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 Programs 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.
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.
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.