Started in 1967, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program is largely the product of one man's vision and generosity.  Along with providing the grounds and facilities, Don Anderson also provides the energy and much of the resources that fuel the grant's creativity.  Over the years, since its founding, Don has added the studios and houses that make up the grant "compounds".  More than two hundred artists have lived and worked in these surroundings, enjoying the "Gift of Time". 
The Cook Road Complex began operation in 2007. 

                The nature of the RAiR Fellowship is informal. There are virtually no obligations on the part of the grantees except to respect the facilities and the privacy of the other artists.  There are no teaching, lecturing or exhibition requirements of the Artist-in-Residence.  However, the Roswell Museum and Art Center does invite all new fellows to exhibit their work toward the end of their stay.  Artists should indicate whether they would like to be scheduled for an exhibition (except returning residents).   Informal studio visits are occasionally conducted for visiting collectors, dealers or museum staff, but an artist may decline to participate and visits only occur with the grantee's permission.                   

                The grant is funded by the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation.  The Foundation supports both the RAiR Program and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.  Although the A-in-R Program has a close working relationship with the Roswell Museum and Art Center, the Program is not a part of the RMAC. Grantees receive a free membership to the museum during their residencies and are invited to attend all membership activities.  



Household inventory at Cook Rd

                Stipends-Grantees' stipend checks are delivered around the first of every month.  Grantees are paid for the previous month, so they should be prepared financially for their first month on the grant. Residents arriving mid-month receive a prorated check at the beginning of the next month.  Residentsí stipends are $800 per month plus $100 for every dependent living with the Artist-in-Residence. Prolonged absence from the compound, however, may result in a reduction of the stipend.  As a general rule, after two consecutive weeks off the compound grantees are subject to having their stipend for that month reduced by half.  Longer absences will increase the cut in stipend. Grantees can expect their last stipend check when they leave the grant.   

                Houses-Every house on the compound has been provided with the bare essentials: tables, chairs,  beds, a sofa,  and  a more or less  fully equipped kitchen (toaster and coffee maker provided).   Grantees must provide their own bedding, including pillows and any other household items particular to their needs (Overseas artists are excepted from this requirement.) including phones, radios, etc.  Grantees should expect conditions similar to a rather generic furnished rental unit.   While the houses are thoroughly cleaned before each new arrival, every resident is responsible for the cleaning and care of their own space, inside and out.  These houses are in effect "rented" to the artists and the artists are expected to maintain their houses and studios clean and in good condition.  This includes the outside areas around both the studios and the houses. Because we use a novel sewer system, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OTHER THAN TOILET PAPER AND HUMAN WASTE SHOULD BE PUT DOWN ANY OF THE DRAINS. 

Please resist the urge to use DUCT TAPE (or other kinds of tape, for that matter,) to solve minor maintenance problems.  Talk to the Director about the problem.  While convenient to apply, TAPE is perhaps the single most troublesome problem artists leave behind.  Use the BLUE type tape, but please, remove it.  Less common, but almost as frustrating a cleanup problem, is WAX.  Please consider how difficult this material is to remove or paint over, as you use it.  Artists often want to help by repainting a wall that is smudged in one way or another.  Please talk to the director first!  The paint types for the Program are specific to their location.  Using the wrong paint can be a giant problem later.

          We ask that all residents do what they can to keep the place tidy.  If you see unsightly rubbish around the grounds anywhere, please pick it up and throw it away.  Our small staff does not include janitors.

It's easy, just "Make Yourself Useful" because Usefulness follows Mindfulness.

Major problems with the plumbing or electrical should be reported to the director (622 6037, 637 4268.) 

The Cook Rd. Complex uses heat pumps to cool.  DO NOT set your thermostats lower than 74 degrees!  Do not leave doors and/or windows open while the cooler's thermostat is set to anything but "OFF".  Apart from being wasteful and irresponsible, working your cooler too hard will result in a “freeze up” and may mean your unit will be out of commission for days.

            Furniture-  There is a great temptation to move furniture from the house into the studio, PLEASE DON'T DO IT.  There also a temptation to make art in your house. PLEASE DON'T DO IT.  Furniture is really expensive and a giant hassle to shop for.  Making art in the house inevitably results in irreparable damage to the floors, furniture and walls of the house.  Somebody has to deal with the mess that these kind of actions lead to, namely: Nancy and I.  We have done what we can to provide you with a space to do your work.  If that's not enough, then contact us and we'll see what can be done.  Remember, we're not some big, impersonal institution with a vast budget.  All of your actions end up in our lap.  

