Past Exhibitions


Jess Johnson: Honk if you don't exist

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

Marshall and Winston Gallery

November 18 – December 31, 2023

Artist Talk and Reception: 

Friday, November 17, 5:30-7 p.m.

Jess Johnson is a New Zealand-born artist whose artwork reflects ideologies of technology and flesh, both ancient and futuristic. Inspired by her interests in science fiction, comics, technology, architecture, and theories of consciousness, the concept of world-building lies at the heart of Johnson’s densely layered and visually-rich artworks. Read more>>

Nopalaso en nombre de Nuestras Familias, Lithograph, 15 in x 20 in, 2021, 700

Juana Estrada Hernández: Las semillas, el sol, y los que me sacaron a delante / The seeds, the sun, and those that brought me forward

Donald B. Anderson Gallery

September 23 – December 17, 2023

Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, Sept 22, 5:30-7 p.m.

Juana Estrada Hernández channels her experience growing up as an immigrant in the United States into drawing and print media that address political and social issues pertaining to communities of Latinx migrants. Read more>>

Two of Alex Boeschenstein's artworks, pictured in black and white. 

Alex Boeschenstein: Visionary Rumor

Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery

August 19 – November 5, 2023

Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, August 25, 5:30-7 p.m.

In Carl Jung’s final book Flying Saucers, he describes the UFO phenomenon as a “visionary rumor.” Jung’s variation differs from an ordinary rumor in that it owes its existence to and is kept alive by visions that are frequently experienced collectively, is corroborated by multiple individuals, and is preceded by an “unusual emotion” emanating from... Read more>>

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Patrociño Barela: I Stand On My Own Feet

Founders Gallery

August 12, 2023 – February 11, 2024

The Roswell Museum pays homage to one of the most legendary, yet underrecognized creators of modern art in New Mexico’s history. Patrociño Barela’s short, but prolific career transforming chunks of wood into abstracted sculptures touching on both spiritual and secular themes is celebrated in the first of a series of exhibitions exploring the output of groundbreaking artists...Read more>>

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Dina Perlasca: Campos de Fuerza / Force Fields

Donald B. Anderson Gallery 
June 17 – August 27, 2023
Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, June 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

Dina Perlasca is a Mexican-American artist designing and building her own custom-made future by aggregating elements from both her ancestral past and present circumstances and desires. The idea of a force field can be understood through a multitude of approaches, each of which can provide new layers of insight into Perlasca’s artistic concepts and materials. Read more >>


Remembering Wesley Rusnell

Entry Gallery

June 24 - September 10, 2023

Artist and poet Wesley Rusnell was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1934. He first attended classes at San Diego Junior College before receiving an undergraduate degree in English from San Francisco State University in 1961. The first solo exhibition of Rusnell’s artwork was at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 1963. Read more>>

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Lucien Shapiro: While you praise the butterfly don’t disrespect the caterpillar

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

Spring River Gallery 
May 20 – July 23, 2023

Artist Talk and Reception: 
Friday, May 19, 5:30-7 p.m.

Lucien Shapiro draws inspiration from his environment, and the sculptures in this exhibition began as a slight reference to butterflies, which he saw living at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) compound. It wasn’t until the works were over half done that he realized they explored the... Read more >>

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Rita DeWitt: Pretty Miss Smiles and 
Dan Rice: The Clearing

March 24 - July 30, 2023

Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery

Dan Rice was born in 1951 in Portland, Oregon. He earned his BA from Central Washington University in Ellensburg in 1980 and MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1982. Throughout the 1980s he exhibited widely in the United States, ranging from privately owned galleries in Los Angeles... Read more >>


Victor Yañez-Lazcano: Conjugations of Dream

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 

March 18 – June 11, 2023

Entry Gallery  

Conjugations of Dream features new artworks by Victor Yañez-Lazcano that compassionately and critically contemplate notions of the American Dream. Combining his research in language, labor, and identity this exhibition aims to shape a broader narrative of US-Latinx and Latinx immigrant identity. Read more >>

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Decades: The 1980s

February 25 – October 22, 2023 

Russell Vernon Hunter Gallery   

It is necessary to occasionally look back to better understand where we are now. Decades: The 1980s is a continuation of the Roswell Museum’s look at artistic output on a ten-year basis reflecting on how artists grappled with changing times. All works presented in this exhibition are from the museum’s permanent collection. On display are works of art created during the 1980s entering the museum’s collection from 1980 to 2012. Read more >>

Nima Nimbavi

Nima Nabavi: Visiting 

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
January 28 – March 12, 2023
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery  


Born in Tehran, Iran in 1978, Nima Nabavi is a self-taught artist focused on geometric abstraction and its connection to the natural world and psychedelic phenomena. Nabavi’s drawings and paintings are heavily layered... Read more »

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Together: Partners in Creativity & Life

December 21, 2022 – April 16, 2023

Spring River Gallery   

Together: Partners in Creativity & Life draws from the permanent collection, showcases artist couples from New Mexico, including Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak, Barbara Latham and Howard Cook, and Gussie DuJardin and Elmer Schooley. Read more>>


ShapeShift: Abstracted Geometric Forms 

November 19, 2022 – May 28, 2023
Donald B. Anderson Gallery   

Centuries before geometric abstraction became one of the visual languages of Modern Art, Indigenous Americans employed minimalist and expressive shapes in their designs. In 2016, John Molloy Gallery in New York City mounted the exhibition Geometries: American Geometric Abstraction 1880 – 2016 that displayed 19th Century... Read more »


Wen Liu: Molting / Mending 

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
November 5 – January 15, 2023
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery  


Wen Liu’s sculptures address loss and abandonment through the modification and assembly of found materials. She started collecting reclaimed furniture and domestic objects to build her sense of belonging and security when she immigrated to the US. The sculptural reinvestment of found objects and the temporal shift of traces from past to present are some of the qualities highlighted in her works.  Read more »

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Neat, Meticulous, and Luminous: Remembering Agnes Tait 

October 15, 2022 – July 16, 2023 

Graphics & Paul Horgan Galleries 


 Agnes Tait was born on June 14, 1894 in New York City. Showing adept artistic talent at an early age, she applied to and was granted admission to the National Academy of Design at the age of only fourteen. Due to the deaths of both of her parents, her mother in 1913 and her father in 1919, it took her approximately one decade for her to complete her studies at the Academy. Read more »

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Roswell Museum 85th Anniversary Exhibition: A Community Legacy

October 1, 2022 - June 25, 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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Enduring Generosity: Gifts of Art 2017-2022

July 31, 2022 – February 26, 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 »


Future Shock: (Re)Visions of Tomorrow

June 25 – October 30, 2022

Hunter, Donald B. Anderson and Spring River Galleries

Future Shock: (Re)Visions of Tomorrow 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. From the wonder of space exploration to anxiety for machine intelligence and our changing climate, Future Shock is a reminiscing on who we are and the preservation of our human spirit amid the continued evolution of our technology-filled surroundings.  Read more »


Lauren Clay: Phantom Stair

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
September 10 – October 23, 2022
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery


This was the dream: I was in a house I did not know… I discovered a stone stairway that led down into the cellar….
Carl Jung, 1909  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. “Being one-quarter Luiseño Indian,” Scholder has said, “I have a unique perspective. I am a non-Indian Indian. 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 »


Hurd & Wyeth: Picturing the Hondo Valley

Currently off Display
It is important to rest work off display for long-term care and maintenance. Currently a smaller selection of Hurd and Wyeth works are integrated with other exhibitions.

