Donna Quasthoff

Serving on the board of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation for 12 years, and as an Earthwatch volunteer who participated in the research and excavation of the ancient St. Nazaire Cathedral in Autun, France, her work has been honored by the New Mexico Society of Architects and the state Historic Preservation Division. Her sculpture was given New Mexico's highest honor in recognition of art, the Governor's Award. She believes that artists must be extremely vigilant in protecting that which has nurtured and inspired us, and as an illustration that she lives by those words, the executive director of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation recalls recently seeing Donna carefully inspecting the plaster on the restored Hovey House. She had specified an extra-thick application of plaster, and when the contractor complained, she had held firm. And she was right--25 years after the work was completed, the plaster still was flawless.