The Captiva Civic Association will open the 2023-24 season with an artistic flair, offering a rare peek at a collection of works from artists taking part in the Rauschenberg Residency Program over the past decade.
The pieces will vary in medium, displaying the vast range of artists the residency supports.
An opening reception for Rauschenberg Residency: Explorations and Experimentation will be held Thursday, November 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center, located at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva. The reception will feature light fare, refreshments and live music. It is free and open to the public but RSVP is required by visiting an Eventbrite link on the CCA website.
Robert Rauschenberg called Captiva home for 40 years and left a lasting legacy in many ways, including the residency program. His 20-acre estate, which includes his home and studio, has been transformed into a creative center that welcomes artists from around the world to live, work, and create.
Since 2012, almost 500 artists have been in residence, briefly making Captiva their home. When the residency ends, some of the artists – painters, writers, musicians, dancers – have wanted to share work they created. They leave a print, a photograph, a video, a poem – tangible reminders that this month of exploration was an amalgam of inspiration, productivity, collaboration, and renewal. The exhibition presents work by 30 of those artists.
In addition, on Thursday, November 9 at 5 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center, Ann Brady, director of the Rauschenberg Residency, will present an illustrated talk to discuss the evolution of the Residency, its current status, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s commitment to the program, the property, and the island.
This is the first exhibit in this year’s CCA art show series. This 2023-2024 series of four art shows and related events is sponsored by Bank of the Islands. Visit for more information and to RSVP.