RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box Vs. Square

Current Event

February 26 – May 14, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016
Opening Reception: 6-8pm
With performances by internationally-acclaimed electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke and Sonic Combine

Florida SouthWestern State College is delighted to announce RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box Vs. Square at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (located on FSW’s Lee County/Thomas Edison campus). Opening with a public reception and performances by internationally-acclaimed electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke and Sonic Combine on Friday, February 26th, RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box Vs. Square will be the first in-depth investigation anywhere of the once student-teacher relationship between these two great modern masters.

Robert Rauschenberg famously spoke of Josef Albers as his most important teacher, and (laughingly) acknowledged that Albers surely considered Rauschenberg his poorest student.  Of course, much celebrated for his own artistic production, Josef Albers’ pioneering research into the interaction of color (while teaching at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and later at Yale University) and legacy as an educator are at least as significant as the paintings and prints he created.  His teachings (and related publications) are still at the core of college art curricula and the subject of courses in every serious teaching institution (including Florida SouthWestern State College – where this exhibition will transform the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery into both an exhibition space and a classroom with hands-on workshops and lectures in conjunction with regularly-scheduled “Color Theory” course offerings during the Spring Semester.)

Widely-acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the 20th Century, Bob Rauschenberg is credited with pioneering the transition from European modernism to American pop art.  His influence still looms large around the globe and his work has been exhibited and collected by every major art museum in the world. Examined for the first time within the framework of the rigid “Homage to the Square” and “Interaction of Color” series of his most influential Black Mountain College instructor Josef Albers, RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box V. Square at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery – is a curated exhibition that reconsiders the playful cardboard box works (his “Cardboards” and “Cardbirds”) of the internationally-acclaimed artist and Lee County, Florida resident Bob Rauschenberg.

As an artist who described himself as working in the ‘Gap between Art and Life’ and who often found inspiration and component parts for his paintings and ‘Combines’ by walking around his Lower East Side/New York City neighborhood block, Rauschenberg turned to cardboard boxes as a subject matter and raw/source material after unloading his belongings upon arriving permanently to Florida in 1970.  According to Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Director Jade Dellinger: “Trading the detritus of city life for the sunshine and sand of Captiva Island, the first series of works the artist made locally were the result and direct product of the abundant boxes used to transport his life and art from New York to his new beach-side home.  So, it is particularly fitting that these works be exhibited more than four decades later in the Southwest Florida context that inspired their creation.”

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 event is open to the public, free of charge. 

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays (including FSW’s spring break from March 7 – 13)

This project is sponsored in part by
the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
the Florida 
Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida

With additional support from Chico’s International

“Saff and Voytek share rich personal stories about Bob Rauschenberg with ArtSPEAK audience” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (April 30, 2016)

“Artist’s Talk On Rauschenberg Collaboration” in The River Weekly News (April 29, 2016)

“Donald Saff and Lawrence Voytek to reminisce about collaborations with Bob Rauschenberg on April 30” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (April 27, 2016)

“April Highlights” in Gulfshore Life by Cayla Childs (April 2016)

“‘RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box Vs. Square’ exhibit opens at Rauschenberg Gallery” in Happenings (April 2016)

“Exhibit focusing on student-teacher relationship between Bob Rauschenberg and Josef Albers on view at FSW” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (March 3, 2016)

“‘RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box Vs. Square’ exhibit opens at Rauschenberg Gallery” in Happenings (March 2016)

“‘Rauschenberg & Albers’ opens with ethereal music by electro-acoustic violinist Martha Mooke” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (February 27, 2016)

“Rauschenberg and Albers Exhibit at Florida SouthWestern State College” in the Island Sun (February 19, 2016)

“Art exhibit to feature Rauschenberg’s art created after arriving on Captiva” in the Sanibel Captiva Islander by Meghan McCoy (February 17, 2016)

“‘RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box Vs. Square’ comes to FSW” from Florida Weekly (February 10, 2016)

“Rauschenberg Exhibit Focuses On Student-Teacher Relationship” from The River Weekly by Tom Hall (February 5, 2016)

“More about legendary artist and art instructor Josef Albers in advance of ‘Rauschenberg & Albers’ exhibition” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (February 3, 2016)

“Remembering Josef Albers in anticipation of ‘RAUSCHENBERG & ALBERS: Box Vs. Square’” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (February 2, 2016)

“New exhibit at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery focuses on student-teacher relationship between namesake and Josef Albers” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (January 27, 2016)

“Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW Awarded $25,000 State Grant” in The River Weekly News (September 4, 2015)

“Grant will bring Rauschenberg’s early Florida work to gallery” in Florida Weekly (September 2, 2015)

“Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW awarded $25,000 state grant” from South Fort Myers Community Lifestyles (September 2015)

“Florida SouthWestern Receives Grant for Arts in Education” from Naples Herald by Amanda Jackson (August 25, 2015)

“Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW Awarded $25,000 State Grant” from Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (August 24, 2015)

“Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW Awarded $25,000 State Grant” from Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce (August 24, 2015)


Wayne White: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All

Current Event

September 11 – November 7, 2015
Friday, September 11th, 6-8pm: Opening reception with performance by Wayne White

Florida SouthWestern State College is delighted to announce an exhibition of paintings, drawings and a newly-commissioned, site-specific installation, Wayne WHITE: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery from September 11 – November 7, 2015.

Los Angeles-based, internationally-acclaimed artist, Wayne White won three Emmy Awards for his set design and puppeteering on the landmark children’s TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, creating iconic characters including Randy, Cool Cat, Chicky Baby and Dirty Dog.  The subject of a 2012 feature-length documentary Beauty is Embarrassing, directed by Neil Berkeley and a 382-page hardbound monographic book designed and edited by Todd Oldham, Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve, Wayne White will be in residence at Florida SouthWestern State College for a week in advance of his show to work with FSW students to create a super-sized puppet/sculpture of Lee County resident artist and Gallery namesake Bob Rauschenberg.

In addition to his newly commissioned Bob Rauschenberg puppet/installation and related opening night performance, the exhibition Wayne WHITE: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All will also include a selection of the artist’s now iconic and often “laugh-out-loud”-humorous “Word” paintings and a series of recent watercolor drawings and collages (on subjects including local environmentalist, author and political cartoonist Ding Darling) produced during Wayne White’s month-long Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency on Captiva Island in 2013.

As the artist reveals, “I’ve always had the do-it-yourself approach.  I grew up in this blue collar family and didn’t have a lot of toys, so you had to make your own fun.  Building forts out of sticks and scrap lumber – that’s where I learned the joy of making something from nothing.”

