Current Exhibitions

Power: New Works by David Emitt Adams

January 13 - May 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 5-7 pm
Spring River Gallery

Based in Arizona, photographer David Emitt Adams explores the sense of place through his use of tintype, an early form of photography developed in the 19th century. Rather than use conventional paper, Adams prints his images on cans, scrap metal, and other detritus found in the landscapes he photographs, blurring the distinction between image and object. For his latest project, Adams has turned his attention to the oil industry, traveling around the country to photograph different refineries. Adams then prints his images directly on to oil drum lids, during these objects into visual meditations on the oil industry that has so strongly shaped the economy, history, and culture of the United States.

Image: David Emitt Adams, Navajo Refinery, Artesia, New Mexico, 2015, wet collodion tintype on 55-gallon steel drum lid, 23.5” diameter. Collection of the artist.

Work by David Emitt Adams

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
Beverly Acha: Mutualities

December 16, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Marshall and Winston Gallery

Beverly Acha's paintings engage technology, science, nature, the cosmos, and human experience: "My paintings arise from a desire to connect with my own physicality. When I paint, I connect to a non-verbal, sensory understanding of my experience. The materiality of paint, surfaces I prepare, and haptic memories feed my process...I aim for the materiality of my work and its forms to activate the viewer's senses and to engage their awareness of nature, space, time, and scale."
Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20

Roderick Mead: Looking Between the Lines

December 3, 2016-February 12, 2017
Horgan and Graphics Galleries

This exhibit showcases prints and paintings by innovative Carlsbad artist Roderick Mead (19001-1971), a recent bequest from the Marilyn T. Joyce Trust. Originally from New Jersey, Mead reached his artistic maturity in 1930s Paris while working at avant-garde printmaking workshop Atelier 17. After returning to the United States in 1939, Mead eventually settled with his family in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he continued to produce paintings and prints. RMAC is excited to have this generous bequest from the Marilyn T. Joyce Trust, and is eager to share it with visitors.


Bravo/Grande: Zeke Peña

October 28, 2016-March 5, 2017
Entry Gallery

Bravo/Grande is an interdisciplinary project that examines the relationship between regional communities and the river with creative practice and site-responsive art projects. Through community engagement and collaboration, the project studies generational and binational trends in access, use and perception by documenting oral and written stories from the community. Bravo/Grande also explores the effect of immigration policy, increased militarization, and U.S./Mexico relations on these trends.


Duty, Honor, Art:
The New Mexico Military Institute Collection

September 20, 2016-June 18, 2017
Hunter Gallery

Founded in 1891, the New Mexico Military Institute is one of Roswell’s oldest and most significant educational institutions, representing the only state-supported military high school and two-year college in the western United States. NMMI also has its own notable collection of art and historical objects, encompassing works created by both faculty and alumni, prominent southwestern artists such as Laura Gilpin and Kenneth Miller Adams, and international artists. In recognition of NMMI’s 125th anniversary, this exhibit will showcase the school’s art collection.