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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Hurd & Wyeth: Picturing the Hondo Valley
On Permanent Display
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
West of Beyond: The Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West
On Permanent Display
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