Four Austin Artists Receive Rauschenberg Residencies


This year, a trio of Austin-based artists are headed to Capitva Island, Florida, each a recipient of a prestigious Rauschenberg Residency.

Choreographer Gesel Mason, composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds, visual artists Deborah Roberts and Elizabeth Schwaiger, have each been awarded month-long residencies.

The residency is located on Rauschenberg’s former Florida Gulf Coast property where the Port Arthur, Texas-born-and-raised artist lived and worked for nearly four decades. Operated by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the residency program launched in 2013 and now takes about 70 artists per year. Application is by invitation or nomination only.

Although the intent of the residencies is to create an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment — inspired by Rauschenberg’s early years at Black Mountain College where artistic cross-pollination reigned  — the quartet of Austinites will each be in residence at different times.

Mason joined the University of Texas Theater and Dance department this fall, bringing her in-process archiving project of African American modern dance.

Reynolds plans to use his residency to  work on Water Music, a concert version of pieces he wrote for Forklift Danceworks’ “My City, My Pool” series.

Both Roberts and Schwaiger have prolific studio practices. In the last few years, Roberts has catapulted into the spotlight, netting numerous accolades, grants and exhibitions.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is an arts and culture journalist who has covered visual art, performance, film, literature, architecture, and just about any combination thereof. She was the staff arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman for 17 years. Her commendations include the First Place Arts & Culture Criticism Award from the Society for Features Journalism. Additionally, Jeanne Claire has been awarded professional fellowships at USC’s Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute. In 2022, she was awarded the Rabkin Prize in visual art journalism. Jeanne Claire founded and led Sightlines, a non-profit online arts and culture magazine that reached an annual readership of 600,000. And for two years, she taught arts journalism at the University of Texas College of Fine Arts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Dwell, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Art Papers, and ICON design magazine, among other publications.

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