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APRIL - JUNE 2017 VOLUME 65 No. 2


STAFF & BOARDS Roswell Museum and Art Center 100 West 11th Street Roswell, NM 88201 (575) 624-6744 tel (575) 624-6765 fax Mission The Roswell Museum and Art Center inspires discovery, creativity, and cultural understanding of the art and history of the American Southwest and beyond. Newsletter Roswell Museum and Art Center Magazine Volume 65 No. 2. The museum’s magazine is published quarterly and is provided as a benefit of membership.

Staff Directory Caroline Brooks, ext. 12 Executive Director Sara Woodbury, ext. 15 Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Amanda Nicholson, ext. 22 Curator of Education Colette Speer, ext. 10 Membership and Events Coordinator Jeremy Howe, ext. 23 Planetarium Coordinator Candace Jordan, ext. 25 Librarian Aria Finch, ext. 28 Ceramics Manager Museum Store Staff, ext. 17 Barbara Posuniak, Manager Elizabeth Shelhorse Lea Rohr Fraser Museum Attendants, ext. 14 Tiffany Dunn Cory Frederick Darrick Constance Deborah Melancon, ext. 11 Bookkeeper Brandon Strange, ext. 27 Preparator Daniel Gomez Custodian Board of Trustees


The Museum is located in downtown Roswell at 11th and Main Streets, adjacent to the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. Admission

Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm Sunday & holidays, 1-5 pm Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Museum Store Hours

Tuesday-Friday, 10 am - 4 pm Saturday, 9 am - 4:45 pm Sunday & holidays, 1-4:45 pm Closed during lunch from noon - 1 pm and Mondays, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

*Ex-officio Member

Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation Board of Directors Officers: Kendra Price, President Chelsea Green, Vice President Ron Hillman, Secretary Mary Alice Lysak, Treasurer Directors: Donald B. Anderson, Director Emeritus Riley Armstrong Manon Arnett Jim Ball John Bassett Debra Franks Nola Fulkerson Ivan Hall Paul Hanna Jared Hembree Mitch Krakauskas Diane Leven Jacqueline Miller Ryan Perry Brinkman Randle Carolyn Sidd Maria Wiggins Beth Waldrip

Officers: Peggy Krantz, President Bill Siders, Vice President Donovan Fulkerson, Secretary/Treasurer

Staff: Cindy Torrez, RMACF Director 400 N. Pennsylvania, #220 Roswell 88201 (575) 627-0918

Members: Jamie Barnes Tabitha Denny*, Roswell City Council Jessica Ellis Cymantha Liakos Lorie Mitteer Priscilla Ornelas Jessica Parham Nanette Schumacher DeAngela Velasquez

Ex-Officio: Caroline Brooks, RMAC Executive Director

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Cover: Marian Winsryg, Game Room, 1972, color pencil on paper, 22” x 29 ½”. Roswell Artist-in-Residence Materials Exchange, 1974.021.0001

DIRECTOR’S V IEW In February, the Museum held a strategic planning workshop with representatives from the Board of Trustees, the RMAC Foundation and Museum staff to discuss priorities for upcoming years. Much of the conversation focused on community building from making the Museum as comfortable and as welcoming of a place as possible to expanding audiences and determining how we can best meet the needs of our community. As a first step, our staff has been enthusiastically working to develop a number of outstanding programs for the remainder of this year—some of which are included in this issue of the Museum Magazine. I encourage you to check out our Events pages for details and to attend one or more programs such as our Sunday Conversations series of gallery talks, our family-friendly STEAM Night and the International Children’s Films Series. Another area the Museum is examining is our substantial Robert H. Goddard Collection and the significant role science plays for area young people. As a result, we recently wrote and were awarded a grant from the Science Festival Alliance to contribute toward the development of a new science and art festival. The grant is part of a program called the Science Festival Accelerator, which is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Museum’s strategy will be to tie in the ideas and legacy of rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard along with STEAM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) festival activities for the local schools and public. We anticipate holding the festival in spring 2018 and welcome ideas from the community as the festival develops.

