Robert Rauschenberg's twenty-acre estate on Captiva Island, Florida, which was his home and studio for forty years, has been transformed into a creative center that welcomes artists from around the world to live, work, and create.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) launched the Rauschenberg Residency in 2012–13 with a series of five pilot residencies that served to inform and shape the program. There are now seven one-month-long residencies annually that serve more than seventy artists and other creative individuals of exceptional talent and promise from a diverse mix of disciplines, backgrounds, ages, and career levels.

The Rauschenberg Residency is inspired by Rauschenberg's early years at Black Mountain College where an artistic community brought out elements central to his art, collaboration and exploration, learning from and working with others to break new ground.

The residency advances new work, extends practices into new mediums, and serves as a research and development lab for performance-based projects; it fosters the ideal that artistic practice advances mutual understanding; and it engenders a focus on the conservation of a sensitive and pristine environment.

Rauschenberg in front of the Fish House, Captiva, Florida, 1979. Photo: Terry Van Brunt