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 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.
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.