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A related project on the horizon is our planetarium upgrade which is set to begin this fall and will include a digital conversion along with new seating, lighting and carpet. We’re grateful for the efforts of the RMAC Foundation and the generous support they’ve received so far on behalf of the renovation. One such effort took place on February 11 and 14 with more than 140 people in attendance for the Foundation’s spring fundraiser, Mystery at the Museum—a lively dinner theater “who-dunnit” murder mystery. Thanks to all who attended as well as the event’s many volunteers. If you have not had an opportunity to support the planetarium renovation, chair sponsorships are still available and contributions in any denomination are welcome. These accomplishments and plans would not be possible without the work of the talented and dedicated staff at the Museum and the City of Roswell, our Board of Trustees, the RMAC Foundation, and you. Your contributions—whether monetary, being a member, or giving of your time— are truly an investment in an organization that looks forward to a bright and promising future. I am grateful and honored to have been a part of the Museum’s community these past few months and I am full of anticipation for the exciting changes ahead. And, thank you for being a part of our journey.

— Caroline Brooks, Executive Director


Classes and Workshops for Children and Teens Kids’ Clay: Spring Sessions Instructor: Aria Finch Section I: Age: First grade - 8 years, beginners & up Tuesdays for 6 weeks April 4 - May 9, 3:30-4:30 pm $50 members; $60 non-members Section II: Age: 9 - teen, beginners & up Tuesdays for 6 weeks April 4 - May 9, 4:30-5:30 pm $50 members; $60 non-members Students will coil and slab-build several individualized one-of-a-kind clay pieces, which they will decorate with colorful glazes. Instruction will focus on creating textures and developing increased hand-eye coordination and confidence. ABC’s of Art Instructor: Megan Roe

Age: 3-8 To register, please mail Wednesdays and Fridays for 6 weeks, or drop off a completed May 3 - June 9, 10-11:30 am registration form $60 members, $70 non-members with your payment to the RMAC. Forms can be picked up at the Museum or downloaded from the Museum website. For questions, contact Amanda Nicholson at 575-624-6744, ext. 22.

Scholarship Opportunities The Museum strives to provide meaningful opportunities and learning experiences that are accessible to all of the Roswell community. As such, the RMAC Foundation generously provides scholarships for children and adults, who are interested in taking classes and workshops at the Museum but may have financial need. To apply for a scholarship please contact Curator of Education, Amanda Nicholson, at or by phone at 575-624-6744 ext. 22. Please note, class prices include a 5% tax. Unless otherwise noted, all supplies are included with children’s classes.

Designed just for little ones, students will develop a strong foundation and love of the arts by exploring the basic principles and building blocks of fine art. Children will draw, paint, sculpt, create and most importantly play! Kids’ Clay: Summer Sessions Instructor: Aria Finch Section I: Age: First grade - 8 years, beginners & up Monday - Friday June 12-16, 9-10 am $50 members; $60 non-members Section II: Age: 9 - teen, beginners & up Monday - Friday June 12-16, 10-11 am $50 members; $60 non-members Students will hand build clay objects suitable for a jungle excursion. Look out for the wild plants! Section III: Throwing on the Wheel Age: 11- teen, beginners & up Monday - Friday, June 12-16 and Monday, June 19 for glazing 11 am – 12:30 pm $65 members; $75 non-members Students will make various thrown bowls and cups with emphasis on inventive surfaces. Students must have had a previous class in clay at the Museum.

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Kids’ Drawing and Painting: Art Safari Instructor: Amanda Nicholson

Therapeutic Tai Chi Instructor: Daniel Chihak

Section I: Age: 9 - teen, beginners & up Monday - Friday June 12-16, 9-10 am $50 members; $60 non-members

Age/Skill Level: All ages and skill levels Sundays for 8 weeks May 7 - June 25, 3:30-4:30 pm $45 members, $55 non-members

Section II: Age: First grade - 8 years, beginners & up Monday - Friday June 12-16, 10-11 am $50 members; $60 non-members Students journey on a jungle art adventure in this week-long class. We will use paint, watercolors, pastels, and other media to explore the flora and fauna of the world’s jungles.

