October 30, 2006

Nieto Receives SMU 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award

John W. Nieto

DALLAS (SMU) – John W. Nieto will receive the Southern Methodist University Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The recognition will take place at an awards banquet and ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Fairmont Hotel.

As an internationally renowned artist, Nieto’s distinctive works have been exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, including a one-man show in Tokyo. He is best known for his unique paintings using vibrant color and bold strokes to portray images of Native American figures and Western wildlife.

Nieto is a member of SMU’s class of 1959 and served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1996. He created and donated a painting titled “Fancy Dancer at SMU” for the opening of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies in 1996. The painting now graces the lobby outside the president’s office at SMU.

The 2006 recipients include Paul M. Bass Jr., the Hon. Craig T. Enoch, LeVias and John W. Nieto. Denise Scofield will receive the Emerging Leader Award, recognizing an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. For more information, visit

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