Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Governor’s Award For Excellence In The Arts

Wednesday, December 4th, 1996

Governor's Award

Margaret Lefranc received the 1996 Governor’s Award
for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts for Painting.

Margaret and New Mexico's Governor Gary Johnson

Margaret and New Mexico’s Governor Gary Johnson

Lefranc joined a galaxy of former New Mexico’s finest artists which included such names as Georgia O’Keeffe, Maria Benitez, Tony Hillerman, Allan Houser, Peter Hurd, William Lumpkins, and Andrew Dasburg.

The luncheon ceremony took place in the William Lumpkins Ballroom at La Fonda Hotel followed by an exhibition opening and public reception in the Governor’s Gallery at the state Capitol.

The Governor’s Arts Awards were establish in 1974 as a way of celebrating the significant roles artists have played in the state, both economically and culturally. Gov. Gary Johnson, first lady Dee Johnson and members of the New Mexico Arts Commission chose the recipients, who were nominated by local arts groups and citizens.

Fifty Best Books of the Year Award

Friday, October 9th, 1992

Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso.

Margaret Lefranc received the Fifty Best Books of the Year Award in 1948 for illustrating Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso.

The Fifty Best Books of the Year was presented by the Library of Congress in conjunction with The American Institute of Graphic Arts. The catalogue of the 27th Annual Exhibition was inaugurated simultaneously during the month of April 1948 in five American cities: Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D. C. The purpose of the simultaneous opening was to focus public attention upon the values of good bookmaking.

Margaret, Governor Bruce King and Sandra McKenzie

Margaret, Governor Bruce King and Sandra McKenzie

In 1948 Margaret was unable to attend the award ceremonies, but in 1992 Sandra McKenzie arranged for it to be sent to Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the opening of Lefranc’s 1992 exhibition, 3 Women Working in New Mexico, then Governor Bruce King presented the long overdue award to the artist.

Lefranc’s illustrations for Indians of the Four Corners (1952) were similarly honored with a One Hundred Best Books of the Year Award.

From 1948 through 1977, Lefranc also illustrated books Dance Around the Sun (1977), Hell on Horses and Women (1953), The Valley Below and Indians on Horseback (both in 1948), as well as illustrating numerous issues for Southwest Review and Sunstone Review.