Fine Arts BFA Degree

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Fine Arts 
Discover the power of expression in this BFA program.

The Fine Arts major is an exclusive program that provides individual attention and the fostering of a tight-knit community of artists. Critical thinking, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and technology are the backbone of contemporary art and pillars of the Fine Arts curriculum. Our outstanding program prepares students for success in the $67 billion dollar international art industry. We provide students with their own studio spaces, state-of-the-art facilities, and a multitude of exhibition opportunities. Students will master technical and conceptual skills, explore innovative modes of expression, and develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary context of their work. Graduates of the program go on to become critically acclaimed artists, industry creatives, business owners, and entrepreneurs.


2020 Accepted Student Day

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Fine Arts Alumni: Where are they now?

Fine Arts alumni pursue their personal artistic passions while also working in a huge range of creative fields.



Hunter Slade 14  
Retail Creative Leader  

Les St. Leon 13  
Lead Artist; Studio Artist
COST of Wisconsin, Inc.; St. Leon Studios

Walter Matthews 13  
MFA Candidate, and Painting Faculty; Studio Artist
University of South Florida

Anna Paul 13  
Studio Artist

Matthew Coombs 06  
MFA Candidate in Painting & Drawing; Studio Artist
Tyler School of Art


Nicole Mauser 06  
Lecturer, Univ. of Chicago; Adjunct Professor, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago
HATCH Artist, Chicago Artist Coalition

Tobey Albright 04  
Senior Interactive Designer
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Amer Kobaslija 03  
Guggenheim Fellow, Studio Artist 
Represented by George Adams Gallery

Kris Chatterson 02  
Fine Artist
Represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York

Charles Mayton 02
Studio Artist
Campoli Presti, David Lewis Gallery, Thomas Duncan Gallery


Rosalynn Gingerich 01  
Lecturer, Department of Contemporary Practices; Studio Artist
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Carrie Alter 98  
Fine Arts Faculty; Studio Artist
North Carolina School of Science and Math

Aiko Hachisuka 97  
Represented by 11R

Chie Fueki 95  
Represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery





See more career opportunities on our career support page.



Turning Passion Into Profession



Opportunities for Fine Arts students


Galleries and Exhibition Opportunities 
At Ringling College studio and course work is supported by the galleries and exhibition spaces around campus and the community. With six oncampus galleries, you’ll always have an exciting new exhibition, artist talk, lecture, or event to attend. Crossley Gallery, a beautiful state of the art gallery, is exclusively administered by Fine Arts faculty in collaboration with our students, allowing them the opportunity to develop gallery programming and curate professional exhibitions. Crossley Gallery provides students first-hand experience in working within a professional gallery system
Residency and Study Abroad Programs

Fine Arts students have the exciting opportunity to study abroad and can apply for a semester or quarter at the The New School, Parsons Paris, the William de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, Holland, and the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland. Additionally, every year, students from the Fine Arts program have a chance to participate in the Yale/Norfolk Summer School of Art in western Connecticut as well as the Pilchuck Summer Glass School in Seattle. 


Facilities and Studio Space

Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center 
The brand new Richard & Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center sits at the center of campus, reminding everyone that irrespective of major, our students are artists first and foremost. Created with both our students and community in mind, the Visual Arts Center was designed and built to accommodate hands-on fabrication and art-making with its facilities for glass, woodworking, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and digital fabrication. While the exterior is visually stunning, the interior is designed for robust use— maximizing space, equipment, and collaboration.

Studios North 
Studios North is a 10,000-square-foot facility exclusive for Fine Arts students’ use. It is located on the burgeoning, north expansion of campus. Seniors and Juniors have dedicated studio space, which allows them the security to work and create while having the support of a communal environment. The facility also houses painting studios, classrooms and soon another campus gallery for exhibitions and special projects.

Sarasota Art Museum
Sarasota and the surrounding community is a haven for arts enthusiasts with a rich culture that strongly supports the arts. We are in close proximity to many major, internationally renowned museums and cultural institutions such as: The Ringling Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Salvador Dalí Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, and the Sarasota Art Museum. Additionally, each semester the Fine Arts department spends time in Miami attending the prestigious Art Basel: Miami Art Fair as well as museums, private collections and cultural institutions. These annual events offer students the opportunity to see thousands of art works from all over the world just outside your door.

Visiting Artists 
Visiting Artists play an important role within the Fine Arts program and are an invaluable resource for our students. Visiting Artists promote a greater understanding of contemporary art and culture through lectures, one-on-one and group critiques, demonstrations, and on campus educational exhibitions providing students with direct access to world-renowned creatives, working across many disciplines.  
Previous Visiting Artists have included: 
Jackie Battenfield
Sanford Biggers
Sue Coe
Will Cotton
Inka Essenhigh
Alumni Lesley Flanigan
Alumni Chie Fueki
Kate Gilmore
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Julie Heffernan
Tony Matelli
Steve Mumford
Danica Phelps
William Powhida
James Rosenquist
Blane De St. Croix
James Siena




Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



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