            Swimming-  During the summer months it's nice to take a dip in the pool from time to time.  We use Don and Sally's pool at the Anderson's home.  There are a few courtesies we observe: we always skim the pool before we swim.  There can get to be a large number of dead bugs and leaves on any given day.  Since we are the ones using it, we should help with the upkeep.  It is a private residence so keep the noise to a minimum.  You know, like loud boom boxes, squeals of hilarity or domestic disputes. NO RUNNING AROUND THE POOL.  Only resident artists and their families are permitted to use the pool.  If you bring a guest, YOU are responsible for their behavior.  This means not leaving the pool area.  No touring around the property, staring into windows or climbing on the monuments.  Generally, this goes for all of us.  The Andersons let us use the pool, let's let them keep their privacy, peace and quiet

Studios-Studios are essentially empty of furnishing except perhaps some shelving or the odd table.  The grant still has a few professional type easels and various glass palettes but as a general rule artists should expect to bring their own tools or equipment.    Artists should be prepared to provide and install any additional incandescent lighting fixtures they might require. The climate in Roswell makes it possible to work outdoors much of the time, but grantees are encouraged to keep their studios in their studios.  Residents are discouraged from storing materials or work outside.  If projects develop that require prolonged outdoor work or installation, please clear it with the director.  


                Shop- It is assumed that anyone using the machinery has a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the equipment and possesses the skill and knowledge necessary to safely use it.  The RAiR Program does not provide tutorial services on the use of machinery and other equipment.  This applies to the PRINT SHOP, CERAMIC STUDIO and the MEDIA ROOM. Please check with the Director if you have any questions about using these facilities.  As a courtesy to the other artists, you are required to clean up any scraps you make while using the shops.  There is a recycle area for leftover wood.  Any unmarked wood left in the shop will be considered recycle and available to anyone who wants it. There are a few communal tools and pieces of equipment available for grantees that are asked to return them immediately after use so others know where to find them (especially the ladders).   When in doubt about the status of a tool or piece of equipment, check with the Director.  

            Snakes:  Folks at Cook Road may encounter a snake.  Treat all snakes with caution.  The rattlesnake is dangerous and found throughout the United States.  Report all snakes and don't try to approach, handle or deal with them on your own.

            Bugs- We have our fair share of insect life here in New Mexico.  For some of you, they will be a bit scary and unusual.  For the most part these bugs are harmless.  Most can be discouraged by simply sweeping up around the outside of your house regularly and doing the same inside your house and studio.  Some of our bugs ARE dangerous.  It is a good idea to get to know which is which. http://www.whatsthatbug.com/index.html


  Black Widow,     
Very dangerous, carefullykill.              
Vinegeroon or Whip Scorpion,  Harmless and useful 

Scorpion, Ours have a mild sting, like a bee. Avoid, evict or execute.  





Wind Scorpion or Sun Spider

Harmless slow-moving
and uninterested in humans.  
Let it be 
they give the most painful sting of any insect in the U.S. or Mexico.  However, they are not aggressive, and you usually need to handle the wasp to get stung..

Generally harmless. Seen scooting around  studio floors at night. Strange, more than anything.


               You will encounter moths, particularly in May.  These are not the wool eating kind but they can be a hassle.  The moths can get inside, screens or no screens.  They are harmless but they can poop on artwork left exposed, particularly works on paper, photographs or other delicate surfaces.  Using tape on the screens or some other makeshift does nothing to curb the number of moths and leaves me a giant headache to clean up later.  Keeping the lights in the house to a minimum and evicting moths found inside during the day are probably the most effective solutions.  (They want to mate and tend to attract one another.)    An old time way to kill the moths include a pan of sudsy water with a light above it set up at night.   Otherwise, just wait them out.  They dissipate by the end of June. 
                Mosquitoes can get to be a nuisance in the summer depending on the weather.  You can help lower their number by ensuring that no standing water is left outside in any sort of containers.  Again, this requires that you keep your area clean and attend to it.

