1925–2008

A native Texan, Robert Rauschenberg served in the U.S. Navy before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Academie Julian in Paris, and Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he moved to New York City and challenged the status quo with his Combines. Rauschenberg continued to break the mold throughout his career.
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Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust

Oral History

The Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, undertaken in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, is a collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist's family, friends, and many collaborators. To date, we have released eighteen oral histories to the public, including the most recent interviews with Rauschenberg's sister Janet.  
Hear her stories > 

Rauschenberg with Janet Begneaud and mother Dora Rauschenberg at the original ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions) studio, West Islip, New York, ca. 1965.

COLLECTIONS

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. This rich resource includes the artist’s personal writings, sketches, correspondence, and audiovisual material, as well as documentary photographs and records from his collaborators.
Explore the Archives >

“Note on Painting,” October 31–November 2, 1963

Grants

2017 Artist as Activist Fellows Announcement

2017 Artist as Activist Fellows

This year's group of artists is turning to multimedia, performance, and cultural organizing to draw specific attention to the ways in which the prison-industrial complex disproportionately affects generations of immigrants and people of color in the United States. 

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Chicago Torture Justice Memorials. Photo: Sarah Ross

News

2017 Artist as Activist Fellows Announced

New Cohort of Artist as Activist Fellows 

2017 Fellows go beyond awareness-building to also spur action and envision the new policies and cultural practices required to create a world without mass incarceration. 
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Still image from The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America, an immersive theater experience by Zoey Martinson Photo: Nasan Fitz-Henley

Rauschenberg

1925–2008

A native Texan, Robert Rauschenberg served in the U.S. Navy before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Academie Julian in Paris, and Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he moved to New York City and challenged the status quo with his Combines. Rauschenberg continued to break the mold throughout his career.
Learn more about the artist > 

Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust

Oral History

The Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, undertaken in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, is a collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist's family, friends, and many collaborators. To date, we have released eighteen oral histories to the public, including the most recent interviews with Rauschenberg's sister Janet.  
Hear her stories > 

Rauschenberg with Janet Begneaud and mother Dora Rauschenberg at the original ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions) studio, West Islip, New York, ca. 1965.

Foundation

VISION AND MISSION

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was founded by the artist in 1990, and transitioned to its current mission in 2010 – to foster the artistic and philanthropic legacy of Robert Rauschenberg. Through scholarship, grants, and a residency program, the Foundation furthers Rauschenberg's belief that art can change the world.

A group gathers in the Chapel at Rauschenberg's former home and studio to discuss art and activism

News

Chef-in_residence program

2018 Chef-in-Residence Application Now Open

Application deadline is August 2, 2017. The Chef-in-Residence Program (CIR) was created in January 2016 partly in response to the resident artists’ appeals for more fresh, local Florida food, and to prioritize the Foundation’s emphasis on environmental conservation and stewardship. 

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Artists-in-Residence enjoy a brunch prepared by Shuna Lydon (2016 Chef-in-Residence)

Artwork

Highlights

Rauschenberg was known for his innovative approach and his experimental use of unconventional art materials.  He moved seamlessly between painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, photography, sculpture, and installation, developing an artistic practice that defies categorization. 
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Yellow Ranch (Rancho Amarillo) / ROCI CUBA, 1988 (detail)

Archives

COLLECTIONS

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. This rich resource includes the artist’s personal writings, sketches, correspondence, and audiovisual material, as well as documentary photographs and records from his collaborators.
Explore the Archives >

“Note on Painting,” October 31–November 2, 1963

CAPTIVA LEGACY

Established in 2012, our artist residency program fosters artistic experimentation, collaboration, and development in the very place where Rauschenberg lived and worked for nearly 40 years on Captiva Island, Florida. 
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Residency 23 artists in residence in the Main Studio