Fine Arts

Catalyst for cultural change.

Critical thinking, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and new media are the backbone of our renowned Fine Arts program.

Eric Wang ’20

Discover the power of expression in this BFA program.

Have you been searching for the right College for Fine Arts? Ringling College’s Fine Arts BFA degree is an exclusive program that provides individual attention and the fostering of a tight-knit community of artists.

Our outstanding curriculum 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, and entrepreneurs.

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Hands-on Experience: Crossley Gallery

Hands-on Experience:
Crossley Gallery

Crossley Gallery, is the Fine Art Department’s white cube gallery space and is administered by our Fine Arts students in collaboration with the Galleries and Exhibitions Department. Students develop gallery programming, curate professional exhibitions, and have the opportunity to exhibit throughout the year. 

Crossley Gallery provides students first-hand experience in working within a professional gallery system.

Our Facilities

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Studios North and the Glen Fine Arts Building

Studios North and the Glen Fine Arts Building are the creative hubs exclusive to the Fine Arts students. The facilities provide students with studio spaces, a common area, and special projects exhibition space.

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The Printmaking Studio is located in the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center. This new space allows for both traditional and cutting-edge printmaking processes, including etching, screenprinting, and lithography, as well as various forms of digital and technology-based printmaking.

The Fine Arts sculpture facility allows access to metal fabrication, welding, various kinds of mold making and casting, wood fabrication, and ceramics as well as digital fabrication.

The Daniel E. Offutt III Wood Shop is a fully equipped, open-access shop available to all Ringling students. The Wood Shop has all the equipment needed to make anything from stretcher bars to fine furniture and a helpful staff to answer your questions and offer assistance using all the tools.

The Glass Studio houses a state-of-the-art hot shop for glassblowing and a cold shop for cutting, grinding, and polishing glass. Fine Arts students have exclusive access to courses in this Studio. 

The Digital Fabrication Studio facilitates the realization of digital designs into physical objects through a variety of processes, both 2D and 3D. Students have access to multiple state-of-the-art computer labs across campus, including PC, Mac, and Cintiq stations. Students can use the latest software and technology to further explore their content and push the boundaries of their mediums.

Student Work

Opportunities for students

SAM Entrance

Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design is the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art. The Museum offers Fine Arts students the opportunity to directly engage with today’s leading and emerging artists through exhibitions, artist lectures, workshops, and internships. 

Start your fine arts career at Ringling College.


Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Pat Mizak

Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Instructional Design Librarian


Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)


Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek
Circulation Assistant James Harrison


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.


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

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

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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