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The Roswell Museum and Art Center’s permanent collection is comprised of fine art and historical materials that chronicle specific areas of cultural change in the Southwest while recognizing this region’s relationship to the broader American society.
 
ART COLLECTION
This collection contains significant examples of historic, regional, modern, and contemporary art. Highlights include:
 

  • A magnificent collection of 71 watercolor sketches by Peter Moran from the 1880s that record Pueblo Indian life.

  • Outstanding early modernist works from the Santa Fe and Taos art colonies including works by Jozef Bakos, Ernest Blumenschein, Andrew Dasburg, Stuart Davis, Fremont Ellis, Marsden Hartley, William Penhallow Henderson, Robert Henri, Victor Higgins, Raymond Jonson, John Marin, Walter Mruk, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Will Shuster, among others.

  • The largest and most significant public collection of the important regionalists Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd who celebrated the landscape and traditions of southeastern New Mexico’s Hondo Valley.

  • The largest public collection of works by Taos artist and WPA muralist Howard Cook.

  • Contemporary fine arts from significant artists of the region—Harmony Hammond, Bob Hazous, Ken Little, William Lumpkins, Agnes Martin, and Jim Waid—as well as the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program—Stuart Arends, Robert Colescott, Luis Jimenez, Willard Midgette, David Reed, Milton Resnick and Elmer Schooley.

  • An international print collection that dates from the 16th century to present and includes works by Salvador Dali, Eugene Delacroix, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Georges Roualt, and Fritz Scholder.

  • The Portfolio of Spanish Colonial Design, a prized collection of woodblock prints produced by E. Boyd for the Federal Arts Project as New Mexico’s contribution to the Index of American Design.

Peter Moran, Pueblo, Santa Domingo, c. 1880s, graphite and opaque watercolor on paper

Agnes Martin, The Bluebird, 1954, oil on canvas.

Agnes Martin, The Bluebird, 1954, oil on canvas.

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Peter Moran, Pueblo, Santa Domingo, c. 1880s, graphite and opaque watercolor on paper.

Agnes Martin, The Bluebird, 1954, oil on canvas.

Luis Jimenez, The Rose Tattoo, 1983, color lithograph and glitter on paper.

 
decorative arts collection
This collection contains unique examples of hand-crafted furniture and decorative objects that were the original furnishings of the Museum when it opened in 1937, primarily made by WPA-era Hispanic craftsmen for the Federal Art Project.