Artists in Residence
A list of the current and upcoming artists in residence.
RESIDENCY #44: FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 27, 2020
By default, Eddie Aparicio’s work addresses immigration, but he is more interested in an expanded understanding of identity and place making. As Latinx history is being erased, he feels an urgency to reclaim the narrative of the Latinx identity in the US and abroad. His work utilizes formal strategies within a primarily materialist practice because colonial injustices have not only been directed toward humans, but also to the environment. Aparicio lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Jamal Batts (PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley)
Jamal Batts’ published works explore blackness, queerness, contemporary art, and the intricacies of sexual risk and risk-taking. He is a member of the Oakland-based curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic. Currently, he is working on his dissertation project “Immoral Panics: Black Queer Aesthetics and the Construction of Risk,” which considers how black LGBTQ filmmakers, painters, and poets represent their shifting historical proximity to debates and discourses related to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Batts lives in Austin, TX.
DeForrest Brown, Jr.
DeForrest Brown, Jr.’s work is concerned with speculative futures in performative contexts and programmatic intersections of technology and thought. He produces digital audio and extended media as Speaker Music. Speaker Music desires to engineer affect and sculpt sentiment into a multi-textural sound object in response to rhythmanalytic speculations and curatorial decisions within a given vibrational ontology. Brown lives in New York, NY.
Brenda Coultas is interested in the possibility of poetry for locating oneself in time and space, as an inquiry into the natural world, and as a critique of human-made systems. Writing is a container for material and threads gathered from observation, memory, and research into lost and found histories. Multiple voices and stories are buried below the detritus, which reveal the sometimes-difficult truths and beauties that lie within. Coultas lives in New York, NY.
Michelle Handelman’s phantasmagoric video installations create hypnotic and complex spaces of ever-shifting queer identities that push against the boundaries of gender, race, and sexuality from a feminist perspective. Coming up through the years of the AIDS crisis and Culture Wars, she has built a body of work that blurs the line between fiction and reality, investigating philosophical questions of existence about the things we collectively fear and deny: sex, death, and chaos. Handelman lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Heidi Howard paints portraits of close friends. The structure of each painting is based on the color feelings, style, and images inherent to the sitter. Through this approach each sitter is reflected not only in an outward likeness, but also via the paint application. The occasion of painting a particular person, for Howard, is an occasion to create a new abstract space. Howard was born, raised, and currently lives in Queens, NY.
Interdisciplinary Artist/Writer/Musician/Independent Curator
Devin’s work is not media-specific, but is engaged with discursive questions brought about by various media. His work is informed by his experience as a person descendent of those systematically stripped of their humanity and only allowed limited means of building community and self-expression. He uses pre-existing materials and modes of distribution, not as appropriation to undercut them, but as a means to short-circuit the objects’ rote understandings and repurpose their power. Kenny lives in Houston, TX.
Alexis Myre’s artworks are each a small universe in which natural materials, geometric patterns, and symbolic references mingle. With the logic of a drawing and structure of a sculpture, these elements are incorporated into mathematical systems where metal, thread, and penciled lines chart each item, establishing a microcosm of order and influence. The work upholds the belief that when constructed together, individual matter can act to solve a larger problem. Myre lives in Brooklyn, NY.
At the core of Tuesday Smillie’s work is a question about the individual and the group: the binary of inclusion and exclusion and the porous membrane between the two. Her recent works include textile collages that share a visual vocabulary with protest signage, while exploring formal, compositional concerns. These works carry the urgency and potency of protest signage into the contemplative sphere of the gallery. Smillie lives and works in New York, NY.
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.