Exhibition Calendar

Ringling College Gallery Exhibitions


With seven on-campus galleries and two off-campus art centers, you'll always find an exciting new exhibition, artist talk, lecture, or event to attend. Stop by to view the work on your own or attend one of our campus-wide Artwalks to stroll from gallery to gallery enjoying live demonstrations, film screenings, and light refreshments. 

Ringling College galleries and exhibition spaces are free to visit and open to the public. For questions about an exhibition, gallery, or event or to schedule a group tour, please contact us at: 941.359.7563 or galleries@ringling.edu. Follow us at facebook.com/rcadgalleries

Campus Gallery Map (PDF)

Exhibition Schedule (PDF)


On View


Contemporary Painting

October 14 – December 2, 2016
Opening Reception October 28, 5–7 pm
Willis Smith Gallery
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10-4, Tuesday 10-7

This exhibition organized by Mark Ormond features 15 large and small-scale works by an international roster of artists that includes Lucy Barber, Zhong Biao, Ester Curini, Lynn Davison, Michelle Doll, Kenny Harris, Mary Henderson, Ling Jian, Dustin Juengel, Bruce Marsh, Michael McNamara, John Moore, Hideo Ohya, Grace Graupe-Pillard and Jeffrey Ripple.

Focusing on the role of observation, reference, gesture and mark-making in contemporary painting, the exhibition presents a selection of figurative portraits, landscapes, interiors, wildlife and urban views that transcend realism to explore the intricate relationship between artist and subject.   

Image: Ling Jian, The Sun, 2015 Oil on canvas, 78 3/4” x 70 7/8” Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery, NYC






Scott Gordley - Blood Garden

October 8 – November 5, 2016
Artist Reception: October 14, 6-8pm
Christ -Janer Gallery
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-4, Thursday 10-3

Scott Gordley’s exhibition in the gallery is based on a fusion of memory and moment, where archival family photos are referenced and connected to the currency of his life in the moment. His work engages in a mental dialogue with those who not only preceded him but had everything to do with his particular development. Painting family helps inform Mr. Gordley’s teaching as it connects to core elements of our individual sense of self and collective sense of community.

The Illustration Department would like to extend a warm welcome to Scott Gordley, he himself an alumnus of Ringling College, as he takes the position of Illustration Department Head.

Image: Scott Gordley, Afternoon Retreat, Courtesy of the Artist



Pedro Pérez

June 10 – Oct 21, 2016
Patricia Thompson Gallery
Hours: Monday – Friday 10–4

Patricia Thompson Gallery is pleased to host the work of alumnus Pedro Pérez, Class of 1996. Pérez is a founding partner of Nuevo Advertising Group and an adjunct professor of Global Brand Strategies at Ringling College. His multi-media exhibition on the Ringling College campus will include design work from various advertising campaigns and give examples of projects completed along the road to becoming a successful design professional. This exploration of the creative process will both offer final results and give insights into the decision-making and experimentation that goes on behind the scenes.

Pérez founded his first company, Merging Point Design, Inc., with fellow students while they were attending Ringling College. In 2004, Nuevo Advertising Group was formed, expanding the agency’s work to emphasize marketing to the Hispanic consumer both domestically and internationally.

The Patricia Thompson Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Keating Center on the Ringling College campus at 2700 N. Tamiami Trail.

For further information please visit: www.ringling.edu/galleries
Email: galleries@ringling.edu
Phone: 941-359-7563

Featured in Your Observer






October 28, 2016 – January 27, 2017
Opening Reception October 28, 5–7 pm

Ringling Illustration alumna Jenny Medved studied traditional portraiture in Italy before earning her MFA in Figurative Painting. In 2015, she was featured as one of ten artists to watch by Watercolor Artist Magazine.

Some questions for Jenny Medved from Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions in August 2016

What draws you to your subject matter? The raw, natural beauty of indigenous cultures and practices. The music, regalia, colors, dance and history is so alive, and after many generations of economic and political challenges- many are continuing to preserve their culture, growing stronger while teaching others of their ancestral ways.  It’s a beautiful experience to witness and be a part of.  

How have your discoveries about your own ancestors influenced your painting? I come from North Georgia, where I have a long line of family history dating back to the Georgia gold rush and Cherokee and Choctaw removal- which makes it is hard to trace all of my ancestors. However, my family history plays a small part on why I paint what I do. My love for Native American and other Indigenous cultures have been based on instinct and respect- as well as personal reflections and experiences.

Do need to be inspired by a person to paint them?  In my personal series of work, yes, definitely.