Adult and Intergenerational Classes and Workshops Adult Clay: Clay Forms that Tell a Story Instructor: Aria Finch Section I: Age/Skill Level: Adult, intermediate to advanced Tuesdays for 8 weeks April 4 - May 23, 9 am - noon $105 members; $130 non-members Section II: Age/Skill Level: Adult, beginners to advanced Tuesdays for 8 weeks April 4 - May 23, 6-9 pm $105 members; $130 non-members Section III: Age/Skill Level: Adult, beginners to advanced Thursdays for 8 weeks April 6 - May 25 , 9 am - noon $105 members; $130 non-members Students will coil-build animal and figurative forms, continuing with slipdipped fabric and metal decorations. Throwing students will work with handles for baskets and lidded forms. Adult Clay: Clay Forms that Tell a Story Instructor: Anna Edwards Section IV: Age/Skill Level: Adult, beginners to advanced Thursdays for 8 weeks April 6 - May 25, 7-10 pm $105 members; $130 non-members Students will work with slip to make different surface textures and patterns for pouring and drinking vessels.

Tai Chi is a form of meditative movement with roots in ancient southeast Asia. Originally developed as a martial art philosophy, modern Tai Chi has become a general term for intentional, meditative movement. This class will focus on four themes: movement, posture, balance and conscious breathing. This practice can be done sitting or standing, and is entirely adaptable to the individual’s health. Ekphrastic Poetry Instructor: Colette Speer Age/Skill Level: 16 and up, all skill levels Wednesdays for 4 weeks May 10-31, 3-4:30 pm $45 members, $55 non-members Ekphrastic poems are poems written about works of art. In the first two sessions, participants will engage in the pure pleasure of reading a range of ekphrastic poems selected from this long poetic tradition and they will respond to the poems in conversation with others. In the second part of the workshop, participants will write their own ekphrastic poems in response to a work of art in the museum’s exhibitions. Students will be given a reading list of poems to be discussed when they sign up for class. Design Your Own Board Game Instructors: Matt Bromley & Mary Alice Balderrama Age/Skill Level: All ages and skill levels Saturdays and Sundays May 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2-4 pm $45 members, $55 non-members Have you ever wanted to create your own board, card, or dice game? Now is your chance to design your own. Learn the history of board games and game mechanics. Develop a theme, plan and design, construct the components, and play test your idea to produce your game.

Clay Open Studio Instructor: Aria Finch Age/Skill Level: Adult, all skill levels May 26 - Septe mber 10 Studio is available during regular museum hours, except during scheduled children’s clay classes $105 members, $130 non-members This class offers open enrollment during the summer for adult students who wish to use the Museum’s clay studio facilities during Museum hours. Participants must be current ceramics students at the Museum (if a past student, see instructor for permission).

Second Saturdays Second Saturday of the Month 10 am – noon | Free Join us for Second Saturdays, RMAC’s continuing nine-month program of gallery experiences and hands-on art activities for students in grades 3-12 on the second Saturday of the month. To register a student for the upcoming session, please call the Museum at 575-624-6744, ext. 22. Space is limited. This program is sponsored by the Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation

Age/Skill Level: All ages and skill levels, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, May 27, 1-4 pm $30 members, $40 non-members


Learn about the historic cyanotype process and how to make your own photographic prints. Participants in this workshop will use botanical specimens, lace, cut paper and other common household objects to create one-of-akind photograms on light-sensitive paper. These working methods are similar to the ones used by photographers of the early 1800s!

Mary Alice Balderrama is a first grade elementary arts teacher with the RISD elementary arts program. She is a co-facilitator of RMAC’s Second Saturday program. She also volunteered her time to produce YPAC’s Make Art Take Art gallery and art events. Matt Bromley is the lead designer, illustrator, and creator of Wildbird Games. For as long as he can remember, he has been designing games for family and friends. He has launched two games this past year and currently has three others soon to be released.

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April 8: Trees, Flowers & Cacti, Oh My! with Jennifer Furman Incorporating cacti and other desert plants as inspiration, students will explore different mixed-media techniques with chalk pastels and tempera paint to create several small paintings. May 13: Collage, Color, & Intent with Cate Erbaugh & Shannon Rankin Students will take a look at a painting in the Museum and analyze how an artist’s skillful selection of color enhances the intensity of his or her piece. Each student will then compose a collage selecting just the colors that help get that idea across. Materials will include dry pastel, found papers, and fabrics with a sewn element. Instructors will demonstrate color mixing with pastels and how to use pastels on fabric.

Creating Cyanotypes Instructor: David Emitt Adams

David Emitt Adams is an artist whose current practice engages historical media in order to create an informed contemporary dialogue about photography’s past and present. Born in Yuma, Arizona, David obtained his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2002 and an MFA from Arizona State University in 2012. His most recent series Power is currently on view at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

Upcoming Sessions:

June 10: Food for Thought wtih Justin Richel and Nancy Fleming Come paint small studies of edible objects! You’ll never look at a Cheeto the same way again!

