Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Lauren Clay: Phantom Stair

September 10 – October 23, 2022
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery

Lauren Clay’s installations and sculptures allude to the ethereal architecture of dreams, visionary experiences, and astral travel. In sleep each night, we cross a threshold from waking conscious life, into the realm of the unknown, where mysterious parts of ourselves constellate into images, known as dreams. Read More


Roswell Museum 85th Anniversary Exhibition: A Community Legacy

October 1, 2022 - April 9, 2023

Founders Gallery

As part of the national effort to increase jobs across industries during the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) developed the Federal Art Program (FAP) in support of the arts. Over the 8 years of the program, 1935-1943, a significant body of public art was commissioned and approximately 10,000 artists and craft workers were supported. Read more

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(Re)Visions of Tomorrow  

June 25 – October 30, 2022

Inspired by science fiction, the summer special exhibition, Future Shock, features 16 national and international artists exploring humanity's shared future and our connection to space, science and technology. The exhibition includes a diverse array of concepts and media—virtual reality and installation art to sculpture, film and drawingeach with a unique aspect on the ways in which technology impacts our experience of the world.  Read more »


Enduring Generosity: Gifts of Art 2017-2022

July 31, 2022 – February 12, 2023

Entry Gallery


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the broader community continued to be immensely generous through gifts of art to the collection of the Roswell Museum, your museum. Displayed here is a selection of artworks given to the museum 2017-2022. This small sample of the enduring generosity of donors highlights the breadth of these contributions to our collection. Read More

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Fritz Scholder: Focus on the Figure

March 26 - September 2022

Paul Horgan Gallery

Interdisciplinary artist Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) grew up in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Scholder’s ancestry was predominantly European with only 25% being Native American through his father. He was formally enrolled in the California Mission tribe of Luiseños called the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians. Read more »

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Roy De Forest: Irreverent Magic 

March 26 – September 2022

Graphics Gallery

Interdisciplinary artist Roy De Forest (1930-2007) grew up in a farming family, first in North Platte, Nebraska. A combination of unfortunate events, including drought, grasshoppers, and the Great Depression, necessitated a move west to the state of Washington’s Yakima Valley where the De Forest family harvested pears and plums. Read more »

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Made in New Mexico

December 2018 - Long term display
Patricia Gaylord Anderson Gallery

New Mexico is home to a lot of great things, from important historical sites and diverse state parks to roasted green and red chilies. It’s also a land rich with artistic traditions, and continues to be an inspiration to artists today. Read more »


Robert H. Goddard: The Father of Modern Rocketry

On Permanent Display
Goddard Gallery and Workshop

In 1898, a teenage Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945), captivated by the realism of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, “…imagined how wonderful it would be to make some device which had even the possibility of ascending to Mars.”  Read more »

West of Beyond: The Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West

On Permanent Display
Aston Galleries

Donated by Rogers Aston, The Aston Collection of the American West is one  of the most popular and historically significant aspects of the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s holdings. An independent oil producer, rancher, sculptor, and philanthropist, Aston developed a keen interest in the West during time spent on his family’s various ranches. Read more »