2017 Exhibition Archives


James FRANCO & Kalup LINZY: Collaborations
(Exhibition & Artists’-designed Billboard Project)
April 7th – June 3rd, 2017
Opening reception on Friday, April 7 from 6-8pm
Extended Through July 29th!
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW

Fort Myers, FL: Florida SouthWestern State College is delighted to announce the opening of James FRANCO & Kalup LINZY: Collaborations at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery with a public reception for the artists on Friday, April 7th from 6-8pm.  The first two-person/collective museum exhibition of these internationally-renowned artists, James Franco and Kalup Linzy will premiere several new projects while surveying their collaborative and individual photography, painting, multi-media works and related ephemera (including costumes and props used to create works on view).

James Franco is an Academy Award-nominated actor, director, author and visual artist who has worked across media to explore issues from adolescence, stereotypes and autobiography to society’s preoccupation with celebrity. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Clocktower Gallery at P.S. 1 in New York, Peres Projects in Berlin, Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills and at the PACE Gallery.

Born in Clermont and raised in Stuckey, Florida, Kalup Linzy received his Bachelor of Arts degree and his M.F.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 2005, his participation in a group show at The Studio Museum in Harlem and a project at Taxter and Spengemann Gallery in Chelsea, led to a review in “The New York Times” by Holland Cotter that opened with the declaration that “A star is born…”  Playing multiple roles (often within a single work), performance artist, actor, director and vocalist/musician Mr. Linzy is the genre- and gender-bending star of video melodramas, which cover issues of race, politics, sexuality and family relationships. The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Linzy’s work has since been collected by institutions including The Museum of Modern Art/New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He has lectured across the country at institutions including New York University, the School of Visual Arts/SVA in NYC and Harvard University.

According to James Franco: “Kalup Linzy is a versatile performer and artist who uses multiple voices, personas and media in his work. But underneath all these different faces and forms there is a common and sincere longing for love, identity, and artistic purity… I first met Kalup when he gave a talk to the Columbia University graduate students for their visiting artist lecture series, which I had been crashing every week…  The day Kalup spoke, I had an epiphany.  I knew that he was going where I wanted to go.”

In 2010, Franco invited Linzy to develop a fictional character and to appear with him on the long-running and immensely popular TV soap opera “General Hospital” and thus began the broad series of collaborative artistic endeavors that are represented in this exhibition and continue to this day.

More about us: The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery was founded as The Gallery of Fine Art in 1979 on the Lee County campus of Florida SouthWestern State College/FSW (then Edison Community College). On June 4th 2004 the Gallery of Fine Art was renamed the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, to honor and commemorate our long time association and friendship with the artist. Over more than three decades until his death, the Gallery worked closely with Rauschenberg to present world premiere exhibitions including multiple installations of the ¼ Mile or Two Furlong Piece.  The artist insisted on naming the space the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (versus the “Robert Rauschenberg Gallery”) as it was consistent with the intimate, informal relationship he maintained with both our local Southwest Florida community and FSW.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation.

For additional information please call: 239-489-9313

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Bob Rauschenberg Gallery / Florida SouthWestern State College / 8099 College Pkwy / Fort Myers, FL 33919


“Producing the Art of Living Kalup Linzy” – Artborne Orlando Arts & Cultuer (May 2017)

“WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO” – Fort Myers Florida Weekly (June 14, 2017)

“Worth a road trip to Fort Myers: An Art Exhibit featuring work by James Franco” – Tampa Bay Times (June 7, 2017)

“James Franco, Kalup Linzy explore the Soaps, celebrity in Fort Myers Show” – USA Today – (April 19 2017)


“James Franco, Kalup Linzy explore the Soaps, celebrity in Fort Myers show” – Gulf Coasting – (April 21, 2017)

“James Franco & Kalup Linzy – Collaborations at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” – Daily Serving (May 26, 2017)

“James Franco, Kalup Linzy Exhibit extended in Fort Myers” – The News-Press (May 31, 2017)



ann hamilton: phora

January 20 – March 18

Opening reception with special guest, Ann Hamilton’s longtime collaborator and sound artist, Andrew Deutsch from 6-8pm on Friday, January 20th.

Florida SouthWestern State College is honored to announce the opening of ANN HAMILTON: PHORA at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery with a public reception on Friday, January 20th from 6-8pm.  Occupying the walls (nearly floor-to-ceiling) with more than 120 unique stills captured by the artist from close-up video taken of the mouths of carved medieval figures at the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, the silent, non-sentient, but color-saturated facial features appear reanimated by this immersive installation of digital images.  Initially conceived for the architectural context of la maison rouge in Paris, France, and inspired by two highly-symbolic locales:  the Bastille (as the voice of civic demonstration) and the Bastille Opera (as a demonstrative public voice). ANN HAMILTON: PHORA explores the origins of public speaking from the first forums to on-going political debate, and is opening on the day of the U.S. Presidential Inauguration.

Presented for the first-time with THE FIRST LINE (Sounds for Drawing) an experimental drawing project and participatory installation by Ann Hamilton and Andrew Deutsch, this component encourages visitors to take a “hands-on” role by contributing their own drawing in response to audio tracks played through a headset while a newly-commissioned composition featuring micro-loops of the artist’s voice is played aloud in the Gallery to provide further inspiration and a soundtrack both for THE FIRST LINE and PHORA.

As subject of solo exhibitions and large-scale installations at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; the Guggenheim Museum, NYC; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Musée d’art Contemporain, Lyon, France; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands; Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; artist Ann Hamilton has been widely-celebrated for her site-sensitive, multimedia, participatory and performance-based work.  The official United States representative at the 48th Venice Biennale in Italy and the 1991 São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, Ms. Hamilton was recipient of the prestigious MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellowship and a NEA National Medal of Arts Award (presented at the White House by President Barack Obama in 2015).

A press preview lecture and exhibition walk-through by FSW Humanities Professor Dr. Wendy Chase and special guest Andrew Deutsch (Ann Hamilton’s longtime collaborator and Professor of Sound Design & Video Arts at Alfred University) is also open to the public at 11am on Friday, January 20th.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation and the Institute for Electronic Arts/iea.


Images Courtesy of Wes Fitch & Kirsten Pettifor