Current Exhibitions

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. For his latest project, Adams has turned his attention to the oil industry, traveling around the country to photograph different refineries. Adams then prints his images directly on to oil drum lids, during these objects into visual meditations on the oil industry that has so strongly shaped the economy, history, and culture of the United States. Read more

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
Beverly Acha: Mutualities

December 16, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Marshall and Winston Gallery

Beverly Acha's paintings engage 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

Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20

Bravo/Grande: Zeke Peña

October 28, 2016 - March 5, 2017
Entry Gallery

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. Read more


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

September 20, 2016-June 18, 2017
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. In recognition of NMMI’s 125th anniversary, this exhibit will showcase the school’s art collection. Read more


Robert H. Goddard: Dreamer, Tinkerer, Pioneer

On Permanent Display
Goddard Gallery and Workshop Recreation

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.” He began enthusiastically filling notebooks with ideas for getting off the planet. As a graduate student in physics at Clark College in Worcester, Massachusetts, his hometown, he conducted simple tests with gun powder that suggested it was indeed possible to construct a rocket for space travel. Read more


Hurd & Wyeth: Picturing the Hondo Valley

On Permanent Display
Founders Gallery

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. Peter Hurd (1904-1984) was raised in Roswell where his father worked a small ranch southwest of town. Much of his youth was spent astride a horse, and he was known for his equestrian abilities. Roaming the countryside as a youth on horseback earned Hurd an intimate understanding of the hills, prairies, and arroyos that configured the surrounding landscape. Read more
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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


New Mexico: 20th Century Visions 

On Permanent Display
Donald B. Anderson Gallery

This exhibition features the work of noted artists and artisans who lived and worked in northern New Mexico, especially around the art colonies of Santa Fe and Taos. Some of the most prominent New Mexico modernists featured in this installation include Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Victor Higgins, Jozef Bakos, and B.J.O. Nordfeldt. Read more
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Art & Environment 

On Permanent Display
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
Cloud Directions Painting