The Roswell Artist-in-Residence facilities and accommodations at Howard Cook Road



Artists are housed in a complex of six houses and ten studios located on 40 acres of land, surrounded by alfalfa farms. Each artist is provided with a house that can amply accommodate either a single person or a family. Because the "Gift of Time" was conceived as a family program, children are welcome. All living facilities are separate, fully furnished three bedroom houses with an attached studio.

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Photo by  Shanti Grumbine  (RAIR 2016-17)

Photo by Shanti Grumbine (RAIR 2016-17)

Front door and studio entrance to the left.

Front door and studio entrance to the left.

View of dining room / living room and back door to the patio.

View of dining room / living room and back door to the patio.


The facilities of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program are simple and free of frills.  They were conceived to be practical, functional and basic. All units are fitted with basic furnishings except bedding. The RAiR compound is made up of house / studio combinations. The main room is a living room, dining room, and kitchen combination. Kitchens are fully equipped. Furnishings are basic. Since artists stay for one year they usually bring some of their own household belongings. Bathrooms include washer and dryer. Bedrooms are simply furnished, utilitarian. The third bedroom can be used as small office with a desk and high speed internet connection. Studios are 30 feet by 20 feet with hot and cold sink, natural, LED track lighting and florescent light. 

Miranda Howe  (RAIR 2013-14)

Miranda Howe (RAIR 2013-14)

Michael Beitz  (RAIR 2004-05 and 2014-15)

Michael Beitz (RAIR 2004-05 and 2014-15)

The RAiR Program is not an equipment based residency, but there are additional spaces and some useful pieces of equipment available for artists to use. Like the residency itself, the equipment is modest and basic.  Since artists stay at the residency for a full year, most artists bring their most important tools with them.

Ceramic Studio

A small workspace equipped with various electric kilns. PLEASE NOTE: The program expects anyone using the Ceramic Studio to have the skills and knowledge of their use before they begin using the studio. There are no craft technicians available to solve problems that may emerge. We depend on the knowledge base of our residents to maintain the equipment.


Printmaking Studio

A small workspace focused on etching and litho. Printmaking equipment includes two very old presses and various other equipment. PLEASE NOTE: The printmaking facilities are meant to be used by professional printmakers. We are starting a process where professional printers from the Tamarind institute will come to the shop to help artists make prints once a year but Artists who would like to experiment in the print shop should consult the director.


Media Room

A large studio devoted to computer based activities with a computer, small printer, large format printer and various lamps for photography, etc.


Wood shop

A large, open workspace equipped with all of the basic wood working machines. Shop tools includes a drill press, table saw, chop saw, band saw, and surface planer, upright sander. We also have an arc welder, mig welder, plasma cutter, oxy acetylene torch and blasting cabinet. All basic hand and power tools and some pneumatic stone carving tools are also present. PLEASE NOTE: It is understood that the artists on the grant bring with them the necessary skills and knowledge to employ and maintain these tools, if you do not have these skills we can put you in touch with local crafts people who can do the work. The RAIR Program does not provide instruction or assistance to the artists using the equipment.

Andy Arkley  (Spouse of RAIR  Julie Alpert  2017-18)

Andy Arkley (Spouse of RAIR Julie Alpert 2017-18)

Winter view from the tower. Photo by Stephen Fleming

Winter view from the tower. Photo by Stephen Fleming

If you have read the FAQ’s page but still have specific questions about the residency you may email application@rair.org