50 Years of RAiR

50 Years of RAiR:

Works from the
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

May 27-September 3, 2017
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

RAiR Ben Woodeson

Roswell Artist-in-Residence
Ben Woodeson

June 3-July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 5-7 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. How can basic rules of physics be exploited to assemble simple sculptures that straddle a line between stability and instability, action and inaction? Woodeson works by testing, using himself as human litmus paper; seeking a balance point between trepidation and attraction.

Image: Ben Woodeson, Bent (Stainless), 2015, found rail and salvaged stainless steel. Image courtesy of the Artist.


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. A master of watercolor and acrylic painting, she draws on art history, archaeology and personal experience to create colorful, richly-textured paintings that celebrate New Mexico's unique sense of place. This exhibit will honor Peterson's dedication to both her art and the New Mexico community through  a selection of her work. From landscapes to still life, her paintings span a range of subject matter, and embody her ongoing love for the history, geography, and cultures of New Mexico.

Image: Dorothy Peterson, The Landman, 2014, watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the Artist.