“A road trip for art lovers – Wayne White in Fort Myers” from Creative Loafing by Danny Olda (September 24, 2015)

“‘Wayne White: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All’ exhibit opening at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Florida Weekly (September 23, 2015)

“Artist Presents Rauschenberg Tribute at FSW” in The River Weekly News by Jeff Lysiak (September 18, 2015)

“(Put your hand inside) the puppet head” in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson (September 16, 2015)

“Artist creates life sized portrait for his exhibit at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Sanibel Captiva Islander by Meghan McCoy (September 16, 2015)

“‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,’ Smashing Pumpkins artist at FSW” in The News-Press by Charles Runnells (September 11, 2015)

“Do This: The Weekend Top 10” from Creative Loafing by Julie Garisto (September 10, 2015)

“Wayne White to be featured at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Sanibel Captiva Islander by Meghan McCoy (September 2, 2015)

“Wayne’s World” in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson (September 2, 2015)

“Wayne’s World at the Rauschenberg Gallery” in Ft. Myers (September-October 2015)

“Rauschenberg Gallery Hosts Acclaimed Artist White beginning Sept. 11” from Santivachronicle.com (August 19, 2015)

“More on ‘Wayne White’ exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery opening September 11” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (August 17, 2015)

“Next exhibition at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery to be ‘Wayne White: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All’” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (August 13, 2015)

“Wayne White exhibit opens Sept. 11 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Happenings (September 2015)


2015 Exhibition Archives

Dave MULLER: Everything Sounds Good Right Now
February 20 – May 2, 2015Web Image w. Caption- Bob's Top Twelve- Muller

Opening with “Dave Muller’s Three-Day Weekend” festivities including…
Friday, February 20th – 6-8 pm: Opening reception with DJ set by Dave Muller
Saturday, February 21st – 1 pm: ArtSPEAK@FSW lecture and Gallery walk-thru by Dave Muller
Sunday, February 22nd – 1 pm: SONIC COMBINE concert/performance

Florida SouthWestern State College is pleased to present an immersive, new multi-media installation, Dave Muller: Everything Sounds Good Right Now at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery from February 20 – May 2, 2015, in addition to an artist-designed billboard project on U.S. Hwy. 41/Cleveland Avenue (near Page-Field Airport).  Internationally-acclaimed, Los Angeles-based artist, DJ and record collector Dave Muller combines his signature large-format paintings on paper, three-dimensional works and audio kiosks (playing recorded music from the artist’s extensive archive of almost 350,000 songs) with an enormous wrap-around wall painting created site-specifically during a two-week residency on the Lee County/Thomas Edison campus of FSW.  In conjunction with the exhibition, Dave Muller (much like Yoko Ono in 2014) unveils a billboard that serves the dual function of an original public artwork and as a means for announcing the show.

Colorfully composed of dense green grasses, exotic flora, fungi, lush tropical vegetation and rock formations, Dave Muller’s 225 ft. hand-painted mural in the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery culls imagery from nature to create a landscape providing a backdrop for framed drawings of LP “spines”, album covers and compact discs representing the musical tastes of friends, family and the artist himself.  Providing a soundtrack for the experience, the artist has sited six “listening stations” – organized chronologically by decade throughout the Gallery – to present a parallel timeline.  Essentially, the history of “recorded popular music” (beginning with Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph) becomes an audible representation of “culture” in direct dialogue with the forest of plant-life (“nature”) that transforms the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery and envelopes the room.

The subject of a major monograph Dave Muller: I Like Your Music I Love Your Music published by J.R.P. Ringier in conjunction with a retrospective at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon/MUSAC in Spain, the artist has had numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including the ICA/Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CCS Museum of Art/Bard College and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art/U.C.L.A..  Represented by Blum & Poe Gallery (Los Angeles), Dave Muller was selected to inaugurate the gallery’s new Tokyo space with a solo installation in September.  His work is featured in the Permanent Collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA/New York), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

With majority of the works on loan to FSW having been first presented in Dave Muller: Rock ‘n’ Old at the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, we gratefully acknowledge and extend a special thank you to curator Jane Hart for allowing us to work with the artist to re-envision, re-title and expand this project for the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College.

These events are open to the public, free of charge.  The first-come, first-served seating for the 1 pm lecture on February 21st is limited. 

 

 

“‘Dave Muller: Everything Sounds Good Right Now’ opens at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery February 20” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (February 10, 2015)

“On view now through May 2 is ‘Dave Muller: Everything Sounds Good Right Now’” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (March 31, 2015)


Theo WUJCIK: Artist’s ArtistRauschenberg- Wujcik w. Caption
May 29 – August 8, 2015
Opening and Reception: May 29, 6 – 8pm

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College is honored to announce the opening of our much-anticipated Summer show, “THEO WUJCIK: Artist’s Artist” on Friday, May 29 from 6-8pm.

The focus of a 10-year retrospective at FSW in 2012, the late artist Theo Wujcik’s current exhibition combines his final group of large-scale paintings (the so-called “Blue Chip” Series) with work in a variety of media created with fellow artist Bob Rauschenberg as his primary subject.  Representing the culmination of exchanges originating in the 1970’s between Wujcik and our Gallery namesake, “RAUSCHENBERG (Blue Chip Series)” (2014) was completed in Wujcik’s final months of life – while battling cancer.  The last portrait of Rauschenberg in a small series of editioned prints, silverpoint drawings and paintings included in this exhibition, this “Blue Chip” series canvas is featured alongside Wujcik’s brightly-colored interpretations of Jim Rosenquist, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and numerous other artist-colleagues and friends.

Theo Wujcik moved from Detroit, Michigan to Tampa, Florida in 1970 – the same year that Bob Rauschenberg relocated his life and art to Captiva Island.  Wujcik, a celebrated artist and Tamarind Lithography Workshop-trained Master Printer, had been recruited by USF Graphicstudio founder Donald Saff to apply his many talents in the collaborative environment of the then budding editions atelier and, shortly thereafter, to share his knowledge by teaching Art at the University of South Florida.  Much loved and respected by all who knew him, Wujcik’s influence on students over decades and within his community and the region was profound.  Like Bob Rauschenberg, Wujcik’s original works are represented in the Permanent Collections of major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  They have been featured in exhibitions worldwide – including both solo and group shows at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW.