Daniel Chihak has been practicing meditation and movement arts for ten years. He has been teaching Tai Chi professionally for five years. Daniel is certified as a Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor by the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) in California. Anna Edwards has been involved with ceramics for 16 years. Studying with her mentor, Aria Finch, she has been involved in teaching children and adults at the RMAC and has worked with the RISD. Anna has studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Potter’s Council, Santa Fe Clay and the RMAC. Aria Finch holds a BA from the University of Texas at El Paso, and has attended graduate school at North Texas State University and Texas Women’s University. She is a 2013 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2009, her work was chosen for the 5th World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, South Korea. She has managed the RMAC ceramics program since 1979.

Amanda Nicholson is the Curator of Education at RMAC. Amanda has over 10 years of teaching experience with students ages Kindergarten through 12th grade. She has experience teaching various media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, art history and art criticism. Amanda received her BS in Art Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. Megan Roe is a lifelong artist who has formal education from New Mexico Junior College and Eastern New Mexico University in painting, sketching, drawing, sculpting and computer design. She also has Early Childhood Education training from working with the Family and Infant Toddler Program’s partnership with the University of New Mexico. Colette LaBouff Speer is the author of Mean (University of Chicago Press, 2008) as well as other poems and essays. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in At Length and Juked. She has an MFA in Poetry and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine.


International Children’s Film Series Saturdays, June 3, 10 & 17, 2 pm | Free In June, enjoy three weekends of exhilarating short-film programs to mesmerize moviegoers of all ages. Magical, adventurous works made by acclaimed filmmakers and up-andcoming auteurs showcase work from around the globe—including Colombia, France, Russia, Taiwan, Argentina, Korea, Iran, and Mexico—to inspire the whole family. Films are a mix of live-action and animations.

Family STEAM Night Thursday, May 4, 5-8 pm | Free

This program is sponsored by the Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation. Films are provided by the Northwest Film Forum, Seattle’s comprehensive film arts organization, screening more than 200 independently made and classic films annually. Light refreshments provided, donations welcome. June 3: Family Time Families make the world go ‘round! In these animated and live-action shorts, we learn that very different kinds of families can share the same bond of love. Find the sun, learn a new song, dance with cats, drink from a tall, cool glass of color, and rediscover what your own family means to you. (66 min, For ages 5 and up) June 10: Shine On! The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017 What makes you shine? The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Join them as they play with their friends and families, discover new things about themselves, and take journeys to near and far. (64 min, For all ages) June 17: Friends are Forever Is there anything better than having a friend by your side? Good friends add color, music and memories to our lives. In this collection of mostly animated shorts, friends also come in all shapes and sizes, from a fierce little lion with a surprisingly soft heart to a small, shy girl gaining strength from her grandmother and teacher. (59 min, For ages 5 and up)

Sunday Conversations in the Galleries Select Sundays, May -August, 2 pm | Free Join us as we launch a new series of free, informal gallery talks that focus on the Museum’s collections and current exhibition. For our first series, we’ll take a look at Collecting Roswell: The Donors of RMAC. In anticipation of the Museum’s 80th anniversary in October, Collecting Roswell celebrates some of the major contributions to the formation of the Museum’s core holdings. Drawing from the art collection, the Robert H. Goddard Collection, and the Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West, this exhibition showcases some of the

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Museum’s finest works while highlighting the contributions of several significant donors. Come learn more about RMAC’s collections and meet some of the exceptional staff who work here. April 2: Sara Woodbury, From Peter Hurd to Georgia O’Keeffe: The Marshalls and Winstons May 7: Brandon Strange, Rogers Aston: Collecting the West June 4: Sara Woodbury, The Art of Philanthropy: Donald B. Anderson August 6: Jeremy Howe, The Robert H. Goddard Collection

Explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) in this unique, family-oriented event. All ages will be able to appreciate and gain a broader understanding of science concepts through hands-on activities with materials and information provided by The National Informal STEM Education Network. Come experiment and explore what makes STEAM fun! This event is moderated by Amanda Nicholson, Curator of Education.