The Roswell Museum and Art Center is home to the largest public collection of works by Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, painters who have both become synonymous with the landscape and culture of southeastern New Mexico.  Read more »



Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
July 16 - August 28, 2022
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery 

Artist Lecture and Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Vacation is an exhibition of two animations by Yifan Jiang, Roswell Artist-in-Residence, and her collaborator, James J.A. Mercer. Experiential in nature, the works in this exhibition synthesize handmade painting with hands-off digital processes, finding absurdity somewhere between the narrative and the visual. Read more »

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Kate Turner: Somewhere That’s Green

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
May 7 – July 3, 2022
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery 

Artist Lecture and Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


In Somewhere That's Green, Kate Turner, Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR), has made “out of place,” a space for her various forms and ideas. Her experience of frequent moves and re-location have become an important element in her work. She examines notions of “hometown,” bringing together the uncanny remnants of a fractured narrative into fusion Read more »

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Michele Bourque Sewards: Flora & Fauna

December 2021 – Summer 2022

Pictorial artist Michele Bourque Sewards was a Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) 1973-1974. Many of the works featured in this exhibition were created during that time. Read more »

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Barbara Latham: Lifetime Artist

December 2021 – Spring 2022

Donald B. Anderson Gallery


Pictorial artist and illustrator Barbara Latham (1896-1989) was a Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) 1967-1968. Latham and her husband, fellow artist Howard Cook, helped create what became the RAiR program that continues to this day. Read more »

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Decades: The 1970s

January - Spring 2022
Spring River and Hunter Galleries

It is necessary to occasionally look back to better understand where we are now. Decades: The 1970s is a continuation of the Roswell Museum’s look at artistic output on a ten-year basis reflecting on how artists grappled with changing times. All works presented in this exhibition are from the museum’s permanent collection.  Read more »

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Eric J. García: Space Invaders 

Roswell Artist-in-Residence

March 12 – April 24, 2022
Artist Lecture and Opening Reception: 
Friday, March 11, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

In 1492, the indigenous peoples of what is now known as the Bahamas made a huge discovery: three alien ships had been spotted off the shores of their island. ALIENS HAD LANDED! This exhibition examines the evidence of these alien encounters and the frightening effects these invaders of space had on the people of this world.  Read more »

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Marie Alarcón: Relocations

Roswell Artist-in-Residence

January 15 – February 27, 2022
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery
Artist Lecture and Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Marie Alarcón’s works are inspired by vernacular arts and breaks from cinema only in form. Working with light and shadow, reflection and projection, the majority of the materials consist of detritus and industrial domestic materials treated as textiles.  Read more »

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Terri Rolland: Resonance

Roswell Artist-in-Residence

October 23, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Artist Lecture: Friday, October 22 at 5:30pm

Marshall and Winston Gallery

Terri Rolland’s paintings are rooted in the energy of the earthly world. She is concerned with the places where land and sky meet, and the color, temperature and vibration found there. Visual meets perceptual: time of day, light, heat, wind, moisture, silence, smells and sounds are as important as what is seen and considered known.  Read more »


A Lucky Escape: The Wild World of William Goodman

June 12, 2021 - January 2, 2022

A Lucky Escape: The Wild World of William Goodman, a retrospective exhibition, will open in the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s Hunter Gallery in conjunction with RMAC Second Saturday, June 12.  Read more »


Holiday Artisan Market
 December 4-18, 2021

Opening Night
Friday, December 3
Preview Party 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Artists Reception 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Roswell Museum and the RMAC Foundation, in partnership with the Pecos Valley Potters Guild, invite you to step into a world of creative wonder this holiday season at the first annual Holiday Artisan Market. Read more »


Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue

The collection of Daniel E. Prall

Donald B. Anderson Gallery

July 2 - Nov 21, 2021

Exhibition on loan from The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM


Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue highlights pieces from the collection of Daniel E. Prall, a dedicated volunteer and longtime supporter of the Wheelwright Museum. His Native American collection included 320 major artworks, with emphasis on painting, drawing, pottery, and sculpture. Prall bequeathed the collection to the Wheelwright Museum in 2017.  Read more »

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Gestures and Geometry

Abstract Paintings and Prints by Phillis Ideal

September 11 – November 21, 2021

Entry Gallery


Phillis Ideal is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Roswell with her family-line tracing back to pioneers that came to New Mexico in the 1880s. Growing up in the desert—imprinted by the mystery of open space and the ever changing dynamic sky—combined with living thirty-six years in the crowded urban energy of New York City, defines her current works that juxtapose expansive gestural space and tightly packed collage areas.  Read more »



September 4 – October 10, 2021

Artist Talk September 17 at 5:30pm 

Marshall and Winston Gallery

Visitation is the interaction between Patton's current work and a beaded Lakota dress, which she borrowed from its confinement within the Museum's Aston Collection display. She sees this dress as a relative, a story, stitched, and braided with intention. Every bead and every fringe is full of energy, similar to the vessels within her current installation.  Read more »

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Decades 1960's

August 7, 2021 - March 13, 2022

Graphics and Horgan Galleries

In the United States, the 1960s marked a period of significant change. Highly charged political events like the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy lead to a generation of fed-up young people who wanted to tune-in, turn on, and drop out.  Read more »


Dreams and Nightmares

Entry Gallery 

May 15-August 27, 2021

Dreams are windows into our subconscious minds. Every night as we sleep, our brains manage the information we received that day, sorting it into short-term or long-term memory. Through this process, snippets of sights, sounds, and sometimes smells get separated and reconstituted into dreams: random fragments of thought and memory.  Read more »


WANG Chen | In The Woods

Roswell Artist-in-Residence

June 25 - August 8, 2021

Marshall and Winston Gallery

Saying that WANG Chen is a digital artist is hugely understating the amount of physical effort and thought that goes into their work. In this immersive video installation, every blade of grass, every stone, and every character has been meticulously made in the real world before being transferred into the computer and becoming a layer in an intricate scene.  Read more »


Indigenous American Art, 1960-2000

January 15 – June 20, 2021

Indigenous American artists continually take inspiration from the world around them. While their work may sometimes reference Indigenous traditions and lifeways that have been maintained or altered, their work may equally be inspired by formal problems of line and color instead, like other artists around the globe.  Read More.