“Remembering Tampa artist Theo Wujcik on the first anniversary of his death” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (April 1, 2015)

“Theo Wujcik exhibition at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery opens May 29” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (May 22, 2015)

“Theo Wujcik-Artist’s Artist” in Gulf Coast Times by Tom Hall (June 2015)

“‘Artist’s Artist’ exhibition compels out presence, not once, but multiple times” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (June 13, 2015)

“Theo Wujcik was within five degrees of Robert Rauschenberg” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (June 15, 2015)


Wayne WHITE: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-AllPR Image- Wayne White
September 11 – November 7, 2015
Friday, September 11th, 6-8pm: Opening reception with performance by Wayne White

Florida SouthWestern State College is delighted to announce an exhibition of paintings, drawings and a newly-commissioned, site-specific installation, Wayne WHITE: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery from September 11 – November 7, 2015.

Los Angeles-based, internationally-acclaimed artist, Wayne White won three Emmy Awards for his set design and puppeteering on the landmark children’s TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, creating iconic characters including Randy, Cool Cat, Chicky Baby and Dirty Dog.  The subject of a 2012 feature-length documentary Beauty is Embarrassing, directed by Neil Berkeley and a 382-page hardbound monographic book designed and edited by Todd Oldham, Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve, Wayne White will be in residence at Florida SouthWestern State College for a week in advance of his show to work with FSW students to create a super-sized puppet/sculpture of Lee County resident artist and Gallery namesake Bob Rauschenberg.

In addition to his newly commissioned Bob Rauschenberg puppet/installation and related opening night performance, the exhibition Wayne WHITE: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All will also include a selection of the artist’s now iconic and often “laugh-out-loud”-humorous “Word” paintings and a series of recent watercolor drawings and collages (on subjects including local environmentalist, author and political cartoonist Ding Darling) produced during Wayne White’s month-long Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency on Captiva Island in 2013.

As the artist reveals, “I’ve always had the do-it-yourself approach.  I grew up in this blue collar family and didn’t have a lot of toys, so you had to make your own fun.  Building forts out of sticks and scrap lumber – that’s where I learned the joy of making something from nothing.”

“Fort Myers, Florida: Wayne White” in Sculpture magazine by John Loscuito (April 2016)

“A road trip for art lovers – Wayne White in Fort Myers” from Creative Loafing by Danny Olda (September 24, 2015)

“‘Wayne White: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All’ exhibit opening at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Florida Weekly (September 23, 2015)

“Artist Presents Rauschenberg Tribute at FSW” in The River Weekly News by Jeff Lysiak (September 18, 2015)

“(Put your hand inside) the puppet head” in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson (September 16, 2015)

“Artist creates life sized portrait for his exhibit at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Sanibel Captiva Islander by Meghan McCoy (September 16, 2015)

“‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,’ Smashing Pumpkins artist at FSW” in The News-Press by Charles Runnells (September 11, 2015)

“Do This: The Weekend Top 10” from Creative Loafing by Julie Garisto (September 10, 2015)

“Wayne White to be featured at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Sanibel Captiva Islander by Meghan McCoy (September 2, 2015)

“Wayne’s World” in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson (September 2, 2015)

“Wayne’s World at the Rauschenberg Gallery” in Ft. Myers (September-October 2015)

“Rauschenberg Gallery Hosts Acclaimed Artist White beginning Sept. 11” from Santivachronicle.com (August 19, 2015)

“More on ‘Wayne White’ exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery opening September 11” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (August 17, 2015)

“Next exhibition at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery to be ‘Wayne White: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All’” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (August 13, 2015)

“Wayne White exhibit opens Sept. 11 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Happenings (September 2015)


Keith EDMIER: Edison Impluvium
December 5, 2015 – February 6, 2016
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Lecture by the Artist: 6pm
Opening Reception: 7-9pm

Florida SouthWestern State College is pleased to announce an ambitious new exhibition by New York artist Keith Edmier at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (located on FSW’s Lee County/Thomas Edison campus). Opening with a lecture and public reception on Saturday, December 5th, Keith EDMIER: Edison Impluvium is a site-specific, full-scale sculptural recreation of the historic c.1910 concrete swimming pool (located on the nearby property of the Edison-Ford Winter Estates) and will include the first-ever exhibition in Florida of the late, great inventor Thomas Edison’s “full-head” plaster-cast death mask.

Immersing visitors in a haunting (even tomb-like) hall of monochrome faces, the cementitious interior walls of the “swimming pool” sculpture (sans water) are adorned with forty-eight original plaster life masks. Many created by Edmier personally – making molds directly from the faces and bodies of his subjects, these “casts” are a physical record of time and include “self-portraits” of the artist as a teenager; in his 20’s and most recently as a middle-aged man in his late 40’s. Keith Edmier’s parents (Tom and Beverly) are memorialized alongside a chronological “who’s who” of the artist’s friends, actors, comedians, musicians and various subjects from his personal life and work history (including “life masks” of Farrah Fawcett, Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, David Bowie, former studio-mate Matthew Barney and numerous others). According to the artist, “Edison’s Fort Myers pool is reimagined as an ancient ruin and references both the Roman Republic-era idea of life casts as ancestral masks and the water basins (known as impluviums) in the atriums of houses like those found in Pompeii.”

About the Artist: Keith Edmier was born in 1967 on Chicago’s South Side and grew up in the suburb of Tinley Park. At age 17, Edmier moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry creating special make-up effects. His first job was working for Rick Baker on Michael Jackson’s Caption EO (which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola). He then worked for Chris Walas on David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly, which won an Academy Award for best make-up in 1986. Edmier briefly attended The California Institute of the Arts/CalArts (studying under the influential artist Mike Kelley), then continued to work in the film business throughout the rest of the 1980’s, supervising effects for films including Bride of Re-Animator, Barton Fink for Joel and Ethan Coen, and the television series Freddy’s Nightmares.

In the beginning of 1991, Edmier moved to New York City to work as a fine artist. He had his first solo show in 1993 at the Friedrich Petzel Gallery. He has exhibited extensively since – including solo exhibitions at the USF Contemporary Art Museum/Tampa (curated by Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Director Jade Dellinger), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and major mid-career surveys at the CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, New York and De Hallen Haarlem/the Frans Hals Museum, The Netherlands. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Hessel Museum of Art/CCS-Bard College, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Denver Art Museum; The Israel Museum, Tele Viv and The Tate Gallery in London.

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.

These events are open to the public, free of charge.  The first-come, first-served seating for the 6 pm lecture is limited. 

