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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation | Rauschenberg Residency

The Rauschenberg Residency, an interdisciplinary artists' residency program based on Robert Rauschenberg's belief that "Art Can Change the World," nurtures and facilitates experimentation, collaboration and innovation. From Rauschenberg's experience at Black Mountain College and his belief in taking art across international borders to affect positive social change, the Rauschenberg Residency focuses on bringing together artists and scholars of exceptional talent and promise to make art, experiment, exchange ideas and advance mutual understanding. Sited on the grounds of Rauschenberg's former home and studio in Captiva, Florida, the Residency maintains a commitment to the preservation of the land and its history and to the stewardship of the natural environment.

Availability: Residencies are scheduled September through July (the property is closed in August).

Location: The residency is located on Robert Rauschenberg's 20-acre estate on Captiva Island, Florida.

Average # of artists in-residence at a time: 9

Housing: Shared housing with private bedroom and bathroom.

Studios + other facilities: Shared and private studios. Equipment/facilities include: B&W darkroom, Epson large format printer, screen printing press, etching press, Boston grand piano (Steinway), kiln, sound studio, equipment for welding and woodworking. See full equipment list here.

Accessibility: Housing and grounds are wheelchair-accessible.The accessible studios are the main studio (2-stories, with an elevator), the Bay Studio (ground floor), the Beach Studio (ground floor) or the Print Shop (one floor). The Dance Studio and 2 of the 4 residencies are not accessible. One house has been remodeled with a wheelchair in mind – it includes a large bedroom with a separate accessible bathroom with shower. The path to the dining hall is crushed shell, and potentially difficult for a wheelchair to traverse. The beach is easily accessible, 2 access roads are nearby, and a wheelchair that rolls on the beach could be obtained. Staff members are available to assist with packing and loading of artist’s supplies/equipment. Town is small and contained and can be reached by wheelchair, or a golf cart. The nearest medical facilities are 45-60 minutes away. 

Meals: Weekday lunches and 4 weekly dinners are prepared by Chef; food provided in communal kitchen for all other meals.

Presenting opportunities + public engagement: The Rauschenberg Residency holds an Open Studio for the public at the end of the residency; participation is optional. Outreaches to nearby educational/cultural centers are arranged at the artist's request.

Other services: Transportation to/from Ft. Myers airport through Sanibel Taxi; stipend provided to cover art materials, shipping, and other discretionary needs.

More information: