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 early years at Black Mountain College where an artistic community brought out elements central to his art: exploration and collaboration, the residency advances new work, extends practices into diverse mediums, and serves as a research and development lab. It fosters the ideal that artistic practice advances mutual understanding.
The Rauschenberg Residency serves over ~100 emerging and established artists + scholars annually through five-week residencies. The 20-acre site that spans the island from the Gulf of Mexico to Pine Island Sound stimulates cross-disciplinary collaborations, as well as engenders a focus on the conservation of a sensitive and pristine environment and integration with local surroundings. The residency supports risk-taking, experimentation and innovation.
Although there are few expectations or requirements, the Rauschenberg Residency aspires to nurture and support the creative spirit, which can be realized only in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. The Foundation has a zero tolerance discrimination policy and is deeply committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and equal opportunity for all persons.
PO Box 54
Captiva , FL 33924
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
We provide a full-campus and local community accessibility guide available as a word document or pdf, or viewable on our Orientation Guide website (password protected).
All but one shared building are accessible accessible. Most pathways are accessible. Golf carts are available. The main communal spaces - dining room, commons area - communal studios - public event space - are ADA Compliant.
The Fish House, which is a communal space, on the bay, is not accessible. In inclement weather (a lot of rain) some of the pathways may be challenging to navigate.
Housing & Accomodation
The main communal spaces - dining room, commons area - communal studios - public event space - are ADA Compliant. There is one small house that can be used by any artist that is not accessible.
Studio & Facilities
Studios are private, and communal. Some studios are dedicated to certain disciplines and others are flexible. Most of the equipment is in communal spaces.