Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

ShapeShift: Abstracted Geometric Forms 

November 19, 2022 – May 14, 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 »


Wen Liu: Molting / Mending 

Roswell Artist-in-Residence 
November 5 – January 15, 2023
Samuel H. Marshall & Donald Winston Gallery  


Wen Liu’s sculptures address loss and abandonment through the modification and assembly of found materials. She started collecting reclaimed furniture and domestic objects to build her sense of belonging and security when she immigrated to the US. The sculptural reinvestment of found objects and the temporal shift of traces from past to present are some of the qualities highlighted in her works.  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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Enduring Generosity: Gifts of Art 2017-2022

July 31, 2022 – February 12, 2023

Entry Gallery


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the broader community continued to be immensely generous through gifts of art to the collection of the Roswell Museum, your museum. Displayed here is a selection of artworks given to the museum 2017-2022. This small sample of the enduring generosity of donors highlights the breadth of these contributions to our collection. 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 »