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays (including FSW’s winter break from December 20 – January 3)

Generously sponsored by the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation
With additional support from Dietl International

WINK News Segment (February 2, 2016)

“Channeling David Bowie: How one artist is paying tribute to the late singer” from W by Fan Zhong (January 13, 2016)

“‘Keith EDMIER: Edison Impluvium’ at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” from ARTnews by The Editors of ARTnews (January 13, 2016)

“First-rate cast: Keith Edmier brings a concrete pool and famous faces to Florida” from Wallpaper by Pei-Ru Keh (January 7, 2016)

“Want More Culture?  Look on Campus” in Gulfshore Life by Michael Korb (January 2016)

“Thomas Edison death mask visits FSW” from USA Today by Charles Runnells (December 3, 2015)

“‘Edison Impluvium’ cannot be experienced vicariously; the proof is in the seeing” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (December 6, 2015)

“A Conversation with Keith Edmier: Storytelling as Life Cycle” in Sculpture magazine by Jade Dellinger (September 2015)

“Keith EDMIER: Edison Impluvium” in Gulf Coasting (December 4, 2015)

“Edison plaster death mask face of exhibit” in The News-Press by Charles Runnells (December 4, 2015)

“Casting History: Sculptor, Keith Edmier embeds life into plaster” in Gulf Coast Times (December 2015)

“A note about the pool Thomas Edison built in 1910” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 28, 2015)

“New York Artist to Display Edison Death Mask at FSW” in The River Weekly News (November 27, 2015)

“Keith Edmier Displaying Edison’s ‘Death Mask’ at FSW” in Naples Herald (November 27, 2015)

“Early Romans did not have air-conditioners, but they did have impluvia” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 26, 2015)

“Sculptor Keith Edmier experienced in creating intricate, meticulously-crafted sculptural environments” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 25, 2015)

“Keith Edmier displaying Edison’s ‘Death Mask’ at FSW” in Florida Weekly (November 25, 2015)

“Edmier collaborated with Farrah Fawcett on sculptural portraits of each other” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 24, 2015)

“A Life-size cast of pregnant mother Keith Edmier’s most recognizable work” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 23, 2015)

“Sculptor Keith Edmier has enjoyed a long preoccupation with masks and sculptural environments” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 18, 2015)

“‘Death Mask’ display at FSW” in Cape Coral Daily Breeze (November 18, 2015)

“Next Rauschenberg Gallery exhibit to feature site-specific Keith Edmier sculptural environment” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 14, 2015)

“Edmier exhibit opens Dec. 5 at Rauschenberg Gallery” in Happenings (December 2015)


Theo Wujcik: Artist’s Artist

Current Event

May 29 – August 8, 2015
Opening and Reception: May 29, 6 – 8pm

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College is honored to announce the opening of our much-anticipated Summer show, “THEO WUJCIK: Artist’s Artist” on Friday, May 29 from 6-8pm.

The focus of a 10-year retrospective at FSW in 2012, the late artist Theo Wujcik’s current exhibition combines his final group of large-scale paintings (the so-called “Blue Chip” Series) with work in a variety of media created with fellow artist Bob Rauschenberg as his primary subject.  Representing the culmination of exchanges originating in the 1970’s between Wujcik and our Gallery namesake, “RAUSCHENBERG (Blue Chip Series)” (2014) was completed in Wujcik’s final months of life – while battling cancer.  The last portrait of Rauschenberg in a small series of editioned prints, silverpoint drawings and paintings included in this exhibition, this “Blue Chip” series canvas is featured alongside Wujcik’s brightly-colored interpretations of Jim Rosenquist, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and numerous other artist-colleagues and friends.

Theo Wujcik moved from Detroit, Michigan to Tampa, Florida in 1970 – the same year that Bob Rauschenberg relocated his life and art to Captiva Island.  Wujcik, a celebrated artist and Tamarind Lithography Workshop-trained Master Printer, had been recruited by USF Graphicstudio founder Donald Saff to apply his many talents in the collaborative environment of the then budding editions atelier and, shortly thereafter, to share his knowledge by teaching Art at the University of South Florida.  Much loved and respected by all who knew him, Wujcik’s influence on students over decades and within his community and the region was profound.  Like Bob Rauschenberg, Wujcik’s original works are represented in the Permanent Collections of major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  They have been featured in exhibitions worldwide – including both solo and group shows at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW.

“Remembering Tampa artist Theo Wujcik on the first anniversary of his death” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (April 1, 2015)

“Theo Wujcik exhibition at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery opens May 29” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (May 22, 2015)

“Theo Wujcik-Artist’s Artist” in Gulf Coast Times by Tom Hall (June 2015)

“‘Artist’s Artist’ exhibition compels out presence, not once, but multiple times” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (June 13, 2015)

“Theo Wujcik was within five degrees of Robert Rauschenberg” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (June 15, 2015)


2014 Exhibition Archives

YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACEYoko Ono
January 24 – March 29, 2014

Opening: January 24, 2014
Lecture by Co-Curator Kevin Concannon: 6 pm,
Rush Auditorium, J-Building
Reception: 7 – 9 pm, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery

Among the earliest of artists working in the genre of Conceptual Art, Yoko Ono has consistently investigated the theme of peace and has invited those who interact with the work to play an active role in their creation and existence.  The exhibition YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE presents several of the artist’s most current works, re-imagined anew for the installation at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison State College.

Four recent works, WISH TREE (1996/2014); IMAGINE PEACE MAPS (2003/2014); ONOCHORD (2003/2014); and IMAGINE PEACE TOWER (2006/2014) offer gallery visitors an opportunity to participate individually and collectively with the artist in the realization of the work.  Consider the world with fresh eyes as you stamp the phrase IMAGINE PEACE on the map location of your choice.  Attach your handwritten wish for peace to the WISH TREE, and this wish will be delivered to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Reykjavik, Iceland, where it will shine on eternally, joining more than a million others previously collected.  You are also welcomed to beam the message “I Love You” to one and all using the ONOCHORD flashlights.  You may take an ONOCHORD flashlight and an IMAGINE PEACE button as a gift to you from the artist and carry these timeless messages out into the world.  As Yoko Ono has often observed: “A dream you dream alone is just a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality.”

PASSAGES OF LIGHT, a video that chronicles the conceptualization and construction of the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, and reinterpretations of the works PARTS OF A LIGHTHOUSE and MEND PIECE, are also featured in the exhibition.  PLAY IT BY TRUST, a monochrome chessboard and all white-painted lawn-sized game pieces, invites visitors to experience a playful metaphor for the futility and confusion of all types of conflict – where differentiation between opposing sides is difficult if not impossible to distinguish, and the commonality of opponents is exposed.

The exhibition YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE was curated by Kevin Concannon and John Noga with the support and involvement of the artist.  The installation at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery was configured in direct collaboration with Yoko Ono to reflect the Gallery’s mission and its role as a learning laboratory on the campus of Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida.