How important is exact authenticity to your renderings? Extremely important. I want my work to have nothing but pure authenticity, therefore if I make any changes at all- they are very small.  I am not here to change anyone, only to humbly and respectfully record them onto paper.

Please describe your process. I photograph each model in their own environment, sometimes, taking hundreds of photos per shoot. I often spend several hours going through each photo before exporting a few into Photoshop to find which of my favorite compositions work best. I then erase the background, adding a gradient color to get a feel for how I will paint in the negative space. Because of the delicate nature of watercolor paper, I will often transfer the basic outline of my image onto my paper. However, at my easel, I spend much more time drawing in details and form until I am happy with the overall rendering. Once the drawing is complete, I tape my paper down to board, which helps prevent any buckling. In the past, I always started a portrait by painting in the eyes, completing them before moving onto the rest of the face and figure. However, now, I try to stay open to the organic nature of each painting, so I start with the shadows first- building up form and lighting. I paint by building up transparent layers of watercolor, as well as with a dry-brush technique, so my process rarely goes quickly. It may sometimes take me several weeks or more to complete a painting, depending on the size of the paper. 

How does the negative space of the paper factor in your compositional planning? It is a very important aspect in my work. Because I leave the background open to the viewer to fill in what they want to see, the negative space has to frame my model’s gesture and be a part of the overall form. With a little bit of color to add shadow and enhance each space, it all has to work together so the painting doesn’t feel unbalanced.

How does color function in your work? Color- or even lack thereof, is very important. Depending on the mood of the painting- I may tone down my palette to get a warmer, nostalgic feel while brightening up other areas where I may want the viewer to focus on or a certain detail in my work.

What was the most important thing you learned at Ringling? Hard work and time management- without either, I don’t think you will get very far. 

Image: Jenny Medved, Kahalepouli Kawaimapuna, 2016, Watercolor on paper, 30” x 20” Courtesy of the Artist



November 3–19, 2016
Opening Reception, Thursday, November 3, 5:00 pm
Artist Talk: November 3. 6:00 pm. Academic Center Auditorium

In collaboration with Ringling’s Letterpress and Book Arts Center, Basch Gallery will feature an original wall installation and printed materials by Kathryn Hunter, a printmaker and fine artist who runs Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Image: Kathryn Hunter, Reflection, 2015, Laser cut steel, wool, sewing, 29" x 35" Courtesy of the Artist



November 30 - December 5

Each fall semester students in this Business of Art and Design class compete with each other for the opportunity to organize a unique project for the gallery.


Glass Artists of Venice featuring La Famiglia Salvadore

January 9 – March 25, 2017

Since 2010, Ringling College has worked with Richard and Barbara Basch to organize exhibitions from their extensive collection of Glass Art. Dr. and Mrs. Basch began their collection in 1993 by purchasing the work of American artists. They soon expanded the scope of their collection to include artists from all over the world. This year’s exhibition will feature work by Davide Salvadore, an innovative master glass artist from Murano, Italy.

Image: Davide Salvadore, Homage to Alfredo Barbini, 2014, Blown glass, battuto, marini, 23”x23”x 7” Courtesy Richard and Barbara Basch Collection



September 16 – October 5, 2016
Opening Reception: September 16, 5–7pm
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10–4, Tuesday 10–7

Be inspired by the work of Ringling College faculty teaching in Advertising Design, Business of Art and Design, Computer Animation, Film, Game Art, Fine Arts, Illustration, Graphic Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging, and the Liberal Arts Program.

Sheryl Haler's work in the Faculty exhibition won the 'Show Your World 2016' International Art Competition! Learn more here: http://www.reartiste.com/international-art-competition-show-your-world-2016/.

Image: Steven Strenk, Dunes, 2015 Plexiglass, found object and wood, 7" x 4" x 2" Courtesy of the Artist

Judy Saltzman, Morning Run

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition

May 20 – June 10, 2016
Willis Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries

Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 10-4

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 20, 2016, 5 -7 pm

For our annual community art exhibition, Willis Smith Gallery is featuring work by members of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.

This year’s juror is Rose M. Edin, an artist holding signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society, as well as “Master” status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The recipient of numerous awards, Edin has had her work featured on the cover of Splash, and was the subject of major articles in the French publication The Art of Watercolor in 2013 and 2014.

The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS) was formed in 1983 with 17 charter members and 24 associate members. Today, FSWS has more than 250 members, many of whom have achieved Signature or Master status as well as statewide and national status. The FSWS Board strives to serve all members who live on the Gulf Coast of Florida by rotating the locations of its exhibitions and holding workshops in a variety of venues.