Masha Sha | Unsaid
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

April 30 - June 11, 2021
Marshall and Winston Gallery

RAiR Foundation resident artist Masha Sha has been working on a series of large scale drawings emphasizing the graphic and poetic nature of words. As a Russian artist living in the United States, Masha is engaging in a visual relationship with language that is always in a state of improvisation. Read More.

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Alia Ali | Refracted Futures
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

Curated by Aubrey Hobart
March 5 - April 16, 2021

Marshall and Winston Gallery

The title of this exhibition, Refracted Futures, is a linguistic intervention that pushes against the singularity of how we reference the future. Through the several bodies of works presented, the exhibition demonstrates the urgent necessity to shift our thinking towards multiplicity. Read More

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Justin Richel | A Window, A Door, A Ladder
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

January 8 - February 19, 2021
Marshall and Winston Gallery

With an interest in simulacra and trickster mythologies, Justin Richel's recent body of work explores the art and artifice inherent in the painting medium through the combined practice of sculpture and painting. Read More


Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado | Space Jammer
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

October 9 – December 20, 2020
Entry Gallery

Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado’s work is concerned with the overlap between the technological landscape and built imaginary environments. Through his experimental sculpture-based practice he assumes the role of an artist-inventor who produces objects of an improvised nature. Read More

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Agustín Lucho Pozo Gálvez | Planet River of the Tenement
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

October 9 – December 20, 2020
Donald B. Anderson Gallery

Agustín Lucho Pozo Gálvez, is originally from Chile. Pozo noticed that the overwhelming feeling of this challenging year was not necessarily fear or despair, but confusion and uncertainty. Read more 


Inspired by Calligraphy
Ulfert Wilke and Peter Bilan

March 28 - TBA
Spring River Gallery

Calligraphy is the art of decorative handwriting, and there are some stunningly beautiful examples of it throughout the world. Rather than focus on calligraphy itself, however, this exhibit will showcase pieces from RMAC’s permanent collection that were inspired by forms of calligraphy. Read More


Tonee Harbert | Through the Static and Distance
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

March 21 - December 20, 2020
Marshall and Winston Gallery

Tonee Harbert’s photography considers human interaction with the landscape. Any purpose people impose on the land leaves a mark which may be overt, or can faintly show a past narrative. These signs/ signals inhabit our everyday world, where collectively they can take on the qualities of a dream or myth. Read More

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Michael Waugh | A Fable For Tomorrow

Roswell Artist-in-Residence

Entry Gallery

Michael Waugh is known for intricate, representational drawings formed from minuscule handwritten words, a practice known as micrography. Waugh laboriously transcribes long texts – such as government reports or theoretical books about power and capital – into optically dizzying portraits and landscapes. Read More

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Jordan Craig | Your Favorite Color is Yellow

Roswell Artist-in-Residence

Donald B. Anderson Gallery

Craig keeps Indigenous textiles, beads, and pottery; Aboriginal Australian paintings; and landscapes in her periphery when she makes art. Her work is the exploration of existence, time and space, woven from cultural memory and epiphany. Read More


The 1950s

February 22 - TBA
Horgan and Graphics Galleries

The 1950s are often remembered as conservative and calm years of economic prosperity with a focus on traditional nuclear families and "futuristic" technology. Read More


A Line in the Sand

A regional collaboration with 516ARTS

November 9, 2019 - May 24, 2020
Hunter Gallery
Opening Reception:
Friday, November 8 | 5-7 pm

The political boundary between the United States and Mexico has an unstable history, with both the location and the importance of the border shifting across this remote region over time. If not for the geographers, surveyors, and scientists sent to map the border, the secretive animals of the mountains, deserts, and rivers might have evaded notice for a long time. Read More


Axle Contemporary
E Pluribus Unum: New Mexico Southeast

November 16, 2019 - April 12, 2020
Entry Gallery
Opening with gallery talk by the artists in conjunction with the RMAC Holiday Open House
December, 7, 2019 | 4-6 pm

In 2012, the Axle artist-collaborators, Jerry Wellman and Matthew Chase-Daniel, began a photographic portrait project, E Pluribus Unum. This ongoing project enlivens and documents communities throughout the state of New Mexico with a mobile photographic portrait studio built inside a vintage aluminum vehicle.

In October 2018, Wellman and Chase-Daniel brought their mobile studio to southeast New Mexico to photograph the diversity of the people who live here. Participants each brought a small object of personal significance, and sat for a black and white portrait while holding the object. Objects have included car keys, photos of loved ones, artworks, tools, books, food, toys, and vintage collectibles. Read More


Sharbani Das Gupta

October 26, 2019 - April 5, 2020

Donald B. Anderson Gallery
Opening Reception: 
Friday, October 25 | 5-7pm

Splitting her time between India and the United States, Sharbani Das Gupta uses the perspective she gains from her travels to create immersive environments that give viewers the opportunity to enter an alternative kind of space. Das Gupta has a keen awareness of the human impact on the planet, and she often explores the ecological and social residues of political upheaval. Her allegorical rather than confrontational approach opens a space for empathy and understanding while still emphasizing the need for action. She uses her work to draw attention to the not-so-hidden but often disregarded links between ourselves and the worlds we inhabit and impact. Read More


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Roswell Artist-in-Residence

January 25 - March 8, 2020
Marshall and Winston Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, January 24
5:30pm: Lecture
6-7pm: Reception

Roswell Artist-In-Residence SV Randall has always been drawn to how architecture and common commodities influence the ways in which we traverse the world. Deeply inspired by opposing notions of interiority and exteriority, his sculptures often address topics of boundaries and barriers. Through the poetry of everyday experience and the use of symbolically charged materials, many of his artworks mimic the veneer of different strands in American society’s material culture. 
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Bruce Lowney

January 18 - March 15, 2020
Spring River Gallery

Former Roswell Artist-inResidence, Bruce Lowney (1970-71, 1974-75) passed away on October 5, 2019. In remembrance, the Roswell Museum will be showcasing fourteen of his lithographs and paintings from our collection. 
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Winter Celebrations

