Avant-Garde: a colorful history of philanthropy and fun

For their 25th grand entrance, the Thompsons arrived as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. Dr. Thompson confirmed that future Avant-Garde galas will now look to Ringling students to set the tone and launch the evening event.

Now in its 28th year, Ringling College of Art and Design’s annual fundraising gala Avant-Garde invites guests—donors, faculty, staff, students, and members of Sarasota’s arts community—to conjure up all of their creativity and create unique, elaborate, topical, and infamous looks for the much-anticipated event. Each year offers a new theme, and the College’s Design Center […]