Willis Smith Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Academic Center building on the Ringling College campus at 2363 Old Bradenton Rd.

For further information please visit: www.ringling.edu/galleries
Email: galleries@ringling.edu
Phone: 941-359-7563

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; Sponsored in part by WSMR 89.1




2016 Annual Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions

May 2 - May 13, 2016
All Campus Galleries

Celebrations - Tuesday, May 10, 5:00–8:00 pm*
*Galleries also open on Wednesday, May 11 until 9:00 pm

Advertising and Graphic Design - Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery and 4th floor corridor in the Academic Center

Business of Art & Design - Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery and 2nd floor corridor in the Academic Center

Film - Academic Center Auditorium. Screenings on Tuesday, May 10 from 6-8 pm and Friday, May 13 from 1-4 pm

Fine Arts - Crossley Gallery

Illustration - Christ-Janer Gallery and Willis Smith Gallery

Interior Design - Patricia Thompson Gallery

Motion Design - 3rd floor corridor in the Academic Center

Photography & Imaging - Trustee Studio 101 (Bayou 1)


Sunday, May 1 and Thursday, May 12

Computer Animation and Game Art - By invitation only.


Willis Smith, Christ-Janer, and Richard & Barbara Basch Galleries:
Monday–Saturday, 10–4, Tuesdays, 10-7
Patricia Thompson Gallery: Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30, Saturday 10-4
Crossley Gallery: Monday–Saturday, 10–4, Tuesdays, 10-7


2016 Best of Ringling Annual Ringling College Juried Student Exhibitions

April 8 - 23, 2016
Campus Galleries

Best of Ringling juried exhibitions showcase the top work of Ringling College students in every major. A campus and community favorite, the Best of Ringling show serves as a campus-wide immersion into the very best student work Ringling College has to offer as selected by a jury of visiting professionals and faculty members.

Best of Ringling Awards Ceremony*
April 8, 2016
Roskamp Exhibition Hall, 5:00 pm
Join us for this red carpet event as we announce the best student work of the year for each major.

*Awards ceremony will be followed by opening receptions in campus galleries until 8:00 pm.

Best of Ringling Exhibitions
April 9 – 23, 2016*
*Campus galleries will also be open from 6-8 pm. for opening receptions after awards ceremony on April 8th.

Richard and Basch Gallery:  Business of Art and Design, Advertising Design, Motion Design, and Graphic Design
Hours: Saturdays 10-4, Monday through Friday 10-4 and Tuesdays 10-7 from April 9-23.                                           

Willis Smith Gallery:  Computer Animation and Game Art
Hours: Saturdays 10-4, Monday through Friday 10-4 and Tuesdays 10-7 from April 9-23.
**Closed on Thursday, April 21 for private event

Keating Center Galleries (Patricia Thompson and Lobby Skylight Space):  Photography and Imaging; Interior Design
Hours: Saturdays 10-4, Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30, from April 9-23.  

Christ-Janer Gallery: Illustration
Hours:  Saturdays 10-4, Monday through Friday 10-4 and Tuesdays 10-7 from April 9-23.

Crossley Gallery: Fine Arts
Hours: Monday through Friday 10-3, April 11-22

Academic Center Auditorium: Film
Hours of Film Trailer Screenings: Friday, April 8, 6-8pm, Saturday, April 9, 5-8 pm


Mike and Doug Starn

BB10-19-09-90642, 2009-12

K3 inkjet print on gelatin hand-coated Zerkal paper

42 x 42 inches

Courtesy of Mike and Doug Starn, Beacon, NY

Photography & Film Constructs

March 4 – April 2, 2016
Willis Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries
Gallery Hours: Monday–Saturday 10-4, Tuesday 10-7

This exhibition will introduce the work of sixteen artists whose ideas and concepts are manifest in film based media. The individual works for the exhibition were each chosen to focus on the singular contributions of each respective artist. Each artist approaches creating a single image or composite film or video in a different way. The artist may construct a fiction involving a person or individuals, objects in a setting, a location and/or a narrative. The artist may realize a concept through an invention or reinvention of a person, place or narrative. In each example the artist has been challenged to address purely formal issues as well, creating an invented image not seen before.

Curator Talk: March 30, 11:30 am
Ringling College Galleries Chief Curator Mark Ormond will talk about the works in the Photography & Film Constructs exhibition. Ormond will give insights into the artist’s subject choices and composition development and discuss the selection process behind this innovative exhibition featuring internationally acclaimed artists working in photo and film-based media.

