Current and Upcoming Exhibitions


Lucien Shapiro
Roswell Artist-in-Residence

May 20 – July 2, 2023

Artist Talk and Reception: 
Friday, May 19, 5:30-7 p.m.

Lucien Shapiro is a multi-faceted artist whose work spans across sculpture, performance, and film. His artistic practice is process-focused and common themes include repetition, a meticulous attention to craft, self-healing, and the transformation of forgotten objects into interesting and symbolic relics. Read more >>


Dina Perlasca: Campos de Fuerza / Force Fields

Donald B. Anderson Gallery 
June 17 – August 27, 2023
Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, June 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

Dina Perlasca is a Mexican-American artist designing and building her own custom-made future by aggregating elements from both her ancestral past and present circumstances and desires. The idea of a force field can be understood through a multitude of approaches, each of which can provide new layers of insight into Perlasca’s artistic concepts and materials. Read more >>


Currently on Display

Victor Yañez-Lazcano: Conjugations of Dream

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 

March 18 – April 30, 2023

Entry Gallery  

Artist Talk and Reception: Friday March 17, 5:30-7 p.m.

Conjugations of Dream features new artworks by Victor Yañez-Lazcano that compassionately and critically contemplate notions of the American Dream. Combining his research in language, labor, and identity this exhibition aims to shape a broader narrative of US-Latinx and Latinx immigrant identity. Read more >>


Decades: The 1980s

February 25 – May 21, 2023 

Russell Vernon Hunter Gallery   

It is necessary to occasionally look back to better understand where we are now. Decades: The 1980s is a continuation of the Roswell Museum’s look at artistic output on a ten-year basis reflecting on how artists grappled with changing times. All works presented in this exhibition are from the museum’s permanent collection. On display are works of art created during the 1980s entering the museum’s collection from 1980 to 2012. Read more >>

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Nima Nabavi: Visiting 

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
January 28 – March 12, 2023
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery  


Born in Tehran, Iran in 1978, Nima Nabavi is a self-taught artist focused on geometric abstraction and its connection to the natural world and psychedelic phenomena. Nabavi’s drawings and paintings are heavily layered, grid-driven manifestations of imagined, ordered systems, and are greatly inspired by the work of his grandfather who was a geometric artist for over fifty years in Iran. Read more »

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Together: Partners in Creativity & Life

December 21, 2022 – April 16, 2023

Spring River Gallery   

Together: Partners in Creativity & Life draws from the permanent collection, showcases artist couples from New Mexico, including Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak, Barbara Latham and Howard Cook, and Gussie DuJardin and Elmer Schooley. Read more>>

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ShapeShift: Abstracted Geometric Forms 

November 19, 2022 – May 28, 2023
Donald B. Anderson Gallery   


Centuries before geometric abstraction became one of the visual languages of Modern Art, Indigenous Americans employed minimalist and expressive shapes in their designs. In 2016, John Molloy Gallery in New York City mounted the exhibition Geometries: American Geometric Abstraction 1880 – 2016 that displayed 19th Century Indigenous American saddle bags along with 20th Century Abstractionist paintings, citing scientific research that both types of art objects registered similar emotional reactions in the brains of viewers. Read more »


Neat, Meticulous, and Luminous: 

Remembering Agnes Tait 

October 15, 2022 – March 19, 2023 

Graphics & Paul Horgan Galleries 


 Agnes Tait was born on June 14, 1894 in New York City. Showing adept artistic talent at an early age, she applied to and was granted admission to the National Academy of Design at the age of only fourteen. Due to the deaths of both of her parents, her mother in 1913 and her father in 1919, it took her approximately one decade for her to complete her studies at the Academy. Read more »

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Roswell Museum 85th Anniversary Exhibition: A Community Legacy

October 1, 2022 - April 9, 2023

Founders Gallery

As part of the national effort to increase jobs across industries during the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) developed the Federal Art Program (FAP) in support of the arts. Over the 8 years of the program, 1935-1943, a significant body of public art was commissioned and approximately 10,000 artists and craft workers were supported.  Read more »

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Made in New Mexico

December 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

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 »


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 »