Current Collections

Art Collection

Historic & Contemporary Southwestern Art

The RMAC collection contains significant examples of historic and contemporary southwestern art, including the largest public collection of regionalists Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, modernist works from the Santa Fe and Taos art colonies, and works from the Roswell Artist-in-Residency program, established in 1967.

Works Projects Administration

The RMAC collection also contains a number of works relating to the Works Projects Administration, including the largest public collection of Taos artist and WPA muralist Howard Cook (1901-1980), a complete copy of The Portfolio of Spanish Colonial Design, produced by E. Boyd in 1938 for the Federal Arts Project, and examples of the Museum’s original furnishings and decoration, hand-crafted in the 1930s by Hispanic artisans for the Federal Art Project.

Robert H. Goddard Collection

Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) was a pioneering rocket scientist who conducted his experiments in Roswell from 1930-1942. The Goddard collection at the Roswell Museum and Art Center includes scientific equipment and rocket parts used during his research, a replica workshop containing his original machinery, and a launch tower. A complete set of his laboratory notes compiled by his widow, Esther Goddard, is available in the Museum’s research library and archives, along with historical photographs.

Robert H. Goddard in his Roswell workshop, around 1940

Robert H. Goddard in his Roswell workshop, ca. 1940

Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West

Donated by philanthropist Rogers Aston, this collection contains over 2,000 artifacts that highlight the West as a site of intercultural exchange. A sculptor as well as an independent oil producer, Aston used the artifacts in his collection to provide historical authenticity to his work. The majority of the collection is on view in the permanent exhibit, West of Beyond.

Dave Shelley, Cody, WY, Shotgun Chaps, late 1800s

Dave Shelley, Cody, WY, Shotgun Chaps, late 1800s,