Robert H. Goddard Planetarium UFO Festival Laser Shows Friday-Sunday, June 30-July 2 Admission: $3-$5 Save the dates for laser shows during the UFO Festival, June 30 – July 2, 2017! The full dome coverage of laser light along with amazing music creates a thrilling experience in an ever-changing universe of brilliantly colored imagery and animations. Shows will include Laser Beatles, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and Laser Country. Please check the Museum website and the festival schedule closer to the date for complete program listings, titles and screening times.

Planetarium Programming This spring the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium will continue Wednesday afternoon programming and there will be a film screening on the last Saturday of the month. April 5, 12, 19 & 26 2 pm: Alien Planets Revealed Learn about planets beyond our solar system and, through the aid of animation and expert scientists, get a glimpse of creatures we might one day encounter. (Documentary, 53 min, appropriate for all audiences) 3:30 pm: Weirdest Planets With the help of a global network of telescopes known as HATNet, journey outside our solar system and discover the weirdest planets of our universe. (Documentary, 47 min, appropriate for all audiences) Saturday, April 29 1:30 pm: Alien Planet: Voyage to Darwin IV Inspired by real missions, this speculative documentary travels to Darwin IV, a fictional planet 6.5 light years from Earth, to explore what alien life possibly looks like and when we’ll find it. (Animation, 93 min, appropriate for all audiences)

May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 2 pm: Planet Saturn Come explore the many facets of Saturn from how its rings may have formed, what missions have uncovered and the many natural resources on Saturn’s moon, Titan. (Documentary, 46 min, appropriate for all audiences) 3:30 pm: Mission Juno Learn about NASA’s Juno spacecraft and its mission to unlock the secrets of Jupiter and our solar system through studying the giant’s atmosphere, magnetosphere and gravitational field. (Documentary, 64 min, appropriate for all audiences)

Saturday, May 27 1:30 pm: The Year of Pluto – New Horizons Examine NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft whose mission is to explore the Kuiper Belt, a gigantic zone of icy bodies and mysterious small objects orbiting beyond Neptune. (Documentary, 59 min, appropriate for all audiences)

June 7, 14, 21 & 28 2 pm: A Look Inside Black Holes Astronomers reveal the techniques and technology used to capture the details and wonder of Nebulas, amazing regions of space where old stars die and new ones are born. (Documentary, 54 min, appropriate for all

CALENDAR LISTINGS The following events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Donations are always welcome. Sunday, April 2, 2 - 3pm Sunday Conversations in the Galleries | From Peter Hurd to Georgia O’Keeffe: The Marshalls and Winstons with Sara Woodbury, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 Planetarium Programs 2 pm – Documentary: Alien Planets Revealed | 3:30 pm – Documentary: Wierdest Planets Friday, April 7, 5:30-7 pm Roswell Artist-in-Residence Lecture and Reception with artist Jeff Krueger Saturday, April 8, 10 am - noon Second Saturday | Trees, Flowers & Cacti, Oh My! With instructor Jennifer Furman Saturday, April 29, 1:30 pm Planetarium Program | Documentary: Alien Planet: Voyage to Darwin IV Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Planetarium Programs 2 pm – Documentary: Planet Saturn | 3:30 pm – Documentary: Mission Juno Thursday, May 4, 5-8 pm Family STEAM Night with Amanda Nicholson, Curator of Education

Saturday, June 24 1:30 pm: Journey to the Edge of the Universe National Geographic presents a non-stop voyage from Earth, past the Moon and neighboring planets, out of our Solar System, and beyond to the edge of the Universe using a single, unbroken shot with CGI technology. (Documentary, 90 min, appropriate for all audiences)

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Friday, June 2, 5:30-7 pm Roswell Artist-in-Residence Lecture and Reception with artist Ben Woodeson Saturday, June 3, 2 pm International Children’s Film Series | Family Time Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, & 28 Planetarium Programs 2 pm – Documentary: A Look Inside Black Holes | 3:30 pm – Documentary: Light Speed Sunday, June 4, 2 - 3pm Sunday Conversations in the Galleries | The Art of Philanthropy: Donald B. Anderson with Sara Woodbury, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Saturday, June 10, 10 am - noon Second Saturday | Food for Thought with instructors Justin Richel & Nancy Fleming

Saturday, June 10, 2 pm International Children’s Film Series | Shine On! Friday, June 16, 5-7 pm Opening Reception | Dorothy Peterson: Painting New Mexico


