Application Info 

faqs and important information about the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program


Important information

Because ours is a twelve month residency and our artists arrive at different times throughout the year, our annual application deadline date varies from year to year.

This means that we do not have a fixed deadline. We do not accept applications on an ongoing basis.

Call for applications are now CLOSED

Check back in early 2020 for the next deadline

For over forty years the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program has provided talented artists a long-term opportunity to free themselves from the entanglements of their jobs, careers and other responsibilities, to focus on their creative imaginations. Roswell is remotely located and provides the artist an opportunity to look inwardly, over an entire year. The Roswell Residency is not project based nor is it directed by the issues of any moment in the world of art ideas.

The Program is solely dedicated to the development of the individual artist. The goal of the Program is to be as free of institutional rigmarole as possible. As a consequence, the usual apparatus of prestige, status and reputation are ignored.

While the artists that receive the RAiR Fellowship enjoy a reasonable standard of living, most will have to make personal sacrifices to participate. The RAiR Program appreciates that the time, distance and isolation can come at a cost. Those artists who do immerse themselves, undertake a long process of personal discovery.

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. Informal studio visits are occasionally conducted for visiting collectors, dealers or museum staff, but an artist may decline to participate.

The Roswell Museum and Art Center generally invites new fellows to exhibit their work toward the end of their stay. However, this opportunity is optional. Upon acceptance into the program, artists should indicate whether they would like to be scheduled for an exhibition and lecture.

Artists considering applying to the RAiR Program should think carefully about what is actually involved in a year-long residency. Please do not apply if - 

1) You have or expect to have numerous or time consuming commitments outside of Roswell during the next year. We support our artists in efforts to develop professionally but we ask that you do not attend other residencies, live part time elsewhere of be gone more than five weeks total during the year. While we have no specific expectations of an artists social activities in Roswell, being present on the compound is a requirement. Exceptions are made from time to time but artists are expected to let RAiR know ahead of time of their plans to be absent.

2) Your spouse or partner is not committed to the residency. The residency is located on the outskirts of a town of 50,000 people. There are few employment opportunities. While the Roswell area has some decent schools, no special or 'outstanding' private schooling is available in this part of rural New Mexico. 

3) You have unusual health issues or heavy debt. Our goal is to support the artists' creative process over a period of time. If you have other serious outside concerns a year in Roswell, due to its isolation and relatively low level of financial support, can become an obstacle to dealing with other circumstances.

4) You are uncomfortable living alone or often find yourself at odds with your neighbors or colleagues. The residency is small. As few as five other artists might share the residency with you at one time. For some artists, but not all, this is an ideal situation.  

5) If you have no means transportation. While the residency itself is essentially self contained, the facility is three miles from the nearest retailers. In the past some residents have managed with only a bicycle but keep in mind that this is the American West and conditions vary considerably. A drivers license and an automobile are generally considered essential to everyday living. Additionally, numerous destinations of interest can only be accessed by car. 



Q: How long after the application deadline will my residency begin? 

A: Successful applicants can expect to have their residency begin anywhere from three months to as long as one year from the notification date. Our residencies float on an open calendar in part to keep the residents exhibitions toward the end of fellows residencies. Every residency begins the day the artist arrives. The RAiR Program works to meet the needs of the new residents, but no system can perfectly fit every artist's plans.

Q: Should couples apply as a couple, a team or as two individuals ?

A: It is not recommended that artists who maintain individual practices apply together. If you work more often as a collaborative team then apply as a team (one application with one fee). If the team application is selected by our jury, you would both receive credit for the residency but your stipend would be a total of $900 per month ($800 + $100). If you work primarily as individuals then apply separately. If only one artist is selected then you can both come and since there are two extra studios, each of you will likely have your own studio. In the extremely rare case that both artists in a couple are selected in the same year, they would share one house, have first dibs on the extra studio and receive two $800 per month stipends.

Q: We have children, are there schools near the residency?

A: Yes, basic New Mexico public schools and a few pre-schools. There are also a few church and military schools.

Q: Can I bring my cat?

A: Yes, but you may want to keep it indoors as we have a large array of predators, including coyotes, around.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

Dogs have not been allowed on the residency for decades but, we are experimenting with allowing one house of the six to be a designated dog residence for the 2019/2020 season. Your dog should be extremely well trained and house broken as we have no fences- animals are not to be chained outside under any circumstances. A dog deposit of $500 will be withheld in increments from your stipend and returned at the end of your residency after a satisfactory house inspection by the director and board members. These measures may seem extreme but they are an attempt to get well behaved canines back on the compound. If you wish to be considered for the “dog house” check the box on your Submittable form.

Q: What kinds of organic foods are available in your area?

A: A modest but growing selection of organic produce is available at local (national chain) grocery stores.

Q: Can I grow my own?

A: Not really, because residents are here for one year only and we pay double the standard Roswell rate for incredibly hard water and we are in drought conditions with temperatures reaching 105 we strongly discourage residents from gardening. A potted tomato and a couple herbs on the porch are more appropriate for the residency.

Q: Is there internet access?

A: Yes, we provide wireless internet on the residency but it's sketchy and prone to be slow or to drop signals. Those of you dependent on high speed connections may need to subscribe to the local cable company for your own dedicated service.

Q: Should I bring my furniture?

A: As a general rule, no. The houses are fully furnished. However, please bring your own towels, blankets, sheets, and pillows. If you have a favorite coffee maker or waffle iron, you are welcome to bring them. You should also bring as much of your own studio equipment as you can; within reason.

Q: Do you accept international applications?

A: Yes, we accept applications from outside the US and support the visa process. We can make no guarantees about the success of any visa application.


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