November 30, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Spring River Gallery
Opening in conjunction with our Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 7, 4-6pm

Traditionally, the dark and cold of winter meant that people would more often stay inside their homes, spending less time with friends and eating whatever would keep during the season when little grows. Read More

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Cedra Wood
Roswell Artist in-Residence

November 23, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Marshall and Winston Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, November 22
5:30pm: Lecture
6-7pm: Reception

Roswell Artist-In-Residence Cedra Wood has long been in the grip of an obsession: the eerie, visceral, and unsettling tales found in ancient Scottish and English ballads. For her exhibition at RMAC, she presents paintings inspired by this fixation. Ranging from darkly funny to moody and morbid, the miniature works depict transmuted snakes, prophetic selkies, wax babies, and other elements meant to evoke an eldritch time and place—a lyrical and symbolic otherworld that has been perpetuated by word of mouth for centuries. Read More 


Decades: 1930s and 1940s

August 24, 2019- February 9, 2020
Marshall and Winston Gallery

The art that is produced in any given era gives later audiences a small glimpse of what it was like to live in that time period. That is the idea behind the Decades series of exhibitions that will be featured at RMAC over the next four years. We begin with the 1930s and 1940s, partly because the Museum was founded in 1937, and partly because of our rich holdings from these decades. Read More

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The Virtue of Ownership

April 7 - November 24, 2019
Spring River Gallery
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 7, 2-5 pm
Panel Discussion at 2 pm followed by music and refreshments
Closing Reception and Panel Discussion: The Impact of De Jure Segregated Schooling in Southern New Mexico
Saturday, September 7, 2 - 5pm 

The African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico, in partnership with the Roswell Museum and Art Center, is presenting a series of exhibition panels that examine the journey of African Americans in southern New Mexico.
The history of New Mexico is a complex blending of many cultures, but the contributions made by African Americans are often overlooked. This traveling exhibit from the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico reminds us that African American people have been in these lands just as long as white settlers... Read more

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Erica Bailey
Roswell Artist in-Residence

September 21- November 10, 2019
Marshall and Winston Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20
5:30pm: Lecture
6-7pm: Reception

Erica Bailey explores perceptions of time and space through installations that combine dioramas and video. She frequently turns to vernacular architecture for subject matter, seeing it as a primary means by which we delimit space and order our understanding of it. Her work exhibits a fascination with spatial binaries such as inside/ outside, close/remote, and often references events that unfold over unfathomable expanses of time and distance or realities beyond our natural means of perception. Her new installation for RMAC will include four dioramas set in the prehistoric past, the recent past, the present, and the distant future, affording a quasi time travel and expressing a longing to understand the significance of individual experience within the scale of humankind and beyond. 
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Alien Forms

April 20-October 27, 2019
Entry Gallery

This spring, Curator Aubrey Hobart is throwing open the vaults to display some of the most unusual and rarely-seen works of art in RMAC’s collection. Alien Forms is a celebration of all things weird and wonderful in the world of art, from a tall, spindly textile sculpture by RAiR artist Rebecca Davis to the organic swirls of Emil Bisttram, and a goofy parody of modern art by Gustave Baumann. Images of enormous insects or a dozen screaming faces may be disconcerting to some, but the details of their production reveal new insights about the role that art is supposed to play in our society. Read More.


Coloring Inside the Lines

June 22- October 27, 2019
Hunter Gallery

Many people will look at an artwork that features just a few solid blocks of color, and say the same thing: “anyone could have painted this – what makes it art?” There are many answers to that question, and this exhibition will explore some of the reasons why artists might choose to make what are known as color field paintings. Read More.


New Mexico: 20th Century Visions

Long Term Display

Donald B. Anderson Gallery

New Mexico is a place with so much to offer. From our stunning landscapes, unique architecture, and ranching culture, to our Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo heritage, the artists in this exhibition all worked in a grand scale to immerse the viewer in the state’s wide open spaces. Whether incorporating indigenous plants into their artwork or combining old and new traditions, these artists are showcasing the best of the Land of Enchantment.


Roswell Artist-in-Residence: George Rodart

July 20 - September 8, 2019
Opening Reception:  Friday, July 19, 5:30-7 pm
Artist's Lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Gallery

George Rodart’s exhibition of ten large-scale paintings explore the liminal zone between abstraction and representation. Utilizing accident and free association, he combines simple abstract shapes of cut paper to create larger solid forms which become the central characters of his paintings. 

In 2016, Rodart completed the first hundred paintings from this series. Then he began planning the next stage, extending his vision into much larger works. Following his move to New Mexico, Rodart’s approach became less traditional, more graphic, and closer to a billboard than a painting. Read More

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Peter Moran in Context

February 23 - August 11, 2019
Graphics and Horgan Galleries

Between 1879 and 1881, Philadelphia artist Peter Moran (1841-1914) completed a series of trips to the American Southwest, where he observed and sketched Pueblo communities in Arizona and New Mexico. His studies are among the earliest depictions of Pueblo life by a non-native artist, and offer tantalizing glimpses of these settlements before they became tourist destinations. The Roswell Museum and Art Center has seventy-one of these preparatory studies in its art collection. Drawn in a naturalistic style, Moran’s renderings initially appear to be objective recordings of his observations. As with any artist, however, his work was also influenced by the social and cultural norms that informed the time period in which he lived. Read More

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Roswell Artist in-Residence: Akiko Jackson  

May 25- July 7, 2019
Marshall and Winston Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, May 24
5:30pm: Lecture
6-7pm: Reception

It’s often delicate and uncomfortable for many Americans to engage in a critical dialogue about race and culture. As a way to reconcile and understand intergenerational traumas in her family and life, Akiko Jackson addresses cultural identity through sculptural installations. She also works with artist communities in various parts of our nation to learn from different cultures and ways of living. Read More

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The Roswell Museum Federal Art Center

August 11, 2018 - May 26, 2019
Hunter Galley

For 80 years, the Roswell Museum and Art Center has enriched southeast New Mexico with its multidisciplinary collections and educational programs, and its community-driven mission takes inspiration from its origins as a federal art center. Opened in 1937 as the Roswell Museum Federal Art Center, the institution we know and love as RMAC developed out of a WPA initiative designed to bring arts access and education to rural areas, minority populations, and other underserved communities. The Roswell Museum Federal Art Center maintained an active schedule of exhibitions and programming while also overseeing other WPA projects such as the local Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Through these activities, the Museum became an important community center bringing together different people through the appreciation of art and history, a role that continues to drive its mission today. Read More

