Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

Roswell, New Mexico

Photo by Stephen Fleming

Photo by Stephen Fleming

About the RAiR Program

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’s interest is in strengthening the vitality of the visual art in New Mexico and has been a catalyst in broadening community understanding of contemporary art for over fifty years.

Debra Smith  (RAiR 2009-10)

Debra Smith (RAiR 2009-10)

Jo Ann Jones (RAiR 2003-04)

Jo Ann Jones (RAiR 2003-04)


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.

If you have read the FAQ’s page but still have specific questions about the residency you may email

Call for applications are now CLOSED

Check back in early 2020 for the next deadline

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.

The RAiR Program is funded in part by National Endowment for the Arts, the Hammersley Foundation and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. The Roswell-Artist-in-Residence Program is a Member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.