Artists in Residence


Raul Ayala (Artist as Activist)
Muralist, member of People’s Climate Arts
Raul Ayala’s work focuses on mural production, drawing, art for demonstrations, and illustration, encompassing themes related to justice, memory, immigration and urban-rural politics. He is the co-founder of Cooperativa Cultural 19 de enero (CC1/19), an art and oral history collaboration; Taller de Gráfica y Espacio Publico, a youth print workshop based at the Mayday Space; and People’s Collective Arts // Colectivo de Arte Popular, a collective of artist-activists based in Bushwick, New York. 
Kevin Beasley
Visual Artist/Musician/Performer
Central to Kevin Beasley’s work is touch, though not just in the physical sense. Items of clothing, shoes, and studio debris are filtered through his process of molding, cast and forced to assume the forms of others. Through this, they are broken and rebuilt, expanded in parts as they enact a duality, simultaneously occupying the space of what they were and what they have become. Beasley lives and works in New York City. 
Jen Bervin
Interdisciplinary Artist
Jen Bervin brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books and visual art. Her works involve strong conceptual elements with a minimalist’s eye for the poetic and the essential. She explores acts of reading, writing, and listening to facilitate cross-cultural encounter, exchange, and feminist critique. Bervin is based in Brooklyn. 
Fernanda Espinosa (Artist as Activist)
Oral Historian, member of People’s Climate Arts, Collaborator with Raul Ayala
Fernanda Espinosa’s work celebrates and documents local knowledge systems through oral history and cultural organizing. She has worked for different public health initiatives in New York City, as well as in translation and interpretation dedicated to social justice. Fernanda is a member of People’s Collective Arts // Colectivo de Arte Popular. She co-founded Cooperativa Cultural 19 de enero (CC 1/19), an art and oral history collective. Espinosa is based in Brooklyn.  
Merry Foresta
Art/Cultural Historian and Critic, Collaborator Deborah Luster
Merry Foresta’s books include Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray; Secrets of the Dark Chamber: the Art of the American Daguerreotype; At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian; and Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. A former curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, she served as director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative from 2000 to 2010. Foresta lives on a 50-acre farm in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Social Practice Artist
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance, and critical engagement with many publics. Trained in urban planning and religious studies, he creates visually impactful and compelling works of art that also serve as platforms for community redevelopment and social activism. Gates has spearheaded numerous development projects in some of the most divested parts of Chicago, which function as an extension of his studio work. 
Matthew Goulish
Matthew Goulish is dramaturge and occasional performer for Every house has a door, a performance group co-founded in 2008 with Lin Hixson that is drawn to historically or critically neglected subjects. His book 39 Microlectures – in proximity of performance, is a collection of miniature stories, parables, musings and thinkpieces that prove the boundaries between poetry and criticism, and creativity and theory, are less fixed than they seem. Goulish lives and works in Chicago. 
Lin Hixson
Director of Performance
Lin Hixson is the director of Every house has a door, co-founded in 2008 with Matthew Goulish. The group approaches performance events through disciplined structure and presentation, assembling a team of specialists for each project and inviting emerging and internationally recognized artists to collaborate. Performances distill and separate presentational elements into distinct modes – recitation, movement, and music – to grant each its own space and time. Hixson lives and works in Chicago.  
Essi Kausalainen
Visual/Performance Artist, Collaborator with Lin Hixson
Essi Kausalainen explores inter-species communication: the complex interaction between humans, plants, animals and minerals. These dialogues are approached through her performance-based practice that, instead of objects or images, operates on actions, gestures, situations and processes. By building inter-species companionships and approaching objects and spaces as co-performers, she aims to escape hierarchical and linear ways of thinking and operating. Kausalainen lives in Helsinki, Finland. 
Deborah Luster
Photographer/Installation Artist
Deborah Luster is best known for her installation archive series, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, a collection of individualistic, diverse and emotionally compelling photographic portraits portraying prisoners. Her recent project Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish is a photographic archive documenting contemporary and historical homicide sites in New Orleans, an exploration of the dizzyingly empty space at the core of violence. Luster lives and works in New Orleans. 
Visual Artist, Collaborator with Deborah Luster
Ruth Marten has worked across many disciplines, including careers in tattooing and book and magazine illustration as well as developing her own work in drawing, painting and sculpture. In 2003 she embarked upon her current interest in reworking the images and historical content of mostly 18th century prints from engravings. She continues to study the arcane and wonderfully misconstrued “truths” presented in this material. Marten lives in New York City. 
Kate McNeely (Artist as Activist)
Media and Digital Storyteller, member of People’s Climate Arts, Collaborator with Rachel Schragis
Kate McNeely co-runs the People's Collective Arts // Colectivo de Arte Popular artspace at Mayday NYC, is the Chief Existential Officer for the Climate Ribbon Project (a participatory sculpture project), and organizes with various environmental and racial justice groups in New York City. She creates artwork for protests and organizes creative public interventions while maintaining a personal practice in found materials sculpture, collage and photography. McNeely is based in Brooklyn. 
Visual Artist, Collaborator with Deborah Luster
Jennifer Odem’s sculpture, drawing and site-specific work looks for ways to describe the space between memory and history, stability and impermanence. Her most recent projects combine the environmental and social by incorporating both natural and domestic elements, allowing her to question social traditions and belief systems. The work challenges masculine and feminine assumptions through her selections of forms, structural compositions, colors and materials. Odem is based in New Orleans.
Rachel Schragis (Artist as Activist)
Visual Artist/Social Practice Artist, member of People’s Climate Arts
Rachel Schragis aims to make complexities accessible through visual form, developing mind map illustrations and participatory works for protests and community events. She has created art for the Domestic Worker Justice movement, Fight for $15 campaign, Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement, and Occupy Wall Street. She continues her cultural strategy work with People’s Climate Movement and NYRenews, and is a founding member of People's Collective Arts // Colectivo de Arte Popular. Schragis is based in Brooklyn. 


