Office for Advancement

The Art of Giving

For nearly 90 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students on both a national and international scale. Our top priority is creating an inspiring and engaging environment to shape our students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers.

Ringling College believes in cultivating the creative spirit of our students and our community, but we know we cannot do it alone. We rely on the support and generosity of our friends, partners, alumni, and community to continue to advance Ringling’s industry-leading art and design education. We provide a supportive environment that offers the most professional resources and facilities available today. The value of this investment is undeniable – our students emerge as creative leaders who can effectively contribute their talents to the most recognized creative companies and brands around the globe.

9 out of 10 Ringling College students rely on scholarships to meet the tuition requirements of a world-class art and design institution. 

Help us make a difference in the lives of talented, emerging creatives by providing quality academic programs, professional level resources, and state of the art facilities.

For more information on how you can support Ringling College and our extraordinary students, please contact us:

Ringling College of Art and Design
Office for Advancement
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL  34234-5895
phone: 941.309.4733
fax: 941.359.7662
giving@ringling.edu

Opportunities to Give

Ringling College greatly values annual and recurring gifts, which are used to bridge the gap between tuition and the costs incurred to deliver a world-class art and design education. Unrestricted funds are designated where the need is greatest and are essential to providing support for academics, faculty, and students. Annual gifts can be made one-time or set up as a monthly recurring gift and designated to support a variety of needs at Ringling College including, but not limited to:

  • Where the need is greatest (unrestricted)
  • Scholarships
  • Studio and Digital Arts
  • Sarasota Art Museum
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Englewood Arts Center

For more information about Annual Giving contact:

Jeney Slusser 
Senior Director for Constituent Engagement  
941.309.4051
jslusser@ringling.edu

Ringling College is a world-class institution where your investment will mean the difference in the future of aspiring artists and designers. Leadership Giving is a powerful statement of commitment to the education of our students.  Meaningful ways to contribute include giving a current use gift or creating an endowed fund but are not limited to:

Scholarships

Scholarships bridge the gap between a cost of a college education and the resources of the college student. Education and success go hand in hand. But what if a deserving student misses the opportunity to become a successful entrepreneur, filmmaker, teacher, or artist due to financial constraints? And what about the world- how can that loss be measured? 

Scholarships empower students to pursue their dreams, motivate them to aim high, encourage them to pay it forward, and prepare them for a lifetime of achievement. You can help make these dreams a reality.

More than 90% of our students qualify for need and merit based support, and most could not attend without assistance from donors.  Your contribution to the Student Scholarship Fund will enable Ringling College to award scholarships to deserving students who have demonstrated significant need or experienced unexpected financial hardship.

Additionally, there are opportunities to establish an endowed scholarship at Ringling College to create a lasting impact in the lives of our students. Interest income generated annually by the endowment fund will be awarded in perpetuity as student scholarships to support deserving students for generations to come.

Our newest honor, the Masterpiece Scholarship, supports outstanding students with the innate talent and drive for art and design, but simply not the financial resources to make their dreams a reality, with a full-tuition award. To hear from these amazing students and their donors, click here.

For more information about scholarships at Ringling College, download our scholarship guide here.

Academic Programs and Student Experiences

Donors can support individual academic courses or areas of concentration, student services, visiting artists and scholars, lectures, research projects, Student Life programs, exhibitions, publications, awards, and travel grants, as well as new building resources which enable students and faculty to enrich their studies and college experience.

Sarasota Art Museum

Changing perspectives through contemporary art. 

The Sarasota Art Museum, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, serves as a catalyst for appreciation and understanding of world-class contemporary art by artists both established and emerging. A platform for education and exposure, the Museum serves as a haven of the avant-garde for audiences of all levels of experience with contemporary artwork. Having no permanent collection, the Museum maintains flexibility  and timeliness through an endless rotation of transformative, relevant, and pioneering new exhibitions and programs. At its core a learning institution, the Sarasota Art Museum hosts community education programs and courses to immerse audiences in the conceptual power of contemporary art. The Museum also offers annual membership and Ambassador benefits for those interested. Donors can also support the Museum by endowing or sponsoring exhibitions or educational programming.  

For more information, visit www.sarasotaartmuseum.org.

Ringling College Film Circle

The Ringling College Film Circle is dedicated to furthering the academic and artistic excellence of the institution’s Film Program, which celebrates its 15th Anniversary in the 2022/23 academic year. 

