Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Billy Klüver and Robert Rauschenberg working on “Oracle (1962-65)” in
       Rauschenberg's studio, late 1964-early 1965.

       Photographer unknown, Courtesy Experiments in Art and Technology. All rights

Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grants


Please note that the foundation is not accepting unsolicited inquiries or proposals at this time.

The foundation is currently updating its grant-program guidelines, and we plan to have new ones available in fall 2014. For more information, visit How to Apply and FAQs, and join our mailing list to receive updates on the guidelines as well as our new website, launching in September 2014.


In 2012, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation piloted the Artistic Innovation and Collaboration (AIC) grants program to support projects in which a visual artist, in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg, collaborated with one or more artists in any discipline to make a new work, mounted a multistage artistic exploration, or advanced a new artistic form. Grantees were small- and mid-size cultural organizations with a strong track record of creative risk-taking, experimentation, and identifying emergent talent. Grants ranged from $25,000 to $150,000 over a period of one to three years.


1. Center for Women & their Work , Austin, TX
Thirst is an installation in honor of the 300 million trees lost in the recent Texas drought. A collaboration between Beili Liu, Norma Yancey, Emily Little, Cassie Bergstrom, ASLA, dwg. urban landscape architecture, Thirst memorializes loss and makes visible the devastating impacts of a changing climate. Sited on Lady Bird Johnson Lake that is the physical and spiritual heart of Austin, Thirst manifests the urgency and severity of the water crisis.

2. FreewavesLos Angeles
Freewaves will expand its Los Angeles city-wide pilot called OUT THE WINDOW that brought collaborative video projects to the inside of city buses. Targeted at a deserving population, these artistic explorations will center on the themes of empowerment, justice, human rights, environment and health. Videos, partners, and process information are available at Artists include Mel Chin, Yoshua Okon, John Jota Leanos, Ann Kaneko, Poli Marichal and Fernando Castroman, and Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo. 

3. Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND)Los Angeles
A cross-country billboard project conceived and initiated by artist Zoe Crosher in collaboration with other artists including Eve Fowler, Bobbi Woods, and Mario Ybarra Jr. The billboards will be thematically linked and activated through various events and social media outlets for dialogue and interaction among varied audiences. 

4. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Detroit
Underwriting the community connection and collaborative artist-led programming surrounding Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead installation at the museum. As a sculpture and as a platform, Mobile Homestead fits the museum's vision to develop education and public-engagement programs that are truly progressive, and which foregrounds artist-led initiatives and privileges community involvement.

5. Real Art Ways , Hartford, CT
Support for Reaction Bubble, where collaboration extends from the artists to audience involvement. Artist duo LoVid, as well as Matthew Towers and Deborah Goffe, will build off of each other's explorations in electronics, ceramics, and dance to create immersive environments and experiences. This project is designed to be toured in other cities.

6. School 33 Art Center, Baltimore
This organization is assisting in the renewal of a neighborhood in Baltimore. The grant will fund four collaborative projects within a two-year cycle to permanently transform unused spaces in a renovated 1890 schoolhouse into viable sites for ongoing artistic activity and community outreach. Artists include Kathryn Bell, Linda DePalma, Brendan J. Hughes, Melissa Webb, Jonathan Latiano, and Jennifer Strunge.

7. SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe 
Supporting an exhibition entitled Unsuspected Possibilities, featuring artists Sarah Oppenheimer, Marie Watt and Leonardo Drew. The artists will create new installations that are not only site-specific, but also responsive to each other. Pushing the boundaries of their practices, these artists will work together to create a group exhibition conceived from the start as a phenomenological unit and will extend the collaboration to local external partners. This experimental situation will challenge curatorial conventions, in keeping SITE's tradition of producing new commissions and exploring new directions in exhibition design and curatorial methods.

8. SPACES, Cleveland
Support for a multi-stage project called Tag, where artists build off of one another's creations, separately, over time. This piece tests the definition of collaboration and involves the audience through online streaming of its evolution. Artists Reed Anderson, Kevin Jerome Everson, Jess Hirsch and Thu Tran will create work in adjacent galleries, and then switch four times. 

9. Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York
Funding for three unique collaborative projects over three years that pair artists and architects at this small break-out organization: Jimenez Lai and Grayson Cox will design and construct a multifunctional table the exact size of Storefront that will move around New York and the globe to host lectures, dinners and workshops; Jane Winderen and Marc Fornes will create an urban sound-hall installation for the presentation of unheard oceanographic sounds; and Skylar Tibbits and Lucy McRae will collaborate to create experimental wearable architectural prototypes based on how bodies move, breath, and interact in the contemporary city.


About the Artistic Innovation and Collaboration program
The goal of the Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grants program is to provide support for innovative projects in which a visual artist, in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg, collaborates with one or more artists in any discipline to make a new work, mount a multistage artistic exploration, or advance a new artistic form. Grantees are small and mid-sized cultural organizations with a strong track record of creative risk-taking, experimentation and identifying emergent talent, for whom the foundation's grant will be significant in enabling them to achieve their artistic goals and leverage other resources.

Grants are generally in the range of $25,000 to $150,000 and can be given over a period of one to three years. It is our hope that these creative initiatives will open the doors to new ideas that people may not understand now but which will become increasingly the future.

The foundation is no longer accepting Statements of Interest for the 2013 award year. Please check back for updates in the months ahead.



Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
To support Carbon 13, a multidisciplinary artistic investigation of issues related to climate change. Artist and project director David Buckland will work with participating artists Heather Ackroyd, Amy Balkin, Erika Blumenfeld, Antony Gormley, Dan Harvey and Cynthia Hopkins on developing new works, and these works will be presented in an exhibition in conjunction with public programs as part of The Marfa Dialogues.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
To support Carver Bank, a project to design and develop a new cultural space and a residency program for local artists in North Omaha, the poorest community in the city. The project will be led by artist Theaster Gates and the Bemis Center and engage local artists and community members in strengthening North Omaha as a creative place.

The Drawing Center, New York
To support the commission of three new multidisciplinary works that illuminate links between drawing and the performing arts. The works will be showcased as part of the center's Performance Series and staged in its newly renovated galleries. Artists include Susan Hefuna, Luca Veggetti and Morphoses, Rashaad Newsome, and Suzanne Lacy and Andrea Bowers.

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Los Angeles
To support the launch of HOLA's Public Art Project, a collaboration with leading Los Angeles artists and collectives to engage youth in planning, creating, and installing permanent and semi-permanent installations in the Rampart District.

Machine Project, Los Angeles
To support Machine Project's first large-scale project in public spaces. Conceptual works will be created by collaborative teams of artists, filmmakers, sound engineers, floral sculptors and others, and installed in unexpected public sites. Participating artists include Kelli Cain, Brian Crabtree, Juliana Snapper, and Holly Vesecky.

Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory, New York
To support the City as a Living Laboratory's project, BROADWAY: 1,000 STEPS, which will establish Broadway as a green corridor for New York. Working with artists, scientists, urban planners and others, the project will establish twenty hubs along Broadway, each of which will use visual art, text, and cell technology to help passersby explore themes in PlaNYC–air, water, waste, energy, and land.

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
To support the commissioning of artists Rena Effendi, John Hitchcock, Terry Jelsing, Bill Harbort, Mary Lucier and Tim Schouten to create work exploring life on North Dakota's mixed-race, multicultural Spirit Lake Nation of the Dakota (Sioux) people. The project brings together artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, including Native Americans, to create work with and about a community that has minimal contact with contemporary artists.

Space One Eleven, Birmingham, AL
To support planning for (re)Moving Walls, a collaborative, multimedia project in which Birmingham-based artists will travel around the country and engage local artists in exploring barriers their communities face, such as economic disparities, race relations, and environmental degradation. The vehicle that the artists travel in will become the collectively created work, contributed to by artists along the way before returning to Birmingham.

STREB, Brooklyn, NY
To support ESSENTIALIST ACTS, a multistage, multidisciplinary artistic exploration of action, in which artist Elizabeth Streb will collaborate with Robert Woodruff, David Van Tieghem and Erik Pearson as well as members of the STREB company, to create large-scale works, including major public presentations in London as part of the London 2012 Festival of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.