Americanpostmodernist Robert Rauschenberg died last week at the age of 82,leaving behind a body of work containing an estimated 6,000 pieces.After stints in the army, the Kansas City Art Institute and theAcad’mie Julian in Paris, Rauschenberg studied at Black MountainCollege, where he thrived under the tutelage of Josef Albers.Rauschenberg split time between Black Mountain and New York City for afew years after graduation, but that’s where the North Carolinaconnection ends. In later years, he bounced between a Greenwich Villageapartment and a pied-a-terre on the Florida island of Captiva. Incheerier news, the Gateway Gallery in Winston-Salem opens a new showFriday featuring work by Ricky Needham, John Bryan and Ryan Pritts. TheEnrichment Center Percussion Ensemble will perform during thereception, which starts at 6 p.m. The Greensboro Opera Companyhired William Swain to serve as general director. He is expected totake the helm in July. Swain prevailed in a candidate pool thatincluded some 40 applicants from around the country. UNC-TVbroadcasts student films from NC School of the Arts on Fridays, andthis week’s is “Kilroy Was Here,” directed by Charles Boyles, now agraduate of the school. Karrie Crouse’s “The Tragedy of Glady” showsthe same night. Also at School of the Arts, Doug Church performs”The Voice of Elvis” at Reynolds Auditorium on Saturday; tickets are$18-$38. And on May 25 the Cantata Singers give a free matineeperformance in Watson Music Hall. The folks behind Press 53posted the results of their first Open Awards on their website,Press53.com. They also opened the floodgates for next year’scompetition, setting staggered deadlines for eight categories fromflash fiction to novella. You can find those on the website too. Thesmall publishing house’s founder, Kevin Watson, celebrated his birthdayMonday. The lucky few who get the paper on Tuesdays can celebrate withhim that night at Tuscany Coffee House in Winston. The rest will justhave to wish him well the next time you see him. The BlueDiamond Gallery in Greensboro hosted a silent auction last week of apainting by Sue Seamon with proceeds benefiting the Triad Youth JazzSociety. Seamon’s exhibit, Faces: Follow the Dream, is on display untilthe end of the month. The Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboroholds its Benefactors Choice Event on Wednesday, but if you didn’talready know about it, I wouldn’t bother trying to get in. The event isfor deep-pocketed donors only, it is not open to the public.