Santa Fe Living Treasures â€“ Elder Stories
Honored October, 2010
William 'Bill' Field
Bill Fieldâ€™s exceptional creativity, natural curiosity, hard workâ€”and keen sense of funâ€”have driven his many impressive accomplishments, but he would tell you, â€śIâ€™ve just been lucky.â€ť
â€śWithout Billâ€™s hands-on efforts as an organizer, designer, fundraiser, board president, and more, Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Spanish Market, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art would not exist today, much less flourish,â€ť wrote one admirer.
William Magee Field inherited an appreciation for native arts and artists from his mother and grandparents who first settled in Santa Fe in the late 1920s. Born in Santa Fe, Bill grew up on the familyâ€™s Cerro Gordo property. His extended family included artists E. Boyd, Agnes Sims, Will Shuster, Cady Wells, and Gustave Baumann, among others
The Fields moved back to Santa Fe in 1976, and Bill began his own graphic design business. William Field Design has won more than 300 regional and national awards. Field-designed logos are visible at the Santa Fe Childrenâ€™s Museum, La Casa Sena, and the Gerald Peters Gallery, among others. He has donated his work to many community organizations: Santa Fe Childrenâ€™s Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and the Santa Fe Rotary Clubâ€™s annual Distinguished Artist Award. In 2007, Bill was honored with The Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Friends say, â€śHis value in promoting our cityâ€™s and stateâ€™s vast cultural and artistic heritage is incalculable.â€ť â€śHe embodies the highest spirit of old Santa Fe: warmth, kindness, friendship, neighborliness, generosity, genuineness.â€ť
Story by Barbara Harrelson
Photo Â© 2010 by Genevieve Russell