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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1967 to provide professional studio artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a period of one year. This "gift of time" allow artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals. The Artist-in-Residence Program serves as a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional arts of the Southwest, reinforces the Program's interest in strengthening the vitality of art in New Mexico and has been a catalyst in broadening community understanding of modern art.

In-residence grants are offered to artists involved with painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking and other studio-based art making. Grants are not made in the disciplines of performance art or production crafts.

The studios are large, open spaces that measure approximately 25'x20'x10'. These areas are natural and florescent lighted and convertible to the artist's requirements within reason. The printmaking facility is a small, fully operational studio - basically lithographic/etching in nature.

Artists stay in a complex of six house/studios with central buildings (print, media, shop and common areas) and located on 40 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 fully furnished with major furniture items, appliances and utensils.

Because of the close proximity of the buildings and constant interaction of the residents, no dogs are allowed at the residency.

A stipend, or living allowance, of $800 per month is offered, along with $100 per month for every dependent living with the grantee. The Program will not be responsible for prior debt (or that incurred while under grant) or medical expenses. The cost of art materials will be borne by the grantee.

Since time is the primary gift of the RAIR Program, artists who apply for a RAIR Fellowship should do so with the intention of living at the residency for a full year. Artists not able to spend a full 12 months in residence should not apply. Artists with family members not interested in relocating for the residency should carefully consider their decision to apply. Resident artists are, of course, free to travel for sightseeing and for career related reasons during their residency. Again, the close proximity of the buildings and the setting of the residency necessitate a policy of no dogs, and artists with dogs should seriously consider what arrangements they will make for their dog(s) before they begin the application process.

Applications are for residencies that will begin approximately four, to as much as twelve months after the application deadline.
Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

Roswell (pop. 50,000) is a high plains community (3,560 ft. elevation) and the economic hub of rural southeastern New Mexico. It is roughly 200 miles from the nearest large city, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The economy is based on agriculture, ranching, oil and gas, light manufacturing and tourism. Public transportation is limited and some form of personal transportation is strongly advised.

Transportation to and from Roswell is possible by bus or commuter airlines service. Local and regional attractions include the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge, Bottomless Lakes State Park, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands National Monument, and the Ski Apache ski area.

Contact info
Telephone: +1 (575) 623-5600
Fax: +1 (575) 623- 5603

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