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Fine Arts

Are you looking for a College for Fine Arts? Look no further. Be the next generation of avant-garde contemporary artists. Enhance your skills through Ringling College’s technical, conceptual, and professional study.

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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.

2021 Fine Arts High School Art Contest

Crossley Gallery

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.

Facilities

Studios North

Studios North is a creative hub exclusive to the Fine Arts students. Housed in a 10,000 square-foot facility, our students have access to their own studio spaces, a lounge area, and special projects and exhibition space allowing them room to experiment and create while also having the support of a communal environment.

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Opportunities for students

  • Galleries and Exhibition Opportunities
  • Residency and Study Abroad Programs
  • Facilities and Studio Space
  • Visiting Artists

At Ringling College studio and course work is supported by the galleries and exhibition spaces around campus and the community. With six on-campus 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.

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 Willam 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.

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 creative hub exclusive to the Fine Arts students. Housed in a 10,000 square-foot facility, our students have access to their own studio spaces, a lounge area, and special projects and exhibition space allowing them room to experiment and create while also having the support of a communal environment.

Local Museums and Galleries

The Sarasota Art Museum is the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art. Partnering with Ringling College of Art and Design, the Museum offers visitors a place to see thought-provoking, boundary-pushing exhibitions. Additionally, Ringling College is in close proximity to many major, internationally renowned museums and cultural institutions including: The Ringling Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Salvador Dalí Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, and The James Museum. 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 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

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.

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.

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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.

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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

What's New

Fine Arts Grad in Sculpture Magazine!

Congratulations to Meagan Hindel (Fine Arts, ’19), for winning an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award presented by the International Sculpture Center. Her work, entitled A Perspective, was selected from 325 nominees coming from 139 schools around the world and featured in Sculpture Magazine. The...

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Employment Opportunities

Fine Arts graduates will find opportunities across many different industries.
Here are a few examples of jobs that are available for our grads:

Painter
Sculptor
Printmaker
Portrait Artist
Visual Artist
Entrepreneur
Educator / Professor
Art Historian
Art Investment Advisor
Conservationist
Writer
Programs Administrator
Arts & Culture Program Director
Ceramist
Computer Artist
Cultural Journalist
Director of Public Art
Exhibition Designer
Gallery Owner / Director / Manager
Muralist
Museum Curator / Director /
Manager
Fine Artist
Video Artist / Designer
Visual Culture Writer/Critic

Contact Us

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, just send us an email at the addresses below.

Admissions Questions
(applying, portfolio, transfers, deadlines, events)
admissions@ringling.edu

General Questions
info@ringling.edu

Media Inquiries
(contact, releases, news)

Accessibility Inquiries
communications@ringling.edu

Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
info@ringling.edu
Phone:(941)351-5100

Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST

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A Campus Designed for Creatives

Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.

  • Loan Request
  • Magazine/Article Request

Staff

Director of Library Services

941-359-7582

Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian

941-359-7583

Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   

941-359-7586

Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian

941-309-0038

Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian

941-359-7671

Kayla Morrell

Archivist

941-309-4055

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   

941-359-7631

Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)

 

Vacant

Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  

941-359-7584

Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  

941-359-7587

Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant

 

Vacant

Circulation Assistant

 

Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Arianna Westerfield

Borrowing

Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.

Spaces

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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Suggest a Purchase: Library Acquisitions Request

We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
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