More about the Gallery: The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery was founded as The Gallery of Fine Art in 1979 on the Lee County campus of Edison State College (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 Edison State College.

Gallery exhibitions are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The State of Florida, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.  YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE is generously underwritten by: Trevett Capital Partners; Steven Hubbard and Carolann Swanson; Barbara Yeomans; and the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Docent Helping Hand Fund.

“Yoko Ono Exhibit Kicks Off Season” in The News-Press by Charles Runnells (December 5, 2013)

“Yoko Ono sends message to Lee County ahead of January show” in Florida Weekly by Glenn Miller (January 1, 2014)

“Yoko Ono Imagine Peace features work by one of world’s leading conceptual artists” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (January 4, 2014)

“Yoko Ono Exhibit Invites Collaboration” in The River Weekly News by Tom Hall (January 10, 2014)

“Imagine Peace” in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson (January 22, 2014)

“In the bag with Yoko” in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson (January 22, 2014)

“Peace Plans” in Naples Daily News by Harriet Howard Heithaus (January 23, 2014)

“Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE Exhibition Comes to Fort Myers” on WGCU by John Davis (January 23, 2014)

“Co-curator Kevin Concannon brings Yoko Ono messages and insights to Fort Myers tomorrow night” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (January 23, 2014)

“Always Creating” in The News-Press’ Gulf Coasting by Charles Runnells (January 24, 2014)

“Yoko Ono exhibit links local hopes to wishes of the world” in Inspirations by FSW Foundation (Summer 2014)

 


ferðalag (a journey or voyage):Student
a curated show with
ESC Student Artists
Josué Charles, Christopher Lacoste and Leila Mesdaghi
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery
April 10 – 24, 2014

2014 Juried Student Art Show
Rush Library Ground Floor Lobby
April 10 – May 9, 2014

We are very pleased to have John Loscuito, the newly appointed Director of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Art Gallery, serving as our juror for the 2014 Juried Student Art Show.  He arrived in January of 2014 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked with a number of arts institutions including the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Theatre X and the Haggerty Museum at Marquette University. As an artist, teacher, collections manager and curator he has exhibited in and organized national and international exhibitions. Notable exhibitions he has traveled with include Wifredo Lam in North America and Keith Haring: the Milwaukee Mural. He has curated diverse exhibitions with a range of media and time periods from medieval manuscripts to contemporary painting and photography.  John Loscuito received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.


ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year RetrospectiveJEMA
May 9 – July 25, 2014

Opening: May 9, 2014
Pre-Opening lecture by JEMA founder, curator and artist Sean Miller (and discussion with Gregory Green, Jack Massing of The Art Guys, Bethany Taylor and other JEMA artists)
6pm, Rush Library Auditorium, J-Building
Reception to follow: 7-9pm, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery

Chronicling a decade of highly innovative art projects and often unconventional installations by invited artists, ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective will mark its final day at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (and elucidate the enigmatic/numeric exhibition title) by closing to the public on JEMA’s ELEVENth anniversary.

Founded on July 25, 2003 by artist/curator Sean Miller with an “unauthorized” Grand Opening in the lobby of the Seattle Art Museum, The John Erickson Museum of Art was officially inaugurated with a guerilla-style art action. Befitting its diminutive architectural scale (each JEMA gallery is only slightly larger than a shoebox) – the entire celebratory event was clocked from start to finish at two-minutes in length. Conceived in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp’s “Boite en Valise” (his mini-retrospective in a suitcase) and Robert Filliou’s “Galerie Légitime” (an exhibition space in the artist’s hat), the portable JEMA galleries (most now safely housed in 16”x12”x9” aluminum carrying cases) have played host to site-specific and solo projects by a wide-array of well-established and emerging international artists.

While ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery will present more than twenty “archived” JEMA galleries – including those by Gregory Green, Arnold Mesches, Yoko Ono, Bethany Taylor, Sergio Vega and others, it will also premiere new works (or some not previously shown in the United States) by Jim Drain, Oliver Herring, Chip Lord, Tea Mäkipää, Andrea Robbins & Max Becher, Fluxus pioneer Ben Patterson and The Art Guys from Houston. This first-ever survey of artworks commissioned by the John Erickson Museum of Art, Elevenwill represent the largest gathering to date of artist/curator Sean Miller’s “location variable” JEMA galleries and be accompanied by his Next Chapter Spaces, JEMA Annex, JEMA Video Lounge, the Art Museum Dust Collection and new works from the JEMA Artist Dream Registry.

According to Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Director Jade Dellinger: “We are honored to be collaborating with our friends at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and to have the opportunity to premiere this ambitious joint-venture in Fort Myers before travelling ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective to the University of Florida in Gainesville this Fall.”

The founder and director of JEMA, Sean Miller is a Florida-based artist/curator and an Assistant Professor at University of Florida with the School of Art and Art History and views the John Erickson Museum of Art as a generative art work.

As Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art/University of Florida views it, “Sean Miller’s remarkable JEMA project upends conventional ideas of the museum, artist and curator. He reinvents the museum by creating a series of miniature and mobile museums that occupy new realms of critical and literal space from site-specific sculpture and installation space to performance and web-based project. Each museum features a different artist and from there the project expands.”

Critically-acclaimed, Sean Miller’s work has received international coverage in broadcast, TV, film and print including: The New York TimesCBS News, The NationBaltimore SunLA WeeklySeattle TimesSeattle Post-IntelligencerAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionMiami New TimesIrish TimesSculpture MagazineArt PapersNew Art ExaminerArtStar (episode “Six in the City”/Reality Television), Gallery HD, Dish Network (2008), Oddities (Season 2, episode “The Horaffe”)Science Channel,and the documentary film How to Start Your Own Country, directed by Jody Shapiro.

Gallery exhibitions are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The State of Florida, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council. Marketing of The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective is generously underwritten by Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

 

“Physically Small, Conceptually Large: JEMA Retrospective at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” in Art at Bay by Danny Olda (May 12, 2014)

“Itty Bitty Creations” in The News-Press’ Gulf Coasting by Charles Runnells (May 16, 2014)

“JEMA Museum-en-Valise Travels to Ft. Myers” from Burnaway.org by Megan Voeller (July 24, 2014)

 


Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of FLUXus – A Performance/LectureBen Patterson
Tuesday, June 24 at 6pm

In conjunction with our on-going exhibition
ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective
May 9 – July 25, 2014
at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery

Presented in conjunction with ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective (May 9th – July 25th, 2014) and represented in the exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College (soon to be Florida SouthWestern State College) by his two solo projects [Paper Piece (1960/2014) and Bollywood Love: Object of Desire (2010)], the influential and affable artist Ben Patterson will discuss the origin and history of the Fluxus movement, his current work and his ongoing involvement with Sean Miller and the John Erickson Museum of Art.