Artist Talk: April 1, 11:30 am
Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.) is the collaborative efforts of artists Tony Campbell and Mark Vis. Works featured in the Photography & Film Constructs exhibition include: A Study After the Innocent I & II, and The Sacrifice of Isaac. The New Orleans-based duo uses photography, performance and video to examine recurring themes of human drama and comment visually on contemporary society. They connect history to current events using Classical, Romantic and Baroque elements often in contemporary settings. Enjoy this rare opportunity to meet the artists on the Ringling College campus and hear them speak about their work.


Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; Sponsored in part by WSMR 89.1

In the Media:
SRQ Magazine

The Observer

Untitled, 2015, digital photograph   

Ferenc Beleznay – Photographs

January 22 – April 1, 2016
Patricia Thompson Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm 

Opening Reception: January 22, 4:30-7pm, Patricia Thompson Gallery

Alumnus Ferenc Beleznay, who graduated in 2015, possesses a unique eye for composition, lighting and staging. The photographs in this exhibition demonstrate his gift of anticipation in knowing the exact moment to open and close the shutter.

Portrait of Ferenc provided by the artist.

(Image: Dale Chihuly. Reduced Wisteria Violet Persian Set with Red Lip Wrap, 1995)

Nature in Glass - Selections from the Basch Collection

January 9 - March 19, 2016
Basch Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am-4pm, Tuesday 10am-7pm
Docent Tours with Mrs. Barbara Basch every Wednesday at 10:30am.

From the collection of Richard and Barbara Basch comes an exhibition of over two dozen works of glass art inspired by nature.  Artists include: Martin Blank, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Laura Donefer, Davide Salvadore, and Toots Zynsky, among others.

About the Basch Collection
Ticket Magazine: The Studio Art Glass Collection of Richard and Barbara Basch
The Observer: House of Glass - The Basch's Glass Collection

Your Observer

Herald Tribune

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; Sponsored in part by WSMR 89.1.

Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank


South of the Border West of the Sun, 2015
Oil on panel, 4 ¾ x 4 inches
Courtesy George Adams Gallery, NY


Amer Kobaslija: A 10-Year Survey

January 15 – February 20, 2016
Willis Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries
Gallery Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am-4pm, Tuesday 10am-7pm

This selection of paintings highlights the various subjects that have occupied artist Amer Kobaslija over the last decade, including views of Kesennuma, Japan where the tsunami came ashore in 2011, his personal studio, Bathus' studio, and landscapes of Switzerland and Florida.


Preview & Artist Presentation with Amer Kobaslija: Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30-8:00 pm (7:00 pm - presentation begins), Smith Gallery, Free and open to the public
Pizza & Gallery Talk with Amer Kobaslija: Friday, Jan. 15, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, Smith Gallery, Free and open to the public
Opening reception: January 15, 4:30–7 pm
Curator Tour: January 25, 11:30 am

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; Sponsored in part by WSMR 89.1



Walter Matthews - New Paintings

November 20, 2015 -January 15, 2016. 
Patricia Thompson Gallery

This selection of paintings recognizes a significant shift in Walter Matthews’ work since he attended Ringling College. Matthews acknowledges a “new immediacy” in these “fast” paintings. His paintings on wood panel with oil and other media manifest a “lightness.” They are no longer dependent on the “big stroke” of his previous work. This new work that is essentially abstract and may have some suggestion of reference investigates “how you address ‘real’ space in painting.” What is evident in this new work is “a level of restraint” with paint as his use of it is “economical” and serves his new aesthetic.

His palette can be muted or bold as he may be using high keyed Sharpies as well as neon yellow, orange, pink and blue paint. The intense colors are “modulated” as he does not use them straight out of the tube. Matthews is also using an airbrush that is giving him an extraordinary opportunity to create a mysterious sense of space where additional layers of media push and pull for attention. He is using the wood surface not only as a ground for the paintings but sometimes as an important part of the composition. By cutting into the wood or revealing its clean unmarked surface it becomes part of the construct of the work of art.

Mark Ormond, Curator of the exhibition, who has been following Matthews’ work since he enrolled at Ringling, sees “a dramatic and exciting advancement in the painting. Walter is constantly pushing himself to explore options, ask questions about the definition of painting and the process of painting. He is not adverse to risk taking. His detours from his previous marked accomplishments always lead him in a new direction that is exciting for the viewer.”

(All quotes are from studio visits and conversation with the artist in October 2015. An on-going series of collages that are not part of the exhibition were important in inspiring this new series of paintings.)

Walter Matthews is currently a Masters of Fine Arts degree candidate at the University of South Florida, Tampa. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2013.