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Roswell Artist in-Residence:  Anne Muntges
Consuming Moment 

March 23 - May 12, 2019
Marshall and Winston Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22
5:30pm: Lecture
6-7pm: Reception

Drawing is Anne Muntges’ key to understanding the world she lives in – urban landscapes filled with concrete, buildings and bursts of manicured green. She captures the evidence of people in the places they occupy by drawing the artifacts they leave behind, from discarded signs and manhandled objects to spray-painted opinions. Her images are real moments, sometimes fractured and altered, caught quickly in snapshot. They focus on words that are handwritten, carved and sometimes printed. The marks we leave in the world tell a rich story of who we are and how we existed. Her drawings help her to understand that and freeze them for a moment. Read More


In Transit

January 11 - March 31, 2019
Spring River Gallery

Whether we’re taking a road trip, commuting to work, riding the bus, or jogging through the neighborhood, motion and transition define much of our lives. Here at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, we’re also in a state of motion, not only physically through the changing of exhibitions, but also intellectually as we offer new programs and classes that better suit the needs of our public. 

In celebration of our forward momentum, In Transit takes a fun look at the idea of movement, transportation, and overall change. Drawn from the permanent collection, this show presents the idea of transit in a variety of forms, from physical transportation to spiritual enlightenment. Some works, such as the replica wagons, reference the western migrations of the nineteenth century across the United States, as people sought out new opportunities in the American Southwest. Other works evoke a more internal, intellectual kind of movement, with knowledge and spiritual awareness becoming the means to moving into a different plane of being. What all of these works share is a sense of transition, and we invite you to enjoy the spirit of change.

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Qwist Joseph

January 26 - March 10, 2019
Opening Reception:  Saturday, January 26, 5:30-7 pm
Artist's Lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Gallery

For Qwist Joseph, his thought process travels through object creation, collection and composition, working intuitively to reveal the poetic nature of how something transitions from an idea to the physical world. He then freezes these ephemeral moments in permanent materials like ceramic and bronze to create a tension between the past, present and future. This record sheds light on the effects of life, encouraging vulnerability and self-reflection.  
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Life Along the Rio Grande

December 1, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 4- 6:30 pm 

(During our Holiday Open House) 
Artist's Lecture at 4 pm
Spring River Gallery

Quilting has become an increasingly diverse and prominent art form since the late twentieth century. What was once considered primarily a craft, is rightfully being appreciated as an art form, with artists creating a diverse range of works. From naturalistic, pictorial quilts to expressive, nonobjective works, quilts have become as diverse as the contemporary art world itself, reflecting new and different ideas as more people contribute to its ongoing development as art. Read more

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Made in New Mexico

Long-term Display

December 2018 - October 29, 2023
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 »


Still Life

November 17, 2018 - April 1, 2019
Entry Gallery

For centuries, still life painting has been an important artistic genre. More than a depiction of objects, artists have used this subject to discuss broader themes of mortality, wealth, cultural exchange, and other ideas. In New Mexico in particular, still life has been used as a means to explore this state’s rich and complex multicultural heritage, with artists painting santos, blankets and other objects that highlight Spanish and Native American influences. Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Joshua Hagler

November 3, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 2, 5:30-7 pm
Artist's Lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Gallery

In Love Letters to the Poorly Regarded, Joshua Hagler presents a group of new paintings, each addressed to specific individuals such as Tonya Harding, Zachary and Nicholas Cruz (Parkland school shooter and his brother), and even his own great great grandfather Arastas. Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Afton Love

September 15 - October 21, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 5:30-7 pm 
with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Galleries

Afton Love’s practice develops out of an intimate interaction with her geographic surroundings, and engages the profound yet subtle geologic changes that occur to a landscape through time. Her practice encompasses multiple media, including drawing, casting, and photography. Her meticulous, detailed drawings record places where she has walked and wandered, and focus on revealed erosion and rock formations.  
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Exploring Lithography

August 25, 2018 - February 10, 2019
Horgan and Graphics Galleries

Lithography is among the most versatile printmaking methods available today. Invented in 1796 by German playwright Alois Senefelder, lithography operates on the opposition of oil and water. To make a lithograph, an artist draws onto a stone with an oily, ink-receptive crayon or other substance. The stone is then inked, rinsed, and pressed onto a piece of paper. Compared to the limited shelf life of etching plates or woodblocks, which can begin to wear down after a few dozen impressions, lithography can produce hundreds of images inexpensively, making it one of the most ubiquitous printing techniques of the Industrial Revolution. Read more

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Parallax: A RAiR Connection

July 7 - September 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday July 20, 5-7 pm
Marshall and Winston Gallery

Since its inception in 1967, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program has provided more than 200 artists with the Gift of Time. Yet its influence extends far beyond its immediate grant recipients. The spouses, partners and family members who accompany grant recipients to Roswell have also benefitted from RAiR and its generous artistic community. Several partners of RAiR artists have been provided with their own studios, for instance, while others have recognized the year-long grant as an opportunity to create new work. While these artists may not always receive as much public attention as grant recipients, their creative practices are equally diverse and merit consideration.  On view this summer, Parallax: A RAiR Connection Exhibition explores some of the program’s extended artistic connections by featuring the work of three artists: Emi Ozawa, Justin Richel and Maja Ruznic. Each artist is the partner of a current or former RAiR, and has an equally accomplished artistic practice. From painting to sculpture, wall installations to drawing, these three artists have highly distinct aesthetics, but all have been inspired by the Gift of Time.

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Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth & Peter Hurd, A Retrospective

June 16 - September 16, 2018
Opening Reception:  Friday June 15, 5-7pm
Patricia Gaylord Anderson, Entry and Spring River Galleries

Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd are two of southeastern New Mexico’s most significant and beloved artists. Born and raised in Roswell, Hurd studied art with renowned illustrator N.C. Wyeth during the 1920s in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. In 1929, Hurd married N.C.’s eldest daughter, fellow artist Henriette, and the two eventually settled west of Roswell in San Patricio. Hurd became renowned for his luminous egg tempera landscapes and portraits capturing the arid beauty of southeast New Mexico, while Wyeth focused on still life and portraiture, creating paintings that showcased her technical skills as a painter as well as her poetic sensibilities. Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Louise Deroualle

May 12 - June 24, 2018
Opening Reception: 
Friday, May 11, 5:30-7 pm with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Gallery

Louise Deroualle uses ceramic materials to create formal abstractions that reveal different physical, experiential and emotional facets of herself. Her work is influenced by the cultural experiences to which she has been exposed—from her upbringing in Brazil to her studies and residence in the United States—and the way those interactions build her identity. She subverts the traditional order of layering glazes over slips and utilizes the fluidity of the glaze layer underneath as a symbol of her inner world of emotions as well as her cultural identity.   Read more