A founding member of Fluxus, the international collective of artists known for infusing avant-garde practices with anarchic spirit and humor, Ben Patterson helped revolutionize the artistic landscape at the advent of the 1960s and was on the forefront of ushering in a new – often controversial – era of experimental music and visual art.  Now in his eighties and residing in Germany, Mr. Patterson has been the recent subject of a major traveling retrospective (organized by the Contemporary Art Museum/Houston) and has had the distinction of having his work acquired by numerous institutions – including the Permanent Collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

A classically trained musician and composer whose most significant contribution to Fluxus was exploring the connection between action and music, Ben Patterson has spent more than five decades creating compositions for both the body in action (“action as composition”) and the unconventional playing of his instrument, the contra bass, through ordinary gestures.  Later recognized as the first official Fluxus event, after a brief encounter with John Cage in 1960, Mr. Patterson became a fixture in the experimental music scene in Germany and co-organized and performed at the first International Festival of New Music with George Maciunas at the Staatsmuseum in Wiesbaden in 1961.

In the tradition of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage and Bob Rauschenberg, with tongue-in-cheek – often provocative – humor, Ben Patterson’s work is a celebration of “ordinary life”.  Employed for some years as a reference librarian, an arts administrator and as an entrepreneur with his own music management company, Patterson took a hiatus and withdrew from his career as an artist for nearly two decades.  Reemerging in the 1980’s and returning to Europe to live, Ben Patterson has spent the last twenty-five years prolifically creating visual art, scores and performing his work.

“Ben Patterson to discuss Fluxus movement in Edison State College lecture and performance on June 24” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (June 17, 2014)

“Making sense of Ben Patterson’s ‘Fluxus in the Swamp’ performance” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (June 30, 2014)


The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XII’s Secret Art MissionApollo 12 Mission Photograph of Alan Bean beginning the LM ladder descent
August 22 – September 27, 2014

Opening and Reception: August 22, 6 – 8pm

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the renaming of the Gallery of Fine Art at Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison State College), our Fall programming will focus exclusively on the enduring legacy and profound global (even “extraterrestrial”) impact of our namesake artist Bob Rauschenberg.  From October 22 through December 17, the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery will premiere RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix – the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work at the Gallery since his death in 2008.  However, we are also delighted to announce that the first ever “Space Art” object will be landing at FSW in the meantime with our installation: The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XII’s Secret Art Mission (August 22 – September 27, 2014).

The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XII’s Secret Art Mission will present the little-known Rauschenberg / Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.) project that clandestinely sent and permanently sited original artwork by six artists on the lunar surface in 1969.  A postage stamp-sized, paper-thin multiple, the Moon Museum was the brainchild of New York sculptor Forrest “Frosty” Myers.  A group of the most significant artists of the time including John Chamberlain, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Bob Rauschenberg joined Myers in contributing individual drawings that engineers at Bell Laboratories transferred (using a then cutting-edge photo-reduction technique developed for micro-circuitry) onto a handful of identical ceramic wafers.  The first-ever “Space Art” object, one copy of the Moon Museum multiple was then surreptitiously attached to the Apollo XII lunar landing LEM 6, and has now, consequently, resided on the surface of the Moon for the last forty-five years.

As Rauschenberg’s artist-friend Forrest Myers has described it, “Darwinian evolution seemed to happen in fossil time, but seeing Man leave the Earth and step foot on the Moon was both instant and epic.”  Myers was inspired by the success of Apollo XI to propose sending art to the Moon – his art and the art of those artists he most admired.  Wanting nothing more than to put something soulful up where typically NASA had left detritus and hardware behind, nearly a half century later, The Moon Museum (with drawings by Rauschenberg, Chamberlain, Oldenburg, Novros, Myers and Warhol) is still a compelling art object and continues to resonate profoundly in the imagination.

Following the triumphant return of the Moon Museum from its first blockbuster presentation (an exhibition co-organized by the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery with support from the U.S. Department of State and National Geographic magazine) at the National Gallery of Art in Tbilisi, Georgia (former Soviet Union) last November, the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW will allow Southwest Florida visitors the rare opportunity to view in-person one of the few original Moon Museum (1969) ceramic tile multiples (along with vintage NASA press photographs, film shot by Apollo XII astronauts and related mission-flown artifacts).

“‘Moon Museum’ Exhibit Sheds New Insight on the Rauschenberg Legacy” in Art Districts by Tom Hall (August/September 2014)

“Robert Rauschenberg’s top secret moon mission” in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson (August 20, 2014)

“A trip the The Moon” in Fort Myers Beach Observer (August 20, 2014)

“Moon ‘museum’ masterpieces: Chip-sized gallery smuggled on Apollo” in Naples Daily News by Harriet Howard Heithaus (August 21, 2014)

“Exhibit showcases museum sent to Moon” in Gulf Coasting by Charles Runnells (August 29, 2014)

“Polk Museum of Art Presents ‘Moon Museum’ Exhibit” in The Ledger by Lance Ferguson (June 28, 2015)

“Enjoy the Scenery” in Tampa Bay Times by Lennie Bennett (July 2, 2015)


RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix
October 22, 2014 – January 24, 2015

The re-mixed and re-installed exhibition: January 2 – 24, 2015.

Lecture by Dr. Donald Saff: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6-7pm in the Rush Library Auditorium
Opening reception in the Gallery from 7-9pm (with Musical Performances by Dickie Landry, Kat Epple and Sonic Combine)

Florida SouthWestern State College and lead sponsor FineMark National Bank & Trust is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition of world renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg since his memorial at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in 2008 and the first installation in more than a decade of his monumental 100 ft.-long Chinese Summerhall (1984) photograph. RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix is the artist’s sixteenth one-man show at the College (since the Gallery was founded in 1979) and celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Gallery’s renaming and dedication in his honor.

Widely-acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the 20th Century, Rauschenberg is credited with pioneering the transition from European modernism to American pop art and was a local Lee County resident for nearly four decades.  His effect still looms large around the globe, but this is particularly evident in China.  Inspired by his 1982 visit to Jing Xian and his work at the ancient Xuan Paper Mill on his 7 [Chinese] Characters collages (included in this exhibition), Rauschenberg returned to China in 1985 to mount his Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) exhibition at the National Gallery in Beijing.  Open to the public for less than three weeks, Rauschenberg’s ROCI/China show attracted more than 300,000 visitors and is still considered a seminal cultural event.  To this day, the most recognized Chinese artists acknowledge his great influence and broader impact in describing art in China “before… and after Rauschenberg.”

