The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has announced recipients of its prestigious residency fellowships and Assistant Professor Marni Shindelman was selected as one of ten artists, writers, and musicians from throughout the U.S. and Canada who will spend three weeks at Rauschenberg’s twenty-acre estate on Captiva Island, Florida in fall 2017. The residency is designed to allow artists from a variety of disciplines the time, space, and resources to explore new possibilities and media, commune, and collaborate. This group of Alumni Residency Aritsts were all past Rauschenberg Artists-in-Residence participants from 2012 to 2015 who were invited to apply to return to the residency to work on a specifically proposed project. Shindelman was first selected for the residency in 2013.
The residency aims to advance new work, extend practices into new mediums, and serve as a research and development lab for performance-based projects, fostering the ideal that artistic practice advances mutual understanding. The location also engenders a focus on the conservation of a sensitive and pristine environment.
The Florida estate was artist Robert Rauschenberg's home and studio for forty years and has been transformed into a creative center that welcomes artists from around the world to live, work, and create. The Rauschenberg Foundation states that the residency program, started in 2012, “serves artists and other creative individuals of exceptional talent and promise from a diverse mix of disciplines, backgrounds, ages, and career levels.” The residency is inspired by Rauschenberg's early experiences at Black Mountain College where an artistic community brought out elements central to his art, collaboration and exploration, learning from and working with others to break new ground.
Shindelman’s photographic work has been in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum, solo exhibition Blue Sky in Portland, United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas, Light Factory in Charlotte, the FotoFestiwal in Poland, the Houston Center for Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Moscow International Biennale in Russia,and Conflux Festival in NYC. She has been a residency at Light Work in Syracuse, NY and her collaborative projects have been featured in Wired Magazine, “The Picture Show” from NPR, PetaPixel, Fast Company, Gizmodo, Hyperallergic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Utne Reader, Flavorwire, the British Journal of Photography, the BBC News "Viewfinder", and on the radio program Marketplace “Tech Report”.