Peter Hurd on Paper

February 24 - August 12, 2018
Horgan and Graphics Gallery

Peter Hurd is renowned for his luminous egg tempera paintings, but his works on paper form another important and substantial body of work. Over the course of his career, Hurd produced finished watercolor paintings, numerous studies in preparation for larger works, and informal sketches of landscapes and people. Some of his earliest surviving watercolors date from the 1920s, and beginning in the 1930s he created pen and ink wash studies for lithographs, as well as charcoal cartoons for murals. Read more

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Staff Favorites

April 14 - May 13, 2018
Spring River Gallery

Visitors to the Roswell Museum and Art Center all have their favorite works in the collection. Whether it’s Ram’s Skull with Brown Leaves by Georgia O’ Keeffe, the rare Naskapi coat in the Aston Collection of the American West, or the vintage equipment in the Goddard workshop, we all have objects that we love to visit again and again. Have you ever wondered, however, which pieces the staff like the most? As the people who get to work with this collection every day, which treasures from the vaults do we especially enjoy, and why? Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Julie Alpert

March 17 - April 29, 2018
Opening Reception: 
Friday, March 16, 5:30-7 pm with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Galleries

Julie Alpert modifies and arranges craft materials and found-objects in temporary room-size compositions that become frozen records of her private performance. After it is completed, she documents and de-installs it until, as she describes it, “nothing remains but the photographs and a pile of broken and tattered materials, like the sad detritus of an epic celebration the night before.” She also makes drawings and sculptural works on paper that help her discover new forms and color combinations for future installations.  
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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Conor Fagan

January 20 - March 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 19, 5:30-7 pm with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Galleries

Current Roswell Artist-in-Residence Conor Fagan paints imaginary landscapes in a naturalistic style, creating invented worlds and environments that appear fantastical yet realistic. Drawing on his history as a realist in all its forms and techniques, he creates images that suggest a place, thing or ecosystem, but have no real identity. Often painted in bright colors and featuring abstract forms reminiscent of bubbles, hills and other objects, Read more.

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Rachel Grobstein

November 18, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 5:30-7 pm
with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Galleries

Rachel Grobstein’s labor-intensive process of miniature painting and sculpture is intended to create intimacy and slow down the act of seeing by representing objects that are commonly overlooked. She often installs her work directly onto the wall with pins, creating a subtle architecture of shadows and playfully referencing natural specimens. Recent work takes the form of visual inventories, suggesting the pathos of creating order from fragments of endless lists. Read more.

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Pennsylvania Impressionists

November 10, 2017 - May 31, 2018

Founders Gallery

Drawn from the Michener’s permanent collection, this selection highlights fifteen works by some of Pennsylvania’s most renowned Impressionist painters of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including John Folinsbee, Edward W. Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and more. From springtime meadows to the snow-covered river scenes, this exhibition has a landscape for every season. Since these works rarely travel to the western United States, visitors will have an unusual opportunity to explore regional painting traditions from another part of the country. Read more


RAiR at 50

October 6, 2017 - April 6, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 5-7 pm
Patricia Gaylord Anderson, Entry, Russell Vernon Hunter, and Spring River Galleries

In celebration of RAiR’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition invites alumni of the program to share their recent art with the Roswell community. With more than 170 participants submitting new work, this show will occupy most of the Museum’s galleries, emphasizing the grant’s impressive scope. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about RAiR’s many recipients while discovering how their work has continued to evolve since their time with the program. Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Shanti Grumbine

July 29-September 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 5:30-7 pm with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Galleries

Shanti Grumbine is a Brooklyn based multimedia artist. For the past six years, she has been transforming appropriated print media through paper cutting, collage, sculpture and printmaking with a focus on how value systems are created and maintained. By removing, fracturing and scrambling text and image from journalistic sources and advertising, she makes space for what has been censored or lost in the translation of experience into words.


Dorothy Peterson: Painting New Mexico

June 9-September 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 5-7 pm
Spring River Gallery

Dorothy Peterson is one of Roswell's most respected living artists and teachers. Raised in Moriarty and educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas, Permian Basin, Peterson has been teaching and painting in Roswell for more than thirty years. Read more


Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Andrea Jespersen

July 29-September 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 5:30-7 pm with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Galleries

An embroidery ring morphs into large geometric heavy steel shapes. A wet human-sized photographic print is draped into a sculptural sphere. The intricate work of artist Andrea Jespersen resists any quick singular categorization. She astutely works with a multitude of materials, techniques and mediums that act as support for her ideas. Read more.

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50 Years of RAiR:


Works from the 
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

May 27, 2017 - February 12 2018
Horgan and Graphics Galleries

For fifty years, the Roswell Artist-in-Residency Program has empowered artists by enabling them to focus exclusively on their creative practices. Established in 1967 by oil businessman, philanthropist and artist Donald B. Anderson, the RAiR grant offers its recipients "the gift of time" by providing the housing, studio space, and income that gives artists and personal and financial freedom to concentrate on their own art for a year. Read more

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Collecting Roswell: The Donors of RMAC

March 17-September 10, 2017

Entry Gallery

The collections of the Roswell Museum and Art Center are renowned for their quality and diversity, but the donors who have shared these works with the community also deserve recognition. In anticipation of RMAC's 80th anniversary in October, this exhibit celebrates some of the major donors who have contributed to the formation of the Museum's core holdings, and features selections from the Southwest art collection, the Robert H. Goddard Collection, and the Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West.  Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Ben Woodeson

June 3-July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 5:30-7 pm with artist's lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Galleries

Known for precarious, playful and sometimes dangerous sculptures, British artist Ben Woodeson experiments, developing artworks that tease and challenge. He investigates the physical and psychological qualities of materials through a process of trial and frequent error. Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
Jeff Kreuger: Failure is an Option

April 8 - May 21, 2017
Marshall and Winston Gallery


Albuquerque-based artist Jeff Krueger is an abstract social realist considering the signs and shifting codes of modernity. His works in ceramic and on paper are studies in both private and public aesthetics and the iconographic languages in each. Read more

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Consistent Variety: The Art of Silkscreen

February 24-May 14, 2017
Marshall and Winston Galleries


Consistent Variety explores the diverse world of silkscreen through the Roswell Museum and Art Center's collection. Visitors will follow the development of this printing process from its connections with the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, to its central role in Pop Art.  Read more

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Claudia Bitran: Titanic-A Deep Emotion