                Internet- We have a makeshift wireless network at Cook Road. It is far from perfect but it is a free service that we provide. If you have problems beyond the occasional slow speed or weak signal, you may want to upgrade your service through Cable One at your own expense 877 MY CABLE (1-877-692-2253), 505-623-2391.  If you would like to upgrade your service, (TV, phone, etc.) you may.  Talk to me before you call the cable company.

                  Laundry- CLEAN THE LINT FILTER EVERY TIME THAT YOU DRY YOUR CLOTHS! Overloading is not necessary as you are free to run as many loads as you need.  Heavy rugs and blankets can screw up the machine.   

                Grounds- Watering of the fifty trees at Cook Road is a year-round effort. Occasionally a hose is overlooked and left on too long. If you see an obvious oversight such as this, simply turn off the hose at the faucet.

                In order to keep track of the whereabouts of everything, residents are asked not to remove anything from the storage rooms without checking with the director.

                Misc. -Mail is delivered to the compartment-style mailbox located across from the corner of La Joya and Howard Cook Road. (the individual compartment doors are located on the east side of the box).    Letters may also be mailed using the mail slot above the numbered boxes.  NOTE: THE POST OFFICE NOW REQUIRES THAT YOU ARRANGE WITH THEM FOR YOUR BOX AND KEY.  IT'S A PAIN BUT THAT'S THE THE WAY THEY WANT IT.

                Your address is: (your house number, followed by:) Howard Cook Road, Roswell, NM 88201. USA.

                You may call Qwest or Cable One to set up your telephone service/number before you arrive (Qwest: 1-800-244-1111; Cable One: 505-623-2391, http://www.cableone.net/phone/).  You will need to know your house number.  You may use the director's number (505-622-6037) as a local contact number should you need to.

                The trash dumpster is located at the west end of the compound. Keeping the lid shut helps keep animals out and flies down.  If you have to get rid of something too big or inappropriate for the dumpster, contact the director.

                Residents are also encouraged to leave their porch lights in the 'on' position as they are also equipped with automatic shutoff features and provide security lighting for the grounds.


Leaving- Leaving the RAIR Program can be stressful; numerous social commitments and a good deal of physical work.  A bit of planning ahead can save everyone from last minute headaches.   Here are a few items which may be of help when preparing to move:
There is no need to attempt to return your house or studio to the exact condition you found it upon your arrival.  However, you will be doing the Program a huge service by considering that it takes a great deal of time and energy to clean up after a real slob. The generosity of the Program is made possible by keeping all of our costs as low as possible. That includes us, the staff. We are all multitasking for a low salery. With a little effort, it can work for us all.
As you are leaving, you may think that you will never see us again and figure that what you leave behind doesn't matter. Our experiance is that most of you will remain part of this extended family for the rest of you lives. I spend a considerable amout of time writing Letters of Recommendation. Before you leave, remember...we remember you...hopefully in the best possible way.

Please remove all of the tacks, nails, old TAPE and STAPLES from the walls and floors. 

Household items often get misplaced in other houses through entertaining, etc.  Any effort to reclaim and return these items to your house, is appreciated

If at all possible, share out the contents of your fridge and freezer with your neighbors.
Check under the beds and the closet shelves before you leave. Some of you will want to box up and ship some of your things.

It is important that when artists leave the Program they take all of their belongings with them.

* The county dump (Chaves County Landfill) is located on Railroad Line Road that veers off East Berrendo Road.  The map in your phone book shows the location in A-14.  It only costs a few dollars for a truck -load of trash.  The City Land Fill is located off the WIPP by pass on Brasher Road.

*  There are numerous thrift stores around town.  The Humane Society Thrift Store is also a good one to contribute to and it is located at 701 E. McGaffey St.

* UPS is located on South Atkinson.  If you have numerous boxes to ship, UPS will pick up for an additional charge (about $3).

* U-Haul has three locations in town; the closest is 2413 N. Main St. (623-2915); Ryder has one location at 116 E. College Blvd. (623-2712).

* Boxes can possibly be found at/behind grocery stores or the Mall.

* If you have furniture or household appliances/kitchenware that you would like to donate to the Program, please contact the director.

* Don't forget to check the woodshop/printshop or other areas where you may have left some stuff; including the laundry room.

* Please either dispose of or give to other residents your unwanted refrigerated items/condiments/laundry detergent, etc. before you leave. 

* There are storage spaces for rent around Roswell.

* Feel free to ask for help if you have a unique moving problem.

Thanks for your consideration.

Stephen Fleming, Director