3:30 pm: Light Speed Take a look at the sensational death of stars in supernova explosions and how stardust creates the building blocks of planets and life. (Documentary, 42 min, appropriate for all audiences)

Saturday, May 27, 1:30 pm Planetarium Program | Documentary: The Year of Pluto – New Horizons

Sunday, May 7, 2 - 3pm Sunday Conversations in the Galleries | Rogers Aston: Collecting the West with Brandon Strange, Preparator Saturday, May 13, 10 am - noon Second Saturday | Collage, Color, & Intent with instructors Cate Erbaugh & Shannon Rankin

Saturday, June 17, 2 pm International Children’s Film Series | Friends are Forever Saturday, June 24, 1:30 pm Planetarium Program | Documentary: Journey to the Edge of the Universe Friday-Sunday, June 30-July 2 Planetarium Laser Shows See website for details. Admission Fee.


Jeff Krueger Roswell Artist-in-Residence E X H I B I T I O N Albuquerque-based artist Jeff Krueger is an abstract social realist considering the signs and shifting codes of modernity. His works in April 8 – ceramic and on paper are studies in May 21, 2017 both private and public aesthetics Jeff Kreuger: Roswell Artistin-Residence

Marshall and Winston Gallery Lecture and Opening Reception: Friday, April 7

5:30 pm: Lecture 6-7 pm: Reception Jeff Krueger, Suite in Lemon, 2015, ceramic. Courtesy of the Artist.

and the iconographic languages in each. Krueger studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts (BFA in Ceramics in 1986), the University of New Mexico (MFA in Sculpture in 1992), and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1991). He is a nationallyexhibited artist, with exhibitions at such venues as the Drawing Center in New York City,

Body Builders and Sportsmen in Chicago, the Brewery Project in Los Angeles, the Museums of Art in Albuquerque and Juarez, Mexico. He has won numerous awards including an Arts Midwest National Endowment for the Arts Award and a Chicago Community Action Grant. He has taught or lectured in many well regarded art institutes and universities; most notably the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal Colleges of Art in London and in Copenhagen, and the University of California in Santa Barbara.

50 Years of RAiR Works from the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program Luis Jimenez, Progress Suite #IV, 1976, color lithograph on paper, 23 ½” x 36”. Acquisitions Fund and NEA, 1977.015.0004.

EXHIBITION 50 Years of RAiR: Works from the Roswell Artistin-Residence Program May 27 – September 3, 2017 Horgan and Graphics Galleries

For fifty years, the RoswellArtistin-Residence Program has empowered artists by enabling them to focus exclusively on their creative practice. Established in 1967 by oil businessman, philanthropist and artist Donald B. Anderson, the RAiR grant offers its participants “the gift of time,” providing housing, studio space, and income that gives artists the financial and personal freedom to concentrate on their art for a year. Open to all artists at any stage in their career, the grant attracts a diverse group of people who come to New Mexico to form

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a unique creative community. The result of this gift of time is a mutually-beneficial relationship for both RAiR artists and Roswell itself. Grant recipients can further their artistic development, while locals can regularly experience contemporary art from around the world. In anticipation of RAiR’s 50th anniversary celebration in October, this exhibit will introduce visitors to the RAiR program by highlighting works from its past participants. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection and spanning five decades, the selection is varied in terms of subject, medium and geography, highlighting the diversity of the program’s participants. From the animation cells of Karen Aqua to the energetic lithographs of Luis Jimenez, visitors can enjoy RAiR’s creative output while learning about this special program.


Ben Woodeson Roswell Artist-in-Residence Known for playful, precarious and sometimes dangerous sculptures, British artist Ben EXHIBITION Woodeson experiments, developing artworks Ben Woodeson: that tease and challenge. He investigates Roswell Artistthe physical and psychological qualities in-Residence of materials through a process of trial and June 3 frequent error. How can basic rules of physics July 16, 2017 be exploited to assemble simple sculptures Marshall and Winston Gallery that straddle a line between stability and instability, action and inaction? Woodeson Lecture and Opening works by testing, using himself as human Reception: litmus paper; seeking a balance point between Friday, June 2 trepidation and attraction. 5:30 pm: Lecture 6-7 pm: Reception

Ben Woodeson Bent (Stainless), 2015, found rail & salvaged stainless steel. Courtesy of the Artist.