When you join the Ringling College Film Circle, you help our students pursue an education that uniquely prepares them for industry careers, through hands-on experience on academic and commercial projects.

Membership in the Film Circle provides funds in support of scholarships, film and branded entertainment projects, and helps ensure that students are trained using industry-grade equipment in the state-of-the-art Studio Labs Soundstage and Post-Production Complex.

Film Circle members enjoy behind-the-scenes engagements with our Film students, visiting artists and industry professionals, like film screenings, master classes, meet & greets, discussion programs, and observing the production process first-hand.

For more information on how you can support emerging artists and designers, the Sarasota Art Museum, the Ringling College Film Circle, and a variety of other opportunities for Leadership Giving contact:

Lora Wey, CFRE
Interim Vice President for Advancement
941-359-7674
lwey@ringling.edu

Planned gifts are an investment which can be made today with extraordinary returns for tomorrow. They offer an opportunity to build a legacy that’s personal and meaningful through a variety of easy to establish vehicles such as bequests, gifts of stock or life insurance policies, IRAs, or real estate – just to name a few. Planned gifts ensure  the high quality of education at Ringling College will thrive for many years to come. 

For more information about creating a Planned Gift click here or contact:

Anthony Cancro, MBA
Senior Development Officer
941-309-4732
acancro@ringling.edu

We welcome sponsorships for our Ringling College community events and programs. Each event offers our sponsors incredible exposure and exclusive access to our various friends, patrons, and communities.

Your sponsorship can underwrite any of Ringling College’s exciting events, such as art exhibitions and openings, golf tournaments, and our annual themed scholarship fundraiser, An Evening at the Avant-Garde. Additionally, we have a variety of sponsorship opportunities of countless engaging events through Sarasota Art Museum, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Englewood Art Center. Regardless of the event you wish to support, know that your partnership is greatly valued!

For more information regarding sponsorships, contact:

Logan Julien
Assistant Director for Fundraising Events
941.893.2864
ljulien@ringling.edu

 

Your generosity helps inspire a community of creativity and the next generation of aspiring artists and designers. We are grateful for your support.

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. You can double and in some cases triple the amount of your gift. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, click on the link above and enter the employer’s name.

Click the link above if you would like to initiate a grant recommendation from your Donor Advised Fund.

Attend a Fundraising Event!

Save the date for the 22nd Ringling College Golf Tournament!

November 7, 2022
Laurel Oak Country Club

All proceeds will benefit scholarships at Ringling College. For more information and to register, click here.

Save the Date for ART BASH 2022

Immersive Nature

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum’s first annual Art Bash will start with cocktails, canapés and entertainment on the Front Lawn, followed by a seated dinner, auction, music and dancing. Galleries will be open throughout the evening. Art Bash proceeds support SAM’s world-class exhibitions and educational programming featuring new work by local, national, and international artists – allowing us to serve as an inspiration and resource for members of our community and visitors from around the globe.

CHAIR: Elizabeth Moore
TABLE SPONSORSHIPS AND INFORMATION: Contact Special Events Manager Laura Stuart Wood, or call 941-309-4321

For more information, visit: https://www.sarasotaartmuseum.org/artbash/

Advancement

Lora Wey CFRE

Interim Vice President for Advancement | Assistant Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy

Laura McKinney

Assistant to Vice President for Advancement

Jeney Slusser​ CFRE

Senior Director for Constituent Engagement

Dina Sorrentino

Director for Advancement Services and Research

Susan Borozan

Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Anthony Cancro

Senior Development Officer

Sarah Crittenden

Director for Constituent Events and Hospitality

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Dana Dalpra

Development Officer

Logan Julien

Assistant Director for Fundraising Events

Miqui Lora CFRE

Senior Development Officer

Tricia Mire

Senior Development Officer

Cheryl Speed

Special Events Assistant

Matt Hopkins

Advancement Services Coordinator

Simoné Corbert

Administrative Assistant

Jackie LaBuda

Jackie LaBuda

Administrative Assistant

Registration

Staff

 

Director of Library Services

941-359-7582

Claire Powell

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

 

Vacant

Archivist

941-309-4055

Alexandra Vargas-Minor

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 (Assistant Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Vacant

Assistant Circulation Manager

 

Christina Song

Circulation Assistant 

 

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek

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

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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, 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 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 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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