Mikayla Patton, Visitation (detail), 2021, handmade paper, acrylic, porcupine quills, deer lace, pigment.

Museum Message

Greetings! You'll be seeing a few new faces around the museum in the coming months, myself included. My name is Rachelle Diaz and I have recently joined the Roswell Museum and Art Center as Public Programs Manager. I'm excited to bring a 20-year background in marketing and cultural event production to the team.

We have some great events coming up for creatives of all kinds plus our new Planetarium schedule for October. And don't forget, you only have a few more days to view Visitation, new work by RAiR artist Mikayla Patton.

Finally, on behalf of all of us at the museum, I wanted to extend sincere gratitude to all who attended our Fiesta on the Patio fundraiser on September 24. Thanks to your generosity, the evening was a tremendous success! For those who missed out on this fun-filled affair, we have our Holiday Artisan Market coming up in December. Stay tuned for announcements about the VIP Preview Party, Silent Auction event and more. 

Yours in creativity,


Public Programs Manager

Second Saturday

Chalk The Walk!

Saturday, October 9
8am - 2pm
Competition: $10 individual | $20 team

Create a sidewalk full of color in this popular event held outside the Roswell Museum and Art Center! Participating artists may register as an individual or team in the adult (16+) or youth (15 and under) categories. Drawing will take place 8am-1pm with awards announced at 2pm. Supplies are included in the registration fee and need-based scholarships are available. A free, non-competitive, all ages drawing area will also be available. Second Saturday teaching artists will be on hand to help budding artists with ideas and techniques.

Other activities include a free Planetarium screening at 11am and free museum admission to Roswell residents all day.
Register Online
Participants can also register in person at the museum during open hours or by phone at 575-624-6744. Day-of registration may be available if space allows.

Holiday Artisan Market: Call For Entries

Join us for a festive shopping event

Open to NM, TX, CO and AZ residents
$35 application fee
Deadline Monday, October 18
Market runs December 3-18

The Roswell Museum and the RMAC Foundation, in partnership with the Pecos Valley Potters Guild invite artists, artisans, contemporary craftspeople and makers to apply to be a part of the first annual Roswell Museum Holiday Artisan Market. The Market is a juried art exhibition and sale to be held at the Roswell Museum showcasing more than 40 artists, artisans and makers from around the region. Works will be arranged exhibition style with multiple items by each participating artist on display in a gallery with a corresponding label about their background. The event will run December 3-18 with a festive opening night reception.

Learn More and Apply Online

Sketch Hike Two-Day Drawing Workshop

Connect with nature and explore your creativity

Saturday, October 16, 9am - 12 noon and Sunday, October 17, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Ages 16+ | All skill levels welcome
$90 Members | $105 Non-Members

Bring a sketchbook and your choice of portable drawing materials (pencils, erasers, portable watercolor set, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, etc.) and meet at Bottomless Lakes State Park to do quick drawings on the first day. On the following day, meet at the Museum to develop and further interpret your sketch ideas into finished drawings. 

Instructor Cate Erbaugh is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Art and Design, and drew for physicians, biologists, publishers, and national parks nationally and internationally. She is currently a volunteer at Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge where she uses her extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna. 

Register Online
If you are a member registering online for the first time with our online platform, please call the front desk at 575-624-6744 after creating your online account. This will allow us to tag your account as a member and make the class discount available to you.

You may also register in person at the museum during open hours or by phone at 575-624-6744.

Goddard Planetarium

October Films and Showtimes

What keeps galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the universe? What makes the universe look the way it looks today? Approximately a quarter of the universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made of.

Tuesday - Saturday Screenings
1pm: The Dark Matter Mystery: Exploring a Cosmic Secret
3pm: Sentient
5pm: Universe

Special Screenings
Fridays at 7pm and Second Saturday at 11am: We Are Stars 

Visit our website to view the full show descriptions. Admission is free for members! The Planetarium is closed Sunday - Monday.

Sunday Afternoon Yoga 

Start your week off right

October 3 and 17 | November 7 and 21 | December 5 and 19
All sessions 2-3pm
Members free | Non-members $5 at the door

Come by RMAC for an all-levels gentle yoga session in the galleries. Sessions are taught by 200-hour certified instructor Alice Buck.

Upcoming Exhibition

Work by RAiR artist Terri Rolland

October 23, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Artist Lecture: Friday, October 22, 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 6-7pm

Terri Rolland’s paintings are rooted in the energy of the earthly world. She is concerned with the places where land and sky meet, and the color, temperature and vibration found there. Visual meets perceptual: time of day, light, heat, wind, moisture, silence, smells and sounds are as important as what is seen and considered known. Accordingly, she reduces a painting to its three most elemental colors and shapes to best honor the essence of a place in time, pared down to a relationship and vibration that is material and subtle. Those three elements create an energetic resonance, not unlike what a musical chord creates. Rolland uses a process of layering several thin coats of clay paint to create a matte luminosity of surface and color that is both active and still. The colors exemplify energy and life forces. The shapes ground us, and slightly identify where we are without too much fuss. The works have a gravity of purpose but also possess a playful simplicity. Rolland believes that abstraction allows nonsense and transcendence to live rightfully together in a painting, as it does in the off-kilter world we inhabit.

Current Exhibitions

Work by RAiR artist Mikayla Patton
On view through October 10, 2021
Gestures and Geometry: Abstract Paintings and Prints by Phillis Ideal
On view through November 21, 2021
Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue - The Daniel E. Prall Collection
On view through November 21, 2021
Exhibition on loan from the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
A Lucky Escape: The Wild World of William Goodman
On view through January 2, 2022

Store Highlight

Día de los Muertos

Love folk art? Come see the colorful selection of handmade and carved figures available at the museum store.


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Roswell, NM 88201
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