Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rauschenberg working on a solvent transfer drawing in his Front Street studio, New York, 1958. Work in background is Untitled (1955). Photo by Jasper Johns (detail)



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.


2024 Archives Research Residency Recipients

2024 Archives Research Residency recipients. Photos: Courtesy of the artists

Announcing the 2024 Archives Research Residency Recipients

The Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Archives Research Residency, a program for individuals interested in researching in the Rauschenberg Foundation Archives in New York City.
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Courtney J. Martin, 2024. Photo: Mara Lavitt

Courtney J. Martin, 2024. Photo: Mara Lavitt

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Courtney J. Martin as New Executive Director

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced today that Courtney J. Martin has been appointed as its new Executive Director.
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Robert Rauschenberg, "Postcard Self-Portrait, Black Mountain (II)," 1952. Gelatin silver print

Robert Rauschenberg, Postcard Self-Portrait, Black Mountain (II), 1952. Gelatin silver print

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Call for Works for the Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné

As part of our ongoing research and commitment to Rauschenberg’s legacy, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has announced a public call for works in preparation for the first Robert Rauschenberg catalogue raisonné of paintings and sculpture.
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Art & Archives

Working in a wide range of materials, techniques, and disciplines, Rauschenberg is celebrated as a forerunner for nearly every art movement since Abstract Expressionism. Become acquainted with Rauschenberg's art and life through highlights from his career and the Foundation's archives.

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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 thirty-three oral histories to the public.

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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.  

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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation supports programs for artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same innovative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation hosts residencies at the Foundation’s New York headquarters and at the artist’s former Captiva, Florida home and studio. These residencies are designed to provide time and space for research and artistic experimentation across the disciplines.

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Mission and Vision

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was founded by the artist in 1990, and transitioned to its current mission in 2012 – to foster the artistic and philanthropic legacy of Robert Rauschenberg through scholarship, grants, and a residency program.