Woodeson has exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Japan. Recent exhibitions include All Change at William Bennington Gallery (2016), The London Open at The Whitechapel Gallery (2015), Obstacle at Berloni Gallery (2015), Twelve-Fisted Boxing Caterpillar: Jack Bilbo & Ben Woodeson at England & Co (2014), Hackney Wick Takeover at the Victoria & Albert Museum (2014) and The World Turned Upside Down at The Mead Gallery (2013). His work has been reviewed or featured in a wide variety of publications including Elephant, GQ, Time Out (London), Art Monthly, Art Review, Creative Review, Der Spiegel and others. In 2014 he was joint winner of the Anthology Prize at Charlie Smith Gallery, London and in 2013 he was awarded the Theodore Randall International Chair in Sculpture Fellowship at Alfred University, NY. Born and raised in London, England, Woodeson studied at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and has taught extensively at art schools in the UK and Americas. He is the grandson of the German Jewish artist Jack Bilbo. To learn more about the artist, visit his website at

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Dorothy Peterson: Painting New Mexico Dorothy Peterson is one of Roswell’s most respected living artists and teachers. Originally from Moriarty, Peterson has been in Roswell for more than 30 years. Educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas, Permian Basin, she is a master of watercolor painting, deftly combining layers of colors and textures to create compositions that celebrate New Mexico’s unique sense of place. Drawing on art history, archaeology and personal experience, Peterson’s works celebrate the joy of creative expression. As a teacher, Peterson has dedicated herself to the creative enrichment of Roswell and its surrounding communities, offering courses at the New Mexico Military Institute, ENMU-Roswell, and RMAC itself. She has also taught in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and at Ghost Ranch. This exhibit will honor Peterson’s dedication to both her art and the New Mexico community through a selection of her work. From landscapes to still life, Peterson’s paintings span a range of subject matter, underscoring her mastery of this challenging medium. What all these works share, however, is a love for the history, geography and cultures of New Mexico.

EXHIBITION Dorothy Peterson: Painting New Mexico June 9 September 17, 2017 Spring River Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 5-7pm

Dorothy Peterson, The Landman, 2014, watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the Artist.



Work of the Quarter Reg Loving Untitled (Kuaua VI), 1985, oil on canvas. Gift of the Barbara Erdman Estate, 2016.003.0005.

The RMAC Foundation would like to thank all our guests who attended the Mystery at the Museum fundraising event on February 11th and 14th. We hope that everybody had as much fun attending as we had putting on the event. The Neverland Theatre Company put on a spectacular performance and had all guests intrigued, as they questioned the suspects. Who murdered Charity Homes? And why and how?

In this edition of the Work of the Quarter, we’d like to highlight some recent acquisitions from the Barbara Erdman Estate. A prominent Santa Fe artist and collector of contemporary art, Erdman (1936-2007) maintained close ties with artists from around the world, including several participants in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program.

The Cast of Characters:

Raised in New York, Erdman began painting during the height of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. Studying at such institutions as Cornell University and the Art Students League, Erdman was connected to many significant artists of the second half of the twentieth century, including Red Grooms, Mimi Gross, and Eva Hesse. After spending most of the 1960s and 1970s studying various artistic techniques in Europe, she settled in Santa Fe in 1977. Committed to abstraction and experimentation, Erdman created thousands of paintings, monoprints. She also supported the New Mexico art scene by actively collecting the work of its contemporary artists, many of whom participated in the Roswell Artist-in-Residency Program.

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RMAC has received the following works through the Barbara Erdman Trust: Untitled by Eugene Newman; Number 8 by Frank Ettenberg, two photographs by Ted Kuykendall, both called Untitled; a lithograph from Roy DeForest; and Untitled (Kuaua VI) by Reg Loving. Kuaua VI is currently on view in the galleries, near the Museum Store. Based in Santa Fe, Loving worked for several decades in an energetic abstract style before exploring more landscape-related themes in recent years. Kuaua VI is exemplary of Loving’s abstract work from the 1980s, with its rabbit silhouette, energetic brushstrokes, and bold color scheme. We’re honored to have these pieces join the Museum collection, and look forward to sharing them with visitors in the future. Be sure to check out Kuana VI, and stay tuned for the next Work of the Quarter!


