Artists in Residence
A list of the current and upcoming artists in residence.
RESIDENCY 42: NOVEMBER 18-DECEMBER 20, 2019
Eve Abrams (RRF Artist as Activist Fellow)
Eve Abrams’ work centers on amplifying the voices from her adopted hometown of New Orleans, LA. She produces the audio project Unprisoned, a radio show and podcast that tells stories at the intersection of the criminal legal system and human lives. The project investigates why Louisiana leads the world in per-capita incarceration, and explores the ways families, neighborhoods, and notions of justice are impacted by our criminal justice system.
Andrew Beck’s work is an exercise in the limitations of photography's capacity to represent reality and the nature of that representation. Combining digitally generated images with traditional chemical photographic printing processes, he produces fractured, dispersed entities that play on the idea of the art object as a body. He relates this to the status of the digital image, which becomes diffuse and unclear through its iterative versioning and reproduction. Beck lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Jo Kreiter (RRF Artist as Activist Fellow)
Through dance, Jo Kreiter engages physical innovation and the political conflicts we live within. Her company, Flyaway Productions, explores the range and power of female physicality. She creates a sense of spectacle to make a lasting impression, striving for the right balance of awe, provocation, and daring. Her tools include community collaboration, masterful use of place, a feminist lens, and a body-based push against the constraints of gravity. Kreiter is based in San Francisco, CA.
Jesse Krimes (RRF Artist as Activist Fellow)
Jesse Krimes’ work explores power, authority, systems, social hierarchies, norms, transgressions, and conventions of beauty. His work entails both a broad exploration of diverse media and artistic disciplines, and an adjunctive, socially engaged, participatory practice involving activism around incarceration. While his participatory practice grapples more overtly with social and political structures, his independent practice provides an alternative mode of investigation. Krimes lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Visual & Video Artist
Erik Levine is engaged with representing the world through film. His work speaks to the broader human condition and universal concerns around themes such as alienation, loss, and death. It has centered on masculinity and maleness – how it is acted out, embodied, perpetuated, and personified – and explores human character and the psyche. He records and manipulates spoken and body language, gestures, posture, and mannerisms, transforming them into film. Levine lives in Long Island City, NY.
Dance is the lens though which Gesel Mason interrogates the self and the world. Whether it’s examining the definition of “Black Dance” or illuminating perspectives around female sexual expression, she seeks to stimulate dialogue, reveal the invisible, and catalyze transformation, no matter how slight. In her work and in the work of others, she is drawn to the process of naming, claiming, subverting, and disrupting cultural identities through performance. Mason lives in Austin, TX.
Guillermo Rodríguez’s current practice considers artistic agency as an epistemic endeavor – an exploration of form and matter as a means to convey meaning. Questioning the role and limits of artistic and institutional structures, this speculative methodology of work has led him to expand his artistic practice from three-dimensional object production into a spatial/installation-based practice, and from there onto the realm of exhibition-making and curating. Rodríguez lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
nibia pastrana santiago
nibia pastrana santiago develops “choreographic events” to experiment with time, fiction, and notions of territory. She believes in experimentation as methodology and form. In her practice, dance-making is a series of tense considerations between anchoring the image that is produced and accepting its quality of irremediable oblivion. She insists on fatigue so that chance and desire-making manifest through humor and boredom. pastrana santiago lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In his representation of popular technology, Evan Yee explores Utopian idealisms of today. He works representationally, but in the semiotics of popular visual culture and symbols. A recurring motif is the "Pinwheel of Death,” the spinning rainbow icon on Mac computers when they freeze. As his practice evolves, his work shifts its gaze toward science fiction, anthropology, and astrophysics to observe changes in our relationships to humanity and the future. Yee lives in Brooklyn, NY.
RESIDENCY #43: JANUARY 13-FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Drew Bucilla (PhD Candidate, City University of New York)
Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux)
Writer/Visual & Performance Artist
Visual & Sound Artist
RESIDENCY #44: FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 27, 2020
Jamal Batts (PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley)
DeForrest Brown, Jr.
Interdisciplinary Artist/Writer/Musician/Independent Curator
RESIDENCY #45: APRIL 6-MAY 8, 2020
Christopher Green (PhD Candidate, City University of New York)
James Brandon Lewis
Ofelia Marquez Stephens
Jin Ju Song-Begin
Mlondolozi Zondi (PhD Candidate, Northwestern University)
RESIDENCY #46: MAY 26-JUNE 26, 2020
Hillerbrand + Magsamen (Photolucida's Critical Mass program awardee)
Stephan Hillerbrand & Mary Magsamen
Yvette Janine Jackson
Composer/Sound Installation Artist
Janice A. Lowe
Sable Elyse Smith
McKenzie Wark (Thoma Foundation Fellow)
RESIDENCY #47: JULY 6-31, 2020 (Artists with children)
Ghost of a Dream
Adam Eckstrom & Lauren Was
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
RESIDENCY #48: AUGUST 10-SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
Composer/Drummer/Electronic Musician/Visual Artist
Dam Van Huynh
Sound & Mixed Media Artist
Legacy Russell (Thoma Foundation Fellow)
Anna Martine Whitehead (3Arts Fellow)
RESIDENCY #49: SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 30, 2020
Performance Residency TBA
RESIDENCY #50: NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 18, 2020
Conceptual & Media Artist
Tirtza Even (3Arts Fellow)
Experimental Video Documentary Artist
Uchenna Itam (PhD Candidate, University of Texas, Austin)
Thomas Love (PhD Candidate, Northwestern University)
Jamilah Sabur (Oolite Arts Fellow)
Lester St. Louis
Olivia K. Young (PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley)
Partnerships: In 2019 and 2020, the Rauschenberg Residency has partnerships with 3Arts (Chicago), Photolucida (Portland), and Thoma Foundation, and in 2020 with Oolite Arts (Miami), in order to expand our selection process and broaden our diversity.
PhD Candidates: In 2020, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is inaugurating a residency program for scholars who are nearing completion of their dissertations on Postwar art. These emerging art historians will be provided with the time to make significant progress on their dissertations.
RRF Artist as Activist Fellows: 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.