For over forty years the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program has provided talented artists a year-long opportunity to focus on their creative work. The Roswell Residency is not project-based nor is it directed by the issues of any moment in the world of art ideas providing the artist an opportunity to look inwardly.
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 generally invites fellows to exhibit their work toward the end of their stay, however, this opportunity is optional.
Offered by the residency:
- 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 8 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 compound also has specialty workshops: printmaking studio (stone litho/etching), digital media room, woodshop, welding shop, and ceramics studio. Residents have full use of these facilities and are expected to help maintain them.
- A stipend of $1100 per month is offered along with $100 for a spouse/partner living with the grantee. An additional $100 stipend for each child living with the grantee is provided by the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
- An additional stipend of $250 per month for artists’ materials has been generously provided by the Fredrick Hammersley Foundation.