roswell artist-in-residence program







Some funding provided by:

sustainable arts foundation




Roswell Interarts Organization







Luis Jimenez 
Print Offering






Well known by visual artists as the "Gift of Time", the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1967 to provide gifted studio based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. This "gift of time" allows artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals.

The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program serves as a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional arts of the Southwest, reinforces the Program's interest in strengthening the vitality of visual art in New Mexico and has been a catalyst in broadening community understanding of contemporary art.
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Application Information

Celebrating fifty years of this pioneering
artists' residency program. 1967-2017

Funded in part by


Hammersly Foundation

The Hammersley Foundation


In residence grants are offered to all professional visual artists 21 years of age or older, involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and other fine art media. Grants are not made in the disciplines of performance art or production crafts.


The studios are large, open spaces that measure approximately 30 'x 25 'x 10'. These areas are well-lighted and convertible to the artist's requirements. Artists are housed in a complex of six houses and 10 studios located on fifty acres of land. Each artist is provided with a house that can amply accommodate either a single person or a family. Rent, utilities (except telephone), repairs and maintenance costs are borne by the Program. Houses are furnished with major furniture items, appliances and utensils within reason. The printmaking facility is a small, fully operational studio - basically lithographic/etching in nature.


A stipend, or living allowance, of $800 per month is offered along with $100 for a spouse/partner and $200 per child living with the grantee.  The additional stipend for children is sponsored in part by a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
A generous
materials stipend is also available through a grant by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.  

For spicific questions regarding the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, contact: Stephen Fleming, RAIR Program Director by phone: 575 622 6037 or e-mail us at:


Because of the close proximity of the buildings and setting of the residency, there is a policy of no dogs on the residency facility.

The RAiR Program is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. No one with the AIDS virus, ARC, or HIV shall be denied admission as long as he/she is otherwise qualified.

Chronology of former Fellows of the RAiR Program

MEMBER:  Alliance of Artists Communities

The new Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program facility from the south.


Visit the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and its collection of artwork by former residents of the RAiR Program      



Roswell (pop. 48,000) is a high plains community (3,560 ft. elevation) and the economic hub of rural southeastern New Mexico. It is roughly 200 miles from the nearest large cities, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The economy is based on agriculture, ranching, oil and gas, light manufacturing and tourism.

Average seasonal daytime/nighttime temperatures are as follows: Summer (91/65 degrees); Fall (74/40 degrees); Winter (56/28 degrees); Spring (75/40 degrees). The dry season extends from October through June, although snow is not uncommon in winter. Spring is dry and windy, followed by the summer monsoon rains in July and August.

Public transportation is limited and some form of personal transportation is advisable. Transportation to and from Roswell is possible by bus or airline commuter service. 

Anyone interested in providing support for the Artist-in-Residence Program should contact the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation at 409 East College Blvd. , Roswell, NM 88201 or by calling (575) 623-5600 or FAX (575) 623-

Last update: January 12,  2018


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