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Rauschenberg Gallery Hosts NYC Experimental Guitarist

August 10, 2016 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) welcomes experimental musician Luke Schwartz on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.

A New York City-based composer, guitarist, and current member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Schwartz will perform a free concert with cellist Tom Kersey and drummer Jose Cochez. The compositions are inspired by the gallery’s current exhibition, “Glenn Branca & Philip Corner re: Sound.”

“I toured Germany, France and the Netherlands with Glenn Branca. Getting to play his music in various halls was a very intense sonic experience,” he said.

Schwartz has worked with renowned musicians including Jeff Berlin, Lawrence “Butch” Morris and Glenn Branca, as well as sharing bills with talents as diverse as Leni Stern and Ron Anderson. He has received numerous awards and recognitions from ASCAP, New Music Forum and Queens Council of the Arts.  As the founder of Quiet City—a NYC-based composer/performer collective—his work has explored the cross genre relationship between determinate and improvised music.

Currently a faculty member of Music Theory/Composition at the Kaufman Music Center and Columbia University, he received his B.A. in Music Theory and M.M. in Music Composition from the University of South Florida. He has performed across the United States and internationally in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

The ongoing gallery exhibition, “Glenn Branca & Philip Corner re: Sound,” features graphic/musical scores, Harmonic series drawings, and instruments constructed by both artists, considered two of the most influential avant-garde composers alive today.

Learn more at or by calling (239) 489-9313.

Events at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

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 About The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery:

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 4, 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.

 About FSW:

Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving more than 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in the fall 2015. Visit for more information.