Ringling College Announces Appointment of Anne-Marie Russell as Executive Director for the Sarasota Museum of Art

Ringling College of Art and Design president Dr. Larry R. Thompson and Wendy G. Surkis, president of the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, a division of Ringling College, today announced that Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson (MOCA), has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA). Anne-Marie begins with SMOA on May 1st, 2015.

“We are excited to have Anne-Marie take the reins at SMOA and bring her expertise to help us build a world-class museum of modern and contemporary art in Sarasota,” said Ringling College President Dr. Larry R. Thompson. “Her knowledge of contemporary art, success in starting a new museum and proven fund-raising capability combined with her operational experience and record of integrity and transparent governance provide a solid foundation for us to offer provocative and revolutionary programming along with educational initiatives commensurate with the ever-growing creative reputation of our community.”

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SMOA has achieved its initial fundraising goal.  Renovations have begun!

Thank you to each and every donor, sponsor, foundation, volunteer, the media, the SMOA Board of Directors, Dr. Larry R. Thompson (President of Ringling College), the many staff, administrators and faculty at Ringling College, Ringling College Trustees, PNC Wealth Management, all of the ARTmuse artists and museum professionals...YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!

The dream of the SMOA baby has come to life. Please take pride in having helped to add an extraordinary ‘jewel’ to the cultural landscape of Sarasota. 

With heartfelt gratitude and deep appreciation,

Wendy G. Surkis
President, SMOA