Convergence is a unique collaboration between the RMAC and Roswell Independent School District to bring two professional artists into the classroom for a full semester, while linking students with the Museum. Art students from Roswell and Goddard High Schools are participating in an eighteen-week project that culminates in the creation of a mixed media installation at the Museum. Student-artist teams will consider the term “convergence” as a unifying factor in the conceptual development of the installation, and an overarching goal of “coming together”—a confluence of people, ideas, and tangible art objects. In conjunction with New Mexico’s Centennial year, students will also examine the past and envision the future. Laurie Rufe stated, “Through this participatory process, we hope to build bridges into the community, push the envelope of the traditional museum student exhibition, and broaden artistic horizons in young people.”
Mixed media artists Nancy Fleming and Corwin Levi are working with art instructors Jennifer Furman (Roswell High) and Joseph Lopez (Goddard High). Jointly, they bring a diversity of art concepts and principles to the students. Funding for this project has been generously provided by The Kerr Foundation, Inc., Pioneer Bank, and the City of Roswell.