February 10-March 26, 2017

Marshall and Winston Gallery

For two years Claudia Bitran, New York-based artist and filmmaker, has been remaking James Cameron's Titanic (1997) with practically no budget. She has already shot three-quarters of the film, using recycled materials from her immediate surroundings, and collaborating with over 400 artists, actors and a variety of communities in public spaces in twelve different cities across the United States. Read more

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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.  Read more


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Beverly Acha: Mutualities


16, 2016-January 29, 2017

Marshall and Winston Gallery

Beverly Acha's paintings encompass 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."  Read more


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.  Read more

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Art & Environment 

2013 - August 2017
Patricia Gaylord Anderson Gallery 

Selected from the Museum’s permanent collection, the works featured in this exhibit are rotated on a regular basis to emphasize the depth of the RMAC’s holdings, as well as explore diverse perspectives on the land that has captured the imagination of New Mexico-based artists for several generations. Read more

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Bravo/Grande: Zeke Pena

October 28, 2016-March 5, 2017

Entry Gallery

Bravo/Grande is an interdisciplinary exhibit that examines the relationship between regional communities and the Rio Grande River through 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 effects of immigration policy, increased militarization, and U.S./Mexico relations on these trends.  Read more

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

September 20, 2016-July 2, 2017 (extended)

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. Read more

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The Art of the Book 

September 9 - December 31, 2016
Spring River Gallery 

When we think of a book, chances are we imagine an object containing written text, but it is also a versatile and often personal art form. The Art of the Book explores the diverse world of contemporary book arts in New Mexico, and features work from around the state. From traditional codices to handmade dresses and freestanding sculpture, the pieces on view in this eclectic exhibit celebrate the book as both form and idea.


Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Shannon Rankin

October 14-December 4, 2016
Marshall and Winston Gallery

"I create installations, collages, and sculptures that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy. Using a variety of distinct styles, I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, fold, paint, and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent."      Read more


Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Cate White

July 29-October 2, 2016
Marshall Winston Gallery

"I use painting to access a direct experience of the body and the senses as a primary source of knowledge for aesthetic decision-making. This practice is part of my ongoing search for a more true vision of myself and the world, unconditioned by societal constructs."     Read more


Beyond American Indian Modernism
July 1 - October 18, 2016

Entry Gallery

The Roswell Museum and Art Center collection features a modest but impressive grouping of modern and contemporary works by American Indian artists, including Fritz Scholder, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and R.C. Gorman, among others. Drawn from this holding, this exhibit explores the complexities of modernism in American Indian art.
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Billy Schenck's West: A Retrospective

April 1-September 18, 2016
Hunter Gallery

Channeling the bright colors and ironic undertones of such Pop artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, the paintings and serigraphs of Billy Schenck incorporate film stills, pulp novel covers, and other media in order to simultaneously celebrate and critique iconic western imagery. Drawn from the artist’s personal collection, this retrospective examines Schenck’s ongoing artistic interaction with the American West.
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Currents: New Media New Mexico

May 24-August 14, 2016
Spring River Gallery

Currents is an annual festival of new media art that occurs in Santa Fe each June. New Media New Mexico continues the collaboration that Currents initiated with the RMAC in 2015. This year’s selection features sculptural installations, videos, phone apps, and interactive pieces that relate to both the Museum’s collection and Roswell itself, addressing topics as varied as Native American culture and the infamous UFO incident of 1947.        Read more


Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Luis Sahagun

May 6-July 24, 2016
Marshall and Winston Gallery

Artist-in-Residence fellow Luis Sahagun draws upon life experience while investigating the in-between spaces where personal memories, ancestral legacies, and the imagination overlap and intersect to create new mythologies.


Fresh Air: Modern and Contemporary Abstraction

May 24 - July 24, 2016

When we consider abstract art, we tend to imagine nonrepresentational works, but abstraction applies to all art. Abstractions, after all, are ideas, and what are works of art themselves but ideas, and distinctly human interpretations of the world around us? This exhibit explores the concept of abstraction in the 20th century through an eclectic grouping of photographs, prints, and even scientific blueprints, underscoring the depth and variety of the RMAC’s works on paper collection.       Read more


Native Abstraction: Howard Cook's Study of Native American Practice and Ritual

March 11 - June 19, 2016

In this series of abstract drawings, Taos artist Howard Cook (1901-1980) explores Native American spiritual practice and ritual through dances he observed at Taos Pueblo. Created in the early 1950s, these charcoal and conte crayon drawings represent the Deer and Buffalo Dances, practiced at the Pueblo on December 25 and January 6.
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Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Kenny Rivero

March 11 - April 24, 2016

“I make paintings and drawings, assemble sculptures and installations, and above all I am invested in telling stories. The narratives are based both in reality and in fiction. In the paintings and drawings, I collapse spaces, figures, and geographies in such a way that allows for a fluidity of space and time, and a flexibility between what is real and what is not."       Read more

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What a Relief! Block Prints from the RMAC

February 12 - May 15, 2016

What a Relief! explores the diverse world of block printing through a selection of works from the RMAC collection. Visitors will learn about different types of relief printing, including woodcuts, wood engravings, and linocuts, while enjoying a diverse array of visual styles and subjects, from the colorful woodblocks of Gustave Baumann to the surrealist imagery of Roderick Mead.      Read more

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New Mexico Vernacular: Architectural Portraits by Robert Christensen

January 29-May 29, 2016

Belen-based photographer Robert Christensen has been capturing New Mexico’s vernacular architecture for more than four decades, seeking out the coffee houses, gas stations, and other structures that motorists often pass, but seldom stop to consider more closely. For him, these unassuming buildings resonate with meaning, becoming rich repositories for personal and regional histories.      Read more

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The Wiggins-Howe Legacy

March 21-October 5, 2014

For three generations, the Wiggins and Howe family have been leaving their creative mark on the Southwest. They are artists and explorers who experiment with unconventional materials and techniques, creating ceramics, paintings, pyroglyphs (drawings made from fireworks), and even taxidermy.       Read more

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Signe Stuart: Fifteen

October 2, 2015 - March 20, 2016
Hunter Gallery

For more than five decades, Signe Stuart has explored the interconnectedness of materiality and immateriality through her art. Whether she is creating abstract paintings, works on paper, mixed media constructions, or installations, Stuart’s work originates from the patterns and textures of this world, but her subjects are intangible in nature, dealing with essences rather than the appearance of things.          Read more