As the artist once noted, “ROCI [was] an attempt to create universal art, imbued with cultures of various peoples, in order to contribute to the cause of peace.”  “While photographing the environs,” according to Dr. Donald Saff, “a sense of China unfolded in the viewfinder of Rauschenberg’s Hasselblad.” He continued, “The enthusiasm of his working methodology was his diplomacy and his art was magic for the people’s spirit.”

The RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix exhibition will open to the public from 7-9pm on Bob Rauschenberg’s October 22nd birthday with musical performances by longtime friends Dickie Landry, Kat Epple and Sonic Combine.  A pre-opening lecture on “Rauschenberg in China” will be presented from 6-7pm by distinguished guest, Dr. Donald Saff (Founder of USF’s Graphicstudio and Artistic Director of Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange/ROCI).

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.

These events are open to the public, free of charge.  The first-come, first-served seating for the 6 pm lecture is limited. 

Generously sponsored by

 FineMark Logo

With additional support from Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation

Special Thanks for providing Opening Night Chocolate Norman Love Confections

“‘RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix’ comes to Bob Rauschenberg Gallery October 22” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (September 25, 2014)

“‘RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix’ exhibit re-examines legacy of artist’s ROCI project and China visit” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (September 30, 2014)

“‘RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix’ first solo show of artist’s work at Rauschenberg Gallery since 2008 memorial’ from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 4, 2014)

“Bob Rauschenberg’s international outreach focus of new exhibition” in Florida Weekly (October 8, 2014)

“Jade Dellinger guests on WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live to discuss impending ‘RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix’ exhibition” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 15, 2014)

“Blindfolded water buffalo epitomized Rauschenberg’s reaction to insular lives led by Chinese in 1982” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 20, 2014)

“The making and exhibition history of Rauschenberg’s 100-foot-photo, ‘Chinese Summerhall’” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 21, 2014)

“Recalling how revolutionary and transcendent Bob Rauschenberg was on the 89th anniversary of his birth” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 22, 2014)

“Getting to know Bob Rauschenberg the artist and ambassador of peace through R.O.C.I. Artistic Director Donald Saff” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 24, 2014)

“‘China/America Mix’ exhibition offers greater understanding and appreciation of Rauschenberg’s R.O.C.I. legacy” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 26, 2014)

“How a bit of trickery led to inclusion of a political poster in the ‘Chinese Summerhall’ 100-foot photo” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 27, 2014)

“Rauschenberg’s legendary work ethic won over Chinese handlers during stopover outside Xuan paper mill in Jing Xian” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 28, 2014)

“Chinese cook’s story inspired Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 29, 2014)

“Fully committed, Bob Rauschenberg leveraged entire estate to finance R.O.C.I.” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (October 30, 2014)

“Rauschenberg’s influence on Chinese art nearly snuffed by government crackdown following Tiananmen Square demonstrations” from ArtSWFL.com by Tom Hall (November 7, 2014)

“‘Chinese Summerhall’ by Robert Rauschenberg” on usfcam.wordpress.com (November 9, 2014)

“Picturing New Directions” in Gulfshore Life by Janice T. Paine (January 2015)


Robert Rauschenberg: Recent Work

"Light Gear (Anagrams-- A pun)" 1998, vegetable dye transfer on polylaminate, 61" x 61"

“Light Gear (Anagrams– A pun)”
1998, vegetable dye transfer on polylaminate, 61″ x 61″

March 10 – April 16, 2000

The Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College, is pleased to present the extraordinary exhibit “Robert Rauschenberg: Recent Work.”  Comprised of work completed between 1997 and 1999, the exhibit will open March 10 and close April 16, 2000.

Robert Rauschenberg, often cited as the most important artist of his generation, did more than any other artist to reach beyond contemporary thinking by challenging limits, perceptions, and every other boundary in sight.  After all, this is the artist who erased a de Kooning drawing, created a tire impression on paper with John Cage, worked extensively with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, ushered in “Happenings” and “Pop Art,” and influenced virtually all artistic thinking since Abstract Expressionism.

A career retrospective was organized by and displayed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Guggenheim Museum, Soho, in late 1997.  The exhibit of more than 400 pieces showed Rauschenberg from 1948 to the present.  In the fifty years of relentless pursuit of imagery, Rauschenberg’s mark of free association and experimentation is seen on painting, performance, collage, sculpture, printmaking, and photography.  It was Rauschenberg’s first retrospective since 1976 and one of the largest exhibitions ever held of work by a living artist.  Following the New York opening the exhibit began touring with stops in Houston, Texas, as well as venues in Germany and Spain.

The exhibit at The Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College, is comprised of 13 large format pieces ranging in size from approximately 5’ square to 10’ x 15’, completed between 1997 and 1999.  These works, made with vegetable dye transfers on polylaminate, utilize a highly technical process of computer-driven laser transfers of his photographic images onto the pictorial surface.

It is a very significant opportunity for Southwest Florida to view these rarely seen pieces selected from Mr. Rauschenberg’s collection.  To make this exhibit more available to the students and faculty at Edison Community College and to the greater Fort Myers area, the normal days of operation are being extended to include Mondays.



Robert Rauschenberg: Recent Work

"Page 53, Paragraph 3 (Short Stories)"  2001, pigment transfer on polylaminate, 85 1/2" x 61"

“Page 53, Paragraph 3 (Short Stories)”
2001, pigment transfer on polylaminate, 85 1/2″ x 61″

March 28 – April 28, 2002

The Gallery of Fine Art, Edison College, is pleased to welcome back world-renowned  artist Robert Rauschenberg.  This exhibit, titled  “Robert Rauschenberg: Recent Work” is taken from Mr. Rauschenberg’s most recent series of paintings, titled “Short Stories,” which was executed between 2000 and 2002.   The exhibit will open March 28 and run through April 28, 2002.  The exhibit opens to the public on March 28with a reception in the Gallery from 6 – 9 p.m.  Kat Epple will perform and the Docents of the Gallery will provide refreshments.

Robert Rauschenberg, often cited as the most important artist of his generation, did more than any other artist to reach beyond contemporary thinking by challenging limits, perceptions, and every other boundary in sight.  After all, this is the artist who erased a deKooning drawing, created a tire impression on paper with John Cage, worked extensively with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, ushered in “Happenings” and “Pop Art,” and influenced virtually all artistic thinking since Abstract Expressionism.

