Before studying with Josef Albers at the renown Black Mountain College in North Carolina Rauschenberg studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri and also in Paris at the Academie Julie and the Academie de la Grand Chaumier. His numerous exhibitions include the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York and Staatliche Kunstahalle, Berlin, Germany. Considered by most scholars as a transitional artist between Abstract Expressionism and Pop art, Rauschenberg challenged the formalism of Abstract Expressionism. He is known for his ?combine paintings? that combine found objects with painting.