Artist Residency
4 March–5 April 2019

Deborah Roberts

Rauschenberg Residency at Captiva, Florida, USA

Established as a farming island and fishing community in the early 1900s, by the mid century Captiva had become known as a tropical paradise, attracting artists, conservationists, and even U.S. presidents. Searching for a home outside New York City, Rauschenberg discovered the island in the 1960s, moving there permanently in 1970. Gradually acquiring adjacent residences over ten years, Rauchenberg built a large complex on Captiva, which would become his home and primary workplace until his death in 2008.

In 2012, the inauguration of the Rauschenberg Residency saw the studios, houses, and property functioning together as a vibrant creative centre. Established as one of the foundation's major strategic initiatives, the residency program serves more than seventy artists annually. The site includes the main studio for visual and performing arts, a dance studio, a writing cottage, three multipurpose studios, a communal dining space, an historical Fish House on stilts, and four houses that can accommodate a total of ten artists. The harmonious juxtaposition of natural landscape, modern and adaptable studios, and comfortable housing provides a perfect backdrop for the artistic process.


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