Barak adé Soleil (3Arts Fellow)
Performance Maker
Performance Artist/Writer
Drew Coleman
Dancer, Collaborator with Barak ade Soleil
Elliout Fitz
Fabricator, Collaborator with Senga Nengudi
Anna Khimasia
Scholar/Educator/Performance Creator, Collaborator with Barak adé Soleil
Visual Artist
Visual Artist
Multi-Disciplinary Performance Artist
Visual Artist 
Visual and Performance Art, Collaborator with David Neumann
Composer/Performer/Sound Artist

Patricia Lay-Dorsey (Photolucida’s Critical Mass program awardee)
Visual Artist
Writer/Photographer/Arts & Culture Blogger



Abigail DeVille
Visual Artist

Visual Artist
Skylar Fein
Visual Artist
Visual Artist
Visual & Dance Artist
Visual Artist
Visual Artist
Sound Artist
Visual Artist, Collaborator with Ander Mikalson
Luftwerk (Petra Bachmaier & Sean Gallero) (3Arts Fellow)
New Media Artists
Sound & Performance Artist
Audio Engineer, Collaborator with Maria Chavez
Brittany Powell Parich (Ford Family Foundation Fellow)
Visual Artist
Visual Artist
R28: SEPTEMBER 18-OCTOBER 20, 2017

Alumni Project Residency
Writer/Visual Artist
Writer/Dramaturg, Collaborator with Jeanine Durning
Anya Gallaccio (MASS MoCA Partnership)
Visual Artist
Liz Glynn (MASS MoCA Partnership)
Visual Artist
Visual Artist
Adam Kuby (Ford Family Foundation Fellow)
Visual Artist
Interdisciplinary Performer/Creator

Partnerships: The Rauschenberg Residency has partnerships with 3Arts (Chicago), Photolucida (Portland), the Ford Family Foundation (OR), and MASS MoCA (MA), in order to diversify our selection process and broaden our diversity.

Artist as Activist: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artist as Activist Fellowship provides independent artists and art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere with monetary grants over two years along with access to opportunities for professional advancement. Fellows are also invited to participate in the Rauschenberg Residency program.