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Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individual Artists
for a Residency Program in Roswell, New Mexico

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/01/18 10:00 PM MDT


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Grants starting at $800 per month to USA, Canada, and International professional artists who are 21 years of age or older to participate in a year-long artist residency program in Roswell, New Mexico. Applications are accepted from artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation, and other fine art media.

For over forty five years the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program has provided talented artists a long-term opportunity to free themselves from the entanglements of their jobs, careers and other responsibilities, to focus on their creative imaginations. Roswell is remotely located, away from the trends and noise of the cultural capitals and provides the artist an opportunity to look inwardly, over an entire year, at the sources of their vision and the reach of their talent. The Roswell Residency is not project based nor is it directed by the issues of any moment in the world of art ideas.

The Program is solely dedicated to the development of the individual artist. Production of artwork is seen as a byproduct of creative introspection, not as an end in itself. Nor is there any effort on the part of the Program to enforce interaction among the artists through predetermined activities or requirements. The goal of the Program is to be as free of institutional rigmarole as humanly 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 and it is hoped, a stronger connection to the sources of their personal vision.

Housing Accommodations and Studio Facilities:

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, and wireless Internet costs are covered by the Program. Houses are fully furnished with major furniture items, appliances and utensils. 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. 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. Thanks to a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, families with children will receive an additional $100 per child.

A generous materials stipend is also available through a grant by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150655

Estimated Size of Grant:

Stipend is $800 per month, along with $100 per month for every dependent living with the grantee. Thanks to a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, families with children will receive an additional $100 per child.

Term of Contract:

The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program is for a period of one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Artists not able to spend a full 12 months in residence should not apply.

The RAiR Program will not be responsible for prior debt (or that incurred while under grant) or medical expenses. The cost of art materials and travel will be responsibility of the grantee.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted starting March 1, 2018, until the deadline. Postmark and e-mail deadline is 10 p.m. MDT (mountain daylight time), June 1, 2018.

The Foundation does not accept applications on an ongoing basis. Current application is for residencies available as early as December 2018 and as late as October of 2019.

Online or Email Procedure:
- Save the application to the computer first and re-name it.
- Email the completed application which includes the statement of intent and image information sheet - and 20 images of the applicant's artwork in groups of 5 (see specifications on the application form).
- Follow the PayPal link to pay application fee OR mail check (see specifications on the form) to arrive before deadline.

Snail Mail Procedure:
Mail the completed application form, the statement of intent, image information sheet, 20 images (on CD or DVD), and check or money order to the Foundation.

Artists considering applying to the RAiR Program should think carefully about what is actually involved in a year-long residency.

Applicants should not apply if:
- The applicant will have a number of exhibitions opening during the period of his or her residency.
- The applicant finds the idea of the residency a flattering notion.
- The applicant's spouse or partner is not committed to the residency.
- The applicant has unusual heath issues or heavy debt.
- The applicant is uncomfortable living alone or often finds his or herself at odds with his or her neighbors or colleagues.
- If the applicant has no means transportation.
- The applicant cannot live without his or her dog for a whole year.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mail the completed application and check or money order to:

RAiR Foundation
409 E. College Blvd.
Roswell, NM 88201.

Applicants with specific questions can call (575) 623-5600 weekdays or e-mail questions to

Stephen Fleming, RAIR Program Director
575 622 6037

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.