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Maria Chavez explains her abstract turntablism practice to students at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers.
Residency #25 artists at lunch in the Weeks House.
William Johnston photographs Eiko Otake performing in front of the Fish House.
Rodney McMillian and Ebony G Patterson discuss her installation in the Main Studio.
Fellow artists assist Adam Kuby in the installation of his Sea Level Clock in Pine Island Sound.

Rauschenberg Residency

In 2012, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation initiated a multidisciplinary residency program on the site of Rauschenberg's former home and studio in Captiva, Florida. Inspired by Rauschenberg’s experience at Black Mountain College, the residency values and supports risk-taking, experimentation and innovation.
The Rauschenberg Residency serves over 70 emerging and established artists annually through five and six-week residencies. The program advances new bodies of work, extends practices into new mediums, and serves as a research and development laboratory for performance-based projects. The 20-acre site that stretches from beach to bay stimulates cross-disciplinary collaborations, as well as engenders a focus on the conservation of a sensitive and pristine environment.


Captiva, Florida: United States

The Rauschenberg Residency is sited on 20 acres bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound on the island of Captiva in southwest Florida.


  • Residency Length: Five to six weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 10
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 70
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: n/a


  • Application type: Application not available (residency by nomination or invitation only)
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Eiko Otake, Ann Hamilton, Somi, Buster Simpson, Okwui Okpokwasili, Charles Atlas, Meleko Mokgosi, Jane Hirshfield, Sussan Deyhim, Stephen Vitiello, Wally Cardona, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Laurie Anderson, Dinh Q. Lê, Anne Bogart, Ralph Lemon, Helen Molesworth, Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick, Will Cotton, Sopheap Pich, İnci Eviner, Ty Defoe, Douglas Dunn, Rodney McMillian, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Will Rawls, Gretel Ehrlich, Maria Hassabi, Pamela Z
The residency is a living ecology emulating directly from Robert Rauschenberg's work/life ... I had the privilege to witness how the Residency/Foundation maintained an openness and, in response, implemented sustainable, ethical, and inspiring practices. This ability to be ‘in movement’ with an unknowing and curious mind is a testament not only to Bob but to those who carry his life forward.
— Lin Hixson, director of performance, AIR November-December 2016
I wasn’t aware of the richness of wildlife on the island. The environment felt animated and alive—tree trunks looked like they were in yoga positions, palms moved in the wind like waving hands, storms seemed to be performing across the horizon. And it wasn’t just visual: the sounds, smells and even tastes made me feel more alive and connected to the environment.
— Josephine Halvorson, visual artist, AIR August 2016

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    One of our four residences is wheelchair accessible, with an additional bedroom for a companion, if desired. Accessible studios include the Main Studio (with an elevator) and three ground-floor studios. The communal dining house is accessible. Golf carts are available, if desired, and we can assist with the rental of a power chair that can maneuver the ground shell and packed dirt paths that connect the buildings. Trained Service Animals are welcome.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Film / Digital editing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

Stipend, Transportation, Meals, Housing, Studio Space, Equipment, Staff Resources

Additional expectations / opportunities

Community outreach opportunities are initiated by the artists and facilitated by staff. The artists may choose to host an Open Studio at the end of the residency, open to the public.

Contact Information

PO Box 54
Captiva , Florida 33924
United States