Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum

A new asset for Ringling College students, faculty, and staff

On Dec. 14, the Sarasota Art Museum on the Ringling College Museum Campus opened its doors to the public.

While its value to the community is immeasurable, for students, faculty, and staff of Ringling College of Art and Design, the new campus offers an incomparable learning environment with continual exposure to rotating exhibits of world-class contemporary art.

Students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the museum, which is a “kunsthalle,” meaning a museum without a permanent collection, that will instead present rotating exhibits of contemporary art – from World War II to the present day. In addition to its exhibits, students, faculty, and staff are able to avail themselves of the Museum’s special programming.

Upcoming talks include “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s, Painting is Dead Long Live Painting,” Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m.; “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s, The 90s Part I – Photography and Identity,” Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m.; “Artist Talk – Odili Donald Odita,” Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m.; “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s,The 90s Part II: Relational Aesthetics & Immersive Installation,” March 31, 6 p.m.; “Artist Talk: Jean Shin,” Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m.; “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s, Conclusion & Discussion,” Tuesday, April 7, 6 p.m.; “Artist Talk: Leah Rosenberg,” Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m.

The 80,000-square-foot campus was built at a cost of $30 million, transforming the historic former Sarasota High School into Sarasota’s only dedicated contemporary art museum, with more than 15,000 square feet of exhibition space. The campus is also home to Ringling College Continuing Studies, including the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Studio + Digital Arts. It is anticipated that more than 125,000 guests will visit the Museum each year, not including the thousands who will take part in its educational programming.

According to Sarasota Art Museum Executive Director and Chief Curator Anne-Marie Russell, “We hope to inspire people to engage with the global world of contemporary art, to cultivate their curiosity and open their minds with new art and new ideas, hopefully helping them to engage meaningfully with the world around them.”

In Studio + Digital Arts, students of all ages and skill levels will be able to attend non-credit art and design classes, workshops, and lectures. Students can experiment with new skills or refresh existing ones to inspire their artistic creations. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI) offers hundreds of courses across myriad topics for lifelong learners of all ages and skill levels in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It is a place where the community comes together to learn about topics as varied as finance, politics, foreign languages, and technology without the pressure of credits or prerequisites.

Janna Overstreet, Director of OLLI at Ringling College, noted that “We are so proud to be an OLLI and serve this community of avid learners,” she said.

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