Cuban Art from the Collection of Jorge Reynardus

November 6–December 9, 2015
Selby Gallery

In November of 2015, the Selby Gallery will present Cuban Art from the Collection of Jorge Reynardus, comprised of over 30 paintings and sculptures by renowned artists investigating their personal experiences with and relationships to their homeland, Cuba. Assembled in New York, this selection includes the works of Jose Bédia, Augustin Fernández, Wifredo Lam and Glexis Novoa.

Amassed over several decades and purchased directly through the artists themselves, this collection was built through the personal relationships Reynardus maintained with many of Cuba’s working artists and highlights the distinct experiences of being an artist in Cuba under the rule of Fidel Castro. Exploring the concepts of expression and freedom, these works create a first-person narrative about life, liberty, culture, and national pride. 
Jorge Reynardus is a Sarasota resident and art collector. 

Sponsored for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.


A Salute to Our Veterans

November 6-30
Madeby Gallery

A very special tribute event, A Salute to Our Veterans is a show of Ringling College of Art and Design Student and Alumni Veteran's artwork. 

Hours: Monday - Friday from 10-4.




The Role of the Curator in Contemporary Art
Basch Gallery

Student curated exhibitions and projects from the Business of Art and Design class BU 455

Three students, Irene Garibay, Madison Young, and Sogn Zamrzla, have developed proposals and will have completed installations or performance plans that will be inaugurated between 6 and 9 pm in the Basch Gallery and on the grounds of the Ringling College campus, from 8:00-8:30 pm outside of the Academic Center.



Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition

October 2 - 31, 2015 
Selby Gallery and Basch Gallery

We are proud to present the work of our talented faculty currently teaching in the areas of Advertising Design, Business of Art and Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Illustration, Graphic Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging and the Liberal Arts Program. 

Annual Ringling College Staff & Continuing Studies Program Exhibition

October 2 - 31, 2015 
Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries

Join us as we present the work of our staff and continuing education instructors from the Continuing Studies and Special Programs, Englewood Art Center, and Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

Javier Rodriguez: Paintings 2005-2014 

August 28 – November 6, 2015
Patricia Thompson Gallery
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm 

The Patricia Thompson Gallery is pleased to present the work of Javier “Javo” Rodriguez, Class of 2009.  A native of Puerto Rico, Javier moved to Sarasota to expand upon his remarkable talent for drawing and explore other disciplines at Ringling College. This exhibition is comprised of four paintings and 26 drawings, demonstrating his extraordinary facility with pencil and pigment.

PH_ashion Photography 2014

Extended to September, 2015
Willis C. Smith Construction Galleries

Fashion photography by Ringling College’s Photography & Imaging students from the annual student-produced fashion show.

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm

Resonance Array 

Crossley Gallery
Artist's Reception, August 21, 5-9 pm

An exhibition featuring artwork by Faculty and Staff from the Fine Arts Department at the Ringling College of Art and Design. The exhibition includes work by Jeff Schwartz, Vicky Randall, Claudia Cumbie-Jones, & Lance Ford Jones, Shawn Petterson, Nathan Skiles, Patrick Lindhardt, Michael Wyshock, Hugh Davies, and Mark Anderson

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm 


STEREOTYPE: New Directions in Typography

A Lecture by Designer Brian Banton
August 14-September 16

This groundbreaking exhibition presents the works of 14 established and up-and-coming international designers and artists from the UK, Japan, France, the United States, among others. Exploring the opportunities at the intersection of technology and design, this new breed of artists is expanding the boundaries of traditional typography and integrating elements from the fields of animation, craft, performance, nano-science, and graffiti into their work. This exhibition was organized for the Boston Society of Architects/the Space by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 – curatorsquared.

Charred Remains: The Works of Aaron Board

Christ-Janer Gallery
August 21 – September 11

Aaron Board, full time faculty member in the Illustration Department at Ringling College presents a collection of his works.

This collection of paintings is a series done over a period of nine years where the frames were an integral part of the design.  Inspired by the elaborate altarpieces of Jan Van Eyck et al, Aaron has chosen to create a contemporary adaptation of such works of art.


4 Artists/4 Walls

August 21–September 22
Richard & Barbara Basch Gallery

Four artists, Dustin Juengel, Patrick Lindhardt, Nathan Skiles and Steven Strenk each use a gallery wall as ground for drawing with surprising results.

Press: This Week in Sarasota - 4 Artists/4Walls Video

The Observer - Out of Frame. Artists Illustrate on Basch Gallery Walls


Request Info