The Virtue of Ownership

Panel Discussion and Opening Reception
Sunday, April 7, 2-5 pm  |  Free

Join us for the opening of The Virtue of Ownership: The African American Homesteading Journey in Southern New Mexico on Sunday, April 7 from 2-5 pm. The event will begin with an informative panel discussion from 2-3:30 pm about Blackdom, an African American town formerly located just twenty miles outside of Roswell. The panel will feature descendants of Blackdom residents, including Grover Pettes and his daughter Marilyn Hill of Las Cruces, Rodney Bowe of Albuquerque and Steve Wagoner of Roswell. A PhD student in history at the University of New Mexico, Carlyn Pinkins, will join the panel to talk about her research on Blackdom. Musical entertainment by the Rodney Bowe Trio and refreshments will follow. 

This event and exhibition were organized in partnership with the African American Museum and Cultural Center. 


pARTy After Hours:

Lunar Landing Late Night

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6-9 pm

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing while enjoying exclusive evening access to the Museum and a mix of Moon-inspired activities at this free, after-hours event for ages 21 and over. Drop in for a show in the Goddard Planetarium or a gallery talk on rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, try your hand at Space Bingo, learn a little Cosmic Needlepoint, peer at the Moon with the Roswell Astronomy Club, and pretend you’ve traveled there in our Moon Photo Booth.

The event will also feature a cash bar presented by Red Door Brewing Company of Albuquerque, pizza and treats from Eli‘s Bistro & Bakery, music from Roswell’s Five Star DJ, prize drawings and discounted memberships. Bring friends or come alone to relax, have fun and socialize during this Moon-filled evening.

Reserve a space for your children, ages 2-12, in the Kids Zone to free you up while you enjoy the event. The registration fee is $10 per child and space is limited. Contact Tiffany Melancon at 575-500-0363 for more information and to register. 


pARTy After Hours is a series of free events for adults that aim to expand access to the Museum and present art and science as an integral part of our lives and is generously supported by the RMAC Foundation.

Brown Bag Lunch Talks 
We return with a new season of brown bag lunch talks! Come and relax while taking in an informal presentation on a variety of topics. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, April 5, Noon

Roswell Film Festival Preview with Donovan Fulkerson
Hear about the development of the Roswell Film Festival from founder Donovan Fulkerson. Fulkerson will share the history and mission of the event along with a sneak-peek of some of the films being presented this year. 

Friday, May 17, Noon

Exploring the History of the Santos with Dr. James Córdova

Originally from Santa Fe, James Córdova is an artist, scholar, and educator. A professor of art history at CU Boulder and an award-winning sculptor and painter, Dr. Córdova’s studies in the field of Colonial Latin American art help inform his production of traditional santos (saint) figures, while his artistic sensibilities may explain the creativity of his scholarly works. This Brown Bag talk will be a rare opportunity to hear a master speak about the intersection of his professional lives, and is not to be missed!

Friday, June 7, Noon

The Work of Natasha Bowdoin
Join us for a glimpse into the background and artwork of former Roswell Artist-in-Residence fellow and Houston-based artist Natasha Bowdoin to learn more about her dynamic cut paper installations and sculptures. 

Family After Hours:
Celebrate Our State

Thursday, May 9, 5-8 pm | Free

Celebrate our state at the first Family After Hours, a new event that focuses on encouraging parents to partner with their children in the arts, while building memorable, shared experiences. From 5 to 8 pm, the  Museum’s galleries will be filled with free hands-on art activities presented by RISD Arts Connect teachers as well as gallery talks, games and refreshments that celebrate the cultural richness of New Mexico.

2019 festival

This event has been developed in partnership with the Roswell Independent School District’s Arts Connect program and is sponsored in part by the RMAC Foundation.