Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

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

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Mikayla Patton | Visitation
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

September 4 – October 10, 2021

Artist Talk 5:30pm September 17

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 1960s

8/7/21- TBA

Horgan Gallery


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. The counterculture movement was an opportunity to question authority and detach from the materialism that marked the 1950s. Read More.

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Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue

The Daniel E. Prall Collection

Donald B. Anderson Gallery
July 2 - Nov 21, 2021

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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A Lucky Escape: The Wild World of William Goodman

Second Saturday, June 12, 2021

Opening Reception with the artist, 11a.m. - 2p.m.
Family Activity, 10a.m. - 1p.m.


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. In 1971, William Goodman completed a 30-foot mural titled Oddy Knocky, which is now one of the most beloved paintings in the collection... Read More.

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Dreams and Nightmares

May 15-August 27, 2021
Entry Gallery


Dreams are windows into our subconscious minds 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.

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Made in New Mexico

December 1, 2018 - long term display
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

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Robert H. Goddard: The Father of Modern Rocketry


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.”  Read More
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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. 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

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