A career retrospective was organized by and displayed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Guggenheim Museum, Soho, in late 1997.  The exhibit of more than 400 pieces showed Rauschenberg from 1948 to the present.  In the fifty years of relentless pursuit of imagery, Rauschenberg’s mark of free association and experimentation is seen on painting, performance, collage, sculpture, printmaking, and photography.  It was Rauschenberg’s first retrospective since 1976 and one of the largest exhibitions ever held of work by a living artist.  Following the New York opening the exhibit began touring with stops in Houston, Texas, as well as venues in Germany and Spain.

The exhibit at The Gallery of Fine Art, Edison College, is comprised of 15 large format pieces, measuring 85 ½” x 61”, that were completed between 2000 and 2002.   The mixed media work, all on polylaminate, was executed using a pigment transfer process or  vegetable dye transfer process, and also incorporates acrylic and/or graphite. The highly technical process Mr. Rauschenberg uses to create his work was developed at his Captiva studio.  The process includes creating, on a film, computer-driven soluble (transferable) laser images of Mr. Rauschenberg’s own photographs.  Those laser images are then used by Mr. Rauschenberg in creating his paintings.

To make this exhibit more accessible to the students and faculty at Edison Community College and to the greater Fort Myers area, the normal days of operation are being extended to include Mondays.


Scenarios

"Restoration (Scenarios)" 2004, pigment transfer on polylaminate, 85 1/2" x 120 1/2"

“Restoration (Scenarios)”
2004, pigment transfer on polylaminate, 85 1/2″ x 120 1/2″

Bob Rauschenberg
June 4 – July 11, 2004

Edison College is pleased to announce that the Gallery of Fine Art at the Lee Campus will be named “The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery” at a dedication ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2004.  Coinciding with the dedication ceremony, a new exhibit of Mr. Rauschenberg’s work, “Scenarios,” will be on display in the Gallery from June 4 to July 11, 2004.

World acclaimed artist Robert Rauschenberg has been a friend of Edison College since 1980 when his first exhibit took place at the Gallery of Fine Art.  Subsequently, the gallery has hosted eight exhibits of his works and an additional two exhibits have taken place in the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.  With the June 4 exhibit and another exhibit planned for January of 2005 the remarkable total of 12 exhibitions have taken place at Edison College over a 25-year span.  Mr. Rauschenberg’s generosity led to the establishment of an endowed fund to benefit the Gallery in March 2000.  The Edison College Foundation created the fund from the proceeds of the sale of limited edition prints and posters of Rauschenberg’s work.

Rauschenberg has created a new limited edition print entitled “Restoration,” and will donate signed prints to the Gallery of Fine Art for purchase through the Foundation at the June 4 ceremony.   The artist’s generous gifts, along with State matching funds, have resulted in an endowed fund at a level which meets the College’s guidelines for naming its facilities.

The reception will be held in the lobby of the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the exhibition of “Scenarios” and Gallery Open House scheduled for 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  The dedication ceremony is planned for 8:00 p.m.


A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth) 1994

“A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth)” 1994, acrylic and graphite on 29 panels of bonded aluminum, anodized mirrored aluminum and polycarbonate (Lexan) with aluminum framing, dimensions variable

“A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth)”
1994, acrylic and graphite on 29 panels of bonded aluminum, anodized mirrored aluminum and polycarbonate (Lexan) with aluminum framing, dimensions variable

Bob Rauschenberg
January 7 – February 26, 2005

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College, is pleased to welcome back world-renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg.  Mr. Rauschenberg has been a friend of the gallery for 25 years with this being his 12th exhibit at Edison.

The new exhibit, titled “A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth) 1994” features a large scale, free standing piece created at Rauschenberg’s Captiva Island studio.  This piece was created using acrylic and graphite on 29 panels of bonded aluminum, anodized mirrored aluminum and polycarbonate (Lexan) with aluminum framing.   “A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth)” has only been shown in Italy and Switzerland, making this the first United States showing of the work.

The exhibit will open January 7 and runs through February 26, 2005.  The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, the 7th, with a reception in the gallery from 6 – 8 p.m.  Kat Epple will perform and the Docents of the Gallery will provide refreshments.  A new exhibit poster and posters from all prior Rauschenberg exhibits will be on sale at the opening reception.  Additionally, the limited edition print “Restoration” will also be available that evening.

Saturday, January 8th, the Gallery will host a lecture and book signing with Mary Lynn Kotz, acclaimed author of “Rauschenberg / Art and Life,” a Harry N. Abrams, Inc. book.  The lecture and slide presentation will be held in Corbin Auditorium at Edison College.  The book signing, to be held in the Gallery, will follow the lecture.  Lecture is at 2 p.m. and the book signing will follow at 3 p.m.  There is no charge for the lecture.


Rauschenberg: Scenarios

"Aria (Scenarios)" 2006, Pigment Transfer on Polylaminate 85 ½” x 120 ½”

“Aria (Scenarios)”
2006, Pigment Transfer on Polylaminate
85 ½” x 120 ½”

January 12 – February 24, 2007

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, EdisonCollege, is pleased to welcome back world – renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg.  Mr. Rauschenberg has been a friend of the gallery for over 25 years.  The new exhibit, titled Rauschenberg: Scenarios features the newest additions to a series of work that Mr. Rauschenberg started in 2002.  The new work in this show was created in 2006 and has not been previously exhibited.  

Mr. Rauschenberg has generously donated to the gallery a new limited edition print and poster created specifically for this exhibition.   All proceeds from the sale of the print and poster support the exhibitions and programs offered by the gallery.  Additionally, all prior posters and prints from Rauschenberg exhibits atEdisonwill be available at the opening reception.

Friday evening, January 12th,  at 6 p.m. the Gallery will host a lecture and book signing with Mary Lynn Kotz, acclaimed author of Rauschenberg / Art and Life, a Harry N. Abrams, Inc. book.  The lecture and slide presentation, titled “Rauschenberg in Florida” will be held in Corbin Auditorium, J building, at Edison College on the Lee campus.   The book signing, to be held at the Gallery, will follow the lecture and the newest edition of Mary Lynn’s book, Rauschenberg / Art and Life, will be available for $65.   The lecture starts at6 p.m. and the book signing will follow at7 p.m.   There is no charge for the lecture.

The exhibit will officially open to the public Friday evening, January 12, and run through February 24, 2007.  The reception in the Gallery follows the lecture and lasts from7to9 p.m.  Kat Epple will perform in the gallery and The Bettie Page Boys will perform outside.  The Docents of the Gallery will provide refreshments, and as always the exhibits and events held in the gallery are free and open to the public.