Artists in Residence

A list of the current and upcoming artists in residence.

RESIDENCY 31: APRIL 23-MAY 24, 2018

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s 2016-2017 Artist as Activist Fellowships were awarded to independent artists and art collectives whose work addresses racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration.
Kathy Randels (Performance Artist)
Taece Defillo (Writer/Musician)
The Graduates is a performance ensemble company in Louisiana comprised of former members of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) Drama Club. The women use their personal experiences with the criminal justice system to create performances that reach out to young at-risk women; give a window into incarceration’s affects on individual lives; and encourage those who have the power to shift current policies to do so. Founder of the LCIW Drama Club, Kathy Randels, and ensemble member Taece Defillo will be in residence, with performance director Ausettua Amenkum and members Carry Emerson and Fox Rich joining during the residency.
Interdisciplinary Artist
María Gaspar is a Chicago-based artist negotiating the politics of location through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. Her work addresses issues of spatial justice in order to amplify, mobilize, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures. In an especially urgent time in the U.S. and across the globe, Gaspar is interested in how proximity around charged sites informs our social behaviors.
Nia Wilson (Writer/Performer)
Heather Lee (Dancer/Performer)
SpiritHouse is a multi-generational Black women-led cultural organizing tribe that uses art and media to support the empowerment and transformation of communities impacted by racism, poverty, gender discrimination, criminalization, and incarceration. SpiritHouse operates in Durham, North Carolina, and across the country to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers preventing communities from gaining the resources and leverage necessary for long-term self-sufficiency. Executive Director Nia Wilson and organizing member Heather Lee will be in residence. Wilson is a gifted healer, story weaver, and cultural alchemist. Lee is a singer and dancer specializing in modern, hip-hop, and African dance.
John Malpede (Performer/Writer)
Henriëtte Brouwers (Theater Maker)
Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives, while challenging the narrative about people living in poverty. Director John Malpede and Associate Director Henriëtte Brouwers will be in residence. Malpede directs, performs, and engineers multi-event art projects that have theatrical, installation, and organizing components. Brouwers is a theater maker, performer, director and activist who works to approach equality and socialism in a society that values freedom and individuality.
Interdisciplinary & Social Practice Artist/Printmaker
Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and organizer based in Oakland, CA. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. She lectures globally on the intersection of art, social justice, and cultural equity to catalyze social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers, and performers in migrant rights.
Filmmaker/Social Justice Activist
El Sawyer’s work speaks to the challenges of re-entry after incarceration and the environments from which prisoners come and eventually return. Based in Philadelphia, he is the Co-Founder of Media In Neighborhoods Group (MING), a socially conscious film company whose mission is to use the power of media to change the culture of crime. MING is currently developing a film highlighting employment for ex-offenders, and a video-based re-entry program for use in State and Federal prisons.
Visual Artist
jackie sumell is a New Orleans-based multidisciplinary artist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. Her work speaks to both traditional artist communities and those historically marginalized. She published The House That Herman Built (2006/2015), which documents the extraordinary collaboration with long-term solitary confinement prisoner and Black Panther, Herman Wallace. Her work with Wallace has positioned her at the forefront of the campaign to end solitary confinement in the U.S.
Writer/Musician/Multimedia & Theater Artist
Shontina Vernon focuses on the process by which we take ownership of our personal narratives and deconstruct them in order to creatively re-imagine them. Across genres, her work stands at the intersection of memory and factual events in order to investigate how identity is formed in the spaces between. Her work is inherently intersectional, fully engaging the sensibilities of her three-pronged lived experience of being Black, a woman, and queer. Vernon lives in Seattle, WA.
RESIDENCY 32: JUNE 11-JULY 13, 2018 (Artists with children)

Visual Artist
Juliette Mapp
Biological Designer

Tannaz Farsi (Ford Family Foundation Fellow)
Visual Artist
Visual Artist
Walter Price
Visual Artist
Ralph Pugay (Ford Family Foundation Fellow)
Visual Artist
Solo Guitar Composer/Performer
Visual Artist/Writer

The Artists’ Community Administrator Residency is designed to provide creative time and space for practicing artists of all disciplines who also have a full-time position at an artists’ community. Application open through May 1.


Jennifer Garza-Cuen (Photolucida's Critical Mass program awardee)
Writer/Installation Artist
Visual Artist
Visual Artist
Rachel Ries (3Arts Fellow)
Musician/Songwriter/Visual Artist
Visual & Performing Artist

Partnerships: The Rauschenberg Residency has partnerships with 3Arts (Chicago), Photolucida (Portland), and the Ford Family Foundation (OR) in order to expand 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.