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UPDATE: CCA cancels opening reception for exhibit

By Staff | Mar 16, 2020



The Captiva Civic Association and Rauschenberg Residency have canceled the opening reception scheduled for March 19 for the “Rauschenberg Residency: Exploration and Experimentation” exhibit. The “Illustrated Talk – Rauschenberg Residency” program on March 23 has also been canceled.


ORIGINAL (March 10, 2020):

The Captiva Civic Association and Rauschenberg Residency will hold an opening reception next week for a first-ever collaborative exhibit, “Rauschenberg Residency: Exploration and Experimentation.”


It will take place on March 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center.

Open to all, the reception will include tasty bites from Residency Chef-in-Residence Jackie Vitale.

“We’re very honored to have the Rauschenberg residents be a part of our season exhibit series,” Molly Barbee, art chairperson for the CCA, said. “It should be very interesting. It’ll be new and different.”

Internationally renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg moved to Captiva in 1970. He purchased and repurposed adjacent residences to create working spaces-studios. The island remained Rauschenberg’s home and primary workplace until his death in 2008, according to CCA officials.

The Rauschenberg Residency opened its doors to artists from the United States and around the world in 2012. Since then, over 500 artists have been in residence, briefly making Captiva their home and finding magic in its bounty and beauty. The studios, houses and property function together as a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines to live, work and create.


Rauschenberg Residency Director Ann Brady explained that the CCA approached the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which oversees the program, about a possible collaboration.

“I liked the idea because it provides us with an opportunity to talk about the residency and what we do,” she said. “It provides a platform to discuss our support of artists and what artist communities do.”

Each residency session runs for five weeks. When the residency ends, some artists have left behind work. “Rauschenberg Residency” showcases 30 of those pieces, created by about 28 artists.

Brady estimated that the artwork ranges from the 2012 to 2016 years.

“It’s mostly two-dimensional work, plus two videos – it’s mostly digital print and maybe some photographs, one or two paintings,” she said. “It’s going to be contemporary, maybe more abstract.”


There is no theme to the pieces, outside of the artists having taken part in the program.

“It’s a range,” Brady said. “It really runs the gamut.”

At the reception, attendees will enjoy more than just the visual creations.

“We’re going to have music playing from the musicians who have been in-residence and written and recorded music,” she said, adding that Vitale will prepare some of the menu with locally-sourced food.

“To give people a better understanding of the full scope of our program,” Brady said.

Also, some of the current artists in residence will be attending. Running from Feb. 24 through March 24, the session is housing visual artists Eddie Aparicio, Heidi Howard, Alexis Myre and Tuesday Smillie; visual artist and filmmaker Michelle Handelman; interdisciplinary artist, writer, musician and independent curator Devin Kenny; poet Brenda Coultas, rhythmanalyst, media theorist and curator DeForrest Brown Jr.; and scholar and writer Jamal Batts.

“They’re happy to meet with the community and talk to people about it,” she said.

In addition to the exhibition, which will be on display from March 19 to April 10, the CCA and Rauschenberg Residency will hold “Illustrated Talk – Rauschenberg Residency” on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the center. Free and open to the public, Brady will discuss the evolution of the program.

“I’m doing a presentation about the residency and artist communities,” Brady said. “How we converted Bob’s property to a place where artists from around the world live and work for five weeks at a time.”

She added that the artists in residence will be present as special guests.

“They can chime in about their current experience,” Brady said.

Vitale will prepare light refreshments.

The public is encouraged to come out for the reception and the “Illustrated Talk” program.

“It’s an opportunity for us to shed some light on what the residency is and who we are. It provides people with an opportunity to understand more deeply what the residency is all about and why we do it,” she said. “And being able to talk to the people who are in residence and ask them questions.”

Some of the “Rauschenberg Residency: Exploration and Experimentation” pieces are for sale, with the proceeds going to the artist and the CCA. Some of those artists are donating their portion to the CCA.

“That will be noted on the label next to the work,” Brady said.

The gallery is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.; viewings are also available by appointment. For more information, visit www.ccacaptiva.org or call 239-472-2111.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.