of the award for excellence in the arts | Local News


Ricardo Caté, whose cartoons offered a laugh and insightful insight to readers of The New Mexican for 15 years, was one of seven recipients of the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Caté, from Santo Domingo Pueblo, joins an exceptional group of artists and organizations to receive this year’s award, including Edward “Gus” Foster of Taos, Susan Contreras of Santa Fe, musician and composer Dave Grusin of Santa Fe and Kathleen Wall by Jemez Pueblo.

The gallupARTS association and the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts in Alto are the recipients of a major contributor to the arts award. The awards, in their 47th year, are presented by the New Mexico Arts Commission and the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Here is more information on the work and careers of this year’s recipients:

Edward “Gus” Foster: Foster moved to Taos in the mid-1970s, documenting the landscapes of his new home with a panoramic camera. He was later elected to the Harwood Museum of Art board of trustees, helping to raise funds to build a new museum wing.

Foster donated his collection to the Harwood in 2013, with 391 works of art by over 80 artists in his permanent collection.

Ricardo Cat̩: The only Native American cartoonist in a mainstream daily, Cat̩ began drawing in seventh grade. During his time with The New Mexican, he said he created two main characters Рthe leader and the general. Through them he tried to bridge the gap between cultures.

“I don’t think I should be responsible and represent all the natives because each tribe is different with its own history,” he said in a press release issued by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. “I think mainstream America often describes us as one, even though there were well over 1,000 tribes before the Europeans arrived. I base my cartoons on my knowledge of other tribes as well as my own. “

Susan Contreras: Contreras, who moved to Santa Fe in 1968, is known for her masks, both the ones she made and the ones she collected.

“The masks reflect a desire for escape and exploration, and as I paint I can be a space traveler, a scuba diver, or say, a cat, a fish, a greyhound faster than fast. , chasing a cat in space or a fish in the ocean, “she said.” Sometimes when I paint I feel like the masks are painting themselves, singing their own operas, building their own sets. “

Contreras is also known as a regular at fundraising auctions and helping young artists in college programs.

Dave Grusin: An internationally renowned composer and arranger and record label manager, Grusin has worked with most of the greats, including Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones and many more. It received eight Oscar nominations and 80 Grammy nominations. He lives in Santa Fe but does much of his work on both coasts.

He is known for a variety of works, but his arrangements for the cinema are well known. He created themes for films including The company, the fabulous Baker Boys, on the Golden Pond and Tootsie.

Kathleen Wall: His long-standing work in clay, bronze and acrylic has won Wall many accolades. She will be the featured artist at the 2021 Institute of American Indian Arts gala. She was also named a Living Treasure by the Museum of American Indian Arts and Culture. His work has been seen nationwide and at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wall also ran pottery workshops and contributed his artwork to charity over the years.

GallupARTS: The nonprofit Arts Council will receive a Major Contributor Award for its many efforts to help Gallup’s arts community. It was also part of a $ 150,000 “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and works with other showcases for native artists in the area.

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts: Also the recipient of a Major Contribution Award, the installation, designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock, opened in 1997 and has operated over the years with concerts, performances, plays, performance companies. dance and children’s events. The theater focuses on supporting local arts communities in south-central New Mexico.

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