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Harriet Heartly – Sara Woodbury Investigator – Maryl McNally Rose Prettel – Christine Powell Sue P. Cooper – Lynetta Zuber Charity Homes – Maria Alicia Balderama Arpy Emms – Nate Banks Jonah Sweeps – Will Atkinson Perry Sharp – Colin Butts Seymour Lee – Dominic Batista Ben Tameter – Will Cass We are grateful to our Sponsors that made this event possible and successful. Armstrong Energy, Bullocks Jewelry, Century 21 Home Planning, DBA Commodities, Fulkerson Plumbing, Galaxy 8, Hinkle Shanor LLP, J & L Jewelers, the Dr. William Liakos Family, Ritter & Company, Strata Production Co., The Toles Family, and Waide Irrigation.

STAFF NEWS STAFF NEWS Sara Woodbury was elected in November to the New Mexico Association of Museums (NMAM) Governing Board as Newsletter Editor for a two year term. In the previous term, Sara was the Southeast Representative from 2014-2015. And, this past October, Sara gave a paper at the Mountain Plains Museum Association’s annual conference, which was held in Oklahoma City. Her paper addressed the the dynamic holdings of the Museum’s WPA archive. Amanda Nicholson was recently the recipient of a My Sky Tonight Toolkit from My Sky Tonight: Early Childhood Pathways to Astronomy, a project of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). Recipients receive a free toolkit of hands-on astronomy activities designed for 3to 5-year-old children. The program’s goal is to provide educators with

the opportunity to learn methods of engaging young children and their families in astronomy-related activities. Amanda is also currently working with the Mountain Plains Museum Association’s Conference Planning committee by contributing to the selection of the conference theme and presenters for the association’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado, in October 2017. In addition Amanda was added to the RISD Creative Learning Center’s Advisory Council to represent RMAC and assist in providing a variety of lenses on how the Museum can best serve the students of Roswell Independent School District. In staff changes, Nicholas Frederick, who has been the Registrar at the Museum will be departing for a new position at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, where he will be Preparator. Nicholas says he is


ADVOCATE Mr. and Mrs. Donald Armstrong Mrs. Ruth Ann Calvert Ms. Marian desCognets and Mr. John Wells Mr. William Goodman Mr. and Mrs. Tony Krakauskas Mr. Richard Munoz HOUSEHOLD Mr. and Mrs. Beau Baumann Ms. Margaret Detwiler Mr. and Mrs. Jim McCoy Mr. Frank Safford Ms. Sandra Stewart


Barbara Posuniak recently joined the Museum staff as the new Store Manager.


We are pleased to acknowledge the following new and renewing members for the period of Oct 16 to Dec 15, 2016. New members are noted in bold. BUSINESS PARTNER C.E. Productions

looking forward to building again and being near family; we wish him well! RMAC is also pleased to welcome Barbara Posuniak as the Museum Store Manager. She has twenty-five years of experience teaching arts and ceramics at ENMU-R. She also studied drawing and painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Barbara arrives with great excitement about the position and she looks forward to coordinating a museum store that highlights the art, regional and historical significance represented at RMAC.

FRIEND Ms. Pam Hannon Ms. Collette Ryan Ms. Pam Stovall EDUCATOR Miss Nadia Valenzuela SENIOR Mrs. Hetty Hasekamp Ms. Laura Long Mrs. Iris Miller Dr. Ellen Moore and Dr. Ellsworth LeBeau Mrs. Karen Sims Mrs. Valarie Thomas Mrs. Pam Weems

Spring 2017

Newly available in the Museum Store is Never a Dull Moment: The Life of John Liggett Meigs (Sunstone Press), a biography of the artist by Mark S. Fuller. Stop in to the Museum Store to take a look at this book, which follows the extraordinary life of the artist John Meigs, whose work is represented in the Museum’s collections. While visiting, enjoy perusing a variety of books and prints related to RMAC’s collections and exhibitions.


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Save the Date! Opening Reception for Dorothy Peterson: Painting New Mexico, Friday, June 9, 5-7 pm, FREE.

Dorothy Peterson, Benson’s Garden (detail), watercolor on paper, 15” x 22”. Courtesy of the Artist.

2017 Roswell Museum and Art Center Spring Magazine  

Issue highlights exhibitions, museum news, and educational offerings for April through June 2017 at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

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