Fine Arts


 

Behold the power of expression.
BFA Program

The Fine Arts program attracts the free-thinkers, second-guessers, and those committed to adapting emerging technologies and finding new ways to engage with traditional artistic processes. 

As a Fine Arts major at Ringling College of Art and Design, you’re a pioneer of new artistic terrain, reshaping traditional techniques for our technologically advanced era. You’ll master foundational skills while exploring innovative, interdisciplinary modes of expression. Throughout the journey, you’ll discover your artistic vision and develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary context of your work. And the best part? You’ll graduate prepared for success in an exciting and diverse range of creative enterprises.


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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  
Freelance

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  
Artist
Represented by 11R

Chie Fueki 95  
Painter
Represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery

 

 

 

 

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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 Museum of Art 
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 Museum of Art. 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

 

 


 

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