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Robert Rauschenberg in front of beach house
Rauschenberg in front of the Fish House with Global Chute (Kabal American Zephyr) (1982), Captiva, Florida, circa 1982. Photo: Terry Van Brunt Throughout his career, Robert Rauschenberg used his platform as an artist to increase knowledge about global issues and to raise money for many causes and organizations. The safekeeping of the environment and the notion of individual responsibility for the welfare of life on earth was one of Rauschenberg’s key causes. This commitment to the environment that extended throughout various aspects of his work and life took focus in 1970 when he purchased his first tract of land on Captiva Island. Rauschenberg viewed his residence in Captiva as dependent on the natural environment of the island. He therefore focused on the maintenance of this land as a natural habitat throughout his lifetime. Images from the surrounding landscape and wildlife, as well as of issues that affected the island such as water conservation, served as regular inspiration for his work. Over the course of forty years, he bought historic cottages and adjacent land to preserve and protect it from encroaching commercial development, and undertook a significant restoration of the landscape after Hurricane Charley in 2004. Today the property remains intact as a pristine natural environment, hosting more than seventy artists each year for month-long residencies in Rauschenberg’s former home and studio.

Rauschenberg + Environment

Apr 4, 2016
Truce (Scenario), 2003
Truce (Scenario), 2003  

Rauschenberg + Environment

Apr 4, 2016
Residency 19 Headshots

Meet the artists: Rising Waters Confab II

Apr 4, 2016
Rising Waters Confab II will bring together the perspectives of architects, artists, scientists, and writers to address issues of climate change. Visit the Artists in Residence page to learn more about this diverse group of creative thinkers.
Residency 18 Headshots

Meet the Artists: Rauschenberg Residency 18

Feb 2, 2016
Visit the Artists in Residence page to learn more about the Residency 18 artists.
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Meet the Artists: Rauschenberg Residency 17

Jan 1, 2016
Visit the Artists in Residence page to learn about the Residency 17 artists.
Residency 15 Artists

Meet the Artists: Rauschenberg Residency 15

Sep 9, 2015
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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artists-in-Residence 2015-2016
Photo: Sage Sohier

Rauschenberg Foundation Announces 2015-16 Residents

Aug 8, 2015
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) is pleased to announce the third season of the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Interdisciplinary in its focus, the Rauschenberg Residency is based on Rauschenberg's formative experience at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, and his belief that art can affect positive social change. Sited on the grounds of Rauschenberg's former home and studio on Captiva Island, the Residency maintains a robust commitment to the preservation of the land—its history and the stewardship of the natural environment. Each year the foundation appoints an...
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Meet the Artists: Rauschenberg Residency 14

Jul 7, 2015
Visit the Artists in Residence page to learn about the Residency 14 artists.

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