2018 Exhibition Archives

Steve KEENE: 57 Miles or 455 Furlongs
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW
April 12 – June 9, 2018

Opening to the public with a reception for the artist on Thursday, April 12th from 6-8pm, this exhibition will run through June 9th.

Fort Myers, FL: Florida SouthWestern State College is proud to present “Steve KEENE: 57 Miles or 455 Furlongs” – a newly commissioned, site-specific installation at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery by the “World’s Most Prolific Painter.” Dubbed the “Assembly-Line Picasso” by Time magazine (when his work was featured in 1997) and having created more than 300,000 paintings over the last 35 years, Steve Keene (born 1957) is a Yale University educated, Brooklyn-based artist who believes in mass-producing hand-painted artworks for the masses.

Like his exhibition “The Miracle Half-Mile” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2000 (where Keene completed more than 10,000 pictures over the two-month run of the show), the internationally-acclaimed painter will be working on-site at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery for two-weeks prior to his 6-8pm public opening and reception on Thursday, April 12th. Inspired by Rauschenberg’s self-contained retrospective “The ¼ Mile or 2 Furlong Piece” (which was world-premiered in three-sections at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery from 1983-86), Keene estimates that his exhaustive output since the 1990’s (if paintings were placed side-by-side) would extend more than 57 miles (or 455 furlongs) in length.

Famous among indie-rock fans for designing album covers for bands including Pavement and The Apples in Stereo, Steve Keene has painted instruments, video and concert stage sets, as well as promotional and tour posters for the likes of Soul Coughing, Merzbow, The Klezmatics and the Dave Matthews Band. In addition to features on National Public Radio and in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Filter and Spin Magazines, the artist has had major solo exhibitions at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Rice University in Houston, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia, and the Czech Centre in London. Yet, at a monumental and continuous 8 x 200 feet in length, the painter’s planned installation for “Steve KEENE: 57 Miles or 455 Furlongs” at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW will be one of his most ambitious and immersive projects to date.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation and The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.


“ART FOR ALL” – Florida Weekly (April 11, 2018)

“FSW To Host World’s Most Prolific Painter” – The River Weekly News (March 23, 2018)

“No art? No problem. Steve Keene exhibit opens anyway at Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers” – News-Press (April 23, 2018)

“Artist Steve Keene Unveils New Exhibition at the Rauschenberg Gallery” – WGCU(April 12, 2018)



Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW
January 11 – March 24, 2018

Fort Myers, FL: Florida Southwestern State College is pleased to present “Jerry UELSMANN: IMAGEMAKER” – a broad survey of more than 75 original photographs including never-before seen work – opening with an artist’s lecture and reception at 6pm on Thursday, January 11th at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. One of the most celebrated photographers of his generation, Uelsmann’s work has been the subject of major monographs and exhibited in more than 100 solo shows in the U.S. and abroad over the past five decades.

While Bob Rauschenberg famously focused on working in the “gap” between art and life, Jerry Uelsmann claims to work “out of himself” and often at “an almost precognitive level” – having “gradually confused photography and life.” Employing as many as a dozen negatives and multiple enlargers to create a single photograph through complex and laborious darkroom techniques he pioneered in the 1950’s and ’60’s, Uelsmann is internationally-renowned as the (pre-digital) master of composite imagery and photomontage. “The goal of the artist,” according to Uelsmann, “is not to resolve life’s mysteries, but to deepen them.” His photographs are in the permanent collections of the most prestigious museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery of Australia, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation and The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.


“Bob Rauschenberg Gallery exhibits more than 75 original photographs by Jerry Uelsmann” – ArtDaily (January 30, 2018)

“Jerry Uelsmann Exhibition Opens at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” – WGCU News (January 11 2018)

“Art icon Jerry Uelsmann’s dream-like worlds visit Fort Myers gallery” – News-Press (January 16, 2018)