Art by Bridget Mullen

Bridget Mullen: Don’t Avoid Voids

January 15 - February 28, 2016
Marshall and Winston Gallery

"My work depicts cryptic, comedic, and unsettling narratives, borne from the combination of my found materials and the freedom in my process…I work quickly, without censor, improvising between responsive, in-the-moment mark-making and consciously excavating images. There are no missteps; every action becomes a catalyst for reaction.”      
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A Solid Green Mess: Howard Cook’s World War II Drawings

November 6, 2015 - February 1, 2016
Horgan and Graphics Galleries

“A solid green mess,” is how artist Taos artist Howard Cook (1901-1980) described the jungles of the South Pacific in a July 4, 1943 letter to his wife, fellow artist Barbara Latham. At the time, Cook was serving as a correspondent in the War Art Program, and had been assigned to document the daily lives of American soldiers in the South Solomon Islands. 
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Guitars from Club Muse

Guitars from Club Muse

August 22 – January 17, 2016
Spring River Gallery

From the acoustic rhythms of folk music to the electric anthems of stadium rock, the guitar has an uncanny ability to accommodate creativity and personal expression. In addition to its sonic contributions, the guitar has played an important role in visual art for centuries, from its appearances in seventeenth-century genre scenes to Picasso’s cubist paintings. In the case of artist Roger Sweet, however, guitars not only inspire art, but become the art itself.             Read more

Art by Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould

Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould

Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould have worked solely as a collaborative duo since 2008 after meeting in Liverpool, England. Both artists had previously worked for years in other collaborative partnerships and projects. Roxy Topia received her BA in Fine Art from The Kent Institute of Art and Design, UK. Paddy Gould received his BA in Fine Art from Kingston University, London.            Read more

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Philip Denker

“My current work deals with the idea of complicated yet vulnerable structures and systems. Where do these systems stay consistent, and where do they begin to collapse? I’m using pattern and ‘excessive minimalism’ as a language, influenced by the sensory overload and manipulation of Las Vegas.”           Read more

Art by Raymond Johnson

Raymond Johnson

Pulled from the Museum vaults, this exhibit features a selection of landscape drawings, sketches, and watercolors spanning from the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries. Viewers will encounter landscapes in a variety of styles and subjects, from the meticulous graphite drawings of Peter Moran, to the more abstract works of John Marin and Andrew Dasburg.         Read more

William Masterson Art

William Masterson's Untitled Work

What’s in a name, or in this case, the lack of one? Titles can provide important information about a work of art, whether it’s the identity of a sitter for a portrait, the name of a painting’s location, or a mood or feeling that the artist wishes to evoke. Yet the absence of a name, the decision to call a work Untitled, can be equally suggestive. In some cases, the original name has been lost over time, but in other instances, the absence of a name is a deliberate choice made by the artist, encouraging viewers to seek out their own interpretations.               Read more

Art by Nicholas Frederick

Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Nicholas Frederick

“I use ordinary materials that have a certain humanity about them in order, hopefully, to explore my tenuous, uncertain, mysterious, and sometimes absurd relationship to my surroundings, seen and unseen. I am interested in both a humble physicality and a transcendence of the quotidian. I have a mystic vision of the universe that is just beyond reason, and it is in this zone that I believe my work best functions. I want to express the spiritual with the hands of a sheetrock installer.”          Read more

Art by Margaret Noble

Currents: An Annual Festival

July 19, 2015

New media is an exciting genre of art that is rapidly expanding in many directions. Encompassing film, interactive installations, sound, animation, and more, new media is constantly responding to changing technologies and ideas.          Read more

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Rachel Hayes

July 15, 2015

Rachel’s work embraces exquisite beauty, converses boldly with architectural spaces, and responds to radiant light, becoming anything from a minimalist sculpture to an abstract painting to a massive stained glass patchwork quilt. She has a deep love of experimentation, play and mixing up the homemade and homespun with the haute and modern.         Read more

Art by Charles Mattox

Seeing Cats and Dogs

May 31, 2015

Pets abound in today’s culture. From online videos to specialty costumes to advocacy campaigns, our animal companions are a prominent part of daily life, encouraging conversation, camaraderie, and even rivalry.        Read more

Art by George McNeil

Tamarind: Teaming Up

March 22, 2015

As one of the most prominent active lithography workshops in the United States today, Tamarind Institute, located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, has been innovating lithography for over five decades by embracing a collaborative approach to printmaking. In addition to training new master printers, Tamarind invites world-renowned artists to team up with its printers and work on projects that explore the expressive possibilities of lithography.          Read more

Art by Olive Ayhens

Olive Ayhens

March 13, 2015

Exploring a special sense of place and the transformation of environment, Ayhens synthesizes nature, interiors, and architectural structures into imaginative landscape paintings. Seeing both natural and urban environments as total, living beings, Ayhens blurs the distinction between natural and manmade structures in her work, with landscapes becoming architecture, and vice-versa.            Read more

Art by Barbara Latham

Dance Macabre

February 8, 2015

Mortality has a long history in art, with skeletons, gravestones, and other macabre objects reminding us of our own impermanence. Dance Macabre explores the depiction of transience through a selection of paintings, prints, and sculpture from the permanent collection.           Read more

Art commissioned by the Works Progress Administration

Survival and Revival: The Portfolio of Spanish Colonial Design in New Mexico

January 18, 2015

Commissioned by the Works Progress Administration in 1937 and published in 1938, the Portfolio of Spanish Colonial Design in New Mexico was created under the direction of E. Boyd. She enlisted several regional artists to participate in this project, which focused upon documenting the historical and living artistic expression of Spanish New Mexico.
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Art by Carlos Quinto Kemm

Art by Carlos Quinto Kemm

January 5, 2015

Since the early 1980s Kemm’s works have displayed his concentration on three-dimensional painted collages. Kemm has explored numerous techniques along with various methods of assemblage and applications that are represented in his current work. Each piece has emerged out of spontaneous play and may be looked upon as having been borne pout of experimentation and active dreaming.          Read more

David Hines Night and Day

David Hines: Night and Day

October 12, 2014

Based upon introspective reflections and impressions, the paintings of David Hines evolve out of an internal dialogue, which is revealed in his choice of images. With their seemingly mundane subject matter, these paintings evoke a sense of déjà vu within the imagination of most every viewer. What are the elements that Hines skillfully employs to bring the gallery visitor into his dialogue?          Read more

Frank Ettenberg Art

One Time Only: The Monotype and Monoprint

January 17 - March 23, 2014

In the world of printmaking, monotypes and monoprints are the freewheelers. Monotypes are essentially printed paintings, and do not require the technical skills demanded by most printmaking techniques. Monoprints, in turn, combine conventional printmaking methods such as lithography with painting and other art-making techniques to transform a repeatable image into a unique work.         Read more