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Cantrell receives Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts

Ruth Cantrell, head of New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts, will be awarded the 2002 Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts at a public ceremony Friday, Sept. 20, in Santa Fe at the St. Francis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts.



Ruth Cantrell, head of New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts, will receive the 2002 Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts at a ceremony in Santa Fe Sept. 20. (New Mexico State University Courtesy Photo)

Cantrell has been the director of the Theatre for Young Audiences and the Children's Theatre Workshop since 1985. Under her direction more than 100,000 children in southern New Mexico have attended plays free of charge.

As a playwright she has had her work performed in numerous theaters throughout the country. Her play "The Stonecutter" received the Best Children's Play award from the Southwest Theatre Association in 1998.

In 1992, Cantrell was the founding artistic director of "Another Planet: Voices from Las Cruces, New Mexico." Now in its 10th year, the program focuses on middle school students and the arts.

Cantrell received her bachelor's degree in 1974 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1978 from Trinity University. In 2000, she was named managing director of the American Southwest Theatre Company. She is also a member of the Actor's Equity Association.
The Governor's Arts Awards were established in 1974 to celebrate the enormous roles, both economic and cultural, that artists and craftspeople play in the life of New Mexico. During its 29-year existence, a variety of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights and potters have been honored, including Mark Medoff, Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Farnsworth, N. Scott Momaday, Larry Bell, Max Evans and Eliot Porter.

Nominations are sought each year 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 governor.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/cantrell_ruth.jpg.
CUTLINE: Ruth Cantrell, head of New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts, will receive the 2002 Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts at a ceremony in Santa Fe Sept. 20. (New Mexico State University Courtesy Photo)

Julie M. Hughes
July 22, 2002