Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Afton Love

September 15 - October, 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. Created on multiple sheets of tracing paper with powdered graphite, and then sealed in beeswax, the result is a luminous synthesis of graphite, wax, and paper; natural form and subjugated grid. Read more
Afton Love web

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.
Justins Sandwich web

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. While many visitors to the Roswell Museum and Art Center are familiar with the southwestern output of Wyeth and Hurd, both artists painted and exhibited their work on a national scale, and merit national recognition in the history of American art. Read more
Portrait of Gerald Marr web
Peter Hurd, Portrait of Gerald Marr, 1952, egg tempera on gesso and Masonite, 32 1/2 x 38 1/4 in., The Collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Percy Hagerman Memorial Fund, FA 1953.2

 See PBS cultural series ¡COLORES! with episodes on Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth and featuring Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Sara Woodbury.  

Link to Henriette Wyeth episode

Link to Peter Hurd episode

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
hurd cumulus

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
wiggins photo of hurd and wyeth_web

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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